More than 400 serious cases and 40 deaths in 20 years, with symptoms that can appear from the second day of treatment with Ibuprofen.
The Agence du Médicament (ANSM) requires vigilance. A survey entrusted to the pharmacovigilance center of Tours and Marseille revealed the serious risks posed by ketoprofen and ibuprofen.
More than 400 cases of serious complications.
Present in many of the commonly used medications, these anti-inflammatories had already been the subject of reports of serious complications, which were the trigger for the research.
The two anti-inflammatories could promote serious infectious complications, according to the results obtained after almost 20 years of research. Between 2000 and 2018, "337 cases of infectious complications were listed, including 32 deaths from ibuprofen and 46 cases, including 10 deaths from ketoprofen," says Dr. Philippe Vella, director of analgesics at ANSM.
Necrotizing fasciitis, sepsis, pneumonia, pleurisy, brain abscess, amputations ... The serious side effects are very varied. Even with antibiotic therapy, complications can occur after just 2 to 3 days of treatment.
Use alternative therapies and natural remedies
Nature offers us infinite options from which we have been moving away due to the convenience of allopathic remedies such as Ibuprofen. If you want to go back to being natural, here are some options:
It is best not to take anti-inflammatories unnecessarily, when symptoms may get better on their own. In case of pain or fever, the ANSM advises favoring paracetamol, especially if you take your medicine without consulting a doctor. If you use ibuprofen or ketoprofen, it is recommended to maintain the minimum dose for the shortest possible time. “No more than 3 days in case of fever and 5 days in case of pain”, summarizes Dr. Vella.
Another rule of thumb is not to take two drugs from this large family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at the same time, which include, but are not limited to, naproxen and diclofenac. Warning: they are sold under various names, so you need to refer to the composition of the drug.
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