Painkillers: Are they safe  to consume!

Painkillers: Are they safe to consume!

We discover a painkiller in each house and we pop one at whatever point we feel even little discomfort and pain. This general attitude and easily accessible pain killers has long term  impact on body along with side effects of regular consumption of these medications.

Painkillers can be destructive, particularly when taken mistakenly. Overdose, either deliberate or incidental, represents an undeniable hazard when taking any over the counter available drugs either self prescribed or prescribed by Clinician. Abuse of the drugs is considered as hazard. 

New research backs the various historical researches that indicates the potential reactions of painkillers. The regular consumption of these medications is not considered safe and has vicarious implications on our body as discussed! 

Weakened immune system:

Your body’s ability to fight off infection weakens immediately upon taking painkillers, even if you don’t get sick for months later. With no tried-and-true way to boost immune function, the best way to manage this side effect is to stop taking painkillers when not indicated. 


Researchers have found that depression arises from how pain killers cause changes in brain reward and pleasure system. It is also suggested that pain killers are less effective if a person is suffering from depression, this leads to increased use to get the desired result.

Constipation and Gastritis: 

Painkillers can  knock down the hardest pain but they can also keep you constipated. It can be more than just uncomfortable for you. Eventually, your intestine will slow down the motility.  However, to avoid this situation, you should drink plenty of fluids. When taken regularly they also have effect on gastric( stomach) lining causing acidity and drug induced ulcers. 


The drug triggers the nausea and vomiting response by activating chemoreceptor trigger zone in the brain. By taking pain killers this can off neurotransmitters that send the message to the medullary vomiting centre in the brain that responds by initiating a vomiting reflex.

Slowed breathing:

High doses of painkillers can slow down the breathing .This neurological “channel” is where pain killers interfere with the breathing mechanism, slowing it down and at times, which can have serious consequences especially in patients pre-existing asthma and breathing problems. 

Sedation, Drowsiness or clouded thinking:

Sometimes painkillers can cause sedation, drowsiness, sleepiness and tiredness for the first day or so or after a dose is increased. Some people have observed that they become light headed, confused or disoriented after taking a pain killer. If such affects become profound, you should tell a doctor immediately.

Let’s talk about some long term side effects now:

Continuous consumption of pain killers develop physiological dependence on them. A person’s body becomes adjusted to the presence of pain killers so well that it starts to need it in order to function normally. Usually, when a person is dependent on a pain killer and he stops taking it, he might experience withdrawal symptoms in some cases.

Several reports and studies have shown that painkillers increase the risk of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel ) disease.

There are certain pain killers you should avoid totally depending on your medical condition. Some pain killers are not suitable for people with advance kidney disease. People with stomach ulcer or severe cardiac insufficiency or liver disease should not take painkillers either. You should always consult your pharmacist or doctor if have any doubts.

Key points about usage of painkillers

-Always take “as little as possible” and “as much as necessary”.

-Always watch out the possible interaction with other medications.

-Only take the painkillers when lever prescribed and necessary. 

-Don’t take a painkiller empty stomach.

-Make sure that you always consult your clinician before starting any pain killer.

It’s important that we take this important message “Painkillers can save you and make you relieved but overuse can kill you! Use with caution” 

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