Some athletes take ibuprofen (Advil) before exercising. They think it will help them work out more intensely and will decrease later muscle soreness.
Several new studies now show that taking ibuprofen before working out, or racing, not only didn’t increase performance, but it didn’t decrease or prevent muscle soreness either.
What the studies did show: taking ibuprofen (and probably other NSAIDS, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) increased the athletes’ risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Strenuous exercise in itself can be harmful to the stomach lining but adding ibuprofen to it amplifies the damage.
Here are some things for exercisers to keep in mind.
* There’s no good reason to take an NSAID before exercise unless you have a painful condition like arthritis, which would otherwise prevent you from exercising.
* If you have to take something, try acetaminophen first. It doesn’t pose the same risk to the digestive tract that other NSAIDS do. Talk to your doctor if you need more than that for pain.
* If you have muscle pain after exercising, taking an NSAID would pose less risk than taking it before exercise, but wait until you actually have pain. Then take the lowest effective dose.
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