Good reasons to avoid NSAIDs

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.

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