It often happens that the painful sensations not only ruin our mood but also interfere with our schedule of working and having fun with friends. However, pain is not a whim of our body, which can be dismissed but a protective mechanism that needs the correct response. Do not immediately drink pills, trying to get rid of the pain. Unpleasant sensations are an important signal from the body that something is wrong in it. It warns us and asks for help. Depression can be caused by a spasm or be the result of more severe problems. First of all, it is essential to understand what exactly caused the discomfort.
Numerous high-speed and expensive painkillers, which are sold in pharmacies without a prescription, for the most part, it is a waste of money. You need to know how to get the maximum effect from the analgesic with a minimum of side effects.
To begin with, there is no need to buy expensive painkillers, unless their beautiful packaging attracts you. Regular cheap paracetamol and ibuprofen act just like 100 times more costly medications. Some pills may work a little faster, but the changes in their level of absorption by the body are minor. The standard anesthetic takes effect approximately 20–30 minutes after administration, even “mega-fast” and “mega-powerful” versions. Note that capsules tend to work faster than regular tablets.
Do not buy any particular painkillers designed to alleviate the symptoms of individual diseases — for example, painkillers against a migraine or pain during menstruation. The most common cheap analgesics will give you precisely the same result.
Many tablets contain caffeine, which increases the anesthetic effect, on average, by 40%, as studies show. If the drug does not help, you can drink a cup of coffee, black or green tea, and not swallow additional doses of drugs.
How to Determine the Cause of the Pain
One of the easiest ways to find this out is to take an antispasmodic. Its action is based on the fact that it relaxes the contracted muscle, the blood flow is restored, and the organ or the whole system begins to function normally again. If there is no result, it is better to visit the doctor.
Another type of painkillers, analgesic, of course, will relieve pain but will not eliminate its actual cause. It will only temporarily remove the discomfort, and the problem that the body signals about will remain untreated.
Never ignore the pain in the abdomen region. There are a lot of vital organs and systems of our body in which any kind of failure could occur. If you do not consult with a specialist in time, the problem will not be solved by itself but will worsen, which may lead to the need for surgical intervention.
Take painkillers on time
Typically, the action of tablets begins 20-30 minutes after they enter the body. If you feel the first symptoms of indisposition, you should not postpone taking the medication. It is better to take a pill in advance.
Do not mix alcohol and drugs
You cannot drink alcohol while taking medication. Alcoholic beverages can significantly strengthen or, conversely, weaken the effect of the drug, or also change the body’s reaction to it in a completely unpredictable way.
Do not take pills on an empty stomach
First, before taking medicine, unless otherwise indicated in the instructions, it is advisable to eat or at least drink. Securing the stomach is necessary. Secondly, it is better to take painkillers with a glass of warm water or a cup of tea so that they get inside at least in a partially diluted form.
Do not exceed the permissible dose
This applies to both medication at a time and per day. Sometimes the pain is so unbearable that you want to eat all the pills at once for it to pass quickly. However, it will only lead to side effects and further deterioration of health. Therefore, do not take more than 1-2 tablets at a time.
The instructions of all drugs include the information on the interval of time and dosage you can take certain medications a day — no need to experiment on yourself and exceed the norm.
Do not mix different analgesics
You cannot combine different groups of analgesics, taking them at the same time. The drugs that should not be considered in combination with each other, include the following:
• Derivatives of pyrazolone: analgin, butadion.
• Salicylic: aspirin, acelisin.
• Derivatives of organic acids: ibuprofen, Voltaren.
• Aniline: paracetamol.
• Oxycams: to tenoxicam, piroxicam.
From the mixing of drugs, neither the speed of their action nor the final result will improve, but the side effects will not take long to escalate. For example, nausea, dizziness, weakness, muscle spasms and even breathing problems may occur.
Do not abuse drugs
If you often take one or another painkiller, the body at some point may get used to it, and the drugs will lose their effect. Besides, our body can block a little pain itself. However, if you take painkillers even at the slightest discomfort, the agency will no longer cope with unpleasant sensations on its own and will always wait for help from the outside.
Myths about Drugs against Pain
Myth 1. There is no need to endure pain even if it is not strong, and it is better to take an analgesic.
If you can tolerate pain, do not take medication. In some cases, the headache goes away after sleeping, walking or changing activities. If the pain violates your plans, annoys and does not allow concentrating, you can take a pill. Such actions are fully justified if they do not become a habit. If the pain does not go away, if it strengthens, it is necessary to consult with a doctor.
Myth 2. Tolerating pain is beneficial as it helps shape the character and willpower.
That is not true. Pain in the case of a disease signals about a malfunction or damage and calls for help and treatment. Tolerating pain is not only useless but also dangerous. Severe pain, if you endure it for a long time, can cause reflex shocks (pressure drop, pronounced heartbeat, cold sweat, and other symptoms, up to the loss of consciousness).
Myth 3. Children do not feel pain like adults.
Not true. Pain is one of the earliest emerging psychophysical functions associated with the most “ancient” structures of the brain. By the 30th week of fetal development, all the pathways and pain perception are already formed. From now on, the child perceives pain with the same intensity as adults.
Myth 4. All analgesics affect the brain and therefore cannot be safe.
Indeed, there are analgesics that “turn off” pain through the brain. These are synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs, similar to natural painkillers that the body secretes. They are called opiates and are considered drugs because they cause addiction. These are strictly prescription drugs that are prescribed in extreme cases. The over-the-counter analgesics familiar to us are non-narcotic effect mainly the peripheral nervous system, that is, they suppress the pain at its location. They are considered relatively safe.
Myth 5. Pain medication works better if you take them at the maximum dose to get the maximum effect.
That is never the case. Taking analgesics, remember the main rule — try to do the minimum effective dose of the drug. Take half a pill first, and it might be enough. If your condition does not improve, you need to take the rest. It is especially true for the children and the elderly.
Painkillers should not be taken more than once or twice a week.
Myth 6. The body cannot cope with the pain on its own.
It all depends on the duration, intensity of pain, and its origin. The pain is the guard. It is a message about pain impulses that originate in organs and tissues and go through the nerve fibers to the brain. The appearance of pain is a signal of the body: a sore spot needs to be treated with care. The muscles in the area of the source of pain relax, change the metabolism and blood circulation. The body begins to release its painkillers and sends them to the damaged area. However, if the pain is severe or prolonged, it may not be enough. Then you can take painkillers.
Myth 7. You can take painkillers for a long time.
Any medication causes a hard time for the liver. Even taking one pill (including painkillers) is not preferable. You should always measure the possible benefits of a drug with the potential harm from it. Entirely harmless drugs do not exist.
Do not Resort to Self-treatment
Self-treatment is not effective in many cases. Besides, it can be dangerous and worsen the condition instead of treating it. If you suffer from severe or often recurring pain, it is better to see a doctor and find out what medication is best in your particular case, depending on the cause of the pain.