Five Long term effects of pain Killers

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five long term effects of painkillers

Whether a painkiller is prescribed by a doctor or acquired on the street, these drugs can cause serious changes to the brain and body of the user.
 Although some damage can occur with short-term drug use, the most extreme or dangerous changes to the brain and body typically occur with long-term use and abuse of painkillers. 
Long-term use also increases the possibility of addiction and physical dependency on the drugs. 
After a while, users need these drugs just to keep away physical withdrawal symptoms and to physically feel normal.
Painkillers work by blocking the brain’s perception of pain by binding to opiate receptors.
 This interferes with the signals transmitted by the central nervous system to the brain. 
Narcotic pain relievers are depressants, meaning they have a depressant effect on the central nervous system and decrease the feeling of pain while increasing a feeling of relaxation.
 By binding to the opiate receptors, painkillers also cause feelings of euphoria. It is these euphoric feelings that are often associated with painkiller use and the “high” that users get when abusing painkillers.
Here is our list of 5 things pain killers can do to your body.

1. BRAIN AND HEART.
 Painkillers cause chemical changes to the brain and also kills brain cells. 

The most affected areas of the brain are those areas that deal with cognition, learning 

and memory. 

Painkiller use and abuse also can affect nerve cells. Additionally, based on the manner 

in which the drug is used, painkiller abuse can cause long-term heart damage and 

increase the likelihood of a heart attack.

2. MINOR SIDE EFFECTS.
 Other side effects in the short-term can include constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
 Muscle spasms may occur as well. 
People who are abusing prescription painkillers may start to experience more pain and side effects like headaches and muscle aches.

3. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.
 Depression and anxiety may occur as the result of using painkillers, as can paranoia, confusion, disorientation, distorted perception of reality and feelings of anger or hostility.
 More serious side effects of opioids can include liver damage and brain damage.

4. IMMUNE SYSTEM.
 Your body’s ability to fight off infection weakens immediately upon taking opioids, even if you don’t get sick for months later. 
With no tried-and-true way to boost immune function, the best way to manage this side effect is to stop taking opioids.

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