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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 

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 ...

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First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 21:35 IST
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