In modern-day medicine, painkillers ranging from the most basic Acetaminophen to the strongest form of Morphine have become staples of pain management across the world. Painkillers are generally considered to be a good thing. They help to alleviate irritating headaches, sore muscles, and reduce fever temperatures (Motrin and Tylenol). The benefits of painkillers greatly outweigh the risks; however, when used incorrectly, they can become dangerous and, in a worse case scenario, deadly.
One common, non-prescription painkiller is Aleve, which has a tendency to create stomach ulcers when taken without eating anything beforehand. At least for someone leading a busy lifestyle, it can be all too easy to catch a headache, and take a pill without eating a granola bar. When your head hurts that bad, you do not think twice about painkillers floating around in your empty stomach, attacking your stomach lining.
Just like all good things, too many painkillers are a bad thing. Naturally, our bodies develop resistance to anything we are exposed to, painkillers included. The more you use painkillers, the more your body becomes accustomed to them. Essentially, you can develop an addiction to drugs like hydrocodone simply by taking so much Advil that it does not work anymore.
As the author of this article, I urge you to get in contact with a doctor if you have developed an addiction to painkillers or any other substance. If you are caught in the trap of addiction, 1-800-662-HELP is an addiction hotline. Please take care of yourselves, everyone.