06.08.2022
Ibuprofen side effects: The warning tummy signs that require ‘immediate attention’

Although ibuprofen is best known as a little tablet, there are various other versions, ranging from capsules to liquid. You have been probably taking some form of ibuprofen your whole life, but are you aware of its side effects?

While medications can effectively target certain problems, they are also known to cause some unwanted effects.

Not everyone is affected by these side effects but some might experience them.

Drugs.com warns that the over-the-counter medicine can also stir up some serious problems that require “immediate medical attention”.

The portal states: “Along with its needed effects, ibuprofen may cause some unwanted effects.

Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur, they may need medical attention.”

A whole series of serious side effects is linked to your stomach.

Drugs.com shares that unwanted signs can include:

The portal recommends contacting your doctor immediately if you experience any of these signs when taking ibuprofen.

On top of these tummy signs, the NHS also adds black poo and blood in the vomit to the list.

It explains that symptoms like these can signal a serious condition, including bleeding in your stomach.

So, it’s crucial to call a doctor or contact 111 “straight away” while stopping the use of ibuprofen, the health body states.

A study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, warns that people who take high doses of the popular painkiller regularly are more likely to experience gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

The research explains that “significant” GI bleeding can be observed as early as three days after starting ibuprofen treatment.

The participants in the study were taking 800mg of ibuprofen three times a day for a period of 28 days.

The dose recommended by the NHS for adults is one or two 200mg tablets or capsules three times a day.

Although these are all possible side effects of taking ibuprofen, there are also some “common” and less serious signs to be aware of.

The NHS reports these signs to be “common” side effects of ibuprofen:

Always refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine to check for all the possible side effects linked to your medicine.

If any side effects that don’t require immediate attention persist, speak to a doctor or a pharmacist, the NHS advises.

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    Speaking about the diagnosis, Orla’s grandmother Angela said: “When Orla was diagnosed we were in shock. It all happened so quickly. She has spent more time in hospitals than at home recently. She has required platelet infusions, blood transfusions and antibiotics.”

    In a bid to support their ill family member, Angela and Orla’s aunts Susan and Gill have decided to donate blood.

    Angela said of the move: “We decided as a family that we should donate blood in her honour. Myself, my daughter Susan, and my sister Gill all gave blood. Ten of my friends and family said they would donate this week which is wonderful. We…are committed to doing this long-term.” Angela said they planned to donate blood again in 12 weeks.

    Meanwhile, Orla’s fight continues with the support of her parents, whose family have started a fundraising campaign in order to pay for the lifesaving treatments Orla needs.

    Angela, already giving blood to the cause, said: “We never thought about fundraising but money became vital with all the transport and basic needs during Orla’s treatments. Savannah is such a brave and selfless young lady.

    “Orla has a long road ahead of her, but the family are optimistic and believe that she will recover as she is getting the best of care.”

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    In common with all other cancers, retinoblastoma causes several symptoms to be vigilant for including:• An unusual white reflection in the pupil• A squint• A change in colour of the iris• A red or inflamed eye• Poor vision.

    On these symptoms, the NHS add that they “may be caused by something other than retinoblastoma. But you should get them checked by your GP as soon as possible”.

    Once a child is beyond the age of five they are traditionally unlikely to develop retinoblastoma.

    All cancers are caused by the mutation of cells from those which support the body to those which attack it.

    In the case of retinoblastoma, the cells affected are those around the light-sensitive retina – a lining which sits at the back of the eye. During the early stages of a baby’s life these cells grow very quickly and then stop growing.

    In rare cases, some cells don’t stop growing and form the cancerous retinoblastoma. In around 40 percent of cases the condition is normally caused by a faulty gene affecting both eyes.

    This gene is normally inherited from one of the parents, but can also occur during the early stages of child’s development inside the mother’s womb.

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    As with most cancers, blood cancer symptoms can vary considerably depending on the type of malignancy. Acute monocytes leukaemia is among the deadliest, but it is rare compared to leukaemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma. Avoiding complications from these diseases requires early detection. One telltale sign of blood cancer may include unusual inside the lower eyelid.

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    These occur across various types of cancer, but each disease is likely to produce its own subset of symptoms.

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    “Anaemia can cause tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest or sleep, breathlessness when you’re resting and paleness (pallor)

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    Blood Cancer UK, however, adds that it is “often more immediately noticeable in light skin”.

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    People exposed to high doses of radiation may be a risk, as this breaks down chemical bonds, and damages DNA cells.

    Another risk factor is long-term exposure to high levels of solvents such as benzene – which can cause chromosome changes in bone marrow cells.

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    Kelle said: “I had cerebral lupus…I lost the ability to speak, to read, to write and [my] movement and coordination.

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    Neuroscientist at the University of Warwick Professor Edmund Rolls explained: “There is a difference between social isolation, which is an objective state of low social connections, and loneliness, which is subjectively perceived social isolation.

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    Professor Rolls added that loneliness and social isolation were two problems that had been exacerbated by COVID-19: “Now, in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are implications for social relationship interventions and care – particularly in the older population.”

