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Facts on Painkillers and Their Side Effects

One of the most abused groups of drugs today is the painkillers. 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. 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. People only view the advantages of using the drugs for pain relief, and they do not focus on the side effects. Research has revealed that these drugs contribute to the risk of a person suffering from a heart disease after some time. Diclofenac is considered as the worst of the drugs followed by ibuprofen which also has notable side effects. People use these drugs regularly, and it is not a strange thing to see someone taking painkillers from pain relief from an injury in sports or arthritis. NSAIDs enhance the production of platelets whose excess quantities can block blood vessels thus hinder smooth blood circulation to all body parts. The drugs may also corrode the stomach linings causing ulcers and gastric inflammation.

Another unique category of painkillers is the opioids painkillers which include oxycodone, morphine, Vicodin, and tramadol. This category of painkillers is powerful, and in most cases, they are used to treat chronic pain conditions such as back ache. The main setback of using these drugs is that they have adverse health risks. They function by interfering with a section of the brain which has emotion receptors. Therefore, you will not feel any pain because the emotion receptors in the brain are temporarily not functioning. Patients who have used opioids for a long time have problems with responding to mild painkillers.

It is important to seek help if you realize that you have painkiller drug addiction before the effects get to advanced stages. As a precaution, do take powerful painkillers frequently. You can have another approach to pain relief such as physiotherapy and body stretch exercises. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage of painkillers.