Many adults using ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are taking them in too high a dose, increasing the risk of many serious side effects such as internal bleeding and heart attack. All this is the conclusion of one new American study .
About 15 percent of adults who are taking ibuprofen or other similar drugs such as aspirin, naproxen, diclofenac, meloxicam, and celecoxib, and which exceed the maximum recommended daily doses for these medicines, reveals this research.
NSAIDs are among the most commonly used drugs in the United States and worldwide, according to Dr. David Kaufman's research manager at Boston University.
These medicines may have serious side effects including bleeding in the digestive system and heart attacks. The problem is that they are often taken without medical supervision because many of them are available without a prescription, according to Kaufman. There seems to be a consumer attitude that they can take doses on their own estimates, regardless of written warnings on the packaging, ignoring the maximum permissible limits.
Within the study, 1326 consumers of ibuprofen controlled the diaries of this drug for a period of seven days. 87 percent of them received a prescription drug, as scientists in the paper published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety .
A total of 55 percent of patients took ibuprofen at least three times a week, and 16 percent took the medication even every day.
In addition to ibuprofen, 37 percent of people reported having taken at least one drug from that NSAID group during that week, most often aspirin or naproxen. Less than half of those surveyed knew that all these drugs belonged to the same NSAID group.
"Conclusions of the conducted study show potential negative side effects of buying NSAIDs without prescription #, claims Dr. Gunnar Gislason, head of Denmark's Heart Disease Foundation in Copenhagen. "I believe that the message that consumers get when these drugs can be purchased freely in various stores and petrol stations are absolutely safe and can be taken to relieve pain without too much need to read the packing warnings," Gislason explained. did not participate in the study.
"NSAIDs are prescribed by doctors for some disorders of the musculo-skeletal system and other health problems, but they are not the appropriate choice for many other states massively taken by patients who buy them for free sale," says Dr Liffert Vogt of the Academic Health Center of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands
"My view is that NSAIDs should not be available in a non-prescription free sale because of all their potential adverse effects," said Vogt.