Is Advil Safe? Know The Facts!

January 4, 2007

39985664971.jpgOne of the most commonly used and prescribed medications over the counter are the pain relievers.  And one of the most marketed pain relievers is Advil. We take them when we have headache, toothache, joint pains or back aches.  People from all ages and all walks of life cant live without the pain relievers to help us alleviate the symptoms and make us be more active.  But recent controversies came up with the pulling out from the market of the most prescribed OTC med- a brand of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Agent or NSAIDs jolted the medical community as well as the consumers.  We still continue to have safe OTC pain relievers but before buying or using one I thought of sharing with you some of the common considerations you have to do before using one: 

  • Do not use them for more than 10 days.
  • Know the side effects which include gastric ulcers and allergic reactions.  Recently cardiovascular complications were noted especially if taken daily for a long time.
  • Most NSAIDs are present in other OTC products like colds and the flu medicines.
  • Be careful if you have either a kidney or liver disease.   If you need to take one then use the alternatives to NSAIDs like Tylenol (acetaminophen.)
  • Other non medical alternatives include physical therapy, biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can also reduce their pain. 
  • Most importantly… if you have joint pains and overweight… weight loss is the key!
  • Do not mix these meds with alcohol since once risk for stomach bleeding is increased with just 1 drink per week.
  • All NSAIDs have the potential to raise high blood pressure.  So talk to your doctor if you have high blood pressure.

My advise is simple:OTC pain relievers are safe as long as we take them short term like 2-3 days or occasionally because of headache or toothache.  If you have to take them daily for any reason then take it for 2-3 days then stop for few days before taking them again.

Better Be Safe… Know The Facts! 

12 Responses to “Is Advil Safe? Know The Facts!”

  1. maxim Says:

    Thanks for the info Doctor. Part of the car kit I have is a pain reliever. It is of big help when I have migraine while at work.

  2. Marcella Stalter Says:

    I took two Advil this a.m. and find that my blood pressure has elevated today. I am taking Blood pressure medicine and am wondering if I should be taking Advil. Yesterday my doctor said that I could take two in the morning and two at night but since my blood pressure went up today wonder if Is should be taking it.

  3. Doc Gerry Says:

    yes… better control your BP first before considering taking advil as NSAIDs have the potentital to raise your BP further. If your BP cont to go up, better have your meds adjusted.

  4. John Says:

    I have been using Advil to control arthritis pain in my knees and hands. I don’t have high blood pressure or heart problems. It really makes everything feel much better but I’m worried about taking it too often or too much. If I take it only on workout gym days to reduce the post pain 3 days a week (maybe 3-4 doses per each of the 3 days) is that ok, or does that approach the too high level?

  5. Eva Says:

    You recommend to switch to Tylenol if a person has a liver disease. However, research shows that Tylenol can lead to liver failure. Therefore, you might want to change your advice on this matter.

    • Doc Gerry Says:

      Hi Eva… all meds can actually cause harm to the liver but its a matter of calculating the benefits over the risks. The amount of tylenol to give pain relief should not in any way affect the liver. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Janice Williams Says:

    I have MS and I have burning in my hips. I take Advil on a daily bases. I take at least 4 a day .Am I safe with this amount?
    thankyou …………Janice

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