The rampant overdoses, medical admissions and deaths resulting from the use of prescription painkillers are extremely alarming. Over the years, the adverse effects of painkillers have come to the limelight not because the drugs have become more potent, but because most people are prescribed these drugs and others get the drug illegally to use them for recreation. Painkillers depress the central nervous system (CNS), and when ingested together with other CNS depressants or ingested in a body that already suffers slowed CNS ailments, the drugs can be fatal.
Facts about painkillers
They interact with other CNS depressants and old prescriptions can be harmful
Most people assume they can take their opioid painkillers and still consume alcohol or other substances that depress their CNS. Unfortunately, prescription painkillers interact with other CNS depressants to blow each others’ side effects out of proportion, in effect depressing the CNS altogether. Alcohol, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and sedatives comprise the common CNS depressants that most people are likely to be taking together with prescription painkillers. Opioid painkillers can result in an overdose or death of an individual if and when a person takes old pills after some time of abstinence. It is important for patients to enlighten their doctors of any substances they may be taking prior to an opioid prescription painkiller issuance.
Long term use can form habit even if the drugs are not used for recreation
The effects of prescription painkillers are the same whether a person is taking them to relieve pain or for recreation purposes. Extended use of these opioids can create tolerance, dependence and addiction. It is, therefore, wrong to assume that people who take the drug per their prescription instructions cannot develop an addiction.
Not recommended for chronic pain
Opioids painkillers are only highly recommended for short term pain. Long term pain, such as results from terminal illnesses, migraines, backaches and fibromyalgia is best managed through less-potent drugs or non-drug treatments such as yoga, chiropractic exercise, acupuncture and meditation. Ingesting opioids painkillers for long term pain conditions does not necessarily relieve pain, yet it increases the risk of patients experiencing advanced side effects or developing an addiction.
The use of prescription painkillers for pain management has increased over the years, and so has their adverse effects and threat to life. These drugs interact with other CNS depressants with fatal results, and their extended use (whether prescription or not) develops addiction in users. To combat the abuse of these of these drugs prevent their adverse effects, their prescription should only be issued to medically assessed patients, and caution should be issued on the substances that should be avoided. Follow us for more information and articles about substance abuse that will allow you to be a helping hand to others.