|Ibuprofen found to block muscle gains after exercise.|
|Written by Russel Davis|
|A study published in Acta Physiologica warns that long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may inhibit muscle growth in people who engage in weight training.|
As part of the study, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden examined healthy men and women aged 18 to 35 who were randomly assigned to two groups: one group taking 1,200 mg ibuprofen, while the other taking a relatively lower dosage of 75 mg acetylsalicylic acid.
The participants took these every day for eight weeks. The respondents also underwent supervised weight-training exercises for the thigh muscles two to three times a week during the same period.
|Previous studies also find link between NSAIDs, muscle loss.|
|Health experts have previously discouraged the use of OTC painkillers such as ibuprofen in the treatment of completed fractures, stress fractures at higher risk of nonunion, or in chronic muscle injuries. On the other hand, the experts recommend the drugs to alleviate acute ligament strains, muscle strains, tendinitis, and eccentric muscle injury. However, they maintain that painkiller use should be exercised with caution and that treatment duration should be kept as short as possible.|