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Know how Popping Painkillers can Mess with your Health

The pain reliever pills which you pop regularly to relieve physical pain can make your brain dependent, which can eventually lead to painkiller abuse. There is a lot more that these pain relievers do to your body. Learn all about it here.

Pain By Vasudha Bhat / Oct 08, 2014

The Silent Killer

The painkillers you may be popping to keep pain at bay may wreck havoc on your body. People who feel comfortable after consuming painkillers may find it surprising to know that there are countries like the US where as many as 15,000 people die every year due to painkiller overdose.

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Overdose:The Most Common Mistake

When a doctor prescribes pills for pain, the dose is believed to be meticulously calculated to give benefit with least risk. However, it is a common practice for many people to double the dose to speed up the healing process. This is when your body gets stuck in a problem.

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Symptoms of Painkiller Overdose

When a person suffers from painkiller overdose, he/she may experience symptoms such as nausea, drowsiness, mental confusion and constipation. There are specific symptoms which depend on the amount of painkillers consumed.

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The Affect on Body

Painkillers are opioids which get attached to specific proteins present in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord and other organs that have opioid receptors. When the drugs get attached to the receptors they decrease the perception of a person’s pain. The drugs give an ecstatic feeling which eventually makes it dependent on the drug. This euphoria makes the person have painkillers for a longer duration with a higher dose.

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Painkiller Dependence:An Abuse

When the brain gets dependent on the drug to relieve the body from pain, the dependence soon changes into abuse. Painkiller abuse can be defined as using a medicine in a way in which it has not been prescribed by a physician. The abuse has various effects on the body including low blood pressure, depression, decreased breathing rate, sweating, confusion, poor condition and constipation.

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The Emotional Effect on Body

Although painkillers are taken to decrease the physical pain, they eventually make the person distant from emotional pain too. Emotional pain may include fear or the inability to get over a dreadful accident. Such feelings can be overcome by using talking therapy, but there are people who choose to pop painkillers instead.

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Painkiller and Alcohol:A Lethal Combination

Alcohol and pain reliever pills usually enhance each other’s effect. This is the reason why many prescription medications have a "no alcohol’’ sticker on them. However, few individuals still feel that it is fine to gulp to down a bottle of beer. For such individuals it is important to learn that painkiller abuse and alcohol may lead to coma or death.

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Affect on Body during Withdrawal

Many people try painkiller abuse without taking any help from a treatment plan. This is popularly known as "cold turkey’’. Some individuals who do not want to end the use of painkillers but, cannot obtain it through legal or illegal means undergo withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include restlessness, diarrhea, insomnia and vomiting.

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