Researchers Demand Restrictions on Sale of Painkiller Ibuprofen, Increases Cardiac Arrest Risk by 31%

Many health experts have consistently warned about the adverse effects of the use of all painkillers, including Ibuprofen. These drugs manufactured and marketed by Big Pharma are dangerous to the heart.

In 2016, a study authored by the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that commonly prescribed and used medications, such as Ibuprofen and nutritional or natural supplements, may trigger or worsen heart failure.


According to a statement released by AHA researchers announcing the study to the public, these drugs, when taken with other medications or taken to treat certain conditions “may cause or exacerbate heart failure.”

The researchers, therefore, recommended that patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure, should discuss in detail with their healthcare providers regarding over-the-counter medication, nutritional supplements and natural remedies, before using them.

But a new study has directly asked that extreme caution be exercised when selling Ibuprofen to people due to its negative effect on the heart. According to researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Ibuprofen should not be sold as an over-the-counter drug. Over-the-counter drugs are drugs that you can buy without a prescription.


Ibuprofen is a common painkiller available in supermarkets and pharmacy shops. It is a type of medicine known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Big Pharma makes big bucks from the selling of these over-the-counter painkillers. In the U.K. alone, it is estimated that the sales of over-the-counter painkillers amounted to almost £600 million in 2015.

In this new study, the researchers said they have discovered that Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 31 per cent. The study found that other NSAIDs, such as Diclofenac present in Ibuprofen poses greater risk of cardiac arrest. It causes the heart to suddenly stop pumping blood around the body, which of course can lead to death.

Some previous studies had played down the risk of NSAIDs. But lead author of this current study, Gunnar Gislason said the findings are “stark reminder that NSAIDs are not harmless.”


He explained further that Ibuprofen and similar drugs should only be sold in special pharmacies, and should be in limited quantities and low doses.

“Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe. NSAIDs should be used with caution and for a valid indication. They should probably be avoided in patients with cardiovascular disease or many cardiovascular risk factors. I don’t think these drugs should be sold in supermarkets or petrol stations where there is no professional advice on how to use them,” he said.

The researchers described the process of the study that was carried out. They studied data on all patients who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Denmark between 2001 and 2010.

For each patient, use of prescribed NSAIDs during the month before a cardiac arrest was compared with use in the 30 days leading up to that point. In the 10-year period, 28,947 patients had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Of these, 3,376 had been treated with an NSAID up to a month beforehand.


The researchers then found that use of any NSAID raised the likelihood of cardiac arrest by 31 per cent and Ibuprofen and Diclofenac, the two more commonly used NSAIDs, raised the risk by 31 percent and 50 percent respectively.

The researchers also realized that the drugs exert numerous effects on the cardiovascular system, such as influencing platelet aggregation and the formation of blood clots. According to the researchers, these drugs may also cause arteries to constrict, increasing fluid retention and raise blood pressure.

These discoveries helped the researchers to conclude that Ibuprofen is dangerous and should not be administered on people anyhow.

The study has since been accepted into the European Heart Journal.


In 2013, researchers in the U.K. revealed that one year’s high-dose treatment with Ibuprofen and Diclofenac, used by hundreds of thousands of arthritis sufferers in the country, led to three avoidable heart attacks and one fatal heart attack for every 1,000 users. This prompted health authorities in the country to remove Diclofenac as an over-the-counter drug.

Ibuprofen too should be removed from the counter. These drugs are causing more harm to the lives of people than good. In the end, Big Pharma gets to make all the money, sharing it with our corrupt governments in order to get lax regulations to continue the business of making money while killing people.

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