NSAIDs: Not Safe for Long Term Use?
A common myth is that cheap and readily available drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen are effective and safe methods for getting rid of arthritis pain forever.
Taking over the counter medicines is not necessarily an unsafe practice, as it will temporarily relieve some of your pain. However, bear in mind that there are many potentially serious long-term effects. Some of these long termeffects include gastric toxicity of NSAIDs (ex: aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen). Use of over the counter medicines may even cause or accelerate articular damage.
Potential Negative Effects of NSAIDs
Even acetaminophen, while not technically a NSAID, can have detrimental effects on the body if taken for long periods of time, in large enough doses, or combined with other drugs such as alcohol. So far, there isn't any convincing data showing that NSAIDs or selective COX-2 inhibitors have a favorable effect on cartilage, especially over a long period of time.
NSAIDs might relieve your pain in the short term, but what is it costing your joints (or health) in the long term?
Doctors commonly prescribe over the counter drugs like aspirin to ease arthritis pain. Aside from vomiting and nausea, long term or large doses of NSAIDs or acetaminophen can actually cause serious kidney damage, liver failure, as well as cause damage to the lining of the stomach or intestines.
Toxicity & Long Term Effects of NSAID Use
Members of the research community have a word for it: Toxicity.
Oftentimes, we reach for a bottle of aspirin when we have minor pain. However, we should be careful to understand the long-term consequences of what we are putting into our bodies. On the other hand, there are natural substances (found in the body) that are effective in dealing with joint discomfort and have far fewer side effects.
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