Excessive Use of Painkillers Harms Kidneys and Stomach

The Chamber of Pharmacists in Lower Saxony, Germany, warned that taking over-the-counter painkillers excessively or for extended periods could lead to serious side effects on the stomach and kidneys.

It explained that frequent use of anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen increases the risk of stomach ulcers and kidney damage. Excessive doses of paracetamol can also harm the liver.

The Chamber added that painkillers may interact with other medications, they can; for instance, negatively impact the effect of blood pressure-lowering drugs.

Alternative Methods

The Chamber pointed out alternative pain relief methods, one can try before resorting to medication, such as drinking enough fluids to help alleviate headaches, taking a warm bath, or using hot water bottles or heating pads to help relieve muscle, back or menstrual pain.

The Chamber concluded that if such measures do not relieve pain, it’s best to consult a doctor to determine the underline cause and take appropriate treatment on time.

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