Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Vitamin I

Vitamin I

So, Ibuprofen, or Vitamin I (pronounced as "vitamin eye") — what's the deal?

Well, Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter inflammation-fighter and at some point became the first drug of choice for many hikers.

Considered necessary by some as a form of nourishment for the first week or two of a long distance hike, mostly Ibuprofen helps to buffer the level of excitement associated with the pain of sore muscles and creaking knee joints. It's often thought of as one of the essentials by heavy-duty trampers.

Unfortunate side effects include nausea, dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding, headache, dizziness, rash, salt and fluid retention, high blood pressure, esophageal ulceration, heart failure, high blood potassium, kidney impairment, confusion, bronchospasm, and anaphylactic shock.

Can also exacerbate asthma, sometimes fatally.

But hey — how many drugs are perfect, really, even supposedly boring ones?


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