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The Dangerous Side Effects of Painkillers

Are you are a constant user of painkillers? If you do, there is some lifesaving information you need to have. Due to the high availability of painkillers, many people have found them to be a solution to their health issues. It is common for many people to take painkillers every time they develop back pain and or muscle pull.

Although there are times when painkillers help, if not used well they can lead to health problems. For anybody using painkillers, here is what you should know before you swallow that tablet.

Opioid painkillers

Many people are fond of misusing Opioids. Opioids are painkillers such as Morphine, Oxycodone, Vicodin and Tramadol. These painkillers are used mostly as back pain reliever. They are also used for relieving chronic pain.

Although they are effective in what they are supposed to do, they pose great danger to your health. Long use of these drugs lead to drug addiction. Due to the relief they give the body, many people tend to use them for this purpose. Another side effect of long term use of these drugs is that they will never be effective for relieving pain in your body.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

All these are form of anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs are used to cure inflammation, fever and pain. Although they work well as a painkiller, they can lead to serious side effects.

A recent research showed that individuals who take NSAIDs for a long time have high chances of having a heart attack. This can also cause gastric inflammation. The research showed that Diclofenac and Ibuprofen, which are examples of NSAIDs, are the ones which posed highest risks.

The unfortunate thing is that these painkillers are still used by many people to cure some injuries, aches, pains and arthritis. What was discovered from the research is that NSAIDs cause production of platelet which blocks blood arteries preventing the flow of blood.

Getting Help

Taking too much NSAIDs and Opioids can cause a lot of health issues and can also lead to death. It is possible to get addicted to these painkillers without even knowing. It is advisable to take painkillers only when a doctor is monitoring you.

It takes a very short period to get addicted to them. In case you are addicted already, you need to seek assistance. A doctor or a therapist can help you depending on your condition. Painkillers are not the only option for relieving pain.

There are many alternatives of painkillers which are safer and more effective. For example, if you are suffering from back pain, you can try exercising your body. Another option is physiotherapy.

In case you had no idea whether painkillers can be dangerous, now you have the information. You should note that painkillers are not entirely that harmful if taken for only a short period.

Cite: wikipedia reference