Think your over-the-counter pain drug is perfectly safe?
It usually is when used as prescribed by your Physician, but there are some potentially dangerous side effects that you must know of.
Let’s even find out;
What’s in your medicine purse or cabinet?
If you’re like most Americans, it’s likely to contain at least one type of over-the-counter pain drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen and if you are a Nigerian; Panadol, Paracetamol, tramadol, Felvin and Alabokun.
In fact, more than 2.5 billion dollars is spent on nonprescription painkillers each year. And while you may not think twice about taking them when you have a headache or back trouble, there are some risks associated with pain relievers you must know of.
Talking about the most common over the counter (OTC) painkiller in my country Nigeria;
Paracetamol and Panadol Painkiller;
Paracetamol and Panadol are generally called Acetaminophen in the United States (USAN), Japan (JAN), Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, and Iran; paracetamol is used in international venues (INN, AAN, BAN).
Like on prescription bottles of painkillers that incorporate this medicine, it is abbreviated as APAP, for acetyl-para-aminophenol. But for the purpose of this write-up, I will refer to all of them as “Painkillers”.
Painkillers are separated into three distinct categories. This includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), paracetamol and opioids. Each drug is cleared from the body in a different way and will rely on its own metabolic pathway.
Despite years of educational campaigns and other federal actions, Painkillers are the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., sending more than 50,000 people to the emergency room each year.
If a doctor prescribes you painkillers, it’s vital that you fully understand the risks before taking the drug. Ask the doctor how the painkillers will affect your body and health. It’s advisable to have a plan for weaning off of the drug.
While most painkillers are quite effective, they can also be quite addictive. People even graduate from painkillers to heroin once their supply gets cut off.