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If someone could point me in the right direction for this, I'd be glad.
I'm taking ibuprofen to deal with the cramps during my period. It works well for me (most of the time), but I've wondered about the long-term effect on the kidneys, since I most likely will be taking it until menopause kicks in. As far as I know every painkiller is either bad for the kidneys or the liver in the long run so I wanted to ask whether you know about any studies that take a look at the long-term effect of ibuprofen or similar painkillers.

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This kind of question is a little outside the scope of what we do here. A quick Google search has shown me some results of adverse effects on kidneys and intestines for ibuprofen (and most NSAIDs for that matter), but I'd be wary of just trusting information over the internet without knowing the source. To find studies, you'd probably have to search medical journals, but honestly, your best bet would be to talk to your doctor. They would be able to evaluate your medical history and see whether the advantages outweigh the risks for your particular situation.

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ith a very quick search, I haven't found any reference to scientific studies on the long-term effects of taking Ibuprofen. When searching for this information, you'll mawant tmake sure that your source is reputable, such as a government health agency or well known medical clinic. Examples here in the U.S. would include the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic.

One thing to consider is that often when concerns are raised about prolonged use of over the counter pain killers it's when someone is takingthese painkillers in large quantities every day. Our bodies have the ability to find their own homeostasis so, while I can't say this with absolute medical or scientific certainty, I'm thinking that, unless you had a preexisting condition, you taking Ibuprofen in moderate quantities for a few days each month (or however often you get your period) would not raise the same types of red flags for dotors or medical researchers.

I would be curious to hear about any long-term, scientifically rigorous studies that are out there, if you do happen to find them.

Other alternatives for you might be finding other ways to relieve the pain, at least in part, or talking to your doctor about getting a stronger painkiller, which has the benefit, quite often, of not needing to be taken as frequently.


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