FDA Issues Warning On Ibuprofen ConsumptionHeadache? Muscle pain? The first thing most of us reach for is an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen (the brand names being Motrin and Advil). Now, some studies are saying ingesting these handy NSAIDS on a regular basis can cause more harm than good. The FDA has uncovered more complications than previously known.
Ibuprofen works by blocking certain chemicals in your body. Those chemicals (prostaglandin, prostacyclin, and thromboxane) are key mediators of inflammation and pain within the body.
The common side effects of ingesting this drug are digestive bleeding and ulcers. These problems usually occur with prolonged or excessive use. Now, some studies have shown there is an increased risk of more severe conditions: atrial fibrillation, kidney damage, delayed fracture healing, and delayed wound healing, raised blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease, and increased risk of stroke. The FDA has issued this warning about ibuprofen:
FDA is strengthening an existing warning in prescription drug labels and over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels to indicate that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke, either of which can lead to death. Those serious side effects can occur as early as the first few weeks of using an NSAID, and the risk might rise the longer people take NSAIDs. (Although aspirin is also an NSAID, this revised warning doesn’t apply to aspirin.)What can consumers do to protect themselves? You can start by only taking the medicine when you truly need it. Do not rely on it for little pains that may go away on their own. If you are at risk for stroke or heart attack, consider the risks before you pop any of the pills.
As with everything, moderation is key. Consult with your doctor on any concerns you may have.
Check out a report on the ibuprofen risks after the jump!
H/T iheart.com, healthylifetricks.com, atrending.net, fda.gov