Over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) are a double-edged sword: They are readily available and can relieve your symptoms quickly, but once you have become reliant on them, they can make you sicker with adverse side effects. Ibuprofen is one such OTC medicine: While it’s used at a rate of billions of doses every year to treat pain, … Continue reading 6 Natural and effective alternatives to ibuprofen
Ibuprofen may increase susceptibility to the coronavirus, new study says; experts also link infectious complications to its use
People should avoid using ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs because they could increase the risk of infection by the deadly coronavirus. This advice came from a tweet made by the French Health Minister Olivier Veran on March 14 that soon gained traction worldwide. Following his social media post, the French government released an official announcement concerning the use … Continue reading Ibuprofen may increase susceptibility to the coronavirus, new study says; experts also link infectious complications to its use
Did you know over-the-counter cold medicines can harm your heart?
Millions of Americans rely on these popular pills and liquid elixirs to make it through cold and flu season. But could your favorite over-the-counter cold medicine be putting your cardiovascular health at risk? New research suggests so, warning that cold and flu products containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and decongestants can increase blood pressure levels while … Continue reading Did you know over-the-counter cold medicines can harm your heart?
Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 30% — why do people still believe that NSAIDs are safe?
One of the biggest mistakes many of us make when it comes to our healthcare choices is to divide the pharmacy into two sections in our minds: the over-the-counter, no limits, “safe” section; and the behind-the-counter, must have a prescription, “dangerous” section. It is very easy to conclude that not needing a prescription for a … Continue reading Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 30% — why do people still believe that NSAIDs are safe?
Prepper medicine: 7 natural pain-relieving plants
There is no such thing as being too prepared in times of emergency. Stocking up on necessities such as medications will be valuable; there will come a time when medicines will be scarce, and you won’t always have them at your disposal. Luckily, there are a myriad of medicinal herbs and plants that are just … Continue reading Prepper medicine: 7 natural pain-relieving plants
The Dangers of Acetaminophen
Source: The Dangers of Acetaminophen by Dr. Edward Group When it comes to proven, over-the-counter solutions for easing pain and controlling a fever, acetaminophen (also called paracetamol, and best known by the brand name, Tylenol) has long been the preferred recommendation for many. It is actually the most widely used product of its kind, and with good … Continue reading The Dangers of Acetaminophen
No good reason for the opioid epidemic: Clinical trial showed no “significant difference” in pain relief for treating arm or leg pain using opioids vs non-opioids
There is a lot of finger-pointing going on when it comes to the cause of the opioid epidemic. The pharmaceutical companies making these drugs often get the bulk of the blame, with the doctors who prescribe them following closely behind in the culpability leaderboard. To be fair, some opioid addictions start out fairly innocently, with … Continue reading No good reason for the opioid epidemic: Clinical trial showed no “significant difference” in pain relief for treating arm or leg pain using opioids vs non-opioids
Don’t take ibuprofen during pregnancy, especially if you’re having a boy: Research shows it suppresses testosterone and disrupts male development
Pregnant women are responsible for their child’s health from day one of conception until adulthood. Pregnancy may have some painful side effects such as back aches and migraine, but it should not be a reason to self-medicate with painkillers. Researchers from the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (Irset, in its French form) found that pregnant … Continue reading Don’t take ibuprofen during pregnancy, especially if you’re having a boy: Research shows it suppresses testosterone and disrupts male development
Coffee found to be just as effective as ibuprofen for easing pain
Adequate sleep and caffeine intake were found to be just as effective as some commonly-used analgesics such as ibuprofen in easing pain, according to a recent animal study published in the journal Nature Medicine. According to researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, chronic sleep deprivation leads to increased pain sensitivity. The research … Continue reading Coffee found to be just as effective as ibuprofen for easing pain