Do you usually take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or antalgic regularly to relieve that headache or muscle pain? We discover its consequences and risks for your health.
Some time ago we knew that different European health authorities warned about the cardiovascular risks of ibuprofen when consumed at high doses and for prolonged periods of time, exceeding 2,400 mg. per day and taken with some regularity for long periods of time.
Among other consequences, it seems to increase the risk of myocardial infarction, the formation of clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and suffering a cerebrovascular accident (stroke).
But the truth is that these effects, which are not as positive as might be expected from such a common drug, occur with other types of equally common medications, such as non-steroidal anti -inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In fact, ibuprofen is part of this group of drugs.
Anti – inflammatory are especially useful for relieving headaches and headaches, muscle and joint pain, reducing discomfort associated with menstruation, as well as for relieving dental pain and inflammation (for example, in the face of a daily toothache). In short, they are useful for reducing inflammation and swelling thanks to their ability to block prostaglandins, which are a group of substances that are involved in inflammation.
And since they are not administered under medical prescription, these types of drugs abound in our home medicine cabinet. The result? We tend to consume them wildly, and on many occasions in a dangerous way, not only in quantity but also for long periods of time.
The consequence is more than evident: did you know that its consumption is causing an increase in the volume of hospital admissions due to the serious side effects produced by this type of medication?
The main health risks from the consumption of anti-inflammatories
Affect the digestive system
As everyone knows, NSAIDs tend to affect the health of the digestive system. For example, among other effects, they tend to irritate the stomach and cause intestinal upset.
The risk is even greater when NSAIDs produce peptic ulcers, which can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation.
For this reason, it is recommended that this type of drug be taken with meals, on a full stomach. In this way we get food to better cushion its impact.
They damage the kidneys
Different scientific investigations have confirmed that the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for two or more days a week would imply a greater risk of arterial hypertension.
While if its consumption is habitual, the risk of different disorders and conditions that could lead to kidney failure increases considerably.
Increase vascular risk
As we briefly mentioned on a previous occasion, regular and/or excessive consumption of anti-inflammatories and painkillers tends to have a very negative effect on our circulatory system and heart.
In fact, it increases the risk of stroke, deep vein thrombosis and myocardial infarction.
Despite all these unpleasant consequences, most of these unwanted effects are reversible from the moment you stop taking this type of drug.
And it is that we must never forget this maxim: the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (as common as ibuprofen, antalgic or prudes) must always respond to a specific discomfort, and be done for a limited time, not exceeding 7 consumption days.
In addition, consuming higher doses does not imply improvements in the area where we have pain or inflammation. On the contrary, it can produce greater and worse consequences for our health.