Frequency of Analgesic Use & Risk of Hypertension in Younger Women
There are two things that strike me about this study. First, of the 80,000 or so women in this study, use of aspirin 1 day/month was 51%, NSAIDs was 77% and acetaminophen was 72%. My gosh!! Are we that addicted to OTC pain relief? No wonder this class of drugs (NSAIDs) are responsible for 16,000+ deaths per year. We are taking them like candy, never considering the litany of adverse reactions and long term damage these things can cause. Secondly, in this study NSAID users (22 days/month) had 1.86 times the risk and acetaminophen had twice the risk of high blood pressure. While this use (as 22 days/month) seems incredibly excessive to me, it is a well known fact that these drugs damage the kidneys and this may be one of the mechanisms by which hypertension in affected.