Most people assume that over the counter drugs are very safe. After
all, why would they be available for sale without a prescription if they
weren’t safe? And for the most part they’re right. With the exception
of a few people who use them recreationally, are allergic, or are more
susceptible to the side effects, these drugs are safe.
ordinary consumers however, serious problems arise when these drugs are
taken for long periods of time; often in an attempt to treat chronic
conditions. Given their accessibility they may seem safe for long-term
use, but these drugs are anything but, and there’s plenty of evidence to
prove it. The drugs below in particular, are among the most dangerous
over the counter medications.
the past few years multiple studies have raised the alarm over
ibuprofen (more commonly known as Advil) and other non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are often used to reduce pain,
inflammation, and fever. It turns out that this class of drugs may cause
serious heart conditions. The latest study to suggest this comes from Denmark and was recently published in the European Heart Journal.
After following 29,000 people over the course of nine years, the study
found that people who take ibuprofen have a 31% higher chance of
suffering cardiac arrest.