|Posted by Cedric Houston on December 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM|
For almost half a century the most common term for a pain medication was a "Pain Killer". That was until the research proved that the pain medications produced by these Billion Dollar Drug Companies where literally killing their customers' kidneys, livers and even their customers. Now the drug companies prefer the term "Pain Reliever".
Pain Relief products are basically broken down into three categories:
First let's take a look at the most dangerous and most abused OTC:The OTC drugs break down into two categories:
Shocking Research Headlines
THINK ABOUT THIS …
There are more than 30 BILLION NSAID doses purchased over-the-counter (OTC) and over 70 million pain killer prescriptions written (annually) in the United States! That’s enough pain medications for every American (over the age of 20) to take 149 doses of pain medications per year. That is a frightening statistic when research shows that the onset of organ damage can begin in just 4 days of recommended use.
Could it be that America’s health care problem is actually a “pill popping” problem that has been fueled by BILLIONS of dollars (from the big drug companies) on massive Television, Print and Internet advertising that is aggressively directed at consumers?
Standard NSAID Warnings
Long-term use of NSAIDs is a common cause of ulcers. NSAID-related bleeding and stomach problems may be responsible for over 100,000 hospital admissions and over 15,000 deaths each year. Because there are usually no gastrointestinal symptoms from NSAIDs until bleeding begins, health care providers cannot predict which patients taking these drugs will develop bleeding.
Regular use of even over-the-counter NSAIDs can cause certain health problems, such as:
"Consumers usually have no idea of the toxicity of OTC drugs," said Dr. Walter Peterson, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "They believe that because they are OTC, they are safe." -- In 2001 NSAIDs accounted for 30 billion over-the-counter doses sold annually in the United States.
How NSAIDs work
"Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) block the COX enzymes and reduce prostaglandins throughout the body. As a consequence, ongoing inflammation, pain, and fever are reduced. Since the prostaglandins that protect the stomach and support platelets and blood clotting also are reduced, NSAIDs can cause ulcers in the stomach and promote bleeding.
NSAIDs are associated with several side effects. The frequency of side effects varies among NSAIDs. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, rash, dizziness, headache, and drowsiness. NSAIDs may also cause fluid retention, leading to edema. The most serious side effects are kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers and prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery.
NSAIDs may increase the risk of potentially fatal, stomach and intestinal adverse reactions (for example, bleeding, ulcers and perforation of the stomach or intestines). These events can occur at any time during treatment and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients are at greater risk for these adverse events. NSAIDs (except low dose aspirin) may increase the risk of potentially fatal heart attacks, stroke, and related conditions. This risk may increase with duration of use and in patients who have underlying risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease. NSAIDs should not be used for the treatment of pain resulting from coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery." (8)
Athletes and NSAIDs
"Ibuprofen, like other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), has several potential side effects. The two most frequently affected organ systems are the renal (kidneys) and gastrointestinal (GI) systems. In the case of the former, kidney damage, usually reversible, can result from chronic ingestion of NSAIDs. It may also happen as the result of short term ingestion, (i.e. one or two doses). There are contributing factors which increase the risk of renal toxicity (e.g. diabetes, dehydration). Apart from damage to the kidneys, NSAIDs alter how the kidneys regulate sodium and water balance -- which may have profound consequences in hot training and racing environments.
The GI system is also a site for potential damage from NSAIDs. Stomach ulcers can be a potentially serious consequence of NSAID use, particularly if the ulcers bleed. NSAIDs have also been shown to cause gastritis, and irritation elsewhere in the GI tract (e.g. diarrhea). NSAIDs also inhibit platelet function and thus contribute to bleeding. This may make injuries worse (e.g. more bleeding into a torn muscle). Finally, NSAIDs alter the function of neutrophils (one type of white blood cell). This may impair response to infectious agents -- viruses and bacteria.
I strongly recommend against the routine use of NSAIDs during training and racing. They will not make you faster, nor help you recover quicker. The use of these medications during very challenging conditions, such as an Ironman, is particularly dangerous. You may as well wear a sign, "Please kill my kidneys". NSAIDs are useful for short term treatment of overuse injuries, but it is a mistake for the athlete to rely on this treatment long term. The athlete is much better off examining the conditions that lead to the injury -- both biomechanical and training schedule. If these issues are not addressed, then the injury will keep recurring." -- Sports Medicine at Rice University
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We believe: When Americans really understand the negative side effects of synthetic painkillers, they will choose a safe alternative.
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