Pain Killers-Safe Or Unsafe?
The FDA or The Food and Drug Administration has now strengthened its warning regarding the risks of taking painkillers. It says that certain types of these painkillers are becoming the reason behind heart problems. The FDA updated regarding this warning for prescription drugs and over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs that these are increasing the risk of stroke or heart attack. Few of such painkillers include ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), etc. which shouldn’t be taken much frequently. These painkillers also have the label saying that they “may cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke” but their new labels now say that “cause an increased risk of heart failure”. The FDA gave few warnings after all these evidences.
How Much Risky They May Cause?
There is no time period explained regarding this risk, says Dr. Judy Racoosin, deputy director of FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products in his statement. The risk depends on how much dose one takes in. If the dosage is high, then the risk is also high.
In a study took place in 2013, 600 trials took place which was compared to placebos and high dosages of NSAIDs such as diclofenac and coxibs which relatively increased the risk of serious heart diseases like heart attacks up to one third. The research also proved that ibuprofen also doubled the risk of developing many coronary events and all NSAIDs were associated to a 2- to 4- fold increased risk of developing gastrointestinal problems.
Who Has The Most Risk?
As per the FDA, people who already have heart disease have the highest risk compared to everyone else. However others are also at risk. The risk of heart attack and stroke is there even at the early stage of treatment in the first few weeks.
The FDA is now planning to add few more warnings to this additionally for those suffering with heart disease. This group of people in the society has the highest risk of getting another stroke or heart attack or even death due to these reasons if they are using NSAIDs for treatment. This was one more statement given by the FDA.
What Should You Do Now?
It is your responsibility to control this as much as possible. Keep your dosage as less as possible to lower the risk. If possible avoid taking such medicines. Meet your doctor and discuss with them if they can take these medicines if you have high blood pressure. You should also avoid taking them if you see any symptoms of heart related issues. This was the suggestion given by the FDA.
We know that pain killers should not be taken so frequently. They not only kill the pain but also people if taken frequently in heavy doses. There are many people who are still unaware of this fact and use these pain killers even for small issues. Whether it is a simple headache or some other pain in the body, many could be treated naturally or just by taking rest. But many are still using painkillers for such small issues as well. It is really very important to make them aware of this fact that taking them often can be risky. Try to avoid them as much as possible. Treat most of the problems with natural ingredients. Until and unless the problem is severe and necessary, never ever opt for painkillers.
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