Our body is a living machine. All systems work together to keep body alive and healthy. If we want to expect the best, we need to maintain and nurture our biological machine. To ensure one’s body can function as intended, one needs to educate oneself with accurate information pertaining to a nutritional diet, drugs knowledge with many medical and technological advances.
Lets get light to some neglected aspect of drug related cases which we face frequently in our daily life. In a country like ours where quacks outnumber the qualified medical practitioner, patients suffer due to lack of knowledge about drugs prescribed to them. This limitation contribute to high rate of medication error which is very catastrophic.
Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works by naturally. They are boon to the global world unless used passably. Several myths constantly hit the mind of people regarding use of medicines like taking pills are the only answers. Its fine to take medicines if I have a headache, muscle spasm, stomach ache or any other else. We are more concerned to attain instant relief rather getting rid from its root. The frequently used dugs in context to our society is rampant use of painkillers.
Pain killers are very helpful when we are in pain. These drugs are meant to relieve pain and provide comfort. Although the short term affects of the drugs are excellent, they can turn out to be very dangerous in the long run. Many people take painkillers when they have a headache; a menstruating girl having a abdominal pain takes painkillers, muscle spasm? Take painkillers, joint pain? Take painkillers.
Painkillers are widely available in the market today. However, a global problem lies in this fact: not all painkillers are specifically approved to treat the kind of pain you are experiencing. From an annoying back ache to a sprained ankle – our daily lives throw a number of painful challenges our way. The only way to carry on is to pop a painkiller and rush out the door. But we haven’t imagined what effect those innocuous-looking little pill has on your body. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, more than 103,000 people are hospitalised every year for side effects from common painkillers. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051121165432.htm. It is also important to note that taking the drug once in a while does not cause much damage because the body has the ability to ingest it throw out the waste. However, frequent and prolonged usage does leave scars behind. One of the most common problems that a person can encounter is ulcers in the stomach area or the lower portion of esophagus. Painkillers cause localized irritation that causes scarring of the interior tissue.
- The Liver. Like all drugs, painkillers are broken down and processed by the liver. When painkillers are abused, it places heavy stress on the liver, which then stores toxins from the breakdown process. But the real damage is from the acetaminophen that is included in painkillers .
- The Stomach and Intestines. Painkillers can be opiates, which are well-known for causing severe constipation. This can set in only a day or two after use begins and can cause abdominal distention and bloating, as well as more serious side effects such as hemorrhoids. It can also be NSAIDS like aceclofenac, diclofenaac which are well known for GI related problems like gastritis.
- Hormone Levels. Painkiller use can cause low levels of testosterone or estrogen, which may result in erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, fatigue, hot flashes, menstrual irregularities, weight gain and depression. More serious complications, such as infertility and osteoporosis, can also occur. http://www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com/effects-of-painkiller-on-the-brain-and-body
Thus different pain have different origins. It is not necessary, consumption of painkillers in all type of pain is the solution. Enough painkillers mask the pain, no doubt, but allowing the underlying problem to get worse. The abuse of painkiller drugs will not stop without the efforts of friends, family and health professionals. Being aware of the current trends in substance abuse, especially the abuse of painkillers, is crucial. The consequences of these drugs need to be understood. We all need to be educated about the proper use and it is only through awareness and proper knowledge.
P.S. Medicines are boon to the global world unless used passably.
This article was first published on October 8, 2017 but due to some technical issue it has been republished