'In September 2004, Merck & Co. pulled Vioxx from the market. The press spun the headlines to make it look like Merck – a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales in the range of $40 billion – withdrew its non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain drug for the right reasons.
What they didn’t reveal – at least not right away – was that Vioxx was responsible for up to 60,000 fatal heart attacks.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories drugs (NSAIDs) also come as non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines.
Ibuprofen is one of the most commonly used NSAIDs for headache, joint pain, and muscle soreness. It’s well known to damage the lining of gastrointestinal tract and may trigger leaky gut syndrome and even celiac disease. Ibuprofen also is linked to kidney damage.'