Ibuprofen. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and one of the most popular pain relievers on the market, ibuprofen effectively relieves dreadful headaches and annoying body aches. However, some people - especially those allergic to regular aspirin - have allergic reactions to ibuprofen. Long term users of ibuprofen may increase their risk ulcers and kidney and cardiac issues. Seniors who experience any adverse reactions to ibuprofen should contact their doctors; those who use the pain reliever regularly for an extended period of time should also consult their doctors, even if they are aware of no side effects.Acetaminophen. Like ibuprofen, acetaminophen is a popular painkiller. Used properly, it causes most people no serious issues; however, long term improper use can create serious liver issues, including liver cell death and possible subsequent liver failure. In addition, some cold medicines that include both acetaminophen and phenylephrine (a decongestant) may be related to cardiac and blood pressure problems. Again, consulting a doctor concerning acetaminophen use is recommended.Antihistamines. Antihistamines, which are great for treating symptoms associated colds and flu. Unfortunately however, they also cause drowsiness, which can be problematic for seniors and can lead to falls and other mishaps.
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