Ibuprofen could kill you, and frighteningly it is available freely over the counter
A dire warning in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy explained.
In a press release issued on March 15, the European Society of Cardiology expressed concern over the public’s misuse of NSAIDs. NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
There have already been many warnings issued about the dangers of aspirin misuse. However, the misuse of ibuprofen needs to come with dire warnings.
Mistakenly considered harmless, misuse of ibuprofen can lead to an increased risk of cardiac arrest. Ibuprofen kills thousands per year who do not realize the cardiovascular risks.
The results of the study are extremely concerning. 28,947 patients in Denmark who had suffered cardiac arrest took part in the study. Researchers retrieved pain-killer prescription histories from each of the patients.
Alarmingly, 31% of the patients had taken NSAIDs during the month before experiencing cardiac arrest!
Professor of Cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital, Gunnar H. Gislason, believes NSAIDs shouldn’t be so easy to acquire. He added that drugs like ibuprofen should not be available for purchase in places such as supermarkets.
He said that strict instructions must accompany the purchase of NSAIDs. This kind of professional instruction is only possible from a doctor and pharmacist. Ibuprofen needs greater warning labels.