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Ibuprofen: A Friend Or A Foe?

Since 1984, the use of ibuprofen has been deemed to be safe yet at the same, a very effective pain reliever, especially among athletes. No doubt, it has high effectiveness to relieve pain related maladies such as toothache, joint pain, arthritis, fever, muscles pain, sports injury as well as headache. Nevertheless, inasmuch as ibuprofen is useful in relieving pain on a short term commitment, it could inexorably turn out to be a detrimental killer if taken continuously.

Back then, the military buy ibuprofen on a long term basis. It was a compulsory drug present in the first-aid kits and thus, it was extensively used by all soldiers during critical injury times to avert the inevitable muscle sores. This is considerably reasonable as soldiers often endure pain and sores from consecutive days of marching and humping. Due to the wide usage of ibuprofen, it has been representatively nicknamed as the grunt candy.

Basic use of ibuprofen is never destructive; it is perfectly safe and effective if prescribed by the doctor or taken for several days to ease the pain. Patients who consume the pain killer as according to the prescribed instructions should encounter no further harm but the maximum is no more than 1200mg in a day and best if spread out to be two to three 200mg tablets taken between four to six hours. However, many are unaware of this and may exceed the extreme consumption limit thus promoting minor harm of dehydration. If excess ibuprofen is taken, further more severe health problems may follow.

Professional athletes may buy ibuprofen for being the effective pain killer but upon the release of news that 10 percent of kidney failures are caused by the substantial over-consumption of pain killers, they have been convinced of the risk and harm. Example of cases is Kenny Easley; former Seattle Seahawk player once dwelled on 32 ibuprofen tablets a day for few consecutive months and ended up losing his kidney. As a matter of fact, the kidney requires additional blood and oxygen to function normally during the exercise period. Due to increase of dehydration levels during exercise, the ibuprofen tends to be more concentrated, leading to toxic levels. Therefore, ibuprofen should be used wisely and certainly not dependable on long term basis.




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