IBUPROFEN/NAPROXEN MAY NOT BE EFFECTIVE AT TREATING BACK PAIN: RESEARCH

Feb 03, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Back pain is one of the leading health concerns these days, and now a new study is challenging one of the most common doctor-recommended ways of fighting it.

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The study shows that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, may not be as effective as once believed.

Researchers looked into 35 previously published, placebo-controlled trials. They ultimately found that for every six people treated with anti inflammatory drugs instead of a placebo, only one would have a notable short term benefit.

They say this is important, since these drugs are not without their side effects where usage has been linked with more short-term gastrointestinal adverse effects.

You can read about the study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

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