Msm vs. Ibuprofen


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Msm and Ibuprofen. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 210,693 people who take Msm and Ibuprofen, and is updated regularly.

What's eHealthMe?

eHealthMe is a health data analysis company based in Mountain View, California. eHealthMe monitors and analyzes the outcomes of drugs and supplements that are currently on the market. The results are readily available to health care professionals and consumers.

eHealthMe has released original studies on market drugs and worked with leading universities and institutions such as IBM, London Health Science Centre, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University and VA. eHealthMe studies have now been referenced in over 500 peer-reviewed medical publications.

How we gather our data?

Healthcare data is obtained from a number of sources including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This information is aggregated and used to produce personalized reports that patients can reference.

The information that eHealthMe collects includes:

  • Side effects (including severity and how people recover from them)
  • Associated conditions or symptoms
  • Drug effectiveness
  • Demographic data regarding drug use

How the study uses the data?

The study is based on methylsulfonylmethane and ibuprofen (the active ingredients of Msm and Ibuprofen, respectively). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs or brand names) are also considered.

What is Msm?

Msm has active ingredients of methylsulfonylmethane. It is often used in osteoarthritis. (latest outcomes from Msm 750 users)

What is Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen has active ingredients of ibuprofen. It is often used in pain. (latest outcomes from Ibuprofen 130,381 users)

How to use the study?

Patients can bring a copy of the report to their healthcare provider to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood. It is recommended that patients use the information presented as a part of a broader decision-making process.

On Mar, 13, 2019

210,693 people who take Msm and Ibuprofen are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Msm vs Ibuprofen drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Msm (methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Ibuprofen (ibuprofen)

Most common side effects:

  1. Drug Ineffective
  2. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  3. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  4. Vomiting
  5. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  6. Anxiety
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Dizziness
  9. Pyrexia (fever)
  10. Depression
  1. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Dizziness
  4. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  5. Fall
  6. Pain In Extremity
  7. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  8. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  9. Myalgia (muscle pain)
  10. Gait Disturbance

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  3. Pulmonary Embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung)
  4. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  5. Depression
  6. Emotional Distress
  7. Injury
  8. Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a major vein that usually develops in the legs and/or pelvis)
  9. Chest Pain
  10. Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)
  1. Prescribed Overdose
  2. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  3. Drug Ineffective
  4. Oropharyngeal Pain
  5. Stress
  6. Road Traffic Accident
  7. Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (a sleep-related disorder in which the effort to breathe is diminished or absent)
  8. Fall
  9. Poor Quality Sleep
  10. Hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased sweating)

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 2.95 %
  • somewhat: 25.1 %
  • moderate: 38.74 %
  • high: 25.5 %
  • very high: 7.71 %
  • not at all: 9.3 %
  • somewhat: 23.26 %
  • moderate: 27.91 %
  • high: 23.26 %
  • very high: 16.28 %

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