The warning that the over-the-counter product Aleve could increase a person's risk of heart attack has patients and doctors scratching their heads about pain relief choices.
The advisory comes on the heels of similar concerns raised over two prescription drugs used to treat arthritis.
Some doctors say the warning about Aleve, also known as naproxen, caught them by surprise. It's been in use for decades.
But they also say people who take it for short-term use shouldn't panic.
A spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration says consumers should follow the label's instruction and take Aleve for no longer than ten days, unless a doctor directs otherwise.