NSAID painkillers can stop your heart
Here's the BIG problem with most drug research: The folks who take part in the studies are almost certainly nothing at all like you.
Big Pharma doesn't like testing meds on the older patients who will actually end up using them.
They're much harder to treat, and far more likely to suffer from side effects.
So they run their studies using folks as young and healthy as they can find, making the results look safer and more effective than they really are.
As a result, a drug can sit on the market for years or decades... and even go over-the-counter... without ANYONE realizing just how dangerous it is to seniors facing health risks.
And odds are, at least one of those "secret dangers" is sitting in your own medicine chest right now!
New research exposes the ugly truth about common NSAID painkillers such as ibuprofen, especially when they're given to folks who are already a little older and a little sicker.
This study reveals how these drugs aren't just dangerous.
They can be downright DEADLY!
Researchers in Denmark have found that common NSAIDs can increase your risk of cardiac arrest, an often-fatal condition where the heart suddenly stops.
Overall, the drugs raise the risk by 31 percent, with ibuprofen -- one of the most commonly-used painkillers on the planet -- boosting the risk by exactly that amount.
Another drug, diclofenac, can increase the risk by 50 percent.
The study didn't look at how long folks had been using the drugs, but it did look at the same patients in months where they did and months where they didn't.
In other words, these weren't habitual users taking the meds daily for long-periods of time.
They were people who use them like everyone else -- taking them for occasional pain relief.
More importantly, it found the biggest risks are likely in patients who are rarely part of those Big Pharma studies: Older folks, especially those who already have risk factors for heart problems.
The study found no risk at all for some painkillers such as naproxen, celecoxib, and rofecoxib, but let's not kid ourselves when it comes to these drugs.
None of them are truly safe.
I know popping meds like ibuprofen can seem like an easy option, especially if pain is becoming a regular visitor in your home.
But you've got choices here.
Many common aches can be eased with topical painkillers such as MSM, and you can get a little more help if you make anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin and fish oil part of your daily routine.
I'll have more on pain -- including the latest research on one of the most common aches of all -- later today.
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