Information about painkillers
Painkillers (analgesics) are a blessing for many patients, as they help us to master our daily life despite pain. With them, it is possible to reconnect with family, friendships, hobbies and work without being constantly prevented by excruciating pain.
Painkillers – curse and blessing at the same time?
Painkillers (analgesics) are a blessing for many patients, as they help us to master our daily life despite pain. With them, it is possible to reconnect with family, friendships, hobbies and work without being constantly prevented by excruciating pain. Although the so-called “painkillers” are advertised intensively, they are by no means always able to deliver what is promised, and they can even damage our health. Experts assume that regular, uncontrolled intake of painkillers can lead to kidney and liver damage. Even if it’s an over-the-counter pain reliever, it can harm the body if used improperly. Constantly “numbing” the pain as a warning signal can also turn an acute pain into a chronic one.
Whether prescribed by the doctor or over-the-counter painkillers, these can make you dependent. It is estimated that in Germany 1 to 2 million people are drug dependent. Pain relief medications are among the greatest risk groups.
Dangers of improper use
Especially with painkillers that act centrally, i.e. in the entire brain and nervous system, such as opioids, there is a risk of dependence if used improperly. Opioids have a generally depressing but sometimes also a euphoric (mentally brightening) effect on people, so that moods such as fear or sadness are initially reduced. However, both “side” effects of opioids are usually only more pronounced at the beginning of therapy. It is not uncommon for the pain-relieving properties to decrease or even disappear after a few days. The dose is then often increased in order to achieve pain relief again.
Dependency and addiction
Addiction is the tendency we all know to repeat what once did us good or what prevents us from doing the opposite. A first reach into the bag of potato chips is often not the last. If we want more and more of it, if we want to repeat what we have experienced, we gradually lose control over this behavior. If we repeat the behavior almost automatically without thinking too much, then the threshold to addiction has been reached.
The basis for some addictive behavior is often learned in childhood. It is quite possible that one simply copies the behavior of the parents or is more susceptible to developing an addiction due to other childhood experiences. Addiction can refer to a specific behavior (e.g. gambling addiction, workaholic addiction, internet addiction, sex addiction and much more), i.e. “substance-related” or to the intake of substances (“substance-related”). Substance-bound substances are referred to as drugs, regardless of whether they are “illegal” such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin or “legal” such as alcohol, nicotine or prescribed medication.
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