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IBUPROFEN WARNING


Sunday, November 10, 2013

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IBUPROFEN WARNING


Use of common over-the-counter painkillers such as Motrin & Advil increase the risk of heart attack and gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study published this summer in “The Lancet" medical journal.

The Lance article found that for every 1,000 patients with the average risk of heart disease who take high-dose of ibuprofen or diclofenac (such as Cambia) for a year, about three extra will have an avoidable heart attack, one of which will be fatal.

Earlier studies found that these same drugs increase the risk of kidney problems, especially when taken in conjunction with blood pressure medications.

With billions of these over-the-counter drugs taken every year in the U.S., this problem is significant says Charles Ripp, MD, an anesthesiologist at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “This is a big deal. Everyone should talk to their doctor about this, even if they don’t think they are at risk.” Ripp says. “Studies show that 40,000 people go into renal failure annually due to anti-inflammatory medications.”

MORE INFO: To learn how you can reduce the risks of NSAIDs, go on line to penrosestfrancis.orgNSAIDs.


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ROZEEROZ1 11/18/2013 6:52AM

    good to know

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/12/2013 6:50PM

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IMAVISION 11/11/2013 2:10PM

    Additional information:

Safety and toxicity studies show that Ibuprofen side effects include the following:

1. Harms stomach or G.I. track (bleeding, ulceration)

2. Causes renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) damage

3. Sometimes produces cardiovascular risks

4. Increases reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the body (increase oxidative stress)

5. Harms tendons and ligaments (by degraded tenocyte function)

6. Impedes protein synthesis


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MOTHEPRO 11/11/2013 12:58PM

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LJCANNON 11/11/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon As a Nurse I have actually seen the effects of taking Medications -- Especially Ibuprofen! -- on an Empty Stomach, and on Elderly Patients. Pain DOES have to be Addressed and Controlled amd Every Patient (or their Family) has to make an Educated, Informed Decision on the Best Way to do that.

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SHOURESSOOTE 11/11/2013 9:56AM

  Thanks for the info!

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LAINYC 11/11/2013 9:13AM

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SHILOBOOTH 11/11/2013 8:10AM

    I take it occasionally but not often. My hubby who takes BP medication was told not to take it and it says on the leaflet that he can only take paracetamol. Apparently when he asked his doctor the doc said it leads to water retention which can be problematical.

It's a case of adding up the risks - if you need it every day then that's a serious issue to consider, but if occasional then as long as you don't have a BP issue then it's probably fine.

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TWEETYKC00 11/11/2013 8:07AM

    it's scary what some of these drugs can do.

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TXGRANDMA 11/11/2013 7:43AM

    Thank you for sharing. Each person needs to weigh the risks and benefits of every drug they take. As many have stated, their lives are miserable without ibuprofen.........In their case, the risk of taking the NSAID may be worth it. I know my doctor has already cautioned me about taking it, but said the risk is lower with it than with many other drugs taken for the pain of arthritis. emoticon

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RSSSLHB 11/11/2013 7:35AM

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COLLEENROSTE 11/11/2013 4:05AM

    good to know, thankyou

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MJ7DM33 11/11/2013 12:52AM

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SUSANBEAMON 11/11/2013 12:28AM

  all drugs have side effects, and so do most "natural" herbal remedies. you do have to learn what you are taking, and decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. Tylenol does noting for inflammation, so it's useless for arthritis pain. as with everything, do your homework.

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LINDA! 11/11/2013 12:13AM

    Thank you for sharing. As a person with coronary artery disease, this is good to know.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/10/2013 10:19PM

    I was on that a long time ago and one doctor told me that I needed to be taking 800 mg three times a day but I had found out that it gave me headaches before he told me that and I informed him that they gave me headaches so I was not taking them. Celebrex does the same thing so now I just use natural herbs to control my arthritis pain. Do not take Tylenol because of what it can do to the liver. We only have one of those and they are hard to come by when they go.

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PEZMOM1 11/10/2013 9:36PM

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-WISPY- 11/10/2013 9:30PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. There are many people who eat a healthy diet and yet do not understand that taking these pills on a daily basis may be doing just as much, if not more damage, than the foods that have been eliminated.

