Normally most of us use Ibuprofen to get relieved from headache. Most of us carry it in the bag wherever they go, Even though these pills seem to soothe the pain quickly, their side-effects are really concerning..
The status of these over-the-counter pills is rather misleading, but the real truth is that their effects are numerous, including severe heart damage.
Eight years ago, even the FDA issued a warning about Ibuprofen, claiming that it seriously raises the risks of stroke and heart attacks. Last year, they decided to strengthen the warning. After reviewing the drug, they stated the following,
- Ibuprofen significantly raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes, even after short term use.
- The longer the drug is used, the higher the risk would be.
- It is a fact that these risks are higher in the case of an existing heart condition, you do not need to have heart issues to be exposed to this threat.
Additionally, the risk is much higher for people older than 40, and the chances for these people to develop heart problems are extremely high. The FDA raises a red flag when it comes to these harmful pills. The biggest problem about all this is the fact that people assume over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, to be completely harmless. This is mostly due to the fact that the general belief is that if there is no prescription, the seriousness of the side-effects of the drug is low, so people regularly pop pills when they suffer from some health issue.
The main side effects of this drug are,
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- severe stomach pain
- signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; red or dark-brown urine; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds; red spots on the skin; unusual bruising or bleeding from the eye, gums, or nose
- signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
- unexplained weight gain or swelling
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of eyes or skin