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    Advil Pre-ride....does it help with lactic acid?

    I recently road the bike after seeing my dentist I tool 3 advil for the tooth pain that was going to arrive. I road soon after and felt actually pretty good. Does advil prevent lactic acid build up or was I riding drugged up on novacain and advil?
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    Do you not normally feel 'pretty good' while riding. If you're just starting out and your muscles are sore (and inflamed) the advil may have reduced a bit of swelling and pain. It isn't an ergogenic drug though.

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    I wouldn't get in the habit of using advil or tylenol regularly. there are studies that show that they can inhibit muscle recovery post exercise. In endurance atheletes, chronic use increases inflamatory markers. In some people they can negatively influence kidney function and may be connected to hyponatremia. I don't use them at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekhem View Post
    I wouldn't get in the habit of using advil or tylenol regularly. there are studies that show that they can inhibit muscle recovery post exercise. In endurance atheletes, chronic use increases inflamatory markers. In some people they can negatively influence kidney function and may be connected to hyponatremia. I don't use them at all.
    I once read that you get stronger when the body repairs the minute muscle damage incurred during exercise. By inhibiting inflamation, anti-inflamatories reduce the training effect. Makes sense.
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    Advil is hard on your liver so why take it if you don't need it.
    And you shouldn't need it for daily riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    Advil is hard on your liver so why take it if you don't need it.
    And you shouldn't need it for daily riding.
    +100 Don't take any medicine unless you absolutely need it. Painkillers only mask pain, they don't heal you. You're bound to do more damage by not feeling pain, then by listening to your body and responding accordingly.

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    I don't take any meds; I even gave up everything the doctors prescribed, because they had me on anti-psychotics to control the psychosis caused as a side-effect by another medication (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor)... I need drugs to control schizophrenia and psychotic episodes caused by other drugs ... okay, not doing this anymore.

    After five or six years of including risperdone, by the way, the doctors finally asked if I'd rather try a different drug rather than dropping altogether. Yes, they decided on drug pairings rather than alternate medication when faced with the issue of stimulant-driven psychosis. Of course, everything they recommended caused toxic psychosis (psychosis caused not by normal brain chemical imbalances, but by a toxicity effect--i.e. by poisoning).

    Even when you have 3 doctors in the room trying to pick drugs out for you, they do more harm than good. Unless you have a serious medical condition, why bother? Legs being sore != serious medical condition.
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