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  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs as Pain Relievers

    Posted on October 22nd, 2009 Patricia No comments

    We know about painkillers because we have been prescribed them for pain when we’re sick, or used them to treat our backaches or headaches, but sometimes they just don’t work as well as we want them to, and instead of treating the condition causing the pain, only mask the pain.

    Anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol are required for pain with inflammation that includes headaches or back pain.

    If you are suffering pain with conditions like sciatica or shingles, your nerves are damaged or sensitive, and these conditions are treated with the same medication that is used contrarily for epilepsy and depression. This medicine affects the central nervous system.

    Medication is supposed to give you a better quality of life. There are possible dangerous side effects with all painkillers, so you might want to look at the risks involved with them.

    Codeine, Paracetamol, Aspirin, and anti-inflammatory drugs

    Aspirin

    Types of side-effects similar to those produced by other anti-inflammatory medications are produced by Aspirin, however, it is ineffective as a painkiller. Aspirin is not usually recommended for pain relief, and should never be given to children under 12 because of rare, but serious, side effects.

    Paracetamol

    A safe dose for adults is to take two paracetamol tablets up to four times in 24 hours. You can take this dose of this medication regularly for an extended period of time without side effects. If you take more than the recommended dose of paracetamol, you may suffer serious side effects. This medication usually is used for headaches and other non-nerve pains. Don’t take more if the pain grows worse, as this could exacerbate the situation. See your doctor if your pain continues for more than three days.

    Anti-inflammatory

    Ibuprofen prescription drug seems to be more effective when it’s apparent that there is an injury or a form of arthritis. Don’t use them for an extended period of time unless you have really bad inflammation. Bleeding, kidney, heart conditions and a risk of stomach upset that is increased may occur when these are consumed for extended periods. Make sure you stay within the recommended dosage guidelines to decrease the chances of serious side effects.

    Codeine

    Codeine works better when taken with other medications. It is more effective when used in conjunction with paracetamol, and this can be bought over the counter as either a paracetamol/low-dose codeine combination or as co-codamol. Large doses of codeine has to be ordered and similar mid-strength painkillers that are ordered are Zydol and the pill dihydrocodeine.

    All of the pills mentioned can make you addicted, meaning that if you cease taking them for a little while you might get sick; it’s like trying to quit cigarettes. Don’t be ashamed to speak to someone, especially a doctor, for advice on what to do if you think you are addicted to painkillers, as overdosing on them can be deadly.

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