When we're suffering from a headache or stomach cramps, the automatic reaction for many of us is to reach for the Ibuprofen. However, taking the drug more frequently than recommended can have serious health consequences. The UK National Medical Research Council and other health care officials advise the public to replace it with other drugs.
Ibuprofen is available over-the-counter without a prescription and it's easy to assume that they're totally safe.
However, medical professionals are warning that we need to be aware of the health risks associated with excessive Ibuprofen intake. Use of Ibuprofen has been linked with a tripled risk of stroke as well as an increased risk of kidney problems, heart failure, and hearing loss.
Even back in 2016, the NHS called into question certain publications that 'overstated' the dangers of the drug. However, they certainly agreed that the dosage and frequency of taking Ibuprofen can lead to some serious problems.
Whilst doctors advise that painkillers like Ibuprofen are safe for short-term use, they shouldn't be used regularly for long periods of time.
The risk factor becomes even higher if you are over 40 years old. You shouldn't be taking any more than a 600mg dose of Ibuprofen at a time and no more than three times a day. If you have any concerns about your health or medication you should always consult your doctor. As the NHS puts it:
Sensible advice is to take the lowest dose that works for the shortest period you need it. If you find you need to take NSAIDs very often, or you're taking doses higher than those recommended, you should talk to your doctor about your pain.
Watch our video to learn more about the consequences of taking Ibuprofen.