Vioxx usage has been taking a toll on mankind and reports state that around 30,000 people died of sudden cardiac arrest or heart attack, in between 1999 to 2003. Reports published in the year 2000, also stated that the use of this medication has increased the heart rate of patients, leading to their death from strokes or heart attacks. Yet, neither any pharmaceutical company like Merck or regulatory body like FDA has made any comment in this regard. Another Lancet report states that NSAID drugs can increase the risk of heart failure or heart attack to some great extent.

Why people take ibuprofen or any other NSAID drugs?

Nowadays, a large number of people are suffering from inflammation and pain related issues for which they take NSAID drugs like ibuprofen. People who fail to change their diet or lifestyle for dealing and cannot cope up with the problem naturally mostly take this type of drug. However, if they can reduce their level of stress, practice workouts everyday and eat a healthy diet, they can deal with pain or inflammation at ease.

What are the side effects on health?

Increased risk of cardiac arrest or heart attack is one of the most common side effects of Ibuprofen. People may also experience loss of hearing, influenza, miscarriage, anemia, hypertension and even DNA damage as side effects of this drug. However, ibuprofen should not be considered the only responsible drug for these conditions, other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs may also cause similar side effects.

What does the studies on natural alternatives of Ibuprofen says?

A study published in the year 2007 reported that Topical Arnica could help people in dealing with hand osteoarthritis. It also has fewer side effects.

Panax Ginseng- Animal study published in the year 2008 stated Panax Ginseng to be a useful alternative for the treatment of inflammation and pain. As its properties are similar to ibuprofen, it can also help in the treatment of rheumatism.

John’s Wort- an animal study published in 2004 said it to be a better choice of analgesic compared to ibuprofen.

Ginger- In 2009, a study reported that taking ginger capsules of 250mg for 4 times in a day can help in the treatment of menstrual pain in women.

Omega-3 fatty acids- a human study in the year 2006 stated that if anyone takes 1200-2400mg of Omega-3 fatty acids everyday, it would help in easing arthritis pain without no or least side effects.

Combination prepared with Astaxanthin, Gingko biloba and Vitamin C- another animal study in 2011 stated that the combination could offer better results in treating inflammation related to asthma.

Chinese skullcap (baicalin)- In the year 2003, an animal study stated that the Chinese Skullcap could offer similar pain-relieving effects like ibuprofen.

Olive oil- Oleocanthal present in olive oil is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which are quite similar to ibuprofen.

Anthocyanin obtained from sweet cherries and raspberries- a study in 2001 stated that the power of these herbs are equal to ibuprofen or naproxen in treating inflammation related problems.

Holy Basil- a study from 2000 claimed that the anti-inflammatory compounds of Holy Basil can treat inflammation effectively like naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin.

Source: Just Natural Life