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Ibuprofen Use Is Common – But Many Amateur Athletes Are Unaware Of The Risks


“Many amateur athletes reach for ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to get through injuries or pain. Not only can doing this make recovery more difficult, but frequent use of anti-inflammatories can be dangerous.” [Source:]


The health risks of painkillers of ibuprofen are widely underestimated. Commonly reported side effects from the drug include hemorrhage, vomiting, anemia, decreased hemoglobin, and high blood pressure. Recent research has also found ibuprofen can reduce the production of testosterone in men.

A major study published in 2017 found NSAIDs may increase the risk of having a heart attack. While the dangers were predictably shown to be greatest with higher doses, the researchers noted that taking any dose of NSAIDs for one week, one month, or more than a month was associated with risk. High doses of ibuprofen were found to be particularly hazardous. Taking more than 1200 mg per day – while still within the maximum recommended daily dose of up to 1600 mg for adults – was clearly associated with an increased likelihood of suffering a heart attack.

To read about a study in which researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute compared the anti-inflammatory effects of ibuprofen with those of a synergistic combination of micronutrients, see this page on our website.