Ibuprofen Added to the Potentially Bad For You List

By Gary Cutlack on at

A study looking at the use of ibuprofen and other drugs in its anti-inflammatory category of painkiller suggests it might lead to an increase in the likelihood of heart failure, but only if you happen to be over the age of 65.

The research looked at the painkiller usage of around 10 million people from the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany, so it's not exactly random guesswork or something someone read on Reddit and therefore believed to be true. The findings from the University of Milano-Bicocca study say pretty bluntly that taking lots of ibuprofen or other such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increased the chances of being hospitalised with heart failure by 19 per cent.

The results are skewed by the fact that those taking part in the study were older, so you're probably going to be OK if you had a few ibuprofen with your coffee this morning just for a laugh. Just don't make a habit of it and perhaps switch grandad to paracetamol the next time you drop in for some free biscuits. [BBC]

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