Taking ibuprofen and related over-the-counter painkillers could have unintended and worrisome consequences for people who vigorously exercise. These popular medicines, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, work by suppressing inflammation. But according to two new studies, in the process they potentially may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged exercise and reduce muscles’ ability to recover afterward. Anyone who spends time around people who exercise knows that painkiller use is common among them. Some athletes joke about taking “vitamin ...
Hold the painkillers, bring on the exercise
Anyone who spends time around people who exercise knows that painkiller use is common among them
Gretchen Reynolds | NYT Last Updated at July 8, 2017 21:41 IST