Can I take painkillers or anti-inflammatories and run the marathon? By Marathon Physio Lucy Macdonald


Can I take anti-inflammatories and run the marathon?

There are risks of severe, potentially fatal, kidney problems if you take anti-inflammatories when your body temperature is raised as it is when running a marathon. So as tempting as it may be, simply do not take them.


Can I take painkillers and run the marathon?

If you want to take paracetamol or any other medications whilst running your marathon then go and see a qualified Pharmacist, GP or Sports Doctor who can run through the risks with you.


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