A new study has indicated that painkillers can have serious side effects for endurance athletes. Many marathon runners use pre-race painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Overall rates of dropping out of the race was about the same whether they took painkillers or not but the runners who took painkillers had more potentially serious side effects .
These runners were more than four times more likely to have stomach cramps . bleeding in the intestines and stomach , cardiovascular problems , blood in the urine or muscle and joint pain and some ended up in hospital with temporary kidney failure , Gastro intestinal bleed or heart attack.
Whilst the study doesn’t prove the particular painkillers are responsible for their symptoms it is interesting that they correlate with the side effects listed on the warning labels of the medication. Next time you go for a long run and plan to take painkillers , check with your doctor first!