8 Reasons Why You Should Be Avoiding NSAIDS For Pain

Over 100,000 people are hospitalized and 16,500 die every year from popping these pills for pain. These figures are  greater than the number of people dying from cervical cancer, asthma, multiple myeloma, or Hodgkin’s disease. There are safer, less toxic ways to manage, relieve and eliminate pain.

Common over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS):
Ibuprofen (Advil)

Naproxen (Aleve)
Aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin)

Common prescription NSAIDS:

Orudis, Oruvall
Vioxx (removed from market 10 years ago due to the 30,000 to 50,000 heart attack deaths it caused)

NSAIDS are assumed to be safe and “well tolerated” yet thousands of patients are hospitalized or die from them every day. The most common side effect is gastrointestinal bleeding, in which a person can literally bleed to death from taking too much. NSAIDS are also known to cause liver damage, lead to kidney failure, increase blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack, and damage the nervous system resulting in memory loss and attention deficit disorder.

NSAIDS have also been found to increase the risk of children developing asthma if they have been given NSAIDS or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Most recently, a Dutch study found that using NSAIDs may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat, which increases your risk for heart failure and stroke.


Why Do We Get Pain in The First Place


What You Can Do To Relieve Pain Without Taking NSAIDS

Chiropractic Care.  Poor posture and spinal vertebrae that have shifted out of place are responsible for causing many types of pain. Spinal adjustments, extremity adjustments and strengthening exercises help improve alignment and posture, resulting in a stronger body and the reduction or elimination of chronic pain.

Ice Packs.  Ice reduces inflammation and can be applied directly over the site of inflammation. Ice can be applied for up to 20 minutes and reapplied every 2 hours.

Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods   

Take Natural Anti-inflammatory Supplements. Fish oil, proteolytic enzymes, and other anti-inflammatory supplements can be just as effective without toxic side effects.

We recommend:
Ultra Omega-3 Fish Oil
3-4 capsules 3 times daily with meals

Two tablets 3 times daily in between meals

Two tablets 3 times daily in between meals

Would you like to stop suffering from pain and stop popping pills for your pain right now? We help people with chronic pain every day. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain, contact our office to see if we can help.


Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S
Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs”, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol. 340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.