Side effects of analgesics and their excessive consumption

The analgesics are medications that calm or eliminate pain, referring to a set of drugs, from different chemical families, that calm or eliminate pain from different mechanisms.

There are different analgesics depending on their function: non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (such as aspirin), minor opiates (such as tramadol), major opioids (such as morphine), and adjuvant drugs (they are not analgesic in themselves but their potential action) in association).

That said, it is known that every time many people get sick the usual thing is that they self-medicate, not going to the doctor to prescribe the medicines they would need to take, in case -of course- they would need them from a point of medical view

One of the most common causes for which analgesics are consumed (such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin), is to treat and reduce headache (either headache or migraine).

However, it is also common for this headache to continue and not be eliminated with the help of analgesics.

Did you know that the abusive use of painkillers can cause chronic headaches?

This is due to the continued use of drugs to combat this disorder cause just that: that the headache is maintained by a excessive intake of analgesics.

This has been noted by the different British National Institutes of Health, who have indicated through a statement that Taking painkillers too often makes the headache worse.

And what would this frequency be? Basically take these medicines half of the days of the month, which means consuming them 15 days a month.

This is because non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics, such as ibuprofen, or other analgesics such as acetaminophen and aspirin 15 or more days a month tend to cause headache from abuse.

In the case of minor opiates (found in the second group of analgesics) being composed of stronger drugs should not be taken 10 or more days a month, since they are likely to cause a constant headache.

If you want more information you can read our note about excessive consumption of ibuprofen. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesAnalgesic

"Intro to the Treatment of Pain with Opioid Medications" by Dr. Charles Berde, for OPENPediatrics (July 2024)