It’s your day off. You’ve planned for a week to plant some pansies and spruce up your flower beds. You bought plenty of flowers, some extra mulch and even a new pair of garden gloves. You are prepared to tackle this project. But when you woke up and started moving around you realized your hands were stiff and painful reminding you of why the flower beds are not already full of color. Or maybe you are a weekend warrior and you pulled a muscle while training for the local 10K charity race. Either way, walking, sitting or kneeling is going to hurt even more.
When the pain and discomfort cause us to rethink our plans we seem to have an automatic response. We reach in the medicine cabinet for the nearest over-the-counter bottle of Advil, Aleve, or Excedrin Arthritis strength. Our goal is to stop the pain and continue on with our life. Most people use NSAIDS for coughs and colds, headaches, sports injuries, arthritis, and menstrual cramps. These Non-Selective Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAID can reduce inflammation, stop some of the pain, and even give us a little short-term relief. And if one is good then two or three must be better, right? But at what cost to our body?
Side Effects of NSAIDS
The most common side effects of NSAIDS are nausea, constipation, drowsiness, headache, and diarrhea. All literature on NSAIDS warns of these side effects. However, if this doesn’t happen to us then we think this particular NSAID is not harmful to our bodies. Maybe these side effects are what happen to other people but not us. We assume this pain reliever is okay for us. But just because we are not affected by the most common side effects of NSAIDS does not mean over the long-term we are not affected at all. People really underestimate the risk. Noxicare is not an NSAID. Noxicare does not come with any known side effects or any interactions.
NSAIDS (except for aspirin) may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, which can be fatal. Risk may increase with duration of use. They also increase blood pressure. Long-term use increases the possibility of ulcers.
NSAIDS may damage the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines. According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) each year the side effects of NSAIDS hospitalize over 100,000 people and kill 16,500 people in the U.S., mostly due to bleeding stomach ulcers.
NSAIDS may cause kidney damage. For some people doctors suggest limiting or even permanently discontinuing their use.
NSAIDS may cause high blood pressure, which can result in daily use of medicine to reduce the high blood pressure. Risk may increase with long term use.
NSAIDS may cause potentially severe allergic reactions. Both prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDS now carry warnings about skin reactions as well.
FDA Educational Campaign
So alarming the health risks of consuming more than the daily recommended dose, the FDA launched a national education campaign to raise consumer awareness of these safety issues and to inform healthcare providers about the role that they can play in preventing acetaminophen induced hepatotoxicity (chemical-driven liver damage), and NSAID-related gastrointestinal bleeding and renal toxicity in patients using these medicines.
Are There Alternatives?
It’s also important to note NSAIDS are not just in OTC pain relievers. Acetaminophen is also an important component in many prescription products in combination with drugs such as codeine, Percocet, Vicodin and some cough and cold medications.
Bottom Line: When you use a drug to ease one problem, like a painful joint, aching muscle or even a headache, it’s likely to cause a different reaction somewhere else. Taking a chance with your life and vital organs is a serious decision. Before you decide how you want to relieve your pain – Be Smart. Go Natural. Try Noxicare.
- By Pamela Deakins