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Risk to the liver, kidneys and stomach: how ibuprofen can cause health problems

Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that relieves pain. Towards the end of the last century, it gained a reputation as aspirin’s milder and safer ‘younger brother’. However, like most drugs, ibuprofen can have serious side effects if used regularly or if the dosage is incorrect.

What daily ibuprofen can do to the human body, said the doctor of medical sciences. According to experts, you should use the minimum dose of this drug to relieve symptoms and stop taking it as soon as possible.

Side effects of using ibuprofen:

  • increased risk of serious cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes;
  • headache. Strangely enough, regular use of painkillers to treat headaches has the opposite effect: pain becomes more common, said Dr. Lynn Poston;
  • increase in blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, high blood pressure is often not felt by a person and can be asymptomatic for a long time. If left untreated, health problems such as heart problems can occur;
  • liver cell damage. According to Dr. Siddharth Tambar, regular use of ibuprofen can lead to damage to this organ. The liver recovers quickly, but if its suppression continues it can cause cirrhosis;
  • the stomach loses its protective barrier and becomes susceptible to damage. According to Dr. Barry Horlicki, regular use of this drug can eventually lead to gastritis or something more serious, such as a stomach ulcer;
  • kidney cell damage. Increased doses of ibuprofen can cause kidney damage that may be irreversible in some patients. As a result, they will require long-term dialysis, noted Dr. Kenneth Perry on;
  • swelling of the legs and body. This is a visible side effect of taking the drug daily. Like Dr. As Magdalena Cadet explains, edema is caused by excess fluid entering the tissues of the body. Often this symptom disappears immediately after stopping the medication.