Due to their effectiveness in soothing headaches, muscle aches, reducing fever and some infections, NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac), are some of the most frequently used medicines throughout the world.
They are not only frequently prescribed by physicians, but patients often self-medicate themselves with them which is when risk factors occur.
It is true that their occasional use is not dangerous to one’s health. They end up harming our bodies when they begin to be used more frequently than normal.
The excessive use of these types of anti-inflammatories can bring on side effects to the liver and to the stomach. Evidence has also shown a negative impact on people with cardiac risk factors, increasing their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
The danger is that those who begin to use these drugs in their daily lives to soothe minor pains or other conditions that could be treated with pain analgesics or other types of more mild medications. There is also the risk of overuse, which the person may not be aware of as these anti-inflammatories are combined with other medications in their commercial packaging, which may simply be unknown to the consumer. The consumer may then end up taking several doses of the medication without realizing it.
In conclusion, avoid self-medicating, review the components of the medicine you take and, due to their ease of access ,which can lead to their abuse, use these types of medicines with moderation.