All You Need To Know About Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen sounds like another drug. I don’t think you know much about it. I was actually unaware of its purpose before I started this paper. Ibuprofen is the drug which kills mild pain, body aches, headaches and muscle aches. Advil has been used by everyone at one time or another in their lives to alleviate pain and/or relieve headaches. Ibuprofen has been used widely throughout history, but consumers don’t know much about it. This includes how it works and what its side effects are.

This paper provides information about Ibuprofen. It aims to provide consumers with basic knowledge about Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen, also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (a drug that reduces swelling or relieves pain), is a “Ibuprofen” article from Encyclopedia. com,” n. d. ). Ibuprofen, in scientific circles, is known as methylpropyl phenylpropanoic acid. Its active ingredient is the chemical ibuprofen (2018). Chemicals have a fixed number atoms which are ordered in a given way. Chemical formulas can be compared to the ingredients on cookies. They tell you how many of each ingredient are present (“Chemical Formula,” not to be confused with). Ibuprofen’sIbuprofen’s chemical formula is C13H18O2, this tells us Ibuprofen is made up of thirteen carbon atoms, eighteen hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms (“Chemical Formula,” n. d. ). Chemical formulas help us to understand elements and molecules. Chemical formulas help us to understand chemical compounds and give us a basic understanding of their properties (“Chemical Formula” n. d.). OTC drugs can be purchased without the need for a prescription (Ibuprofen com,” n. d. ). Ibuprofen was the first OTC drug to be introduced. Without OTC drugs 60 million Americans wouldn’t have access to treatment for their ailments (“Statistics On OTC Use,” N. d. Ibuprofen is the first OTC pain relief medication that was available in pharmacies. It was also the first OTC drug to become available in pharmacies in over a hundred years. Although aspirin was created in 1899, it is less effective than ibuprofen. com,” n. d. ). Boots Laboratories, a British drug retailer and manufacturer, developed Ibuprofen. They discovered the soothing pain relief ingredient in aspirin that was called carboxylic acids (“Ibuprofen » Encyclopedia. com,” n. d. ). Boots Laboratories found a carboxylic acid twice as strong and stronger than that in aspirin.

They synthesized more than 600 compounds and tested them. Propanoic Acid was the most active, but it was rejected for clinical trials. com,” n. d. ). Then they looked at other compounds made from phenyl alkanoic acid, which appeared to have greater anti-inflammatory capabilities (“Ibuprofen com,” n. d. ). Finally, they found Ibuprofen (methylpropyl phenylpropanoic acid), which they sold in 1964 to the United Kingdom. com,” n. d. ). Ibuprofen has remained a prominent drug since its first discovery. Ibuprofen, a drug that is widely used in mass production, is manufactured by many companies, including Pfizer (“Pfizer”) 2018, the parent company of Advil. Pfizer, a New York-based pharmaceutical company was established over 169 years ago.

Pfizer manufactures many more medications and drugs than Ibuprofen. Pfizer makes Advil with top-secret formula. However, there are some general ideas about how it is made.

First, the raw materials go to the factory for bulk processing (Advil Tablet Manufacturing Process (2012)). They are then granulated. Then they are coated with sugar (this helps increase consumer satisfaction so it can be used again), and finally the tablets are polished. Advil and Ibuprofen can be prescribed for mild pains.

Ibuprofen is a powerful medication that has many benefits. However, people often overdose from taking it too frequently. Your body’s tolerance to Ibuprofen will drop if you take it daily. Ibuprofen seems like magic to some people. However, there are many scientific aspects to its use. Damaged cells release arachidonic, which is a chemical found in the cell walls. COX-1 (and COX-2), two enzymes, break down arachidonic Acid and create Prostaglandin H2. This is then converted to PGD2, TXA2, and PGE2, which are chemicals that raise body temperature, cause inflammation, lower the pain threshold, and reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection (How Ibuprofen Work, 2012). Nociceptors feel pain when they are above the threshold and send signals to their brains, which stimulates pain (How Ibuprofen Works (2012)).

Once you have taken an ibuprofen drug, your stomach will break it down. The medication is then absorbed into the bloodstream. It has been shown that taking too much of it can lead to damage to your hearing and bones as well as your kidneys. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs) have a 33% increase in the likelihood of a heart attack. Another recent study that involved 10,000,000 people showed that those taking NSAIDs were 19% more likely to be hospitalized for heart attack and internal bleeding.

Ibuprofen is also known to cause the death of over 100,000 Americans every year. This is the Alternative, 2016, The warnings might seem new to some, although the Food and Drug Administration has been warning people for years. Advil and others have tried to silence them (“Ibuprofen risks you need to know,” 2017, 2017. Ibuprofen can be described as a groundbreaking drug. This drug is still a steppingstone to other NSAIDs. Overuse, as with all drugs, is not a good idea. The risk of having a cardiac attack is 33% greater and the possibility of heart failure at 19% more are not worth the mild headache. But, it is still an amazing product that saves us so much pain. The next time you pop an Advil in the mouth, take a moment to think about whether it is really necessary. You will be reminded of the potential long-term side effects and can hopefully use it only as directed.


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