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Ibuprofen Ineffective for Back Pain
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Ibuprofen Ineffective for Back Pain

Popular anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, have little impact on lower back and neck pain, an Australian study has found. A senior research fellow at the George Institute for Global Health reviewed the findings of 35 clinical trials of 6,000 patients using anti-inflammatory pain relieving drugs, ABC news reported. “Compared with placebo, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain,” Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira said. “Our safety analysis also revealed NSAIDs increased the risk of gastrointestinal side effects by 2.5 times, compared to placebo,” she added. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with many patients told to take pain medications to relieve symptoms. The most prominent members of NSAIDS group of drugs are, aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, which are all available over the counter in most countries.

 

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