Ibuprofen May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), have spurred safety warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for heart and stroke risks, Time reports, with ibuprofen appearing to have the most danger.

If you have muscle aches, a headache, fever, heartburn or allergy symptoms, you most likely are among the 4 out of 5 U.S. adults reaching for an over-the-counter (OTC) medication for relief. And while NSAIDS form a huge portion of pain reliever purchases, acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is also a favorite.

The trouble is that, like NSAIDS, acetaminophen comes with its own set of dangers, including overdose and subsequent liver failure.

The problem is in many instances the pain relief from any of these OTCs is only temporary, if it’s helped at all. Since federal reports revealed that more than 54 percent of U.S. citizens have some type of musculoskeletal pain disorder such as back, joint or neck pain, it’s imperative to find alternative answers for relief.

I strongly recommend exhausting other options before you resort to OTC medications. For example, strengthening exercises have been found to decrease pain more than short-term use of acetaminophen for hip or knee osteoarthritis.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is also a drug-free approach for pain management of all kinds. EFT borrows from the principles of acupuncture, in that it helps you balance out your subtle energy system. It helps resolve underlying, often subconscious, and negative emotions that may be exacerbating your physical pain, and stimulates points that rebalance your energy system, helping to dissipate pain.
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