Deadly Dangers from Drugstore Pain Meds a Painful Surprise
Could your attempts to cope with common headaches, sore knees or backache be putting you at risk for heart attack, stroke and liver disease? Recent research suggests that both ibuprofen and acetominophen — the two most popular over-the-counter painkillers — carry some potentially and even deadly risks.
Advil and Motrin Linked to Stroke and Heart Attack
Taking ibuprofen and other common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) over a long period of time triples the risk of strokes and increases the likelihood of a heart attack, according to this week’s headliner study, published in the British Medical Journal. The new research, conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, involved a huge number of subjects; the data were drawn from more than 31 clinical trials involving 116,429 patients. Those who suffered strokes were found to be taking a normal recommended dose (400-600 mg) of ibuprofen three or four times a day.
Tylenol just as risky – but for your liver
Then there’s last month’s shocker: If you’re regularly taking just a little too much Tylenol (generic name: acetominophen) over the course of the day, you could be permanently damaging your liver and not even know about it.
Tylenol overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S., leading to 26,000 hospitalizations and nearly 500 deaths annually, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
At this point, it’s worth considering all your options. Given the risks of these common pain meds, there are many approaches that may be safer in the long run than trying to medicate your pain away.
by Melanie Haiken Contributor to Frobes.com