Exercise and NSAIDs

Exercise and NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs)

Some people, who exercise routinely, used to take NSAIDs such as diclofenac sodium and ibuprofen regularly to reduce the effects of chronic (long-term) use injuries such as muscle and tendon problems. Some studies show that taking regular NSAIDs could be doing more harm compared to good.

Some of the athletes premedicate themselves regularly with NSAIDs to cut their pains.

If an athlete is taking regular over the counter NSAIDs as painkillers, they damage the lining of the stomach and bowels gradually more than we formerly valued. NSAIDs can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases too.

Furthermore, athletes with chronic (long-term) use injuries, if they take an NSAID regularly, they will not recover from the injury, as soon as they did not use it.

It is not recommended to take any NSAID merely to prevent future problems, which might arise. Healthcare professionals advise only take NSAIDs based on the instructions and only for a short period of time, rather than taking NSAIDs regularly.

Additionally, they suggest doing other options such as massage or proper stretching exercises.


(Photo courtesy: Okko Pyykkö)


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About the author
Dr. Nalaka Priyantha is the founder and author of 'DRN Health'. He currently works at the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka as a senior medical officer. He is blogging about healthy living since 2012.
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