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Long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with stomach ulcers, kidney injuries and cardiovascular side effects.
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Ibuprofen is a common anti-inflammatory medicine.
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There is currently no evidence showing it makes COVID-19 symptoms worse.
A Twitter storm recently erupted over claims ibuprofen can reduce menstrual flow by up to 50%. There is some evidence ibuprofen could make your period lighter – but not by this much.
Over-the-counter medicines such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren are not without some risk.
Anti-inflammatory pain killers such as ibuprofen should no longer be available for sale in grocery stores, but instead restricted to pharmacies.
Common over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen offer little proven relief for back pain.
Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
And the good news is that the treatments may already exist.
Just because it’s easily obtained, doesn’t mean it can’t be dangerous.
Ibuprofen can be obtained easily from supermarkets without consulting a health care professional. While this may make it seem it's benign, it can have ill effects if used inappropriately.
There is little hard data on whether taking ibuprofen with food prevents gastric damage.
It's long been thought anti-inflammatory painkillers need to be taken with food to protect the stomach. But a handbook for doctors has recently moved away from this advice.