A mid-2009 call from the American Geriatrics Society recommends the elderly avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because of potentially life-threatening side effects.
Adults 75 and older should avoid products such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, according to a New York Times report.
The risks associated with NSAIDs include the following:
- Life-threatening ulcers and stomach bleeding
- Increased risk for heart attack or stroke
- Potentially dangerous interactions with heart-failure medications and other drugs
- An increase in blood pressure
- Impaired kidney function
To support the natural inflammatory process, alternatives to NSAIDs include herbs such as boswellia and turmeric. Also, proteolytic enzymes help modulate inflammation.