Aspirin Without Ulcers

A new category of drugs could soon relieve pain and inflammation without ravaging your stomach

Some days the arthritis pain would get so bad that Sylvia Zebroski, 51, of Stamford, Conn., couldn't sleep. Aspirin worked for a while, but then she developed stabbing pains in her stomach. She switched to naproxen, which, like aspirin, is a so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. Same story. "I took myself off naproxen and went to my doctor in tears," she recalls. He put her on a new experimental drug, and this time, no arthritis pain--and no stomach pain. Says Zebroski: "It's made all the difference in the world."

The drug that changed Zebroski's life is just one of...

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