Ibuprofen Should Be Recalled?

IbuprofenDebates rise as to whether Ibuprofen should be recalled. People get a headache or a stomach ache. They reach straight for the cupboard to relieve them selves from pain. They opt for Ibuprofen and swallow a couple with water.

Sound like a familiar story? Well there have been many issues surrounding Ibuprofen which surface fears of whether the drug should be recalled.

Thousands die from the use of Ibuprofen every year. It increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, causes damage to the small intestine, and in genetically predisposed people it can also increase the risk of celiac disease.

These symptoms can occur because Ibuprofen has the ability to make the small intestine leaky, which allows gluten into the bloodstream and ultimately creates an autoimmune response. Autoimmunity is when organisms fail to recognize their constituent parts, and therefore fail to act accordingly. This leads to an immune response against its own cells and tissues.

A similar NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammitory) drug to have been recalled was Rofecoxib, marketed under the brand names of Vioxx, Ceoxx and Ceeoxx. It was withdrawn in 2004 due to safety concerns linked to 30,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths, happening between 1999 and 2003.

A report in The Lancet indicates that with these types of NSAID drugs, heart attack risks increase by 1/3, and the risk of heart failure doubles, which is why we question whether Ibuprofen should be recalled.

Due to the over-use of Ibuprofen, pain and levels of inflammation have become a common occurrence. Our bodies have become so used to being fed drugs in order to eliminate pain that our body’s natural healing process does not work as efficiently or effectively.

The next time you reach for the Ibuprofen, think about taking a different approach. For example, exercise and a healthy diet can help to relieve headaches, and are a much healthier way to conquer your aches and pains.

Ibuprofen is used world-wide, however is this product liable for death and damage to its users? Should we take action and seek to get the drug recalled before any more heart attacks or sudden strokes occur.

For those looking for a safer option, always consult your doctor before taking drugs. You should certainly avoid NSAIDs if you suffer from asthma or have previously fallen victim to a heart attack, stroke, stomach ulcer or kidney disease.

People can also look into other NSAIDs. Drugs like Naproxen have not been linked to heart attacks or strokes, and therefore may be the best option if you are taking a drug over a long stretch of time. Doctors may also prescribe drugs to help decrease acid in the stomach while taking an NSAID on a long-term basis.

With such great risks with when taking Ibuprofen, the question occurs as the whether the drug should be recalled. The fact that similar drugs like Rofecoxib have been taken off the market as safety hazards and causes of death, emphasizes just how lethal these drugs can be. The fact that people are able to buy Ibuprofen over the counter is even more worrisome,  because it becomes readily available to anyone. Next time you go to take Ibuprofen for a little ache or pain, think about the risks and whether this quick-fix answer is worth the possible consequences.

Op-Ed by Melissa McDonald

Michael Lewin
The Lancet
Green Med

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