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NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) use is closely associated with increased risk of strokes, nearly doubling for ibuprofen doses of more than 200 milligrams, which is the standard amount found in a single over the counter pill. The study, presented at the 2010 Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, documented that even low-dose usage of NSAIDs increased the risk of strokes by 28-86%, depending on the particular drug. The first NSAID was ibuprofen, which was approved by the FDA in 1974. It was known to increase blood flow to the brain after strokes by 1987(2). It should have been expected that effects on strokes would be found, but it’s only now—23 years later—that a definitive study has been done to address that concern. When the dose of ibuprofen was greater than 200 milligrams—which is merely a single pill in most US and UK over the counter packaging—the stroke risk increased to an astonishing 90 percent—nearly double the risk of those who didn’t take NSAIDs! No one wanted to kill the NSAID cash cow, so millions of people have suffered from strokes.

Heidi Stevenson, Gaia Health