NSAIDs: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are Toxic

Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Bextra, Celebrex, Clinoril, diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Vioxx, others.

NSAID Side Effects

Stomach bleeding, decreased kidney functon, edema, kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers, damage to cartilage, more.

Pharmaceutical Trade Secret: What Side Effects Really Means

Your body doesn't differentiate between effects and side effects. These magic words are used by doctors and drug companies to get you to accept harmful substances. They make the risks sound somehow unimportant. All the bad things are off to the side somewhere.

Sometimes the drug company redefines which is the side effect, and which is the main effect. Then they can market the drug for a new purpose. Side effects is a marketing term, not scientific information.

Gastro-Intestinal Damage from NSAIDs

At Baylor College of Medicine, a miniature video camera in a swallowable capsule was used to view the small intestine of NSAID users. The lining of the small intestine was previously unviewable by any other means. Erosions of the small intestine were found in 62% of daily users of NSAIDs, 5% of non-users. Severe injury to the small intestine was found in 23% of daily users of NSAIDs; no severe injury was found in non-users of NSAIDs.

Camera Pill Reveals Damage from Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- from Science Daily

NSAIDs and Eye Diseases

NSAIDs can cause cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal hemmorhages.

NSAIDs and Heart Attacks

A large study found that all NSAID's increase the risk of heart attacks. One of the authors said: An increased risk of heart attack is a common phenomenon with a large number of NSAIDs.
High Doses of All NSAIDs Reportedly Increase Heart Attack Risk
- from Musculoskeletal Report
Risk of acute myocardial infarction with nonselective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: a meta-analysis
- from Arthritis Research & Therapy

Ibuprofen & Exercise

Ibuprofen use by athletes causes more inflammation, kidney impairment, endotoxemia (bacterial leakage from the colon into the blood), slows post-race healing, and doesn't even work for pain relief during and after exercise.
Does Ibuprofen Help or Hurt During Exercise?
- from NY Times
Prophylactic misuse and recommended use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by athletes
- from British Journal of Sports Medicine

Super-Aspirins Called Super-Disaster

The new class of NSAIDs, the cox-2 inhibitors (Bextra, Celebrex, Vioxx; aka super-aspirins), were supposed to be much more effective than previous pain medications, and do much less damage. They've turned out to be so dangerous that Public Citizen has placed them on it's Do Not Use list. The cox-2 enzyme that the inhibitors block turns out to be cardio-protective. Super aspirins also cause kidney damage and stomach bleeding, just like the older drugs.

Bextra causes edema (swelling), hypertension (high blood pressure), and cardiovascular thromboembolisms (blood clots which endanger the heart).
Celebrex causes atrial fibrillation (uncoordinated twitching of upper chambers of the heart), cardiac ischemia (decreased blood flow to the heart), and a 2-fold increase in myocardial infarctions (heart attacks).
Vioxx has been pulled from the market. Reason: 4-5 times as many heart attacks, also more strokes.

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