Not at all! Actually the habit is potentially harmful! A mild headache can sometimes worsen and demand some painkiller, after which your day normalizes and you get back on track. This can be habitual though, especially if you don’t know what stresses you! When a big deadline looms, everyone gets some kind of aches; back pain, headache, neck pain and all these need some reliever, and that, usually it’s a painkiller !
Habitual ingestion of high amounts of painkillers is potentially harmful. Painkillers are known to cause ulcers. They could be addictive. There is enough evidence that certain painkillers need to be used with caution in high risk people such as diabetes and high blood pressure and all their known complications.
Painkillers can cause stomach irritation
Many painkillers that belong to a family known as ‘NSAIDS’ are commonly known to cause stomach irritation if they are taken for a long time. This ranges from simple irritation, simple ulcers, bleeding ulcers and ulcers that could perforate the stomach. The worst occurs with abuse of these painkillers. Stomach ulcers can actually worsen or recur if one continues to abuse this type of painkillers. At times one unknowingly uses excessive amounts of these substances, especially in cases where one takes them for persistent or recurrent headaches, arthritis, back pain and so forth. Nowadays there are gels and ointments of the same painkillers and suppositories which alleviate the pain and improve one’s quality of life without causing direct harm to the stomach. It’s always advisable to take them after meals to limit the irritation.
Painkillers can be addictive!
Many painkillers can be addictive if they are used in excessive amounts. Let us not mention them by name or class. These types of painkillers contain certain addictive substances, although in small amounts, but when ingested in excessive amounts they become significant. This is possible, especially because of the feeling of relaxation and pleasure that certain painkillers bring. So, look in your medicine cupboard and find out if there is a regular medicine that you so happen to be in love with. If you do find it, please find out from your doctor if this could be addictive.
Not always good in some chronic diseases!
Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland looked at data from 31 clinical trials involving more than 116,000 people taking some common particular painkillers and found out that they were associated with a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. The researchers advised that prescribers must be cautious when making a choice of painkillers, especially from the class studied. The current management of diabetes, high blood pressure and all their associated complications aims at reducing the risk for heart attacks, stroke, and death from all heart related causes. So it helps us to understand that everyone who suffers from the above mentioned conditions should be cautious when taking certain painkillers. Some of these painkillers mentioned above are over-the-counter medicines so it is easy to fall for them. So if you are diabetic or hypertensive, it’s wise to always ask your doctor what is safe for you.
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