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Are COX-2 inhibitors safer than older NSAIDs?

FDA revised product labeling for all NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors in 2005 to warn about cardiovascular effects, including heart attacks, and gastrointestinal side effects, such as stomach bleeding.  FDA determined that these effects were related to the entire class of drugs, and advised the use of the lowest possible dose for the shortest duration. 

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