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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Side effects of painkiller

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Abuse of painkiller continue to rise. In fact, according to government reports in the United States, deaths from overdose of painkiller is the highest in a decade.

Prescribed pain relievers such as OxyConton, Vicodin, and metadone, triggering an estimated 15,000 deaths in 2008. The amount is three times higher than deaths due to narcotics in 1999 which reached 4,000 cases.

Pain reliever medicines are actually to treat people suffering from severe pain. But it can cause addiction. In the report mentioned, almost five percent of U.S. residents aged over 12 years addicted to taking painkiller, even bought without a prescription to get drunk!

Misuse of pain relievers drugs or often called painkiller are believed to be related to male sexual dysfunction. A recent study published in the Journal of Urology indicate an association between impotence and painkillers. This relationship persists even though researchers have accounted for several factors such as age and some types of diseases that might explain the link.

Based on the research, men who regularly drank medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Celebrex at risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) to 38 percent greater, than men who did not take medicine which is also called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory.

According to the explanation of Dr. Joseph Gleason, urologists who wrote the study, pain drugs can indeed interfere with the production of hormones that trigger erections in men. It was at least able to help provide an explanation to this finding. However, Gleason emphasized, this study does not necessarily prove that painkiller drugs can cause impotence. According to him, other factors not yet known is possible triggers ED.

In the study, Gleason and colleagues analyzed the results of questionnaires about 81,000 men aged 45 to 69. Approximately 50 percent of men admitted taking painkillers regularly (at least five times a week) and less than a third reported experiencing impotence ranging from mild to severe levels. Men who admitted regularly use painkiller, 64 percent said they never have an erection.

After calculating various factors, such as age, weight, tension, and a history of heart disease, researchers still found a higher risk among men who use the painkiller, which reached 38 percent.

Therefore, this study did not examine the content of the drug directly, then you do not need to stop using painkillers fearing can not erect!

Painkiller Side Effects on Pregnancy
Pregnant women who consume pain reliever drugs class of codeine, oxycodone and the opioid at the beginning of her pregnancy are at high risk having a baby with birth defects. Although the number of cases is small, but the babies whose mothers consumed opioids have a higher risk than other babies to suffer from congenital defects.

Others Side Effects of Painkiller
Recent research in Canada indicated, the consumption of painkillers on a daily basis and in high doses may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 percent.

According to researchers, patients who regularly consume diclofenac (a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory), will experience heart problems are two-fifths higher. Meanwhile, the use of pain relieving drugs such as ibuprofen have been associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke by 18 percent higher.

Modern medicine however has risks or side effects that may be harmful. Therefore the use of drugs must be carefully and appropriate instructions from the experts. It should be a serious concern.

Treatment should be carried out until the source of the illness. Painkiller actually -in many cases- only treat the symptoms of an illness. If the source of the illness is not removed then it's useless. The use of any painkillers certainly there are benefits and risks. If you are already taking drugs and worried about the effect, you should consult with your doctor first.


Joyce Lansky said...

I'm amazed at the number of people who are in pain everyday. I certainly can't fault someone for trying not to hurt. I think these deaths are purely accidental, and it's up to doctors to educate their patients.


John Buchanan said...

I suffer from Complex regional Pain Syndrome and despite having done a month long pain management pain programme and running a pain support group I have to take drugs such as OxyConton and Buprenorphine to keep the pain at a level where it only just makes me feel sick 24/7 I call this 6/10 on my pain scale. Without these drugs my pain quickly hits the 10/10 on the pain scale and then depression and harmful thoughts come in to play. I agree stay clear if you can, but if you live in a world of pain like I do then staying drug free is not always an option, even if you are an expert in pain management. My advice is always to work with a Pain professional who knows what they are doing and then research your pain and become the expert in understanding and dealing with it

aria said...

@Joyce Lansky: cause of death is drug abuse, not the drug itself. I agree that doctors must educate their patients.

@John Buchanan: I am very sympathy for the pain you suffered. Taking the drug based on the advice of experts is the right choice. but it should also look for the source of the disease. if it is not found a physically problem, then try to check for non-physical problems. Hypnotherapy could be one alternative, in addition to practicing yoga and meditation.

John Buchanan said...

Unfortunately it is the result of damage received in a road traffic accident and is irreparable. But I agree with your comment. One thing to remember is that Doctors work to medical models and sometimes these are not necessarily best practice, especially in the treatment of chronic pain. Always do your own research too and make sure you understand what the doctor is doing.

aria said...

I am sorry to hear that, keep the spirit John :)

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