• Thursday, 30 November 2023

How to safely use painkillers?

Various painkillers are available without a prescription not only in pharmacies, but also in grocery stores, kiosks and petrol stations. Due to their easy accessibility, but also their effective action, we take far too many of them. But do you know how to use them safely so that they not only work effectively, but also are healthy for your body and do not leave any unpleasant side effects?

First of all, read the leaflets.

Every medicine, whether available without a prescription or on prescription, has a leaflet containing all the necessary information about it. You will find data on the active substance, dosage, as well as advice on the use of medicines with food and drink and information on possible side effects. If you are already taking a medicine on your own, you should read this leaflet first and foremost, as it can protect you from the harmful effects of the pills. You can also always get advice from a pharmacist who has all this information in his little fingertip and will certainly give you good advice.

Second, adapt the medicine to your needs.

If you are an adult, you probably already know which painkiller works best for you. At present, however, new drugs are appearing on the market every now and then, so it is important not only to name the tablets you choose, but also, and above all, the active ingredient in them.

Thirdly, what about food and drink?

You will find all the information in this leaflet, but you will probably not be surprised if you write that you should not take any medicine, even a very mild one, on an empty stomach. If you have started your day with a headache, stomachache or toothache, no matter how bad you feel, force yourself to eat at least a light breakfast, which will speed up the time the drug is absorbed and thus its effects. Another issue is what you're drinking the medicine with. First of all, we recommend water. Any other beverage may affect the action of the drug.

Do not combine medication with alcohol

It is no secret that no medications should be combined with alcohol, including over-the-counter painkillers. Alcohol can cause or aggravate undesirable effects and, above all, it poisons your body when it is dealing with pain. Not only are you not helping, but you're making it harder for him. So if you're struggling with pain, give up your alcohol and believe it doesn't matter if it's just beer or a higher percentage.

Follow the guidelines in the leaflet

This principle is of particular importance for dosing. Some people take more pills than indicated in the leaflet or take a daily dose at once to speed up or strengthen the effect of the painkiller. Each drug is subject to a number of tests before it is placed on the market. Trust them and don't try to help yourself by force. Trust the pharmaceutical companies and take only as many tablets as the manufacturer has mentioned in the leaflet.