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Taking aspirin every day brings more risks than benefits

Taking aspirin every day brings more risks than benefits

Thousands of people take aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks and strokes, or to lower the risk of developing cancer. New research, however, shows that this drug may not be as safe as its continued use can bring more problems than benefits. The study was conducted by researchers in London and published in the online version of Archives of Internal Medicine .

The study looked at nine previous studies that evaluated the use of aspirin in the United States, in Japan, totaling 100,000 participants. The results showed that continued use of aspirin reduced the risk of any cardiac event by 10% and decreased the occurrence of nonfatal heart attacks by 20%. On the other hand, the use of the drug increases by 30% the probability of gastrointestinal bleeding, one of the side effects of aspirin. Thus, for every 162 people who used the drug, two had bleeding episodes.

Furthermore, although some studies have indicated a decrease in the risk of developing cancer, the new analysis did not identify any benefit. According to the director of the Gill Heart Institute cardiac rehabilitation program, at University of Kentucky in the United States, many people do not even consider aspirin a type of medicine and therefore do

Regular use of analgesics can cause hearing loss

Another study, published in the American Journal of Medicine , concluded that regular use of some types of painkillers, such as aspirin and acetaminophen (the substance that makes analgesics such as Tylenol), can cause partial loss and, in extreme cases, total hearing loss in men, especially those younger than 60 years. To reach these results, the research tracked 26,000 English men for 18 years.

American researchers at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Brigham and Women's Hospital of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, USA, evaluated the volunteers from exams and interviews, which examined how often they took painkillers, the degree of hearing loss they had suffered, and even a variety of other physiological, medical, and social factors, such as cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, smoking, and the use of remedies known to cause hearing loss. To investigate the relationship between analgesic use and hearing loss, regulate the habit of taking medications at least twice a week. The findings were that for aspirin, the risk of hearing loss is 33% higher in men younger than 59 years of age. However, the same risk was not observed in men over 60 years of age. Many of these men consume aspirin regularly to prevent cardiovascular disease, as this substance is considered a blood thinner.

Regular consumption of ibuprofen increased the risk of hearing loss by 61% in men younger than 50 years, 32 percent for those aged 59 and 16 percent for those over 60. Previous studies have linked this substance to the increased possibility of heart problems in more severe patients. On the other hand, acetaminophen (a substance that makes analgesics such as Tylenol) would increase the risk of hearing loss by 99% in men under 50 years of age and in 38% of those between 50 and 59 (over 60 years of age, the risk falls In addition to analgesics, antibiotics are enemies of the ear and, according to otolaryngologist Luciano Nevez, should only be used if recommended by a physician and if the patient feels a blocked or noisy ear, he must stop the medication and get in touch with the professional.


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