Know More about Pain Relief Medications?

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You would be hard pressed to find a household anywhere in the world that does not have some kind of pain relief medication in their bathroom drawers. To be honest, you usually wouldn’t have to search further than a woman’s handbag. Why? Because the paracetamol and/or ibuprofen properties within it provide relief for such a broad range of ailments. In a pain relief capacity, it is a jack of most trades.  

For women, medication such as Naprogesic is a godsend. From abdominal pain that can sometimes be so excruciating it can land a woman in hospital, the notion that relatively quick relief from this kind of pain can be avoided or subsided by oral medication is a game changer. 

Panandol has obviously been one of the chief medications for general pain relief medication, and has come a long way from its origins. With advancements to the basic model such as Panadol Rapid and Panadol Extra, it is a wonder that the original medication still exists at all. Don’t promises of rapid and extra pain relief make the original recipe, in its less advanced state, obsolete? 

Aspirin, as with ibuprofen, is an anti-inflammatory medication that has been well regarded as an effective remedy for bad headaches and migraines. On a more severe note, it has been known to reduce the chance of death if taken immediately proceeding a heart attack. 

These medications are optimal for short term pain relief more than long. For chronic, or long term pain management, using the same medication you would to alleviate short term pain can be dangerous. Most ailments that are causing chronic pain will require more serious, prescription medication so that they can be monitored by medical professionals. 

Steroids, or cortisone, is a common form of chronic pain relief. This powerful drug pumps the body with enough adrenaline to cause you to coast through severe levels of pain. Steroids are also effective as a short term pain solution. It can be taken orally or via injection. 

Acetaminophen is often prescribed as relief from pain such as back pain and osteoarthritis, as well as headaches. This medication is considered one of the safer pain relief medication, as it does not cause side effects like bleeding and stomach pain. 

Antidepressants are available at various strengths, according to the severity of the chemical, hormonal or neurological imbalance it is treating. Prescriptions for antidepressants are administered by mental health care professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists, who are privy to the nature of the ailment and can treat it carefully and accordingly. 

Opioids are largely prescribed for acute pain such as surgery or broken bones, or any other form of traumatic injury. They are designed to mimic endorphins within the body, a natural pain relieving chemical that dilutes the pain signals that the nervous system sends throughout the body. Research suggests that the body grows a tolerance for opioids, and therefore requires increased amounts of it to alleviate the same or greater amounts of pain. There is a great risk of addiction, and thus, abuse, through dependence on this medication. 

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