Are you among those who frequently reach into their medicine cabinet to fetch a pain drug for quick relief from a headache or a backache? Have you ever wondered why these painkillers also carry a warning message and essential safety information?
Did you know that common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen that deliver you near-instant relief from pain can also lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death? Let us examine what the FDA has been saying about the critical health risks associated with commonly used pain drugs.
Revised Warnings from the FDA
The FDA has recently strengthened its warnings about health risks associated with commonly used pain drugs. The Drug Facts labels for various over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription painkillers and NSAIDs now provide an indication that these medications can intensify the likelihood of the occurrence of a heart attack or stroke, which can eventually lead to the death of the patient.
The severe side effects may show up as early as the initial few weeks of taking an NSAID. The risk will propagate for the duration a patient takes NSAIDs.
Most of these OTC drugs with a revised warning are used for fever or temporary pain relief. The prescription drugs released with the revised warning are commonly used for treating several kinds of painful conditions, including arthritis. Many of the OTC and prescription medicines include NSAIDs. For this reason, patients must avoid consuming multiple remedies with the same active ingredients.
Common Uses of NSAIDs
Prescription NSAIDs are often used for treating the symptoms of various debilitating conditions, which include gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other painful rheumatologic conditions. On the other hand, commonly used OTC NSAIDs provide temporary relief from fever and minor pains and aches such as headaches, backaches, toothaches, muscular aches, tendonitis, sprains, strains, and menstrual cramps.
Some of the common OTC NSAIDs include naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Furthermore, certain combination medicines, such as multi-symptom cold products used for providing relief from the symptoms of cold and flu, also contain NSAIDs.