New Warning In Using Over-The-Counter Painkillers

May 11, 2017

When we suffer aches and pains, many grab the bottle of ibuprofen never really thinking that too much of it can kill you.  A new report points to growing evidence that high doses of common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen, increases your risk of a heart attack. Researchers report in the British Medical Journal say those taking high doses saw the greatest risk.  However it doesn't mean you should stop using them altogether but strictly follow dosing instructions. Most professionals agree to never take more than 1,200mg of ibuprofen per day (6-200mg pills in a 24 hour period).  As with any medication, there is always a risk involved and although the risk of a heart attack is low, it does shatter our assumption that the use of over-the-counter medications is completely safe.  Healthcare workers agree that using the lowest dose of medication for the shortest amount of time is best. It is also recommended you discuss any dosing concerns or use of NSAIDs with your Doctor.


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