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Take Meds as Directed

Some popular prescription and over-the-counter medicines are linked to a higher stroke risk.

If you regularly take ibuprofen, your stroke risk is three-fold higher than someone taking a placebo pill, a recent study found. Some arthritis pain relievers boost stroke risk, too.

Women who smoke and take birth control pills can develop blood clots that can lead to stroke, and some women who take hormone replacement therapy face a slightly higher risk of stroke than women not taking hormones.

One less worry: A study found adults taking stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do not face a higher stroke risk, even though these drugs are known for raising blood pressure and heart rate.

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