It seems to take conventional medicine a long time to catch up with the world of alternative medicine. What those in the natural health world have known for years or even decades, conventional practitioners seem to discover and claim as their own finding.
That is the case with a recent FDA decision to more clearly label the increased risk of stroke that comes with the use of certain pain medications, including ibuprofen. Though many natural health practitioners have warned against overuse of over-the-counter pain medications, many people continue to rely on them for every ache that comes their way.
If this describes you, you may want to start cutting back on your painkiller use and find more natural ways to handle your pain. Keep reading to learn more about the FDA’s recent decision.
The Painkillers to Watch Out For
In general, the warning that was administered covers NSAIDs. This covers a wide range of commercial products, including ibuprofen and naproxen. These medications may take brand names like Motrin, Advil, and Aleve.
However, isn’t just these medications you have to avoid. NSAIDs may be part of many other over-the-counter medications, including sleep aids and cold products. It is interesting to note that aspirin is not included in this warning.
What the Research Says
The research that led the FDA to make this decision indicates that taking NSAIDs can increase a person’s risk for both heart attack and stroke. In the past, it was simply recommended that people with cardiac issues not use NSAIDs. However, the research now shows that even those without cardiac risk issues may suffer an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
As a result of this decision, NSAIDs will now be more clearly labeled in stores. Once this takes effect, you can look at a bottle of Aleve or Motrin and see clearly that this painkiller comes with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. This may make you rethink whether or not your pain is really so bad that it is worth that risk.
The world of natural medicine can help. There are plenty of natural alternatives to painkillers that can help you relieve pain without putting your body at risk for an even worse condition. Try these popular remedies to see what helps you relieve your pain.
- Massage: Whether you have a headache or muscle pain, massage can help. Learn targeted massage techniques to tackle whatever type of pain you have.
- Essential oils: Many people effectively use essential oils to minimize their pain. Whether it comes from chronic pain, headache, muscle pain, or another source, there is an essential oil that can help you. You may want to meet with an aromatherapist to find the best oils for your needs.
- Herbs and spices: Many herbs and spices have natural pain relieving properties. This includes turmeric and cayenne pepper, both of which can reduce your body’s response to pain and help you handle it more naturally.
Any medication comes with risk. You have to assess the risks and benefits of any medication to decide if it’s worth it. If you want to avoid a higher chance of heart attack and stroke, try more natural remedies for your aches and pains.