Ibuprofen belongs to a class of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAID). These drugs are widely used as painkillers and to combat fever.
In 2005 FDA stated that Ibuprofen carried Cardiovascular Disease risk along with Gastro Intestinal bleeding. Moreover, it warned people with recent Bypass surgery to avoid Ibuprofen.
Manufacturers of these drugs were asked to include above warnings within their label.
In 2015, FDA again warned the potential effects of Ibuprofen. It was stricter than the previous statement. It asked all patients to seek immediate medical attention if symptoms such as weakness, chest pain or slurred speech showed up.
Here are some important points to note:
- The risk of heart attack or stroke increases within the first week of taking Ibuprofen.
- The risk increases with duration.
- The risk of heart attack further increases with higher dosage
- Patients without any heart disease are also at increased heart attack risk
- Risk is much higher in patients with previous heart disease history
Finally, FDA advises to stay alert and report any side effects immediately to Medwatch.
The American Heart Association takes a step further in this issue. It has released this news stating that even common nutritional supplements increase heart failure risk.
Common painkillers like Ibuprofen interfere with diuretic medications. This leads to fluid and sodium retention in the body making high blood pressure medications less effective.
Other drugs for cold and heartburn also contain significant amount of sodium. Unfortunately, sodium is restricted through the use of diet and medication in heart patients.
The American Heart Association also targets alternative medicine which is used to treat heart attack or failure.
Drugs that are dangerous for heart patients according to American Heart Association include:
- St. John’s wort
- Danshen and
- Green Tea
Furthermore, American Heart Association has advised to carry all medications at every visit. Inform your doctor about these medications you take before starting or stopping a drug.
To Summarize, don’t take painkillers and avoid treating yourself for heart disease.
Note: When we mention Ibuprofen it represents all NSAID with the exemption of Aspirin.