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. Despite the fact that scientific research had accumulated as early as 2000 linking Vioxx to increased heart attacks and strokes, the drug’s manufacturer Merck, and the FDA, remained silent as the death toll steadily increased. What is even worse is that according to another study published in Lancet, NSAID drugs usage can double the risk of heart attack and heart failure.
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
The negative effects of ibuprofen are associated with increased risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death, DNA damage, hypertension, anemia, miscarriage, influenza and hearing loss. In addition, the whole group of anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs has 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 (250 mg 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).