Aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain-relieving drugs ‘may actually make agony WORSE’ – Daily Mail
A study suggests that taking aspirin and ibuprofen as painkillers could be completely pointless. The cheap drugs may actually leave patients in agony for longer, which goes against the whole point of taking them in the first place.
Researchers in Canada and Italy found that inflammation may be protective in the long term and that it may be dangerous to interfere with it. Anti-inflammatory drugs work by blocking neutrophils and white blood cells, which help the body begin the healing process.
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Researchers found that mice treated with anti-inflammatory drugs experienced pain for twice as long on average, and some mice experienced pain for 10 times longer than the control group. They also found that people treated with anti-inflammatory drugs were more likely to experience pain two to 10 years later.
Dr. Franziska Denk said the study was a wonderful start, but more research was needed before medics could change the way they treated patients. Professor Blair Smith said anti-inflammatory drugs are effective in short-term pain management and should not be withheld.
Experts say medics may need to treat painful injuries differently, and call for further trials comparing anti-inflammatory drugs to other painkillers that don’t disrupt inflammation.
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- Aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain-relieving drugs ‘may actually make agony WORSE’ Daily Mail
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- Common Medications Can Prolong Back Pain When Overused, Study Says The New York Times
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