Here are two more good reasons not to take NSAIDs. I have long said that these drugs should not be used for people with osteoarthritis as they are dangerous in the medium and long term. These two studies have been published highlighting yet more side effects of NSAIDs and I wonder how many more osteoarthritis sufferers are going to be prescribed them before Doctors get the message.
This is a family of drugs that are regularly prescribed to people with osteoarthritis to help with the pain. The problem is that they do not cure anything so you have to keep taking them for the medium and long term.
These two studies show why, with the growing list of side effects for NSAIDs, this is really becoming unacceptable practice now and Doctors should look at other ways to help us OA sufferers.
Side Effects of NSAIDs Include Death this Time!
TopNews reported that if you have had a heart attack and then use NSAIDs then the likelihood of you suffering another heart attack within 5 years increases by 59%, concluding:
Thus, published in Circulation, the study has shed light over the fact that at least for five years, a heart-attack survivor should not be prescribed NSAIDS. Lead author Anne-Marie Olsen warned, “It is important to get the message out to clinicians taking care of patients with cardiovascular disease that NSAIDs are harmful, even several years after a heart attack”.
A Second Study Shows:
This second study adds another to the ever growing list of side effects of NSAIDs – deafness in women. They studied acetaminophen (e.g.Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Midol and Motrin) and aspirin.
Researchers examined the effects of acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin on the hearing of 62,261 women who were between ages 31 and 48. The women were followed for 14 years, after which 10,012 ended up reporting some kind of hearing loss.
The researchers found that taking acetaminophen two or three days a week raised the risk of hearing loss by 11 percent, while taking it four or five days a week raised the risk by 21 percent.
And they found that taking ibuprofen two or three days a week raised the risk of hearing loss by 13 percent, taking it four or five days a week raised it by 21 percent, and taking it six or more days a week raised it by 24 percent.
However, researchers didn’t find any increased risk of hearing loss linked with aspirin use.
They are quick to point out that this is an association and not a proven cause but let’s face it those are strong associations.
NSAIDs for Osteoarthritis
The main concern with taking NSAIDs for osteoarthritis is that you take them in the long term. There is no cure for OA yet and so NSAIDs are being used to manage the inflammation in the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joint. It does not help the pain of the actual OA as OA is a non-inflammatory arthritis.