Ibuprofen is one of the most common medicines used to counter pain. But, Doctors are urging people that are over the age of 40 to stop taking this drug. A major study has shown that Ibuprofen and other painkillers may cause serious health issues including an increased risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
According to the Simple Capacity, The FDA said: “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.”
According to the Daily Mail, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) or prescribed painkillers, which includes Ibuprofen were 20 percent more likely on average to be admitted to hospital with heart failure. If taken regularly, Ibuprofen increased the risk of heart failure by 18 percent.
Source: American Flare
Basically, these types of painkillers were being improperly overused. Elderly patients with muscular pains and arthritis have commonly used these pills and they are also at the higher risk of heart failure.
Connection Between Heart and Joint Problems
According to the Professor Peter Weissberg who is a medical director of the British Heart Foundation, in elderly people, joint and heart problems often coexist. This study served as a wake-up call for all the doctors to consider carefully how they prescribe NSAIDs to their patients. And Patients also should take a lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.