He would probably be better off taking ibuprofen for his wrists, assuming it is an inflammation problem.
The point I was trying (maybe failing) to get at, was these drugs regardless of their chemical makeup, most of the time, some of us don't need them but we take the clutch anyway.
They are pain reliefs, not solutions to whatever the pain was caused by.
But that shouldn't distract from your general point which I find hard to disagree with: pain medication is symptomatic relief. That doesn't make it irrelevant, but it doesn't mean people should ignore the underlying causes either. At the same time, these causes are sometimes idiopathic, (short term) unavoidable or (long term) untreatable.
But I would suggest some exercise and healthy eating (aka Paleo) above all.
Anybody using vim needs to know about the map command.
"The Effect of Ibuprofen on the Liver":
A quote: "Hepatitis caused by ibuprofen is marked by abdominal pain and tenderness on the upper right side, dark-colored urine, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, jaundice and white or clay-colored stool (NIH) ... The treatment for ibuprofen-induced liver damage is simply discontinuing use of the drug (NIH)."
So sayeth Captain Obvious.
To me, the problem is not prescription drugs that should be freely available, it's freely available drugs that should be prescription.
If you're exceeding 3200 mg/day of ibuprofen for long stretches of time, you're either seriously used to it, or have something quite serious. In which case it would be quite likely that you'd be getting ibuprofen as a prescription, if that were necessary (or something stronger and with more/worse side-effects).
Do you mean a substance that has no harmful or excessive dose? No, I don't think so. People have had aspirin from prehistoric times (obtained from willow bark), but aspirin has well-established dangers.
My reason for posting was to make people aware that this seemingly benign non-prescription drug can be dangerous.
> Not even talking about alcohol, take sugar for example.
Sugar is a great example of a substance that has all sorts of deleterious effects, from the time it enters you mouth and erodes your teeth, all the way through your system. The central paradox of modern times isn't what's illegal, but what's legal. :)
Apropos, try to guess where the most dangerous place is for the average person in modern times. Ready? The bedroom. And if you're married, the danger is much higher.
Protip: when your wife is in the bathroom, unload the pistol under her pillow.