Still talking about Painkillers;
Taking off from where we stopped at the last post;
‘Secret Dangers of Painkiller’ We will be looking at 7 side effects of painkillers to our body and organs health.
Painkillers are prescribed based on one’s level of pain.
Mild painkillers are used to treat mild pain, while moderate to severe pain is treated with prescription opioids.
Doctors give out prescription painkillers as if they are candy. In 2012 alone, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers were written.
That’s enough for every adult in America to have their own bottle of pills.
Unfortunately, these numbers have been rising each year. More pain clinics have started to pop up.
In extreme cases, painkillers can result in death like it happened in the case of “Elvis Presley and Bruce Lee”
The 7 side effects include;
1. Risk of Liver Damage;
Drugs are broken down and processed by the liver.
The liver becomes heavily stressed by prescription painkiller abuse and it can store toxins from the breakdown process.
One of the most well-known risks of painkillers is liver damage from acetaminophen. Liver toxicity can occur with use of more than 4,000 milligrams in a day,” says Dr Glaser. “This would be eight 500-milligram pills, which is the dosage of extra-strength Tylenol. Liver damage or failure may also occur at lower doses of regular alcohol users;
or those who have a pre-existing liver disease, such as hepatitis C.”
Acetaminophen is often incorporated into other drugs, you may not know of exactly how much you’re taking,
which further increases your risk.
“It’s also included in multiple remedies for colds or sinus symptoms and is commonly paired with other stronger painkillers medications
2. Muscles and kidneys:
If a person abuses painkillers to the point of becoming comatose, he can suffer a severe and life-threatening injury.
This has nothing directly to do with the respiratory suppression effect of the drugs.
A condition called “rhabdomyolysis” can occur.
This is a rapid breakdown of muscle tissue that results from someone lying completely immobilized for a number of hours
The compression experienced by the muscles causes the tissue to begin to disintegrate.
Chemicals produced by this disintegration pour into the bloodstream to cause a chain reaction of damage in other organs.
painkiller is a leading cause of kidney failure and if dialysis is not started in time, the person can die.
Damage to the heart can also occur, including heart attack.
3. Painkillers and Blood Thinners:
Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin have a mild blood-thinning effect.
This isn’t a problem for most people, but for those already on blood-thinning medications, it can be an issue.
“In patients on blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix to prevent clots,
these medications [NSAIDS and aspirin] can lead to the unintentional over-thinning of the blood and excessive risks of bleeding.
These painkillers have shown to raise blood pressure. In most cases the increase is small, but it can be variable.”
4. Hormone imbalance
Opioid use often causes low levels of testosterone or estrogen, the male and female sex hormones.
People may experience erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, fatigue, hot flashes, menstrual irregularities, low energy, weight gain and depression.
Hormone imbalance can lead to more serious complications, such as infertility and osteoporosis.
5. Kidney Function:
Though it’s rare, some people could risk kidney problems from using ibuprofen or naproxen.
“A less common but severe complication related to painkiller is kidney failure, occurs commonly in patients with co-existing risk factors;
such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Because opiates and similar drugs suppress the body’s ability to breathe, they interfere with the normal function of the lungs.
A medical research found that opiate abuse is associated with a greater risk of pneumonia.
The inhalation of painkillers, results in a buildup of fluids in the lungs, according to British Medical Journal article.
The result can be shortness of breath for the drug abuser.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that;
Women taking NSAIDs during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy are more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage.
The researchers theorized that these drugs may interfere with levels of prostaglandins, hormones that are important in inducing labor.
If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy and want to take any medication,
including painkillers, be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.
To stay safe, be sure to inform your doctor about OTC painkiller use if:
- If you are taking these drugs daily and for an extended period of time
- when taking prescription medications, especially painkillers
- You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- and if you have another chronic condition such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, or coronary artery disease.
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