What Does Ibuprofen Do To Your Body?

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Now and again our body is put under immensely stressful situations that cause stress, pain, and health deteriorating effects. In moments like these, it is very common to reach for Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs), analgesic, fever-reducer and also possesses anti-platelet effects i.e. blood clot protection capabilities. Falling into the most commonly classed medications available worldwide, over the counter without the need of a prescription, it’s very handy.

 Once it enters the body’s internal system, it amalgamates within our bloodstream. It then works by blocking the production of prostaglandins i.e. chemical substances that are released in response to injuries or disease. It achieves this effect by the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes that in turn stop producing thromboxanes, prostacyclins, and prostaglandins.

 So how does ibuprofen work inside the body?

As mentioned earlier, ibuprofen boasts several healing properties. However, it is possible for excessive use or unexpected adverse effects to interfere with the body’s natural healing mechanism.

The aforementioned lipids that it shuts down from functioning are in charge of regulating gastrointestinal, renal, vascular and innumerable other physiological processing. Once these indicators are masked, we can no longer register signals that our body’s are under duress and therefore continue to overwork it.


  1. Bleeding Ulcer Development: The probability of becoming susceptible to developing ulcers radically increases to five times more likelihood amidst consumers of ibuprofen. This is a consequence of interfering with the COX 1 enzyme that protects the mucosal stomach lining. Acids become more potent in our stomachs to causing sores or ulcers that bleed. Its blood thinning effect can cause excessive blood loss through this lining.

  2. Disrupted bone healing: Upon fracturing, a cartilage template formation occurs between the broken bones that is later replaced with new bones. Dr. O’Connor observed that ibuprofen prevented the new bone from forming by interfering with the cartilage.

  3. Joint Deterioration: Unexpectedly, although this cures short-term pain, in the long run, the adverse effects can be disheartening. This is because of the tolerance build up against ibuprofen and worsening joint damage caused by it - Journal of Rheumatology.

  4. Leaky-gut syndrome: NSAID’s like ibuprofen aren’t kind to our intestinal walls that eventually deteriorate to a point that allows more porous features. Larger molecules break into the lymph and bloodstreams prior to complete digestion. Confusing our body, it gives root to autoimmune diseases like Lupus, Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.

  5. Cardiac and Renal Risks: The risk of contracting cardiovascular and renal failures goes up by a high margin as the consumption of ibuprofen can lead to poisonous outcomes due to drug interactions.

 Despite the illness-alleviating properties that NSAID’s like ibuprofen have to offer, they are often accompanied by a wide array of unforeseen complications. In many circumstances, Chiropractic Care poses as a more natural and safer alternative. The State of Oregon Based Guidelines associated with low back pain deems this spinal manipulation practice significantly safer and more efficient.

Evidence-based research has concluded that 27% of subjects experiencing extended chronic pain had their symptoms completely resolved within 9 weeks of chiropractic treatment. 47% of them even reported back with considerable improvement in their health without negative side effects ailing them. This method is not only budget-friendly but offers quick relief. 


In 2017 alone, the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Physicians fully endorse chiropractic care alongside a well-balanced diet, exercise regime, cognitive therapy and acupuncture for neuro-musculoskeletal problems.

Jose Zaragoza