Is ibuprofen bad for your health?

Helen Williams 2by Helen Williams, consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicine

A new BMJ study published today examines the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen on the heart.  The study looked at 10 million people and found taking NSAIDs increased the risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure by 19%.   Sounds frightening doesn’t it?  And it led to some alarming headlines stories in the media. Read more Is ibuprofen bad for your health?

Insomnia: The dangers of self-diagnosis

By Paul Johnson, community pharmacist

Insomnia is a very common problem, with 1 in 3 of us having a problem with sleeping at some point in our lives. It can be extremely distressing and can cause fatigue and anxiety.

Because you’re sleeping badly it makes sense to think you have insomnia. Recent research from the RPS states that 51% of people who have diagnosed themselves with insomnia have bought sleeping remedies without getting any advice from a health professional, such as a pharmacist. This is a problem because the vast majority of insomnia relates to an underlying health issue such as anxiety, depression, asthma or heart disease.  If you don’t get good advice, this problem will remain untreated. Read more Insomnia: The dangers of self-diagnosis