“It’s not that serious.” “I’m only taking ibuprofin (Advil) or, acetaminphen (Tylenol) or, naproxen (Aleve) or, aspirin (Anacin) or acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine (Excedrin.) It’s not like I’m taking prescription medications!”
This is a very typical attitude. People have no idea the dangers that over the counter medications CAUSE. It is believed since a prescription is NOT NEEDED, the product is SAFE. Of the 5 drugs listed above, 4 are NSAID’s (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) known for CAUSING INTERNAL BLEEDING AND DEATH! A statement from a July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine stated the following:
“Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are HOSPITALIZED annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related DEATHS occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.” Ref: (NSAID’s and GI Dysfunction)
What about their affects on the kidneys?
“The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can completely block the kidney’s defense mechanisms and makes any other form of kidney injury, from high blood pressure, to diabetes, to dehydration, much worse,” said Leslie Spry, M.D., F.A.C.P., a Lincoln, Neb.-based nephrologist and spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. According to one study, approximately 2.5 million Americans experience renal effects each year from NSAIDs. Every day in the U.S. a new patient will require dialysis (treatment for lost kidney function) due to chronic NSAID use. (Ref: NSAID’s and Kidney Dysfuncion)
Some people have chosen a different route to avoid these dangers. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is NOT an anti-inflammatory drug and believed (by the consumer) to be a safer alternative. The reality reveals:
“It is the leading cause of ACUTE LIVER FAILURE in the United States.” It accounts for more than 100,000 calls to poison centers, roughly 60,000 emergency-room visits and hundreds of deaths each year in the United States. (Ref: Acetaminophen and Liver Dysfunction)
This drug has been around since 1955. In 2013 it was mandated that LIVER FAILURE be added to the warning label. People do not realize the dangerous interaction of substances with over the counter drugs. For example, alcohol consumed before or after taking acetaminophen magnifies the chances of a lethal outcome seen countless numbers of times EVERY YEAR.
With so many natural HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS available to the consumer, why would anyone choose to use these products on a recurring basis knowing they produce toxicity to the kidney, liver and gastrointestinal tract. The answers are:
PEOPLE AREN’T TRULY INFORMED.
PEOPLE SIMPLY DO NOT BELIEVE THEY ARE DANGEROUS, OTHERWISE, THEY WOULDN’T BE AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER.
PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE THESE HARMS WILL COME TO THEM.
Don’t cut corners. Don’t ASSUME it’s safe because it’s over the counter. Don’t take products (natural or prescriptive/over the counter) for trivial conditions if not truly NEEDED. Address whatever the underlying CAUSES are that RESULT in the symptoms you’re taking these products for.
CHEAP AND EASY ≠ SAFE
There has never been a case of MALNUTRITION as a result of an over the counter drug DEFICIENCY! Why not place an alternative substance in your mouth your body ACTUALLY NEEDS to avoid the symptoms
YOU’RE LIKELY CAUSING YOURSELF.
YOUR LIVER, GUT AND KIDNEYS WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE YOUR THINKING AND BEHAVIOR!