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A dumbed-down explanation of ibuprofen

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A Twitter conversation about how ibuprofen works:

@brejcoleman:

How does ibuprofen know what part of my body is in pain?

@kukultinhughes:

Ibuprofen binds specifically to the cylooxgenase enzymes in your body(cox 1 and cox 2) to inhibit the production of prostanoids (which are mainly responsible for inflammatory pain).

Ibuprofen would be considered a cox antagonist

@brejcoleman:

Can you dumb it down for me?

@kukultinhughes:

Ibuprofen reacts with drug receptor.

Ibuprofen say stop making that shit that causes inflammation.

The receptor listens to the Ibuprofen because its a little bitch.

Now all inflammatory pain is gone.

That’s a hilarious tinker-with-your-ticker explanation. (Despite my deep unease with the word “bitch.”) Some caveats though…

“All” he says! 😜 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective for some jobs, but they don’t exactly work miracles, and they have some truly serious side effects. Do not overuse NSAIDs! Sparing, temporary use only, please. Details and references for that topic are available in many places around PainScience.com, like this article: Voltaren® Gel Review.

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