March 8, 2023 from The Epoch Times
A Reuters article from 2013 had a stunning opening sentence that claimed that “long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers.”.
In 2004, A Vioxx recall was spurred by almost 30,000 excess cases of heart attacks and cardiac deaths caused by the drug between 1999 and 2003. Although scientific research had been gathered as early as 2000 linking Vioxx to increased heart attacks and strokes, Merck, the manufacturer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said nothing. The Reuters report was focused on research published in the Lancet which indicated that the risk of heart attack increases up to three times greater and that the risk of heart failure doubles among heavier users of such anti-inflammatory drugs.
In most circumstances, underlying pro-inflammatory conditions can be adjusted with an altered diet, reduced stress, and avoidance of environmental chemical exposures. However, these approaches take time, energy, and discipline and many individuals wish to stop the pain immediately. For those moments of compulsion, users may take over-the-counter medications to stop the pain.
If this approach is used frequently, the side effects may accumulate and put the user’s life at risk. An excellent example of this is Ibuprofen, which is associated with the dangerous risks previously stated, as well as over two dozen more serious adverse health effects. Those taking the drug may suffer from:
● DNA Damage
● Hearing Loss
● Influenza Mortality
Ibuprofen is not alone in elevating cardiovascular disease risk and/or mortality. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a whole, are associated with these dangerous consequences. Cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality are the highest on the list of over 100 unintentional adverse health effects associated with the use of NSAIDs.