According to The American College of Gastroenterology the second major cause of ulcers is due to stomach irritation from regular use of NSAIDs.
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat fever, muscle aches, headaches, arthritis and inflammation. Most homes in America have some form of over-the-counter Ibuprofen in their medicine cabinet. Americans take 30 billion doses per year! That is a lot of pain relief. But our love affair with NSAIDs puts 100,000 people in the hospital each year
Easily Available (Over-the-Counter)
Use with Caution:
If you currently have kidney problems.
If you have a history of stomach ulcers.
If you are taking any steroid medications.
If you are taking any blood thinning medications.
If you are combining two or more pain-relief medications.
Do not use if:
Pregnant or breast feeding.
Not recommended for children.
Warning Signs of Problems:
Stomach pain that does not go away.
Vomiting of blood or stuff that looks like coffee grounds.
Dark black, tarry or bloody stools.
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How to be safe:
A safe dosage of Ibuprofen is 200-400 mg every 4 to 6 hours. No more than 1200mg per day. Only take more under a doctor’s orders and watch for signs of problems.
Always let your doctor know if you have taken or regularly take any NSAIDs to alleviate pain. This includes emergency room personnel. Ibuprofen can reduce blood clotting ability.
Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medication.
If you have taken ibuprofen for 10 days in a row and are still having pain, see your doctor.
A natural alternative to ibuprofen is White Willow Bark. White Willow Bark is what aspirin was derived from. You can find White Willow Bark in capsule form in health food stores.