Millions of people take ibuprofen each day to help relieve temporary and/or chronic pain. Though it may help with pain relief, it also increases the risk of heart attacks. One research group found that l-arginine may help with ibuprofen cardiac side effects.
L-arginine May Help with Ibuprofen Cardiac Side Effects
MedicalResearch.com interviewed Dr. Nicholas Kirkby from the National Heart and Lung Institute at the Imperial College London regarding a new ibuprofen formulation.
Since ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart attacks, a new formula of ibuprofen and l-arginine was created to counteract the cardiovascular side effects. The medication is called ibuprofen arginate and is already in use in other parts of the world.
Kirkby believes that this formula will be safer and can protect the heart against the damaging effects of ibuprofen. He goes on to say, “However, there is no need to wait until we know if we are right or not before the drug can be used because L-arginine formulations of ibuprofen are already currently available over the counter in many parts of the world and are both safe and effective.”
This drug isn’t brand new to the market, so there’s no reason it couldn’t be used across the world. The fact that l-arginine may help with ibuprofen cardiac side effects should be reason enough to put it on the market.
To gain further knowledge about the effects of the drug, Kirkby wants to test the results of it among patients with cardiovascular disease and patients with healthy hearts. That will let researchers know if ibuprofen arginate is actually safer than plain ibuprofen.
Because so many people rely on ibuprofen each day, future findings of this drug “could potentially game-changing” according to Kirkby. The risk for heart attacks can decrease and taking the pain reliever will be safer.
Until that time, take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.