Oral Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, also known as NSAIDs, are commonly used to reduce pain and fever because they have anti-inflammatory properties. Common NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can be easily obtained at a drug store over the counter. For most patients with acute pain, these drugs naturally become their first choice. However, a recently study from Canada shows that NSAIDs-use is associated with risks of acute heart attack. The research is based on meta-analysis of a cohort of 446,763 individuals, including 61, 460 patients who have experienced episodes heart attacks. The study also shows that not just the long-term users, patients who take NSAIDs occasionally also have increased probability of getting heart attacks. Moreover, duration of the medication use is not correlated with risks of heart attacks.
Even though the study shows the side effects of NSAIDs like ibuprofen they may be helpful to manage pain and fever in everyday life. However more natural based remedies to combat arthritis are needed. Before taking any medication, it is advisable to always discuss with your physician.