The FDA is strengthening the warnings on drug labels to indicate that painkillers such as ibuprofen can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The over-the-counter forms include Advil, Motrin IB, and Aleve.
Those serious side effects can occur as early as the first few weeks of using the drugs, and the risk might rise the longer people take them.
The over-the-counter drugs are used for the temporary relief of pain and fever. The prescription drugs are used to treat several kinds of arthritis and other painful conditions.