In a new finding it is said over the counter sales of Ibuprofen should be banned as it increases risk of cardiac arrest by 31 percent.
Ibuprofen is a common painkiller and is listed in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is easily available in supermarkets and corner shops.
The study was led by researcher Gunnar Gislason from University of Copenhagen. He said other NSAIDs including diclofenac increases the risk by greater percentage.
Gislason explains the heart suddenly stops pumping of the blood around the body if the defined medicines in the list are taken regularly.
He suggested such drugs should only be sold in limited quantities and that too only in pharmacies and in lower doses.
The researcher added, “Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe.”
Details of the study are published in the European Heart Journal and it has added some more information to the earlier research on the risks of NSAIDs.
In 2013 it was found high-dose treatment with such NSAIDs to those who suffered from arthritis led to three avoidable heart attacks in the United Kingdom and one fatal for every 1,000 users.
Diclofenac is currently only made available in pharmacies and on prescription. Gislason found until 2015 it was sold over the counter in the UK. His team found the medicine increased cardiac arrest risk by about 50 percent.
A data reveals sales of over the counter painkillers was nearly 600 million pound in 2015 in the UK.