The FDA rarely does this. But after an extensive review of the drug, they issued they following statements:
- Even with short term use, one’s heart attack and stroke risk increase significantly.
- This risk increases the longer one continues to use ibuprofen.
- You do not need to have an existing heart condition to be at risk, although such a condition does increase your chances.
These risks make ibuprofen especially dangerous to individuals over 40 – the age at which one’s risk of heart disease begins to skyrocket.
Keep in mind that the FDA approves of some pretty terrible medications, but even they are raising a red flag when it comes to this over the counter drug.
Don’t Be Misled
The major problem with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen – or acetaminophen, for that matter – is that people generally assume they pose no major risk.
A prescription is seen as an indicator of seriousness. In its absence, most people just shrug and pop pills whenever they even think they need to.
Hopefully the information I shared in this post changes your mind in that regard.
Don’t worry – I’m not just going to leave you hanging without at least one alternative option for pain relief.