Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Using an NSAIDs While Running?



I just saw a post by another runner stating that she “lives” on Advil (an NSAID). She takes it before and after she runs. There is a lot of research out there that suggests this is a BAD IDEA. Just Google ‘using and NSAID while running’ and you’ll be flooded by articles advising against doing this.  
Some of the associated risks of taking an NSAID before an activity, especially an endurance  activity are:
GI upset
Masking of pain, which can make an injury worse
Kidney Damage/Failure
And some research shows that there is NO ADVANTAGE to taking an NSAID before activity anyway. It may dull some of the pain, but it was shown to NOT improve performance or decrease the severity of DOMS after exercise.  Muscle damage was similar whether and NSAID was taken or not.
So even though the risk of kidney damage is small, and GI upset is a minor problem, why risk it? Pain is your body talking to you and asking you to stop the action that is causing the problem. Why not fix the problem instead of masking the pain? You will be a better runner because of it. And, If you need to take and NSAID, take it AFTER exercise.

*I am not a doctor, so if you have any other questions please see yours :)

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