Many senior tennis players routinely pop a couple of Advil/Aleve in their mouths each time they take to the court. I use to do the same in order to prevent the usual minor pain associated with a tough workout. But I stopped.
When I had my bad shoulder (due to using Luxilon Big Banger strings), I confess to taking what I believe is the maximum allowable dosage of Advil: four pills four times a day!
After I had cortisone shot in my shoulder to take away the pain (and it has not returned, since I also switched strings), I went back to my usual two pills before playing each time.
But then I just stopped. And guess what? I felt no more pain than when I was taking the pills.
Now, new studies are showing some inherent dangers in regularly taking any NSAIDs…
Advil, Aleve Raise Heart Attack Risk: FDA Warns
(July 10, 2015) The U.S Food and Drug Administration on Thursday strengthened the warning labels for widely used painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen, saying they can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
The FDA is asking people to think carefully about their use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), particularly if they’ve already had a heart attack, according to a consumer update on the agency’s website.
The agency said it is taking this action based on recent data that shows the risk of heart attack or stroke can increase even after using NSAIDs for a short time.
“They used to say they might cause risk of heart attack or stroke. Now we are saying they do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke,” FDA spokesman Eric Pahon told NBC News.
In particular, people should avoid taking multiple products that contain NSAIDs, according to the revised FDA warning.
Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), but NSAIDs also can show up in combination medicines like multi-symptom cold products.
“Be careful not to take more than one product that contains an NSAID at a time,” Dr. Karen Mahoney, deputy director of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products, said in the agency’s announcement.
People with heart disease or high blood pressure should consult a doctor before using an NSAID, the FDA said.
However, the agency noted that the cardiovascular risk also is present in people without heart health problems.
“Everyone may be at risk — even people without an underlying risk for cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Judy Racoosin, deputy director of the FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products.
Current labeling on over-the-counter NSAIDs warns patients to take the lowest dose possible for the least amount of time possible, and to not use them to treat pain for longer than 10 days.
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