Having loads of ibuprofen for breakfast or even lunch or dinner or a bedtime relaxant is not the best of ideas, as a new aggregator study of studies has found that taking large amounts of the painkiller appears to increase the risk of having a heart attack.
The data was put together by a team headed by the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, which analysed the health histories of getting on for half a million people, 61,000 of which eventually had a heart attack. They found a strong link between taking large amounts of ibuprofen and other painkillers in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug category, concluding that there was a 90 per cent likelihood that high doses of NSAIDs can lead to an increase in heart attacks.
The team explained: "Given that the onset of risk of acute myocardial infarction occurred in the first week and appeared greatest in the first month of treatment with higher doses, prescribers should consider weighing the risks and benefits of NSAIDs before instituting treatment, particularly for higher doses."
So, er, read the box and stop taking them for fun is our non-doctoral advice that we are not qualified to give. [Sky News]
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