Feb 112013
 

Can Ibuprofen Cause You To Have A Stroke?

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Ibuprofen Stroke Risk Discussed on Dr. Oz

Today Dr. Oz talked about Acetaminophen risks and how Ibuprofen can lead to strokes.  Ibuprofen is an over the counter medication that can be found in Midol, Advil, Motrin, and more. Ibuprofen is an effective pain relieving treatment for your back and joint pain.  However, Dr. Oz said that long term use of Ibuprofen can triple your risk of having a stroke!  He said that it can also raise your risk of having a heart attack, as well as stomach bleeding and kidney damage.

Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil said that long term use of Ibuprofen causes your body to retain water.  This can cause your blood pressure to rise.  High blood pressure affects blood vessels that go to the brain and the heart.   Ibuprofen can also make your body more likely to form blood clots.  This can further damage your blood vessels.  Dr. Devi said that Ibuprofen is a drug and not intended to be taken continuously.  Dr. Oz said that 1,200 milligrams is the maximum dose you should take of Ibuprofen, which is about six capsules.  Dr. Oz said that you shouldn’t take Ibuprofen more than 3 days per week.

Dr. Oz performed a demonstration to show why and how Ibuprofen has some serious risks for long term use.   He said that Ibuprofen or other pain relievers are only effective to relieve pain up to a certain point.  Taking more than the recommended dosage doesn’t take away any more pain.  When you exceed the recommended dosage you can damage your body and put yourself at risk.

Warning Signs Your Taking Too Much Ibuprofen :

  • High blood pressure

Pain Relieving Alternatives To Ibuprofen

  • Long lasting thermal heat patches containing methyl salicylate / menthol

Aspirin – Alternative To Ibuprofen

Aspirin has been around for a long time and research is showing that there are more benefits to aspirin that was once thought.  Aspirin lowers inflammation in the body.  Here are the guidelines that Dr. Oz gave on the show.

    • For a headache or muscle ache – 325 milligrams every 4-6 hours
    • Do not give aspirin to children
    • Do not exceed 4,000 mg per day
    • 2 low dose aspirin can prevent a heart attack

If you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack take 325 milligrams.  Chew the aspirin and let it be absorbed under your tongue so it will get in your system more quickly.

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