These are the consequences of taking so many anti-inflammatories

Some time ago we knew that different European health authorities warned about the cardiovascular risks of ibuprofen when it was consumed at high doses and for prolonged periods of time, exceeding 2,400 mg. per day and taken with some regularity during long periods of time.

Among other consequences, it seems that the risk of myocardial infarction, the formation of blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and stroke (stroke) would increase.

But the truth is that these effects not as positive as one would expect from such a common drug occurs with another type of medication as usual, as is the case of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories(NSAIDs). In fact, ibuprofen is part of this group of drugs.

The anti inflammatoryThey are especially useful to relieve headaches and headaches, muscle and joint pain, reduce the discomfort associated with menstruation, as well as to relieve pain and dental inflammation (for example, in the face of a daily toothache). In short, they are useful to reduce inflammation and swelling thanks to their ability to block prostaglandins, which are a group of substances that intervene in inflammations.

And given that they are not administered under medical prescription, in our home medicine cabinet, this type of drugs abounds. The result? We tend to consume them in a runaway way, and in many cases 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 use of anti-inflammatories

They affect the digestive system

As is known by all, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs tend to affect the health of the digestive system. For example, among other effects, they tend to irritate the stomach and cause intestinal discomfort.

The risk is even greater when NSAIDs produce peptic ulcers, which can lead to digestive hemorrhages and perforation.

For this reason it is recommended that this type of drug be taken together with meals, with a full stomach. In this way we get food to better cushion its impact.

They damage the kidneys

Different scientific researches have found that the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for two or more days a week would imply a increased risk of hypertension.

Whereas if its consumption is habitual, the risk of different disorders and conditions that could lead to renal insufficiency.

Increase vascular risk

As we mentioned briefly on a previous occasion, a regular and / or excessive consumption of anti-inflammatories and analgesics tends to have a very negative effect on our circulatory system and the heart.

In fact, increases the risk of suffering stroke, deep vein thrombosis and myocardial infarction.

Despite all these unpleasant consequences, most of all these unwanted effects are reversible from the moment in which they stop taking this type of drugs.

And we must never forget this maxim: the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (as common as ibuprofen, antalgin or orudis) should always respond to a specific malaise, and be done for a limited time, not exceeding 7 days of consumption.

In addition, a higher dose consumption does not imply improvements in the area where we have pain or inflammation. On the contrary, it can produce greater and worse consequences in our health. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesAnti-inflammatory

Be careful when taking an anti-inflammatory medication (June 2022)