Managing pain is one of the most difficult issues we face nowadays. Modern medicine has come leaps and bounds in many aspects, but when it comes to pain management, we're still dependent on popping pills and over 64% percent of adults report suffering from some sort of chronic pain. Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most commonly used drugs around the world, taken by both adults and children. Most people who use these drugs tend to take them on a regular basis, and over 50% give their children some form of painkillers on a regular basis as well.
According to several studies conducted over the last decade, more and more evidence has emerged linking these drugs to cardiovascular events, such as cardiac arrest, gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke. One of the lead researches in the field, Professor Gunnar H. Gisalson said: “Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe.” Many adults self-prescribe and easily take over the recommended dose, since they cannot deal with the pain while unaware of the risks and possible damage these drugs cause.
In children, Ibuprofen is usually recommended over aspirin and is known to be very effective against conditions specific to kids. Although recommended by doctors to control pain and fever, known side effects of these drugs in children could manifest in more ways than one. From allergic reactions, liver problems to stomach bleeding. It's imperative you follow your doctors orders and never give your child a larger dose than instructed by your doctor.