Over-the-counter painkillers you probably keep in your medicine cabinet may be associated with an increased risk of psoriatic arthritis. According to the results of a study published this month in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica, long-term use of drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen could more than double your risk for developing the disease.
The National Institutes of Health-funded study used a large medical database, known as the Nurses’ Health Study II, to search for an association between regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. “Regular use” was defined as taking the drug at least twice a week.
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