Warning! Read this if you take Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, or other OTC pain medication.
In America, we use Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs, or NSAID's, for everything from reducing pain and inflammation, lowering fever and for attempting to reduce the risk of heart attacks.
We have long assumed that because they are over the counter drugs and approved by the FDA, that they are completely safe. But are they really? While we are not suggesting that you stop taking doctor prescribed Aspirin or other pain relievers, you should know the facts.
While this is not a complete list of the side effects from Aspirin or the other over the counter pain medications, it does highlight some of them.
A recent study on regular Aspirin use showed an almost threefold increase of a certain type of macular degeneration that damages the center of the field of vision, the 'sweet spot,' causing it to be obscured.
In the study, 9.3% of Aspirin users were affected, compared with 3.7% for non-aspirin users. That's almost 1 in 10 users that were affected.
Aspirin has a long history of causing stomach problems as well as internal bleeding with some people, but we can now add macular degeneration to the list of possible side effects.
Aleve has shown to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is also linked to increased blood pressure.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the leading cause of acute liver failure. While we have to consider that there are over 8 billion pills of acetaminophen taken annually, we cannot dismiss its direct impact on the liver.
We also cannot forget about Vioxx, the presciption pain medication that was pulled from the market in 2004 after it was found that it increased the risk of heart attack by 100% and led to the deaths of some 100,000 people.
Don't forget, the FDA approved Vioxx, and even re-approved it even after it was pulled from the market! Merck wisely decided to not reintroduce it.
If you decide to take any of the common over the counter pain medications, please do your homework. There are plenty of herbal remedies for many of the common aches and pains we experience that do not have side effects, but are full of side benefits. Compliments to the wonders of nature.
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