The Problem With Painkillers

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Written By: Linda Woolven & Ted Snider (GreenMedInfo.com) Use of over-the-counter painkillers is staggeringly common. At least 175 million adults in the United States take OTC painkillers. That makes evaluating their effectiveness and safety crucial. But, it has been a very bad few years in painkiller research. Important recent studies have cast serious doubt on their effectiveness and their safety. Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory DrugsĀ  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Motrin), celecoxib (Celebrex) and others. Taking NSAIDs to prevent heart disease, as commonly recommended, has dangerous side effects, like bleeding into the brain or stomach. It has long been known that aspirin is a serious cause of ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. A meta-analysis of 24 controlled studies revealed… Read More →