‘If I don’t need a prescription, it’s probably safe to casually consume.’
That’s what many who see ibuprofen for pain relief think when they see it readily available at their local pharmacy. And while it is a good remedy for pain relief, it’s still a drug, and if you’re taking it on the reg, it may lead to some unwanted side effects.
One of the most commonly used classes of medications worldwide, current recommendations suggest limiting daily ibuprofen intake to no more than 30 days.
But if you exceed that amount and continue daily dosages into the second or third month, the negative effects can start to present. Many people do rely on ibuprofen to get through the day, so these side effects aren’t uncommon.
“Very often, individuals involved in large amounts of physical activity, either athletes or people with physically demanding occupations, will rely on ibuprofen or other NSAIDs as a way to limit daily aches and pains and allow continued function,” says Harrison Linder, MD, from the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
That instant relief may help you through the day, but it could lead to unwanted side effects such as:
- Stomach problems
- Heart complications, and higher risks of uncontrolled bleeding
- Poor kidney function
So, remember to use ibuprofen sparingly and in moderation. If you must use it, try taking it with turmeric or curcumin and lots of water to maximize the immediate benefits and rapidly improve inflammation.
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