Are Your Over The Counter Pain Killers Dangerous?
Your Over The Counter Pain Killer Might Be Killing You. We’ve often heard that the cure for a given ailment may be worse than the ailment itself. Guess, what? Your best friend, the ubiquitous pain killer, may be your worst enemy.
Consumption of NSAIDs – common pain relievers like ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) – has grown to 70 million I don’t know about you, but that it’s a bit scary to me, given that a new study from the Archives of Internal Medicine (AIM) reveals NSAIDS may play a part in the development of heart disease.
Just what we need: another wake-up call. A look at the facts reveals that this is a worthy concern.
The American Heart Association tells us that about 785,000 Americans suffer a first heart attack each year, and another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks experience another episode.
A recent study found that heart failure patients who used NSAIDs may be at an increased risk for side effects and other dangers. The conclusion to an article on that study said that NSAIDs “are harmful to heart-failure patients,” reporting that individuals who received the medications were subject to “dose-related increases in risk of death and re-hospitalization for heart failure.”
Further, research has shown that, with prolonged use, NSAIDs can cause potential side effects that include:
• upset stomach
• unusual fatigue
• stomach pain
• swelling of feet or ankles
• ringing in ears
• vision changes
• joint pain
• muscle pain and weakness
• easy bruising
• persistent sore throat