For years, mainstream medicine treated ibuprofen like some sort of miracle drug.
Conventional docs said it was safer on your tummy than aspirin. And they swore it worked better on pain than acetaminophen.
You could easily score a prescription for 800 or even 1000 mg pills. And some docs even encouraged folks to skip the prescription and just pop MORE of the over-the-counter version.
Docs gave the green light to countless folks battling chronic pain to swallow them practically like candy… without worrying about any serious ibuprofen side effects.
These days we know better. We’ve learned ibuprofen comes with plenty of serious—and sometimes deadly—risks too.
Beware ibuprofen side effects
The trouble is routines are hard to change. So many folks are still in the habit of popping ibuprofen for every little ache and pain.
Even worse, many folks haven’t ever gotten the message about the dangers that these drugs pose. They still believe the lie that ibuprofen is perfectly safe.
But the truth is the FDA warning about NSAIDs such as ibuprofen has changed TWICE since 2005.
Yet far too many doctors have never shared this life-saving information with their patients. So today, I’m going to go ahead and do it for them.
Because knowing the following three ibuprofen side effects could literally save your life.
1. Internal bleeding:
The early hype about this drug being far safer for your GI tract was off base. urns out taking too much ibuprofen CAN trigger internal bleeding.
In fact, internal bleeding due to NSAIDs cause 103,000 hospitalizations, and 16,500 deaths, every single year. Making this one of the ibuprofen side effects you can’t afford to ignore.
According to a report released by the American Gastroenterological Association, a study found folks taking high doses of the drug were 3.5 times as likely to experience internal bleeding as those receiving a placebo. And even worse, the bleeding started quickly… after only three days of usage.
2. Kidney damage:
Over time, taking too much ibuprofen can damage your kidneys also. A 2010 study out of Vienna confirmed NSAIDs could throw them out of whack, or worse.
Ibuprofen works by blocking both your COX-I and COX-II enzymes. But those same enzymes happen to play an essential role in the way your kidneys work too. So when you mess with them, you’re messing with your kidneys as well.
This can lead to water retention and increased blood pressure. Plus it causes difficulty with processing essential minerals like sodium and potassium. In the worst cases, it can add up to acute renal failure with kidneys quitting altogether.
3. Heart dangers:
The biggest threat of all may be to your heart.
You know those NSAID warnings I mentioned earlier? Well, they have to do with raising your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Taking ibuprofen can send your risk of heart attack and stroke soaring after just a few weeks. And that’s even in folks with NO previous heart issues. In fact, the FDA admits, “There is no period of use shown to be without risk.”
The answer, of course, is to avoid using ibuprofen. But that’s not much of a solution when you’re in pain.
That’s why I encourage you to try natural anti-inflammatories instead. Capsaicin, green tea, and my favorite curcumin (I use it for knee pain myself) are all effective NSAID alternatives that don’t come with dangerous ibuprofen side effects.