WHEN A KNOWN KILLER KEEPS MAKING A COMEBACK
Is your health affected by this one seemingly innocuous OTC medication?
Are you one of the people who should NEVER take it?
Why is this medicine, which is advised professionally to NEVER give to infants, now peddled as a safe infant medicine?
NO, IT'S NOT PARACETAMOL OR CODEINE...
In the 1960s approval and use of a certain 'safe' wonder drug began its slow burn, crawling into the popularity of western health care. In 1983 it blasted onto the international scene in the hangover period of other side effect laden analgesics becoming more and more discredited. By 2006 Australian experts were calling for it to be taken off shelves with pharmacists claiming 1 in 5 Australians are permanently and disastrously affected by side effects - rather than recognised as side effects they are now being diagnosed as stand alone aging disorders.
By 2016, many westerners suffer disorders courtesy of OTC pharmaceutical side effects. Rebranding campaigns under different names have resulted in increased popularity while paracetamol, aspirin and codeine have each been targeted in campaigns to discredit; in reality, Ibuprofen has far worse immediate and long term effects.
SO WHAT IS IT?
Ibuprofen is a darling of the product-flogging medi-god; the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is believed to work by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Yet no one is concerned that those same hormones are now out of balance, causing permanent, long term effects on every aspect of health.
WHY AREN'T THESE URGENT WARNINGS MORE WELL KNOWN?
Pharma and medical websites, not to mention medical literature, contain urgent warnings on how to use and how not to use Ibuprofen.
Did you know....
Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking this medicine.
Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.
You should not use ibuprofen if you are allergic to it, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.
SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
NEVER use it if you have heart disease.
NEVER use it if you are having or have had heart surgery
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK - intestinal bleeding, which can cause death, can come on suddenly and without warning.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU EVER USE IBUPROFEN. WHY?
Doctors are told to do a thorough examination of ALL patients prior to the use of Ibuprofen, with particular concern of patients with the following -
heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;
a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
liver or kidney disease;
fluid retention; or
a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, or lupus.
Taking ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby.
It is unknown whether ibuprofen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give ibuprofen to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.
IT'S ALL TOO CONFUSING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The use of Ibuprofen could be life threatening if you suffer from the following -
Heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes
Stomach ulcers or abdominal bleeding
Liver or kidney disease
Connective tissue disorders
If you are pregnant
If you are nursing
NEVER administer to an infant after vaccinations. They can increase the side effects and if given after the Chicken Pox or MMR vaccines, the adverse effects to existing symptoms can be life threatening and disfiguring.
BUT WHAT IF I DON'T SUFFER THESE THINGS?
The use of Ibuprofen must be done under strict guidelines -
Do not exceed recommended dose
Do not use long term
Overdose can damage stomach and intestines
Take only with food to lessen stomach/digestive irritation
If using long term or repeatedly you will need medical tests
Avoid drinking alcohol while using Ibuprofen as it increases stomach bleeding
NEVER take Ibuprofen with Aspirin (it has somehow bypassed an original ban to combine with paracetamol)
SEEK URGENT MEDICAL HELP IF -
You show signs of allergy - sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, wheezing, hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat
You develop signs of heart attack/stroke - left sided chest pain spreading to your jaw, numbness/weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, shortness of breath
Changes in your vision
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion)
swelling or rapid weight gain
the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild
signs of stomach bleeding - bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
kidney problems - little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath
low red blood cells (anemia) - pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating
severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
BUT AREN'T THESE JUST MOST OF TODAY'S COMMON HEALTH ISSUES?
Yes! Aren't you asking why? How many are you aware of that you could be causing these symptoms simply by taking Ibuprofen? The above is not even a complete list of the known side effects of this drug which may well be THE most dangerous OTC medication long term in the world. Yet almost every single house has a packet laying around as if they are lollies.
WHAT IF I AM TAKING OTHER MEDICATION?
Now we are getting somewhere. Ibuprofen is extremely dangerous to take alongside many other pharmaceutical medications. Life threatening even.
Ask your doctor before using ibuprofen if you take an antidepressant such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone, or vilazodone. Taking these medicines together may cause you to bruise/bleed easily. (How many of you are being treated for this as a stand alone symptom?)
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use ibuprofen if you are also using any of the following drugs:
blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven);
heart or blood pressure medication, including a diuretic or "water pill"; or
steroid medicine (such as prednisone).
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with ibuprofen, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
COMMON EVERYDAY IBUPROFEN SIDE EFFECTS
These read like an everyday rundown of what it now feels to be 'normal' in the Western world, in 2016. Most, if not all people suffer from the following and while many may believe this is okay, others are seeking professional help for these symptoms. How many are told of the real cause?
WARNING - The list includes such impressive things as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, meningitis, organ failure, cancer symptoms, loss of senses, anaemia, coma, ulcerations, tearing of bowel, hernia, blood clots, aggravation of existing symptoms, pneumonia, asthma, liver disease, kidney failure, hepatitis, cataracts, lupus, adrenal fatigue, man boobs, death.
Is it any wonder at least one pharmacist has tried to have it taken off shelves? As long ago as 2006, an Australian pharmacist made an attempt to have Ibuprofen banned. Why is it still available - OTC?
More recently, Ibuprofen products with fake claims were removed from the shelves. That did not last very long. Our health care decision makers do not have our best interests at heart - after all, how long until all the symptoms now requiring expensive medication and treatments declined?
Finally, please remember that changing the name into dozens of impressive names does not remove these dangers.
*ALL images are linked to the use of Ibuprofen.
1. "Product Information. Motrin (ibuprofen)." Pharmacia and Upjohn, Kalamazoo, MI.
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. "Product Information. Caldolor (ibuprofen)." Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc, Nashville, TN.
4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
5. "Product Information. NeoProfen (ibuprofen)." Ovation Pharmaceuticals Inc, Deerfield, IL.
6. "Product Information. Ibuprofen (ibuprofen)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Spring Valley, NY.