Treating pain may seem like a daunting task, and sometimes patients feel the need to rely on pain pills to keep the discomfort at bay. In fact, millions of Americans take some form of pain medication every single day. However, it’s important to be aware of the side effects and risks. At Peak Medical, our goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of pain pills and the healthier alternatives to treating pain.
Type of Pain Medications
Opioids act by attaching to a specific receptor in the brain and spinal cord. They change the way a person experiences pain. Common opioids include Morphine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Hydrocodone. Potential dangers include sleepiness, accidents, falling, addiction, and accidental overdose.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
OTC medications help relieve minor aches and pain associated with conditions such as headaches, arthritis, and additional pains and aches. Two types of OTC consist of acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen should be taken as a fever reducer along with pain alleviator, such as Tylenol. People suffering from muscle aches, arthritis, colds, and headaches may find temporary relief with Acetaminophen. However, overuse of this medication is linked to liver damage, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. NSAIDs include ibuprofen, aspirin, and many cold and allergy medicine. Many studies have reported an increased rate of stokes, heart attacks, and even deaths.
Alternative Treatment Methods
If abuse or misuse occurs, pain pills can be as bad as the pain itself. At Peak Medical, we offer healthier and more effective treatment methods. Our comprehensive approach to pain utilizes breakthrough technology and advanced treatments to provide patients with quick pain relief. If you suffer from pain, start taking the steps to live a healthier life. Fill out our contact form or call 908.665.0770 to request a no-obligation consultation with one of our doctors. The only thing you have to lose is your pain!