Pain is nature’s way of warning: ‘Don’t do that!’. Painkillers are mankind’s way of saying: ‘Just watch me!’. The first response to pain is to want a magic wand and wave it away. And when in the throes of misery, the first response is to reach out for that pill that promises deliverance from it. Painkillers whether prescription or over-the-counter may help you feel better, but they are also dangerous. Why? Read on to understand better…
A research study published in Aging and Disease said that NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are one of the most commonly prescribed medications for pain and inflammation, but they are known for adverse side effects as well (1). Painkillers can have major side effects, and research confirms these negative effects.
Side Effects Of Painkillers
The first negative response that our body has to pain-zapping pills are digestive problems such as stomach upset and burning pain in your chest (heartburn) (2). Painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac are known to cause serious side effects such as gastric ulcers and bleeding (3). Think once, and then again before you pop that ibuprofen like it’s candy!
Painkillers such as acetaminophen, despite having an acceptable safety profile, can cause severe liver toxicity if taken in large amounts. In fact, acetaminophen toxicity is the most common cause of liver transplants in the US (4). Opting for natural methods, or ingredients for relief from pain may help manage your risk of liver toxicity.
A study published in the Journal Of Clinical Pharmacology in 1995 has shown that over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers, usually considered to be safe for pain and fever, may have harmful effects on the kidneys (5).
Renal functions are crucial to overall health as the kidneys help flush out toxins from the body. Any kind of roadblock in their optimum function may expose you to serious health conditions.
Not only do some painkillers affect gastrointestinal and kidney health but also could increase the risk of blood pressure elevation and the development of congestive heart failure (6). There is an ominous relationship between NSAIDs and heart failure. Long term use of NSAIDs has also been linked to increased risk of heart attacks or stroke (7).
Have a heart for your heart and avoid these chemical pain suppressants!
Dependence and Addiction
Opiates, another class of drugs used to provide relief from pain, are also known to have long-term side effects such as dependence and addiction (8). People often take opiates to manage pain and combat night-time sleep disturbance because only they know how difficult it is to sleep with agony. Be cautious of these opiates; a research study has stated that taking opiates may further disturb your sleep, instead of helping you get it (9).
Achtung, baby! Now that you have been warned, you may like to think twice before reaching out for pain-killers, that may provide temporary relief, but are actually a trap.
So is there any other safe alternative to manage pain and inflammation? Oh yes, keep your eyes peeled and fingers moving on the scroll button to know your options!
Herbs For Pain Management
A research study published in Surgical Neurology International said that herbs and dietary supplements may offer a safer and effective alternative to manage pain, especially for long-term use (10). Herbs such as Boswellia, ginger or devil’s claw and few others are known to possess pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can help cope with pain and inflammation. (10, 11, 12)
Consider taking these incredible herbs instead of those harmful painkillers. Consuming dietary supplements made from or including these herbs may offer an easy way to consume them.
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- Wongrakpanich, Supakanya et al. “A Comprehensive Review of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use in The Elderly.” Aging and disease. 9:1(2018):143-150. doi:10.14336/AD.2017.0306. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772852/
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- Using medication: Painkillers: How common are severe side effects of NSAIDs? 2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK361008/
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- Varga, Z., Sabzwari, S., & Vargova, V. “Cardiovascular Risk of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: An Under-Recognized Public Health Issue”. Cureus, 9:4(2017):e1144. doi:10.7759/cureus.1144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5422108/
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