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Facts on Painkillers and Their Side Effects

Painkillers are the most commonly used drugs today. 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. However, many people do not know that painkillers also have some side effects in the long run. Powerful painkillers such as opioids can cause drug addiction, and they can have other adverse effects on 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. Motrin, Advil, Voltaren, and Celebrex are some examples of NSAIDs that are preferable for treating pains, fever, and inflammation which are frequent occurrences in the recent times. As much as these drugs are helpful in curing pain, they also have adverse effects on the body. In fact, various research institutions have revealed that painkillers increase the chance of a person to suffer from heart conditions after using the drug for long. Of all the NSAIDS tested, diclofenac has been cited as the most problematic one followed closely by ibuprofen. The availability of the painkillers over the counter makes them easily accessible to anyone without any restrictions of use. NSAIDs enhance the production of platelets whose excess quantities can block blood vessels thus hinder smooth blood circulation to all body parts. NSAIDs have an acidic effect, and they can corrode the stomach walls and lead to gastric inflammation.

Another unique category of painkillers is the opioids painkillers which include oxycodone, morphine, Vicodin, and tramadol. These are strong painkillers, and in most cases, they are prescribed for patients with chronic pains such as back pain. They are very effective in curing pain, and they bring relief after a short period, but their effects are adverse. 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. Those who have used opioids for a long time will have problems in responding to other generic forms of painkillers, and they can have agonizing pains whenever they cannot access opioid painkillers.

Medical assistance is necessary whenever you notice that you have a drug addiction and the response should be prompt to avoid adverse effects. You should also refrain from taking strong painkillers unless you have a doctor’s prescription. Alternatively, you can resort to other friendly pain relief methods of treatment such as physiotherapy and stretching exercises. Do not extend the use of painkillers above the period which the doctor stipulated.

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