There’s a lot more to medications that relieve pain than people fathom. Like other drugs, pain meds are valuable tools for patients and doctors alike. But they also have side effects, some of which may be serious enough to cause bodily harm.
Generally, even prescribed painkillers can cause unwelcome side effects that you must be aware of before opting for these pain relief meds.
Here’s a quick look at the common side effects of regular pain relief:
1. Hormonal imbalance
Some painkillers can sometimes cause low levels of oestrogen or testosterone, the female and male sex hormones. Patients are more likely to experience reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, weight gain, and low energy levels.
On rare occasions, hormonal imbalance may lead to more severe complications like infertility and osteoporosis.
Constipation is another common side effect that patients on pain meds are likely to experience. Often complications can range from haemorrhoids to life-threatening bowel obstructions. Constipation is more common in patients on opioids and other hard painkillers. That’s why doctors advise patients on opioids to take stool softeners.
3. Worsened pain
As ironic as it may seem, some pain relief meds can intensify pain in some patients. The reasons for this still aren’t clear. You should inform your doctor and seek immediate medical attention the moment you feel more pain after taking pain meds.
It’s also best to stop using those pain meds immediately to manage this side effect.
Though not very common, patients on pain meds sometimes suffer from depression. When this happens, the best option is to always withdraw from using the painkiller. You can also use antidepressants to curb depression.
5. Weakened immune system
There are instances where your body’s immune system weakens after taking pain relief drugs. To date, there’s still no tried-and-tested way of boosting immune function. The best option of curbing this side effect may be to stop using the pain meds immediately.
The side effects that result from using regular painkillers can occur in anybody. That’s why it is always best to use pain meds cautiously or find another approach. QTECH® Bands are a more advanced technological solution that are designed to absorb energies produced by pain impulses and effectively interrupt the pain signals in the body, without the nasty side effects medication can cause. Visit QTECH® product pages for more information and insight on pain relief.