NSAIDs Drugs and Their Risks

NSAIDs drugs, a supposedly “safe” and popular arthritis pill actually accelerates cartilage breakdown? Thousands of innocent victims take this pill daily without realizing the real risks.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (usually abbreviated to NSAIDs), are drugs with analgesic (pain-reducing) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effects. They are among the most widely used drugs throughout the developed world.

According to a report published in Clinical Cornerstone^1, NSAIDs drugs annually account for 70 million prescriptions and 30 billion over-the-counter (OTC) medications sold in the United States alone. They are usually indicated for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions where pain and inflammation are present — and that includes arthritis.

Most people are not aware of the well-established fact that traditional NSAIDs drugs accelerate cartilage destruction and inhibit cartilage formation. Many studies have confirmed this, and it has been known for decades. It’s quite ironic that the very same drugs indicated for the symptomatic relief of arthritis actually contribute to the progression of arthritis!

The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs and Forbidden Treatments states: “In 1979, physicians in Norway made X-ray evaluations of the hips of 58 patients taking Indicin® (indomethacin). Patients taking the NSAID experienced significantly more rapid destruction of the hip than the control group taking no NSAIDs. Studies with aspirin and other NSAIDs have repeated these results.” ^2

Some of the most popular NSAIDs drugs are ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), naproxen sodium (Aleve), ketoprofen (Orudis KT) — and even aspirin. Therefore, when you take these pain medications to relieve headaches, migraines, menstrual pain, postoperative pain, metastatic bone pain or any kind of pain — or to bring a fever down … you are actually accelerating cartilage breakdown.

Cartilage breakdown is not the only adverse effect of NSAID use, however. The two main adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with NSAIDs drugs relate to gastrointestinal (GI) effects and renal effects. In addition, the investigative medical journalists at Medical Research Associates report as follows: “The researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia have discovered that NSAID use is a significant contributor to congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF is failure of the heart muscle including its ability to maintain adequate blood circulation throughout the body or to pump out the venous blood as it returns to the heart.”

For more information about protecting yourself from hidden health dangers (such as NSAIDs drugs), and to discover little-known medical miracles, visit the Medical Research Associates website – www.RealMedicalHelp.com.

1 Green, Gary, MD, “Understanding NSAIDs: From aspirin to COX-2” Clinical Cornerstone, 3:50-59, 2001
2 Roningen, H., et al. “Indomethacin treatment in osteoporosis of the hip joint.” Acta Orthopdica Scandanavica, 50:168-174, 1979; Newman, N.M., et al. “Acetabular bone destruction related to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.” Lancet, ii:11-13, 1985; Solomon, I. “Drug-induced arthropathy and necrosis of the femoral head.” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 55B:246-251, 1973