Ibuprofen has long been the magic pill that athletes turn to in cases of injury, inflammation and the occasional hangover. Along with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs), Ibuprofen prevents the body from manufacturing prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are substances that the body naturally produces to act as mediators for a variety of physiological functions. These functions include mediating pain and inflammation, but they also protect the stomach lining and regulate blood pressure.
This article will attempt to look at how NSAIDs can affect the growth of muscle tissue, break down the lining of the stomach and the damage it can inflict on the liver.