Statistical data reveal that there were approximately 30,000 cases of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest as a result of Vioxx usage between 1999 and 2003. A 2000 study revealed that these medications lead to increased heart rate and are linked to heart failure and strokes. However, FDA, Merck and other pharmaceutical companies, remained silent on this issue.
A separate study published in Lancet, found that usage of NSAID drugs can increase the risk of heart failure by 100%.
Why so many people take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen
The main causes for this are chronic pain and inflammation that affect large majority of the population. Although the best prevention against these conditions is some lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and regular exercise, most people still resort to over-the counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, as this is an easier alternative that relieves pain immediately.
Unfortunately, most people are unaware that this type of pain killers has adverse effects on their health.
Adverse health effects
According to research, the negative effects of ibuprofen are linked to a higher risk of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest, DNA damage, high blood pressure, anemia, miscarriage, influenza and impaired hearing. In fact, the entire group of anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs produces these side effects.
Research on Natural alternatives to Ibuprofen
- Topical Arnica – it is highly beneficial for hand osteoarthritis with a reduced risk of side effects (study published in 2007);
- Ginger – capsules (250mg 4 times a day) are as effective as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen for pain relief in menstrual cycles in women (study published in 2009);
- John’s Wort – it`s twice stronger and more effective than ibuprofen an analgesic (an animal study from 2004);
- Panax Ginseng – it has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties similar to those in ibuprofen which also indicates its possible anti-rheumatoid arthritis properties (an animal study from 2008);
- Omega-3 fatty acids – 1200-2400 mg on daily basis are equally effective as ibuprofen for relieving arthritis pain with fewer side effects (human study from 2006);
- Chinese Skullcap (baicalin) – contains a substance known as baicalin which is equally effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain (animal study from 2003);
- Combination of Vitamin C, Ginkgo biloba, and Astaxanthin – it is equal to and even better than ibuprofen in reducing asthma-associated respiratory inflammation (animal study from 2011);
- Olive oil – contains a substance called oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory effects similar to those of ibuprofen;
- Holy Basil – its compounds have anti-inflammatory properties comparable to aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen (study from 2000);
- Anthocyanin from Raspberries and Sweet Cherries – its power is equal to that of naproxen and ibuprofen in suppressing inflammation-associated enzyme familiar as cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (a study from 2001).