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Painkillers

Painkillers, known as analgesics, relieve pain without making a person unconscious. Almost everyone has used a painkiller in their lifetime. The most commonly used analgesics are aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. In addition to these are salicylates and acetaminophen all of which you can get over the counter in a drugstore.

Painkillers fall into two different categories, narcotic and non-narcotic. The non-narcotic painkillers are the most used of all medications. These analgesics not only control pain but they can lower fever and stop inflammation, or swelling due to injury or arthritis.

The narcotic painkillers that are most used are codeine, meperidine (Demerol) and morphine. These drugs are used on a short-term basis, normally during an operation. Painkillers from the opium family, opiates and opioids are normally only used for severe pain.

Over the counter medication contains no narcotic ingredients. Many prescription painkillers have a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic elements. Common combinations are acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine) etc. These drugs are used where non-narcotic medicine do not adequately alleviate the pain etc.

Harmful Side-effects

Many painkillers have the ability to cause adverse reactions, especially if taken with other drugs or in excess of the amount suggested. Taking too much of any drug, even aspirin, can be harmful. Bleeding problems are among the most common of the serious side effects which may occur. Please pay careful attention to dosage and ask your doctor before taking medications together.

Alternative Treatments

Pain therapy can take many forms in addition or in lieu of the normal use of analgesics. Consider using some of the homoeopathic remedies listed in the main article and in books and journals commonly available in your book-store. Consult your doctor before mixing medications or starting on a new pain allieving regiment. Alternative pain remedies include:

* Acupuncture
* Acupressure
* Biofeedback
* Hypnosis
* Massage
* Meditation
* Relaxation training
* Yoga

Self-treatment is an option. If you suffer from a chronic pain disorder such as arthritis, you may have years of experience, through trial and error how to best deal with the pain. Consider using exercise to increase the level of natural painkillers in your body. We each produce endorphins, which are chemicals that sooth achy muscles and act as painkillers.

You may want to look into materials and products which correct your posture at work and at home to eliminate difficulties arising from cramped conditions and poor blood-flow to your extremities. In all cases please carefully follow instructions, and before you set off on a radical path consult a physician.

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