Taking Painkillers Indiscriminately Can Be Serious And Deadly
Have you seen the famous American drama “House M.D.”?
The main character, Dr. House, was addicted to the drug because of the large amount of painkillers Vicodin that he took for a long time in the show.
More importantly, overdose of painkillers may cause damage to the body’s cardiovascular system as well as liver and kidney function, and may even cause death in serious cases.
Do you really understand painkillers?
When it comes to painkillers, most people’s first impression may be aspirin, ibuprofen and other common drugs.
But do you really know about painkillers?
Painkillers are drugs that can partially or completely relieve pain, mainly acting on the central or peripheral nervous system to selectively inhibit and relieve various kinds of pain.
Pain medications can be divided into five major categories.
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Weak pain-relieving effects, no addictive properties, widely used, precise efficacy, used for general common pain. Such as cold, fever, muscle aches, flu, fatigue headache, neuralgia.
Representative drugs: aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
- Central painkillers
It is often used for moderate acute pain and post-surgical pain.
Representative drugs: tramadol.
- Narcotic painkillers
Mainly used for advanced cancer patients. These drugs have strong pain-relieving effects, but long-term use can lead to addiction. There is a strict management system for this kind of drugs.
Representative drugs: morphine, dulcolax.
- Antispasmodic and analgesic drugs
Used to treat spasmodic pain of gastrointestinal and other smooth muscles.
Representative drugs: Atropine, Pulbenecid, etc.
- Anti-anxiety painkillers
Commonly used to treat headache.
Representative drug: Valium.
Pain can be tolerated, but not more medicine
As we all know, pain is one of the most unbearable sensations for human beings. That’s why painkillers are a “great invention”. However, many cases and studies have shown that painkillers should not be taken in excess!
For example, aspirin can affect the blood clotting function and cause bleeding tendency; Anacin and Protaxon can suppress the bone marrow and cause leukopenia, even leading to granulocyte deficiency.
Another example is that doctors will tell you: overuse of acetaminophen can cause liver failure and even death in severe cases; patients with low kidney function are prone to renal colic and other adverse reactions; a large number of misuse or frequent overuse of opioids can lead to poisoning.
In addition, there are such hazards as inducing stomach ulcers, causing bleeding, allergic reactions and masking symptoms.
When you see this, will you think to yourself: Never dare to take painkillers again?
No problem if taken properly
As long as painkillers are taken properly, there is no big problem!
In particular, patients with initial pain should use painkillers cautiously, and it is more recommended to seek medical advice in a timely manner than to use them blindly, and then use them according to medical advice after identifying the cause of the disease to avoid masking the condition.
It should be noted that many people believe that the more obvious the pain is, the more medication should be taken, which is certainly a wrong approach.
Pain medication should not be left to the patient’s discretion to increase the dose, and if an overdose of pain medication is mistakenly taken, prompt medical treatment must be sought.
Patients should not drink alcohol before and after taking oral painkillers because the toxicity of painkillers will be enhanced by the effect of alcohol, and even regular doses of painkillers may cause damage to the liver and kidneys.
Finally, if adverse reactions occur after taking painkillers, the use of the drug should be stopped promptly and the physician should be asked to change to another drug.