Just because a drug doesn’t require a prescription, doesn’t mean it’s harmless or should be taken without careful consideration. A recent study revealed taking ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for even a short period of time can have an adverse effect on your heart health.
Quick definition: NSAIDs (ie. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are used for pain relief, reducing inflammation, bringing down fevers and preventing blood clotting. (1) Common NSAIDS are:
ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex)