Ibuprofen causes intestinal injury during exercise

    Athletes often take ibuprofen to treat or prevent pain associated with training. This is a mistake according to a study from the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Ibuprofen taken before exercise damaged the cells lining the gut. Exercise stresses the intestines because it causes decreased blood flow, particularly during prolonged, intense training. Adding ibuprofen makes things worse. Ibuprofen is a potentially harmful drug for endurance athletes that can cause intestinal damage. (Medicine Science Sports Exercise, 44: 2257-2262, 2012)