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Frequently asked questions

What’s the importance of painkillers?

Painkillers can reduce headaches, sore muscles, arthritis, and other aches and pains. There are numerous painkillers available, each with its own set of benefits and risks.

What are the 2 types of painkillers?

Painkillers are grouped into two types: anti-inflammatory medications, which relieve pain by lowering local inflammatory responses, and opioids, which act on the brain. Because of their ability to induce sleep, opioid analgesics were traditionally referred to as narcotic medications.

What are the side effects of painkillers?

Painkillers work by interacting with pleasure, reward, and pain receptors in the brain. When someone takes painkillers, they usually experience an enhanced mood, relaxed exhilaration, and pain relief - all of which can be highly addictive.

What are the negative effects of painkillers?

Aspirin and ibuprofen, for example, can irritate the stomach and create ulcers; aspirin can induce bleeding and has been related to Reye's syndrome, a rare and possibly fatal illness that can arise in children following a viral infection.

Is it true that painkillers have an effect on the kidneys?

Long-term use of certain painkillers can harm the kidney's small filtering blood capillaries. This can result in analgesic nephropathy, a chronic kidney problem.

Is it true that painkillers with caffeine perform better?

Caffeine levels in painkillers are often comparable to a cup of coffee. Some pain killers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, contain caffeine to help them function better. According to some research, adding coffee to painkillers had a modest but significant benefit, with an additional 5-10% of patients experiencing effective pain relief.

Is it safe to use painkillers on an empty stomach?

Because ibuprofen, aspirin, and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines) might irritate the stomach lining, they should be taken with food or milk. It doesn't matter if you haven't eaten because paracetamol doesn't irritate the stomach lining.

Is it possible to overdose on co-codamol?

Yes. If your pain is severe, resist the temptation to raise the dose or to take a double dose.  

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