The Dangers of Pain Medications

Managing pain can seem like a difficult if not impossible task.  Patients tend to attempt several pain management options to help ease their suffering and improve their quality of life. Millions of people who suffer from chronic pain rely on pain medications in order to help ease aches and pain. However, many people aren’t aware of their dangerous consequences. A wide range of prescription and over the counter medications can cause a variety of illnesses, including addiction. At Arthritis care of Texas, our goal is to bring awareness to the potential dangers of pain medications.

Three Types of Pain Pills

Opiates
Frequently prescribed after surgery, major accidents, injuries, or painful medical conditions, opiates include Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Hydrocodone. Opiates tend to make a person drowsy which in turn increases the possibility of accidents. In addition, if they are not taken properly, addiction may develop. Patients who take opioids are also at in danger of accidental overdose or death.

NSAIDs
NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, provide pain relief along with anti-inflammatory effects. Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, and Advil are all among NSAIDs. Although many patients may find temporary relief with this type of pain medication, several negative side effects have been reported. Possible risks include:

  • Stomach problems
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney problems

Although many people assume that over-the-counter medications are safer that prescription pain pills, that is not always the case. The longer you take NSAIDs, the greater the probability that side effects may occur.

Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is a widely used pain alleviator and fever reducer, such as Tylenol. People suffering from arthritis, headaches, colds, and muscle aches may find temporary relief with Acetaminophen when taken in occasional and moderate doses. Overuse of acetaminophen has been linked to liver damage, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

Before turning to pain medications, we recommend trying healthier, more natural alternatives. At Arthritis Care of Texas, we are dedicated to providing the most efficient, non-invasive physical medicine treatments for patients suffering from pain. Let the doctors at Arthritis Care of Texas work with you to alleviate your discomfort. Call us today at (469) 399-5673 to schedule a free, no obligation screening.