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Facts on Painkillers and Their Side Effects

Today, many people use painkillers even without a doctor’s prescription. Painkillers are available in many outlets, and there are no restrictions in purchasing them, and that is why it is easy for someone to take the drugs even to relief the mildest pain. Many people are not aware that it is dangerous to take painkillers without a medical prescription and there are side effects associated with an improper dosage of the drug. Some strong painkillers have addictive side effects, and they might also cause some complications to the body. Do not just take painkillers because it is the easiest way of dealing with pains and you need to make some considerations and have some information about these drugs.

Painkillers exist in many types, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of them. NSAIDs has different brands which are available for retail such as Advil, Celebrex, Motrin and Voltaren which have been proved to be suitable for treating pains, inflammations, and fever. People only view the advantages of using the drugs for pain relief, and they do not focus on the side effects. Studies have shown that the drugs increase the chances of a person to suffer from a heart attack in the long run. Diclofenac has been adversely mentioned in the study followed by ibuprofen. The availability of the painkillers over the counter makes them easily accessible to anyone without any restrictions of use. The use of NSAIDs leads to high production of platelets which might clog the arteries and prevent the free circulation of blood to other body parts and organs. Further, these drugs are acidic thus in the long term; they lead to corrosion of stomach lining and gastric inflammation which might cause stomach ulcers.

The opioid is another group of painkillers that you must give a lot of focus, and it includes morphine, tramadol, Vicodin, and oxycodone. This category of painkillers is powerful, and in most cases, they are used to treat chronic pain conditions such as back ache. They are quite useful although they have considerable health risks. They work by affecting a section of the brain which coordinates emotions and feelings. Therefore, you will not feel any pain because the emotion receptors in the brain are temporarily not functioning. Patients who have been on these drugs do not respond to other mild painkillers, and in the absence of opioids, the patients would experience excruciating pain.

It might be difficult to realize that you have a drug addiction from a painkiller but whenever you notice that you do not respond to other mild painkillers, you need to seek assistance immediately. As a precaution, do take powerful painkillers frequently. Opt for physiotherapy and body stretching as an alternative to pain relief. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage of painkillers.

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