How to stop taking Ibuprofen

Most people don’t realise that painkillers can have side effects.

If you take Ibuprofen regularly, you might have noticed recurring headaches and digestive issues.

These are common, and affect most people to some degree.

These are the other side effects I see most often:

  1. Acidity
  2. Constipation
  3. Bloating
  4. Nausea
  5. Fluid retention
  6. Weight gain
  7. Headaches
  8. Drowsiness
  9. Fatigue
  10. Tinnitis

The more frequently you take any medication, the more likely you are to experience side effects.

Regular use of Ibuprofen also increases the risk of serious side effects including internal bleeding, anaemia, damage to the liver and kidneys, and an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart attack. [Link]

Alternatives to Ibuprofen 

1. Water

Studies have shown that drinking water can reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. [Link to study]

Other studies have shown that dehydration is closely linked to migraine attacks. [Link to study]

Many people don’t drink as much water as they know they should.

If you drink caffeinated drinks you will likely be even more dehydrated.

2. Magnesium supplements

Studies have shown that magnesium can reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. [Link to study]

Magnesium can also reduce the frequency of headache and migraine. [Link to study]

Most people don’t get enough magnesium in their diet unless it is very high in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.

3. Homeopathic magnesium

I often prescribe homeopathic Mag Phos 200c for period pain. 

The best way to take it is as soon as you start to feel aching in your pelvic area.

It can be taken hourly for a few doses and then every 2-3 hours for as long as needed.

4. Paracetamol

Paracetamol don’t have the long list of side effects that are seen with Ibuprofen, although in large doses it can cause liver failure.

One paracetomol, plus extra hydration can be very effective as a last resort for pain relief.

If you don’t find relief after a few hours, you can take an extra one.

Another option is to look for paracetamol with caffeine, as this can boost the pain relief.

What to look for in a magnesium supplement

  1. Magnesium Glycinate
  2. At least 300mg – usually 2-3 capsules
  3. This is the best type for absorption 

Homeopathy is a holistic form of treatment that looks for the underlying causes of different types of pain, including period pain, headache and migraine. 

If you feel you’re reliant on Ibuprofen and you want to try something different, feel free to get in touch.

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