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SHOAPIE 11/10/2013 9:02PM

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FRAN0426 11/10/2013 8:14PM

    Many people are ubaware that certain types of meds are not conpatible and run into problems down the road. Even some doctors forget to remind patients not to be taking certain meds if their on certain other meds. It comes down to patients be your own advicate and remember to ask you doctor if you should be aware of meds that could hurt you if on meds for a medical condition. Thanks for noting this problem.

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NANCYPAT1 11/10/2013 8:05PM

    Thanks for sharing this information.

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LOTUSBURGER 11/10/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon YIKES !!

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MIZPAM25 11/10/2013 6:51PM

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IMAVISION 11/10/2013 6:06PM

    emoticon one & all for posting your comments. I truly appreciate that you took moments from your day to do so.


God bless us with all the knowledge we need in taking medications!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/10/2013 5:32PM

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2BDYNAMIC 11/10/2013 5:11PM

    I am stuck too! I have ankylosing spondyylitis ........... (arthritis of the spine and neck) and one Dr. said, "I don't know how you will live WITHOUT nsaids!" ............ Even with ......... the pain is awful!!! But I do thank yo for posting!

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IAMWINNING 11/10/2013 4:49PM

    NSAIDS can be very dangerous as you pointed out, but I can't take them (I'm on lithium) and some times I just wish I could take an anti-inflammatory for a day or two. emoticon

Thanks for writing, as I'm sure there are those who don't realize how dangerous any of those over-the-country drugs CAN be.

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JULIA1154 11/10/2013 4:22PM

  At the same time, be very careful if you're switching to Tylenol for pain relief/control. Read labels carefully, as it's incorporated into MANY OTC medications. Avoid any alcohol (including in Nyquil, etc.) when taking it.



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XENIAROSE77 11/10/2013 4:18PM

    Kinda stuck. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and I am allergic to all other types of pain relievers, except ibuprofen. I am moving away from chemical medicines and trying to find herbs, veggies, fruits that will do the same. However, when I drink smoothies that are geared to reducing pain and take supplements for reducing pain, and no ibuprofen I end up in tears from the pain. I have some kidney and liver damage from living hard before I hit thirty, so I know I need to get off of the ibuprofen, but I do not know what else to do.

Thank you for the information and for taking the time to warn your fellow teammates! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/10/2013 4:15PM

    I'm sure glad that I can't take any because of strong RA drugs that I'm already taking that can cause liver damage. That's why I have to have my blood checked so often and the last time I had it checked, my liver enzymes were elevated and that means that I have to it checked once again in a month. It sure is so nice of you to warn people though. I know that dr's so often will say that anything taken more than what it says on the pkg., has to be checked with your dr. I know that I have taken up to 4/day for pain before the RA drugs took over, but not for a long period and that was ok'd by my dr. Also, with being on strong RA meds., before I got more stronger meds., I was taking 6 Aleve/day by dr's orders, but then had my liver tested often for that too! I know that it can be scary, that's why it's so good to follow instructions when taking these meds.! Thanks!

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CBRINKLEY401 11/10/2013 4:04PM

    Ibuprofen can also contribute to liver damage. I had a blood test and it showed some elevated levels of liver enzymes, which could be an indicator of liver damage. One of the things the tests said that could be responsible was ibuprofen, which is what I use for muscle aches. So the doctor wants me to have it rechecked in 6 weeks and in the mean time I am doing my best to not take ANY pain relievers unless I absolutely have to, and then I only take 1 instead of 2 and see if that is enough to take care of it before taking another one.

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 11/10/2013 4:03PM

    My kdineys are working at half capacity. I always took ibuprofen for back and neck problems but didn't exceed 6 in a day. My friends used to laugh because i wouldn't take 6 at once. There is no way to know what caused my kidney problem i am just thankful i am still healthy and active but no more OTC for me.

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WOUBBIE 11/10/2013 3:36PM

    Make sure you highlight that it is long-term, high dosage usage which is associated with the risk. Taking the OTC dosage for a week has not been shown to cause harm.

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48MYYEAR2014 11/10/2013 3:22PM

    thank you I only take tablets prescribed by my doc, 2 of them mentioned in your article

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THEEXERCISER 11/10/2013 3:06PM

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MARITIMER3 11/10/2013 3:05PM

    Good information. Will check with my doctor because I'm on BP meds. emoticon

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JTREMBATH 11/10/2013 2:59PM

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/10/2013 2:39PM

    emoticon for the info!!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/10/2013 2:28PM

    Thank you for the information.
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PEGGYO 11/10/2013 2:20PM

    thanks

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