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The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers. Scientists used the UK's national synchrotron facility - Diamond Light Source - to analyse the virus in incredible detail. They revealed the two drugs could bind to the crucial part of Ebola that the virus needs to infect cells. However, the team warns this is just a starting point and more effective drugs need to be researched.
Both drugs have a relatively weak effect so are unlikely to be useful treatments themselves, as huge, toxic, doses would probably be needed to affect the course of an infection. "It's unlikely these compounds, as they are now, would be useful drugs for Ebola," Prof Stuart said.
Ibuprofen is a pain relieving medication that can be ordered over the counter, without a prescription being needed. This drug is used to ease pain, to control fever and to relieve the swelling caused by injuries and the inflammation caused by rheumatic diseases or musculoskeletal disorders. In most countries, ibuprofen is available over the counter as 200 mg and 400 mg tablets. The dose dependent action of the drug is around 4 to 8 hours. The dose appropriate for adults and children is determined based on the lowest effective known dose for those age groups and the drug should be used for the shortest duration possible.
The recommended daily dose of ibuprofen in adults is 1200 to 1800 mg per day in divided doses. Usually a dose of 600 to 1200 mg per day is sufficient and the total daily dose should not usually exceed 2400 mg. The highest possible dose should only be taken in cases of acute and severe pain and only until the acute pain has been brought under control. Once the acute pain has passed, the dose should be reduced to the usual recommended daily dose. More specific dosage details are given below.
originally posted by: pl3bscheese
I really dislike any pain meds. Haven't touched them this century. I do drink 1-3 liters of tea a day.