What have led the authorities to restrict Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is usually characterized as the most common medication that is prescribed. In terms of health, this medication is usually very optimal for headaches and general discomforts. However, recently, the French Medicines Agency (ANSM) announced the risks of consuming this type of pills.

The ANSM indicates that medications such as ibuprofen and ketoprofen may be harmful in the case of infection treatments. So this agency asked the control entities that these medications be withdrawn.

Ibuprofen and ketoprofen are that they are categorized as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. Recently, several cases of complications in the area of quite serious infections, resulting from the use of these medications, were reported. So the ANSM decided to conduct a survey to verify to what extent both drugs were harmful.

About 400 cases were analyzed

For the survey it was determined to perform an analysis of the last 18 years. Thus, it was based on studies carried out since 2000. 337 cases were identified with quite infectious complications derived from the consumption of ibuprofen. In addition to these serious health cases, 49 cases were identified in ketoprofen.

In the case of children, the problem was even more serious than that presented in young adults. A type of population that was not in serious condition. But it could be observed that dermal diseases occurred. Like pulmonary and neurological. This led to hospitalizations, some of which ended in death.

Some of the disease infections that were observed were streptococcus and pneumococcus. These diseases arose in patients without what is called an adequate pattern. That is, they originated after short health treatments, such as two to three days of use of anti-inflammatories.

Consume less dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen

The ANSM then considers that it is most appropriate to withdraw these medications, although further research on the impact of these drugs will continue. What is suggested at the moment is to give paracetamol greater importance in the case of treating health problems such as streptococcus.

It is also suggested, that in the case of anti-inflammatories, a more moderate consumption is made. More exactly, it is said that there are quite small doses, but they are very effective. In Spain, the measure that is usually used is 600 mg, when recommended is 400 mg.

Despite what this alert means, there is no talk at the time of a health alarm for the health of the Spaniards or other people on the planet. This is due to the fact that the percentage of the cases analyzed must be considered and that these have occurred over a period of 18 years, which is a fairly long time.

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