Do you use painkillers and sedatives more than two times a week? While these drugs can be beneficial when taken for legitimate health problems, long-term habitual use can cause more health problems than they solve, and shortening your life in the process. Taking nonsteroidal anti-flammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin for arthritis or muscle pain can, over time, rise you risk for ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding. High blood pressure, and heart attack. Each year the side effects of long term NSAID use cause nearly 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths in the United States alone.
Taking headache pills on a regular basis can lead to rebound headaches as the drugs’ effects wear off and blood vessels surrounding your brain begin to swell again.
Meanwhile, prescription pain relievers and sedatives can become a habit before you realize what’s happening. The number of older people who overuse opioid-based pain pills has nearly doubled in the last decade, experts say. And the use of calming drugs called benzodiazepines is also on the rise. Often prescribed for insomnia or after an emotionally upsetting experience, these tranquilizers and sleeping pills can leave you feeling confused and prone to stumbling and falling if you take them in higher-than-prescribed doses or for too long. Since they make you feel good, you may want to take more or keep on taking them. Why is that dangerous? As you age, your body metabolizes drugs more slowly, so you can actually get the desired effects with a lower dose.
The biggest danger from prescription pain pills and tranquilizers is the hidden addiction. Do you use over-the-counter pain relievers most das for painful joints, a bad back, or persistent headaches? Do you continue to use powerful prescription pain killers long after the surgery or injury that led to the initial prescription? Do you feel compelled to take a sedative frequently to ease anxiety or beat insomnia? If you answered yes to any of these three, then it’s probably time for a new strategy. If you think that you may be addicted to prescription pain pills or sedatives, tell someone – and talk with your doctor. Signs include the inability to stop taking them, hoarding and hiding pills, worried family members or using more than one doctor or pharmacy in order to get more pains.
So can you undo the damage done by abuse of pain killers and sedatives? Yes you can. New pain -relief strategies can ease muscle, joint, and head pain with fewer pills – and fewer side effects. And kicking the sedative and prescription pain pill habit is possible with commitment and support. Once the pill-taking has ceased, your body will quickly rebound from their effects.
Here are some things to do to repair your body:
Another thing to think about is, if you have pain every day that you are managing with painkillers, it is time to try and find out why the pain exists. The theory behind pain is it is a warning sign. So rather than treat the problem, find out where it is coming from and stop it from even happening in the first place. It not only saves you money, but it helps you live a longer life, when you focus on preventative care rather than wait until there is a problem and you visit the doctor and he treats your symptoms with medication.
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