When you are in pain, you reach for anything that will help it to go away. But what if your usual over-the-counter painkillers are less safe than a natural remedy that you could easily store in your kitchen?
Aspirin, acetaminophin, ibuprofin and naproxen sodium all go by other brand names on the drug store shelves. All of these have information on their warning labels about possible serious side effects and interactions with other medications.
Risks associated with these painkillers are higher for the very young or old. Other risks of over-the-counter medications exist for those who have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, asthma or immune system problems.
Studies of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs show significant problems with major upper gastrointestinal bleeding as the most important adverse effect of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers. The concern over stomach bleeding is especially true of these painkillers in higher doses.
Other studies show that for people with a risk of cardiovascular disease, ibuprofen may add an increased risk of thrombotic and congestive heart failure events. Ibuprofen had a risk that was similar to that of prescription painkillers especially when combined with aspirin.
Consult with your medical provider if you have concerns about interactions with natural painkillers. It is also wise to discuss your plan to seek natural pain remedies and ask if there are any concerns associated with your preferred natural solution.