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Experts: Don't Try to Dull the Pain Before You Get Vaccine

Avoid taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen before getting your COVID shot

(Newser) - Get the shot, ditch the pain reliever. That's the advice of experts whom ABC News spoke with about whether it's worth taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen before getting your COVID vaccine to ward off the possibility of a sore arm or a headache. The answer was a pretty firm...

Here's What Not to Take for Coronavirus

France's health minister suggests anti-inflammatories could worsen infections

(Newser) - In case of a coronavirus infection, don't reach for the ibuprofen, the health minister of France has warned. "The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone … ] could be a factor in aggravating the infection," Olivier Véran, who's also a neurologist, tweeted Saturday. Anti-inflammatory drugs can...

Baby Ibuprofen Recalled at Major Stores

Medication was sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar under store-brand names

(Newser) - Check your bottles of baby ibuprofen: Tris Pharma is voluntarily recalling three lots of its "Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL" that were sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar under store-brand names. The recalled bottles may have higher levels of ibuprofen...

For Your Heart's Sake, Go Easy on the Ibuprofen
For Your Heart's Sake,
Go Easy on the Ibuprofen
new study

For Your Heart's Sake, Go Easy on the Ibuprofen

Researchers see increased risk with high doses of NSAID painkillers

(Newser) - A new study adds to evidence that high doses of common painkillers such as ibuprofen increase the risk of heart attack. Researchers report in the British Medical Journal that patients prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were at greater risk for heart trouble in the first 30 days, reports the BBC . The...

Common Meds Linked to Heart Problems
Meds Linked to
Heart Problems

Common Meds Linked to Heart Problems

Ibuprofen raises risk of cardiac arrest by 31%: Danish researchers

(Newser) - Taking ibuprofen to ease a headache may seem like no big deal, but Danish researchers caution against overdoing it. A study in the European Heart Journal suggests that ibuprofen, one of America's most popular painkillers, raises a person's risk of cardiac arrest by 31%. Other types of non-steroidal...

Mom's E-Cig Liquid Almost Kills Girl, 6

Dad accidentally gave daughter liquid nicotine that was in ibuprofen bottle

(Newser) - When a 6-year-old girl in Oregon sprained her ankle, her father reached for their liquid child ibuprofen bottle and gave his daughter a 10ml dose. She lost consciousness almost immediately and her limbs began to jerk, so he took a tiny sip and realized it was liquid nicotine for his...

Even a Little Non-Aspirin Painkiller Could Be Bad News

Risk of heart attack, stroke from NSAIDs higher than thought, even in small amounts

(Newser) - The FDA advised back in 2005 that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs , could up the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency is now boosting that warning, noting that drugs like ibuprofen (often sold under the Motrin IB brand), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex) may pose a...

Possible TB Fix: Orange Juice and Advil?

New study suggests they might be effective treatments

(Newser) - Scientists may have discovered two new treatments for tuberculosis, and you probably have both of them in your home already. Two recent studies suggest that vitamin C and ibuprofen could be effective against TB, LiveScience reports. In one study, ibuprofen helped TB-infected mice live longer, slowing the formation of lesions...

Easy on the Tylenol: FDA Panel
 Easy on the Tylenol: FDA Panel 

Easy on the Tylenol: FDA Panel

(Newser) - An outside panel reporting to the Food and Drug Administration recommended today that the maximum daily dosage of Tylenol be reduced and the Extra Strength variety of the painkiller be available only by prescription, Bloomberg reports. The panel of advisers, whose suggestions are nonbinding, noted acetaminophen’s effect on the...

Painkillers May Play Role in Prostate Cancer

Doctors unsure if drugs reduce risk—or merely make screening harder

(Newser) - Common pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen belong to a class of drugs that lowers protein levels doctors use to test for prostate cancer, the second-most-common cancer found in men. But researchers say it's not clear if the drugs are lowering the risk of developing the cancer or just making...

Ibuprofen Cuts Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Anti-inflammatory drugs reduced risk 40%, but experts sound note of caution

(Newser) - Long-term use of ibuprofen and some similar drugs cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to new research. The study found the drugs cut the risk of dementia by more than 40%, WebMD reports. Doctors warn, however, that such medications can have serious side effects and that it 's...

Accidental OD Killed Ledger
Accidental OD Killed Ledger

Accidental OD Killed Ledger

Autopsy results cite combo of sleeping pills, painkillers, and anti-anxiety meds

(Newser) - Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills, painkillers, and anti-anxiety medication, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office ruled today. OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom, and ibuprofen combined to result in a lethal "acute intoxication," an ME spokeswoman told the AP. 

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