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Hypnosis, ibuprofen

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April 22nd, 2014

Q. Is hypnosis a legitimate therapy? If so, what conditions can it help?

A. Hypnosis, also called hypnotic suggestion or hypnotherapy, has been practiced as a complementary medical therapy for years. Therapists use mental images and verbal repetition techniques to put patients in a trance-like state in which they are more amenable to suggestions, and their concentration becomes more focused. Hypnosis has been studied and shown to be safe and effective for some people with chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and anxiety. There’s a lot of controversy over (and very little science to support) its value for reliving memories, however. And contrary to how it’s often portrayed, hypnosis does not cause people to lose control of their behavior or do things against their will. Before considering hypnosis, have a talk with your doctor about it, and make sure the therapist you choose is licensed, well-trained, and has experience.

Q. Why is it so dangerous for seniors to take certain pain medicines such as ibuprofen?

A. Ibuprofen is in a drug class called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines are on the American Geriatrics Society’s list of drugs to use with extreme caution in seniors, mainly because they can cause asymptomatic gastric ulcers and bleeding in your digestive tract. NSAIDs can also raise blood pressure, worsen heart failure, and affect your kidneys. While these types of negative effects are more often associated with long-acting NSAIDs such as indomethacin and naproxen, using ibuprofen for an extended period of time can increase the risk of complications. If you have chronic pain, ask your doctor about your particular risk and if there are any other medications that might be more safe.

Vrinda Suneja, M.D.

Medical Director, Fox Run

Novi, Mich.

Dr. Suneja received her medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Sinai Grace Hospital, an affiliate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Board-certified in internal medicine, Suneja joined Fox Run in November 2003.