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Over the Counter NSAIDS Increase Heart Attack Risk - Medical Cannabis

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 2, 2018 10:10:10 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi


Over the counter pain medications are not without risk.

The most commonly prescribed OTC NSAIDS have been found to significantly increase the odds of heart attack.  This can occur within a month or less if high doses are ingested. Not only did researchers find that they were associated with risk of heart attack, but that over 90% of th pain killers assessed were associated with that increased risk finding that risk was about 20-50% higher in NSAID users.  Apart for increased risk of heart attack, ibuprofen was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. One study found that ibuprofen can increase the risk of cardiac arrest by 31%. 

Prescription pain management is dangerous as well. Opioid analgesics commonly used to combat pain can cause psychological and physical dependence, constipation, dizziness, light headedness, mood changes nausea, sedation, shortness of breath or vomiting. High doses, or adding alcohol to the mix can even be fatal. 

How can pain be combated safely when even something as seemingly harmless as ibuprofen vastly increases heart attack risk?  Cannabis sativa exhibits significant pain release by blocking the nerve pathways COX-1 and COX-2 which form the basis of common pain reactions. Cannabis has no known toxicities other than possible sleepiness. 

Cannabis has served as an analgesic for about 5,000 years.  Today, patients report significant pain relief in cases where even conventional therapies have failed and can be useful for patients suffering with chronic pain due to a variety of conditions. Chronic pain is a major public health crisis. 

Patients who were previously addicted to oxycodone and other opiates have benefited from getting off these dangerous addictive drugs and taking effective strains of medical marijuana for safe pain management.

This incredible plant can be used for so much in terms of medical treatment. Patients suffering with conditions that benefit from the use of medical marijuana no longer need to sacrifice their health to be a law abiding citizen. Piermont Gynecology refers patients with medical conditions that would benefit from the use of medical marijuana.  With many practitioners afraid to consult and refer patients, Dr. Enzenbacher is  licensed and educated in the marijuana referral process to provide patients with a thorough consultation and understanding of the process.

Call us at (914) 325-1664 to schedule your Med Mary consult with Dr. E.  She has attended international medical marijuana conferences along with thousands of other physicians and providers who understand how to legitimately prescribe medical marijuana for serious health conditions.

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Gorter, R., MD, PhD. (2018, November). Underappreciated Risks in Pain Management. Townsend, (424), 64-66.

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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