Ibupro­fen health alert

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

DOC­TORS have warned of a po­ten­tially fa­tal con­di­tion linked to a com­mon pain killer which can be trig­gered, in rare cases, by even a stan­dard dose. Re­nal tubu­lar aci­do­sis ( RTA) can lead to dan­ger­ously low lev­els of potas­sium in the blood, caus­ing ab­nor­mal heart rhythms. It also causes the break­down of mus­cle as well as fa­tigue and paral­y­sis. Re­searchers from hos­pi­tals in Perth and Syd­ney re­viewed the cases of four pa­tients. The pa­tients pre­sented to the emer­gency depart­ment at the hos­pi­tals with these symp­toms, and who were found to be rou­tine users of pain killers con­tain­ing ibupro­fen.

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