Only my health gets you deeply into the side effects of painkillers. Dr. Waheed Zaman, Principal Advisor for Urology and Kidney Transplantation, answers crucial questions on when, how much and when to use no painkillers. Are painkillers the cure or mere oppressors? Which organs are exposed to the highest risk and is the painkillers reality? For answers to your painkiller problems, see this episode of Health Talks.
It is often said that we do not have to resort to painkillers and have to endure the pain for as long as possible. So, is it true that popping in painkillers is counterproductive and has more morbid effects than we can imagine?
Yes, it is true that we should not overuse analgesics, as this leads to many side effects. People take over-the-counter painkillers, which should be discouraged, and the root cause of the pain should be monitored and corrected. People should avoid the constant use of painkillers.
How do painkillers work? Is it a cure or just an oppressor?
It's just an oppressor. It works in three ways ̵
What are the long-term side effects of these painkillers and which organs have a maximum risk of harm after ongoing use of painkillers?
Affected are many organs. First, you may experience stomach pain or ulcers in the stomach. You can also experience nausea or vomiting. In the long term, it affects the liver, heart and kidneys. The adverse effect on the kidneys through the use of painkillers represents the greatest risk to the health of patients.
Are painkillers carcinogenic?
There are few studies that claim that analgesics can lead to kidney cancer. The risk of developing kidney cancer is high in the rest of the population as well. Similarly, another study was conducted by a leading journal that found that the use of analgesics also increases the risk of breast cancer. Many other researches will also prove the negative effects of analgesics.
Are analgesics addictive?
Yes, that's right. Some of the painkillers are more addictive than others. Some of these are readily available and should not be spread across the counter.
What are the negative effects of mixing painkillers?
The combination of medicines should be avoided as far as possible. One should not take several pain medications in one day. Many people also consume these analgesics on an empty stomach, which leads to stomach ulcers. People should avoid self-medication use. Doctors and government should together restrict self-medication.
What is the best alternative to analgesics? How to deal with the pain without taking a painkiller?
There are many alternatives that can cause people to over-consume painkillers. One should exercise regularly or try physiotherapy or yoga. You can also try acupressure techniques, but only by a certified person.
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