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Indiscriminate use of pain killers can give you stroke and damage your kidneys

Pain killers offer relief from aches and pains, but indiscriminate use can have a serious effect on your health.

Written by Editorial Team | Published : November 27, 2019 2:37 PM IST



The habit of taking pain killers at the first hint of pain is unhealthy and this may one day make things tough for you. Taking a pain killer is safe if you follow the instructions given by your doctor. But reaching for them for every minor sprain or body pain can have adverse short-term and long-term effects on your body. Pain killers like Ibuprofen are made from chemicals and should be used responsibly. Gobbling too many at once may send you straight to an ER. Misuse can lead to poisoning, which may have life-threatening consequences. Taking them for too long is also misuse. Here are a few health consequences that you may have to face if you are taking too many painkillers.


It Can Contribute To The Spread Of The Common Cold And Flu

It can contribute to the spread of the common cold and flu: Taking painkillers to fight off body ache caused by the flu is a bad idea, especially if the doctor has not recommended it. According to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, taking a pain killer to curb the flu can make your condition the worse. The study states that painkillers can increase transmission of flu by up by 5 per cent. Also Read - Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Mental Disorders: Studies Find A Connection


Pain Killers Make Headaches Worse

Pain killers make headaches worse: Popping painkillers to treat headache may do more harm than good. According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), people who take too many painkillers to treat their headache may become victims of overdose. This will make their headaches more severe and difficult to tolerate


Pain Killers May Cause Kidney Damage

Pain killers may cause kidney damage: Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out drugs from your body. Taking too many of them can interfere with the flow of blood to the kidneys, which could cause an allergic reaction or injury. According to a study published in American Family Physician Journal, misuse of over-the-counter pain killers, prescribed or otherwise, is responsible for 20 per cent of cases of acute kidney failure.


It Can Lead To Addiction

It can lead to addiction: Long-term use of pain killers can lead to a physical dependence on the drug. This means that your body will start to adapt to the chemicals in the pain killer and build a tolerance for it. This may lead to withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly and make you take higher doses of the drug to get benefits. Also Read - Parineeti chopra fitness: खुद को ऐसे फिट रखती हैं परिणीति चोपड़ा