Ibuprofen link to heart failure: Over-the-counter painkillers raise risk by almost 20%

Deepak, 17/03/2017

Taking ibuprofen to facilitate a headache pain may appear like no major ordeal, yet Danish researchers alert against trying too hard. A study in the European Heart Journal recommends that ibuprofen, one of America's most prevalent painkillers, raises a person's danger of heart failure by 31%

Other types of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, also were linked to an increased risk of heart trouble, per a news release. The finding depends on information from 29,000 individuals who endured a heart failure in Denmark in the vicinity of 2001 and 2010.

Of those, about 3,400 had taken a NSAID in the 30 days preceding it. The biggest increase in risk, at 50%, was seen with the NSAID diclofenac, reports the Guardian.

The discoveries are a stark update that NSAIDs are not harmless," says examine author Gunnar Gislason of the University of Copenhagen, who thinks the medications are too effectively accessible as over-the-counter medicines.

The researchers say individuals ought not take more than 1,200mg of ibuprofen for every day, reports Live Science, which adds up to six 200mg-pills.

The FDA has already cautioned that people with heart disease or hypertension  should consult their doctors before taking NSAIDS,because of earlier research that also raised heart concerns.


A total of 27 individual NSAIDs were included in the analysis on patients aged 18 and over in the UK, Holland, Germany and Italy between 2000 and 2010.

Overall 92,163 hospital admissions for heart failure were identified and matched with 8,246,403 control patients.

Current use of any NSAID was found to be associated with a 19 per cent increase in the risk of hospital admission for heart failure.

People regularly purchasing NSAIDs over the counter, such as ibuprofen, should seek advice from their pharmacist or doctor. People needing treatment with long-term or frequent short courses should be regularly assessed.”

Heart failure is caused by a wide range of conditions, including high blood pressure, heart attacks and obesity.

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