New research is identifying a link between the common household drug, ibuprofen, and a swarth of serious health problems in humans. Ibuprofen, a drug present in everything from certain back and muscle formulations to the headache reliever Advil and Motrin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
• The over-the-counter drug was once touted as being a safer and more effective alternative to Tylenol, which can cause liver damage after chronic or high-dose use.
• The study focused on long-term use of ibuprofen in athletes, who were much more likely to take the drug consistently during recovery. What it found was a marked increase in hormonal issue and loss of sex drive and performance.
• Researchers were able to tie primary hypogonadism, a condition that causes low testosterone and a host of flu-like symptoms, to the drug. This condition is especially concerning for men, who may become infertile as a result.
• Issues with lowered sex drive are most likely tied to hormone interference. Lowered testosterone in men and women has the potential to cripple sex drive and sexual response as a whole.
• Despite the fact that the study focused on long-term use, researchers believe people taking the drug casually may also be at risk. Bernard Jégou, a respondent from the French National Institute of Health (FNIH), highlighted his concerns in an interview. “We are concerned about it, particularly for healthy people who don’t need to take these drugs. The risk is greater than the benefit.”
• Doctors often prescribe ibuprofen in higher dose strengths for a long list of conditions ranging from dental pain to musculoskeletal conditions like degenerative disc disease.
• Researchers have long been aware of the gastrointestinal side effects of NSAID drugs. Most substances falling within the class can cause internal bleeding, ulcers, and even stomach perforation.
• The study also identified a potential solution; celecoxib (better known as Celebrex) may provide the same benefits as ibuprofen without as much risk. It also demonstrates a higher level of effectiveness in certain musculoskeletal conditions, like spondylolisthesis and arthritis.
This issue raises questions about how long it takes to find out the side effects of any medication. Every day we see ads from lawyers who want to “help you” make it right when you suffer from side effects that are just coming to light. What is your method for deciding if a medication is right for you?