People with cancer frequently have strong painkillers that they need to take on a regular basis. Sometimes, a doctor will switch them from a dose of morphine, a commonly prescribed painkiller, to an anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, which causes less severe pain but has fewer side effects than morphine. As an alternative, a doctor may suggest another drug, such as paracetamol, acetaminophen, or NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or indomethacin. These all relieve pain, but their side effects include gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and drowsiness. So why would anyone want to take these drugs if the alternatives are equally effective?
In a recent study carried out in the United Kingdom, doctors showed that doctors prescribe stronger painkillers to patients who have chronic pain, even when the condition is perfectly responsive to standard treatment. The results show that the proportion of people with chronic pain prescribed stronger painkillers was far higher in the UK compared to the USA. What’s more, there was no difference between the proportion of people with acute pain and those with chronic. The researchers found that almost one in three people taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug were given dosages of powerful painkillers, either as recommended by the doctor or as ordered by the court system. There was a real increase in the number of people diagnosed with chronic pain, even when they were perfectly happy to take standard painkillers.
This finding raises questions about the standardisation of pain medication. Strong painkillers are particularly popular with those people who have to take long, continuous periods of medication for a long period of time. They are particularly useful for chronic pain, where long-term use can cause unpleasant side effects. For example, the regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. This is especially the case for the more potent types of pain medication, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which have relatively high doses of aspirin and acetaminophen, and therefore very strong pain medication.
This problem can occur in other painkillers too, such as paracetamol and codeine. Although these medicines may be highly effective, they are also highly unlikely to cause drowsiness. As a general rule, aspirin and acetaminophen do not cause drowsiness; they will make you feel slightly light-headed. Codeine is a little more likely to cause drowsiness, but its impact is so mild it hardly makes any difference. Paracetamol is also unlikely to cause drowsiness, although the impact can be lessened if you take the medicine in an unventilated area.
Many painkillers have both their pros and cons. For example, an analgesic tablet given to relieve muscle spasms or arthritis does not usually have any side effects. However, this type of medication usually induces a fall in heart rate. This may cause a rise in blood pressure, especially if someone already has high blood pressure. If you are already taking prescription painkillers for another condition, then the combination can result in even more dangerous results.
It is important that you read the included information leaflet from your pharmacist or doctor before you buy any medication. This will give you important information about the side effects and risks of the product. You should also be advised about how to use the medication properly, and any other medicines that you may be recommended to take with it. Some doctors and pharmacists will also include literature describing alternative uses for the product and explain why the product is considered to be strong painkillers commonly prescribed to treat conditions such as back and spinal pain or menstrual pain in women. Reading the information leaflet is a good way to learn more about your medication before you buy.
People who are taking painkillers regularly find that they prefer to use them in a different way than those who do not take them regularly. For example, strong painkillers such as aspirin tend to be consumed in a way which causes drowsiness. This is because it slows down the heartbeat and as a consequence a patient feels tired. Although most people feel sleepy, they do not usually feel drowsy. There are two different ways in which these drugs work. One of the ways they work is by reducing the rate at which the heart pumps; the second way in which they work is by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.
When a person takes painkillers regularly, they are likely to find that they need to take larger doses of the medicines in order to obtain the same effect. The lower rate of heart rate and acid production reduces the need to consume large amounts of tablets. This means that many people choose to take smaller, less frequent tablets in order to maintain the same effect as when they were taking higher doses earlier. It also means that when they do need to take painkillers they are likely to choose lower strength tablets to prevent their body experience any unwanted side effects from taking the medicine. As with other types of medication, it is essential to follow the advice of your doctor in order to choose the right type of medicine for you.