Study raises concerns about overdosing on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Study raises concerns about overdosing on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

July 26, 2019 0 By William Morgan


HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE A AN OVER-THE-COUNTER PAINKILLER FIVE A NEW STUDY SUGGEST MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING THEM TOO MUCH. 50% OF PARTICIPANTS ARE TAKING SUCH HIGH DOSES OF NON- STEROID ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES THAT IT IS DANGEROUS. IT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE. Reporter: NO PRESCRIPTION, NO PROBLEM, THAT IS THE MISCONCEPTION NOW BACKED UP BUY ANOTHER STUDY SHOWING PEOPLE ABUSING ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS. THERE IS REALLY A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY WITH OVER-THE- COUNTER MEDICATIONS. ANY PEOPLE JUST ASSUME BECAUSE THEY ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER, THERE IS VERY LOW SIDE EFFECT OR THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE HARMFUL. THAT IS NOT TRUE. Reporter: DOCTOR DAVID WITH EMERGENCY AND HE SAYS IN GENERAL, NONSTEROIDAL ANTI- INFLAMMATORY DRUGS, ARE SAFE WHEN USED FOR A SHORT TIME. YOU LIKELY HAVE A BOTTLE IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET, IBUPROFEN, ASPIRIN, BUT A NEW STUDY OUT OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY SHOWS A 55% OF PEOPLE ARE TAKING THEM AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK, 15% AT DANGEROUSLY HIGH LEVELS. CALEB HASTINGS GOT A TASTE OF THE ILL EFFECTS WHEN HE HAD A TOOTH INFECTION. I WAS TAKING 4-5 IBUPROFEN 2- 3 TIMES A DAY. I THOUGHT IT WOULD HELP. MOMENTARILY IT DID, BUT IT DID CAUSE ME TO LOSE APPETITE AND MY STOMACH WOULD FEEL AWFUL AND I WOULD HAVE TERRIBLE HEARTBURN. Reporter: GASTRIC ULCERS IS JUST ONE OF MANY OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS THAT ALSO INCLUDE ESOPHAGITIS, KIDNEY FAILURE AND CARDIAC DISEASE. THE STUDY ALSO FOUND NEARLY 40% OF PARTICIPANTS TOOK MORE THAN ONE AND SAYS REGULARLY, AND HALF OF THOSE DID NOT REALIZE THEY WERE IN THE SAME CLASS OF DRUGS WHICH MAKES OVERDOSING MORE LIKELY. DOCTOR DAVID SAYS THREE DAYS OF THE DOSE ON THE LABEL IS ALL YOU SHOULD TAKE BEFORE CONSULTING A DOCTOR. EVEN AT NORMAL DOSAGES ON PEOPLE OR PATIENTS, THEY ARE TAKING THIS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. Reporter: THAT IS A HEALTH PROBLEM HASTINGS CAN SAFELY SAY HE WILL NOT BE REPEATING. SOME DOCTORS MAY RECOMMEND, AND SET OF USING — YOU LOOK FOR PAINKILLERS THAT HAVE