For quite a long time, doctors and researchers have praised the health benefits of routinely taking over-the-counter painkillers, asserting the practice can lead to a longer and healthier life. But unfortunately, these “health care experts” don’t always get it right. Now breaking research about the horrific consequences of taking Ibuprofen is spreading like wild fire along with an urgent warning from researchers, after a highly disturbing side effect was just linked to this common medicine that millions of people around the world take daily basis to treat pain.
According to a major study published by The BMJ (he world’s oldest expert medical journal)) where 450,000 adults were given NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), researchers found that popular over-the-counter pills such as Ibuprofen raised users’ chances of having a heart attack by 50%, even if the pills were taken for just one day. This is extremely alarming considering that millions of people world-wide take Ibuprofen to treat common ailments such as headaches, back pain, and arthritis, without even thinking twice about it.
Scientists, researchers, and many doctors are now ringing alarm bells after studying the effects that these types of anti-inflammation pills have on the body in the hopes that people will think twice before nonchalantly popping them into their bodies. While NSAIDs are great at causing sore muscles to shrink, the huge issue is that these drugs also cause the blood vessels in the body to narrow, which can lead to a heart attack, as it immediately alters blood pressure in the body. Experts in Canada also found this link between heart attacks and Ibuprofen, where they claim that doses of this drug raises your chance of having a heart attack by 48 percent after taking it between one to seven days.
But what about prescription drugs such as diclofenac and naproxen, commonly used to treat pain and migraines? The study reveals that for people using diclofenac, their chances of having a heart attack increased by 50 percent, and naproxen was 53 percent.
“This study reveals a new finding, which is that for all common NSAIDs the risk of heart attack starts as early as in the first one to seven days of use,” Lead researcher Michèle Bally, from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center said about the new research. “We found any dose could increase risk between 20 to 50 per cent, so people should consider alternatives when treating aches and pains.”
Bally went on to say that if you have to use an inflammatory drug, choose the one with the lowest possible NSAIDs dose for the shortest possible time.
Last year in Britain alone, 190,000 people were rushed to the emergency room for heart attacks, many of the cases directly linked to using NSAIDs. Dr Mike Knapton, from the British Heart Foundation said that the issue is becoming an epidemic, and hopes people will help spread the word about the devastating effects these common drugs can have on the human body.
“This large-scale study worryingly highlights just how quickly you become at risk of having a heart attack after starting NSAIDS,” Dr. Knapton stated. “Whether you are being prescribed painkillers like ibuprofen, or buying them over the counter, people must be made aware of the risk and alternative medication should be considered where appropriate.”
Another doctor who works as a leading cardiologist at UCL said that extreme caution should be taken if people are using NSAIDs for an extended period of time.
“The increased risk of heart attack with NSAIDs means that both health professionals and the public should weigh up the harm and the benefit when prescribing these medications, especially for more than a day or two,” Dr Amitava Banerjee, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at UCL said.
It’s extremely important to weigh the consequences of putting these drugs into your body. Just because pills like Ibuprofen can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription does not mean that they’re necessarily good for you. There’s so many natural remedies out there that can help you manage pain, including herbs such as turmeric, cloves, and willow bark. Cannabis is also great solution for relieving pain, but of course you’ll need to heed your local laws with going for the green stuff, as it is still illegal in many states. Acupuncture is another wonderful ancient remedy for relieving pain, and of course don’t forget the basic stuff like a heating pad and ice as these easily accessible tools can do wonders for reliving soreness and swelling due to muscle pains and sprains.
H/T [The Sun]