Over the Counter Pain Medications

My husband just had some lab work done last week, and we found out that he had high protein counts in his urine and his liver enzymes were high.  He hardly ever drinks, so we know that alcohol was not a factor in his liver damage.  He takes Advil at night, and we discovered that that could have an effect on the liver.  Here are some other side effects on over the counter pain medications:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    • Nausea
    • Rash
    • Liver Damage
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin)
    • Stomach upset
    • Heartburn
    • Nausea
    • Stomach Ulcers
    • Kidney Damage
    • Allergic Reaction
    • Liver Damage
    • Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

No one younger than 20 should take aspirin.  It has been linked to Reye Syndrome, a very serious illness. It causes swelling in the liver and brain.

Some safe alternatives to over the counter pain medications are:

  • Ginger is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Capsaicin is derived from chili peppers and is a topical remedy that reduces nerve, muscle and joint pain.
  • Valerian root helps relieve insomnia, tension, irritability, stress, and anxiety.
  • Magnesium can help curb the pain of migraines, muscle spasms and fibromyalgia.
  • Cat’s Claw is known for containing an anti-inflammatory agent that aids in blocking the production of the hormone prostaglandin, which contributes to inflammation and pain within the body.
  • Boswellia contains active components like resin that reduce inflammation and pain.
  • White willow bark is the original aspirin.
  • Essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and sage help relax muscles and calm the mind.

I am an Advisor with AdvoCare, and an advocate for wellness.  Our country consumes 70% of prescription medications in the world, and we only count for approximately 5% of the world.  We have a serious prescription epidemic and it needs to stop!



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