Taking an ibuprofen before running

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14/12/2012 at 07:34

Vicky don't take Ibuprofen, if you have an inflammation or niggle use Voltarol Emugel, my doc recommended it. I use it occasionally when I get sore joints - it really works! Rub it into the affected area a couple of times a day & suddenly you realise it doesn't feel as bad. Worth a try but overuse means you have an underlying problem that needs sorting properly, I don't see a problem with occasional use, I'm old & get niggles often!

14/12/2012 at 11:09
I wouldn't take them to deal with an injury.

I asked this question a few years ago on the forum. I had a 10mile race with impacted wisdom teeth. I was in serious pain and couldn't even concentrate on driving, let alone run or think about timings and pacings. Generally they flare up every few months and a take pills for a week until the pain goes away.

So the short answer is taking ibuprofen for a short period for temporary non running induced pain hasn't caused me any issues.
14/12/2012 at 14:03

Thank for for advice people - all appreciated.

14/12/2012 at 17:35

I'll use ibuprofen (or for more serious injuries diclofenac - Voltarol is the main trade name) for a few days for an acute injury, but my basic rule is that if I need to take an NSAID for a running-induced injury, then I won't run. So, I can run when I've taken a couple of aspirin for a headache, but not take pills to dampen pain so I can run. Pain is there for a reason; people born without the ability to feel pain often don't live to be adults - because they will e.g. walk home on their broken femur...

There's conflicting evidence on whether NSAIDs used short-term after acute injury are helpful (reduce pain and excessive inflammation) or possibly unhelpful (prevent migration/activation of cells important for remodelling) regarding long-term healing, but there is evidence they are likely to be harmful if used long term prophylactically (except they may have a positive effect on healing of injuries in people with long-term increases in inflammatory markers). It's complicated.

15/12/2012 at 09:35

I've noticed when I'm on a marathon that towards the end I see lots of discarded empty pill packs

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