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Watch out: OTC drugs can harm your kidneys

For all those millions of you who think that just because some drug is sold over-the-counter, there is no reason to worry about it, here’s something important to worry one of the most popular class of OTC drugs, what are knows as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen.

In a concerning study published online in JAMA Network Open, researchers assessed health records of nearly 800,000 US army soldiers, and concluded that regular use of NSAIDS in this youngish population (average age 27) was associated with a statistically increased risk of acute and chronic kidney disease.

So if regular use of NDAIDS is harmful to the kidneys in a young and presumably pretty healthy population that hasn’t yet had a chance to develop much kidney damage, think how much more wary older individuals should be about using this class of drugs on a regular basis.

This shouldn’t scare you off from ever using an NSAID.

It should just serve to remind you – yet again – that all drugs carry risks so if you are gonna use an NSAID, make sure that the benefit are really worth the risks they also confer.