Analgesics, also called painkillers are pain relief medication available as over-the-counter pills under various brands and include aspirin (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and anti-inflammatory medications.
Mild use of analgesics in the recommended dose has minimal side effects but many individuals become addicted to taking analgesics in very high doses and over a long period of time with regular use. This in combination with how easy they are to obtain, make analgesic drug use dangerous and possibly life-threatening.
Some symptoms and harmful side effects of abusing analgesics include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Respiratory depression
- Liver damage
The side effects of pain pill use typically depends on the type of drugs, for instance increased and regular use of aspirin such as Tylenol can result in liver damage and liver failure later in life.
Analgesics can be highly addictive so if you or someone you know is relying on pain relief medications in order to deal with chronics pain or find you rely on them just to get through the day, it is a sign of addiction and help can be found at a drug rehab center.