Back in 2005, the FDA warned that taking nonsteroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen increased the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Early this month it took the unusual step of further strengthening this warning. This was done on the advice of an expert panel that reviewed new information about NSAIDs and their risks. Because NSAIDs are widely used, it’s important to be aware of downsides of taking an NSAID and to take steps to limit the risk.
The first step in knowing if you are at risk is to fully understand what NSAIDs are. NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
- Ibuprofen (e.g. brand names Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (e.g. brand names Aleve, Naprosyn)
- COX-2 inhibitors (e.g. brand name Celebrex)
Ibuprofen is the most common NSAIDs, and the most popular brands are Advil and Motrin.
If you are taking Ibuprofen, it’s important to know the risks you may be taking.
Here’s the “cheat sheet” if you do not read the entire article:
The new warnings from the FDA point out:
- Heart attack and stroke risk increase even with short-term use, and the risk may begin within a few weeks of starting to take an NSAID.
- The risk increases with higher doses of NSAIDs taken for longer periods of time.
- The risk is greatest for people who already have heart disease, though even people without heart disease may be at risk.
- Previous studies have suggested that naproxen may be safer than other types of NSDAIDs, but the new evidence reviewed by the expert panel isn’t solid enough to determine that for certain.
Click HERE to read the entire article.
Bottom line, this is a great opportunity to assess WHY you may be taking NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, Allieve, and Celebrex. If their goal is to mask the symptoms, and not correct the CAUSE of your problem, why not find the CAUSE of your problems and CORRECT it. Chiropractic care uses scientific analysis to find the cause of your health problems, and gentle chiropractic technique to correct subluxations and restore optimal function of your Nervous System. Why risk a heart attack or stroke? There are safer options available.