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9 Times Ibuprofen Won’t Work—and Could Be Dangerous

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If you have heart disease

While low-dose aspirin can help prevent heart attack, other painkillers in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug family (NSAIDs)which include ibuprofenhave been associated with an increase in the chance for heart attack or stroke.A 2017 British Medical Journal study reported a 20 to 50 percent elevated risk of heart attack among people who used NSAIDs daily for a week or more. The increased risk associated with ibuprofen could be as high as 75 percent. The greatest danger occurred within the first month of NSAID use and at high doses.Those with heart disease or at risk for heart disease should be especially mindful of these findings, though the elevated risk affects everyone, says Catherine Sherwin, PhD, associate professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine. If youre taking blood-pressure medication, be especially cautiousNSAIDs could make them less effective.Talk to your doctor about alternative medications to treat your pain, whether its, say, a Tylenol for a headache or physical therapy for back pain. (What type of back pain do you have? Here’s how to tell.)

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