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Looking On The Bright Side of Health

What You Must Know About Painkillers

Painkillers are the most commonly used drugs today. Most individuals do not think that they require a doctor’s prescription to use painkillers and it is common to see people take painkillers for any small kind of pain. However, many people do not know that painkillers also have some side effects in the long run. Some painkillers such as opioid painkillers are addictive, and they might end up cause some harmful effects on your 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. Most people get quick relief from using these drugs but after prolonged use; they have some harmful effects on the body. Studies have shown that the drugs increase the chances of a person to suffer from a heart attack in the long run. Diclofenac is considered as the worst of the drugs followed by ibuprofen which also has notable side effects. It is not unique to see a person take these drugs for minor injuries such as sports injuries and sometimes 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.

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 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, they hinder the reception of pain signals in the brain, but they are addictive in the long run. Patients who have used opioids for a long time have problems with responding to mild painkillers.

Medical assistance is necessary whenever you notice that you have a drug addiction and the response should be prompt to avoid adverse effects. 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.