Big pHARMa: The Deceptions of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
The harms and lies of Big Pharma.
In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men’s sperm quality is declining, much research has been done on looked what disrupts the body’s endocrine system.
Things from chemicals in water bottles to WiFi laptops to wearing tight underwear instead of boxers.
But were you also aware that ibuprofen is also included on this list?
In a 2018 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that a concentrated dose of the over-the-counter painkiller taken by young, healthy men, is linked to a testicular condition that causes infertility:
The experiment involved a group of men aged under 35 in both Denmark and France who were split into two groups, with the first taking 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen each day for six weeks and the other a placebo.
While 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen is considered on the high side for general aches, pains and fever, it’s not unusual for doctors to prescribe twice that much for athletes.
We also must remember that over 2 million Australians regularly ignore dosage recommendations by doctors.
In two weeks, the concentration of testosterone hormone dropped as ibuprofen concentrations grew in the blood of those taking ibuprofen — resulting in the men having a condition known as hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism is a medical term for decreased functional activity of the gonads, which can cause infertility if continued.
Yet, hundreds of thousands of Australians — possibly millions — take ibuprofen each day.
Because it is not a prescription product, it is virtually impossible to know how many take the product each year.
There have also not been any similar studies taken in Australia, but we do know this country both consumes the product and has this condition. The most common cause of hypogonadism in Australia impacts about 1 in 450-700 men.
Bernard Jégou, a co-author at French National Institutes of Health and Medical Research, wrote that ibuprofen appears to “affect the hormonal balance in adult men” and “alters human testicular physiology” — creating a situation where the body has to work harder to maintain some degree of normal testosterone.
The loss of sperm production results in infertility (an inability to naturally father children).
From 1999, the use of ibuprofen to treat individuals for pain has increased dramatically, including a sevenfold rise in use for fever in children at locations like the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Michael L. Eisenberg, Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford, said the work is very important and points to a need for additional research on the topic.
Jesse N. Mills, an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Health, said on the results that “these guys did have a pretty profound effect on their hormone levels post exposure . . . brought up a lot of issues.”
Mills said there’s not enough information yet to advise patients to change the way they take ibuprofen.
However, he added: “I have a lot of fit guys in my practice that are trying to initiate pregnancies. I may tell them to be a little more cognizant about how much they are taking.”
How many Australian men sitting down after a hard days work to take an ibuprofen with dinner know about this?
After taking 3 or 4 through the course of the day on a work site?
Let’s also not forget that the makers behind Nurofen were caught lying about their products in 2015:
In proceedings commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Federal Court has found that Reckitt Benckiser Australia engaged in misleading conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law by representing that its Nurofen Specific Pain products were each formulated to treat a specific type of pain, when the products were identical.
Australian men should look into alternatives for ibuprofen like good acupuncture and alternative remedies.
Paracetamol, like ibuprofen, is a staple of Australian society that is taken by millions of people.
To begin, paracetamol has been found to be no more effective than a placebo when it comes to treating many common pain conditions, a 2021 Australian study found.
The research revealed that paracetamol only had evidence of effectiveness as a pain reliever for four conditions studied: knee or hip osteoarthritis; (general, not migrane) tension headache; perineal pain after childbirth (between the anus and genital area); and craniotomy (removal of part of the skull); the effect for these conditions was modest.
The evidence for lower back pain is that it provides no better outcomes than placebo, and the healing effect of time could be mistaken for medicine efficacy.
For the remaining conditions e.g. abdominal pain, pain during dental procedures, migraines, middle ear infection and more, it was unclear whether paracetamol relieved pain.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise when research has indicated that placebo use by general practitioners (GPs) is remarkably high in Australia, shining a light on the deceptive nature of pharmaceutical prescription in this country.
Some of the key findings from the clinical surveys revealed in 2019 that:
- 77% of GPs had offered an active placebo (such as antibiotics for a virus)
- 39% of GPs had offered an inert placebo (such as saline spray or a water-based cream)
- GPs used placebos because they believe they have a strong role in ‘shaping expectations’.
- 53% of GPs felt that administering placebos deceptively was unethical.
- GPs felt that medical trainees would benefit from more education about placebos.
Yet, despite this, Australians continue to take this product and run the risk of poisoning.
In a 2019 study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers from the University of Sydney revealed a concerning increase in paracetamol poisonings, and resulting liver damage, in Australia over the last decade.
In fact, paracetamol is actually the number one pharmaceutical Australian poisons centres receive calls about.
Age groups are defined as ‘neonates’, 0–4 weeks; infants, 4 weeks to 11 months; toddlers, 1–4 years; children, 5–14 years; adolescents, 15–19 years; adults, 20–74 years; older adults, over 74 years of age.
The annual number of cases of paracetamol poisoning increased by 44% from 2007-2008 to 2016-2017.
In that time, researchers from the University of Sydney recorded more than 95,000 paracetamol-related hospitalisations.
So, paracetamol doesn’t work, and it can also lead to poisoning.
At least with ibuprofen you are getting some pain relief at the expensive of infertility risks.
As is always the case with statistics, it will take a few more years until we get updated data, particularly to examine how the COVID-19 ‘pandemic’ impacted usage.
However, from what we can tell with recent calls to limit paracetamol, it may have certainly increased.
Think about these things the next time you reach for a Panadol or Nurofen.
There are plenty of natural alternatives available to avoid paracetamol or ibuprofen.
And don’t be one of the really silly ones to combine both products, despite what the ‘experts’ tell you.
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3 thoughts on “Big pHARMa: The Deceptions of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol”
I stop taking paracetamol years ago after I suspected it was doing jack-all to relieve most types of pain!
Not surprised by this article. All harma-ceuticals are toxic to the liver. Check out the ingredients, always with heavy metals which accumulate in the body. I prefer homeopathic remedies, which work if you know how to use them correctly. Pain killers only mask the pain, pain comes from your brain to tell you there is something wrong and it needs to be fixed. Treat the cause not the symptom. Doctors treat the symptoms.
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The most common side effects of ibuprofen are:
drowsiness, fatigue and restless sleep
thirst and sweating
tingling or numbness in hands and feet
ringing in the ears
blurred vision and eye irritation
fluid retention and ankle swelling
mild allergic reaction
bladder irritation and pain, frequent urination.
NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with or without heart disease or the risk factors for heart disease.
If you take more than the recommended dose, you could overdose. Call an ambulance straight away by dialling triple zero (000) if you or someone else has any of these symptoms (ambulance officers don’t need to involve the police):
confusion and disorientation
tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
anxiety and paranoia
anaemia (low red blood cell count), nausea and vomiting
vomiting blood that may look like coffee grounds and bowel motions that look like black tar
severe allergic reaction, including swelling of the face
kidney and liver problems
coma and death.
It’s best to discuss the side effects of long-term use with a medical practitioner. Regular use of ibuprofen may eventually cause:
anaemia due to bleeding in the stomach
kidney and liver damage
bleeding in the stomach and bowels
increased risk of heart attack.
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