Taking ibuprofen during race may hurt, not help, runners

09/2/2009 | NYTimes.com

Runners who took ibuprofen before or during a race did not fare better in terms of pain and showed significantly more inflammation and other markers of high immune system response compared with those who did not take the anti-inflammatory drug, researchers said. Experts said many runners use ibuprofen, sometimes at regular intervals during a race, without understanding the consequences.

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