When people feel even the slightest bit of pain, many times their first reaction is to take ibuprofen. While this can work for many people, it could be dangerous. Ibuprofen is a drug that helps relieve pain and has been used for decades. However, there are side effects. Taking a lot of Ibuprofen has been shown to increase the chances for having a heart attack. This has caused a lot of debate in medical circles.
- If you do not have to take medicine to treat your pain, try to avoid doing it.
- Taking a lot of ibuprofen for every little thing is something that many Americans have gotten used to.
- Ibuprofen has its uses but studies are showing that it can increase your chances of having a heart attack.
“Just because a drug doesn’t require a prescription, doesn’t mean it’s harmless or should be taken without careful consideration.”
“Michèle Bally and her team of researchers from Montreal, Finland, and Germany reviewed heaps of data collected from previous studies to see if they could uncover information about the effects NSAIDs have on cardiovascular health. Scientists already knew that NSAID use could increase the risk of heart attack, but they didn’t know what kinds of doses had the effect, or which types of NSAIDs did this.
Bally’s team found that all NSAID types seemed to be associated with the increased risk of heart attack. The researchers found that daily doses of 200 mg or more of celecoxib, 100 mg or more of diclofenac, 1200 mg or more of ibuprofen, and 750 mg or more of naproxen for short terms of just 8-30 days could cause the risk of heart attack to jump up. (2)
(For reference, the recommended maximum safe dose of ibuprofen is 1200 mg for period pain, 3200 mg for arthritic pain, and 3200 mg for fever or other types of pain.) (3)”