    Alongside the problem worsening due to the biggest health crisis for a generation, Professor Roll said loneliness and social isolation had been “a serious yet underappreciated public health problem”, one that hasn’t been attended to until it has reached a crisis point.

    The University of Warwick’s Professor Jianfeng Feng added: “During any future pandemic lockdowns, it is important that individuals, especially older adults, do not experience social isolation.”

    Co-researcher, Professor Barbara Sahakian, who worked on the Cambridge team, echoed these comments, calling for the Government “and communities [to] take action to ensure that older individuals have communication and interactions with others on a regular basis”.

    While loneliness and social isolation are becoming ever more significant risk factors for dementia, they form part of a wide gamut of risk factors associated with the disease.

    According to studies conducted as recently as 2020, there is evidence to suggest there are at least 12 main risk factors for dementia, some which appear as early in life adolescence.

    While one may not associate dementia risk with young people, there is considered to be a link between academic progress and the degenerative neurodegenerative disease.

    In a report published in The Lancet in 2020, education was identified as the sole “Early life” risk factor for the disease with researchers finding that less education in the early stages of someone’s life could increase their vulnerability to the disease.

    The reason for this was because higher and longer lasting education improved cognitive performance and reduced the likelihood of the onset of dementia. While this may be unnerving reading for those who received their A-Level or are awaiting their GCSE results, it doesn’t mean someone who leaves school at 16 is more likely than a PHD student to develop dementia.

    The study outlined a range of other risk factors which were considered to be much more influential than education. For mid-life this included:• Hearing loss• Hypertension• Obesity• Excessive alcohol intake• Head injury.

    Meanwhile, later life factors, defined as affecting those over the age of 65 were:• Smoking• Depression• Social isolation• Physical inactivity• Diabetes• Air pollution.

    Professor Gill Livingston, lead author of the study, said at the time the report was published: “Our report shows that it is within the power of policy-makers and individuals to prevent and delay a significant proportion of dementia, with opportunities to make an impact at each stage of a person’s life.”

    As a result, the report demonstrated that dementia is not just something which the elderly can impact and be affected by, but something of national concern.

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    The single drink that stiffens blood vessels and hikes heart attack risk within four hours

    Blood vessels are the channels or conduits through which blood is distributed to body tissues. They underpin virtually every important process in the body. Failure to look after your blood vessels can invite a host of life-threatening complications, such as blood clotting and heart attacks.

    Worryingly, a study published in the journal Laboratory Investigation found just one single serving of a high-fat milkshake can wreak havoc upon blood vessels.

    Just four hours after consuming a milkshake made with whole milk, heavy whipping cream and ice cream, healthy young men had stiffer blood vessels and an immune response similar to one provoked by an infection, the team of Medical College of Georgia scientists reported.

    The findings could help explain isolated reports of death and/or heart attack right after eating a super-high fat meal, the scientists said.

    “The take-home message is that your body can usually handle this if you don’t do it again at the next meal and the next and the next,” says Doctor Julia E. Brittain, vascular biologist at the MCG Vascular Biology Center and a corresponding author of the study.

    While none of the scientists recommend going overboard on calories and sugar either, the healthy males in the study who instead consumed a meal with the same number of calories but no fat – three big bowls of sugar-coated flakes with no-fat milk – did not experience the same harmful changes to their blood, red blood cells and blood vessels.

    “You are looking at what one, high-fat meal does to blood-vessel health,” said Doctor Ryan A. Harris, clinical exercise and vascular physiologist at MCG’s Georgia Prevention Institute and study co-author.

    Their study in 10 young men was the first to look specifically at red blood cells, the most abundant cell in our blood.

    Red cells are best known for carrying oxygen and are incredibly flexible so they flow through blood vessels essentially unnoticed.

    But with a single high-fat meal, they essentially grow spikes and spew poison.

    “They changed size, they changed shape, they got smaller,” said Doctor Harris of the rapid changes to the form and function of red blood cells.

    In both the cells and blood, there was evidence of myeloperoxidase, or MPO – an enzyme expressed by a type of white blood cell which, at high levels in the blood, has been linked to stiff blood vessels, oxidative stress and heart attack in humans.

    Since stiff blood vessels restrict the blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs, they also increase the risk of blood clots.

    MPO is associated with impaired ability of blood vessels to dilate, even oxidation of HDL cholesterol, which converts this usually cardioprotective cholesterol into a contributor to cardiovascular disease.

    Participants in the new study included 10 physically active men with a good medical history, taking no prescription medicines and with good cholesterol and lipid levels.

    The investigators did two thorough assessments of cardiovascular disease risk at least seven days apart.

    Participants were told to avoid caffeine and strenuous physical activity for 24 hours before each test and vitamin supplements for 72 hours.

    Like going to the doctor for blood work, they also were asked to fast overnight.

    Half the men got the milkshakes containing about 80 grams of fat and 1,000 calories.

    The cereal meal also contained about 1,000 calories but very little fat.

    Meals were individually tweaked to ensure everyone got the same amount of fat relative to their body weight, Doctor Harris said.

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