A Single Dose of Ibuprofen Impacts IL-10 Response to 164-km Road Cycling in the Heat

J. L. Vingren, J. C. Boyett, E. C. Lee, D. E. Levitt, H. Y. Luk, B. P. McDermott, C. X. Munoz, M. S. Ganio, L. E. Armstrong, D. W. Hill

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Purpose: The purpose was to determine the effect of a single-dose prophylactic ibuprofen use before a 164-km road cycling event in high ambient temperature on the circulating cytokine and leukocyte responses. Methods: Twenty-three men (53 ± 8 y, 172.0 ± 22.0 cm, 85.1 ± 12.8 kg, 19.6 ± 4.4% body fat) completed a 164-km self-paced recreational road cycling event in a hot, humid, sunny environment (WBGT = 29.0 ± 2.9°C) after consuming 600 mg of ibuprofen (n = 13) or a placebo (n = 10). Blood samples were obtained one to two hours before (PRE) and immediately after (POST) the event, and analyzed for concentrations of circulating cytokines interleukins (IL)-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, GM-CSF, IFN-γ, and TNF-α and leukocytes (total leukocytes, granulocytes, monocytes, and lymphocytes). Results: Event completion time was 400.2 ± 74.8 min. Concentrations of all cytokines (except IL-1β, IL-2, IL-5, IL-12, GM-CSF, and IFN-γ) and of all leukocyte subsets increased from PRE to POST. Ibuprofen ingestion attenuated the increase in IL-10 (86% increase with Ibuprofen; 270% increase with placebo). Conclusions: Consuming 600 mg of Ibuprofen prior to a 164-km road cycling event in a hot-humid environment attenuates exercise-induced increases in the concentration of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10, but does not alter the effect of the exercise event on concentrations of other circulating cytokines or leukocyte subset concentrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023


  • NSAIDs
  • Ultra-endurance
  • exercise
  • hot environment
  • neutrophils


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