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How to safely use painkillers?

According to the statistics, the average Pole takes analgesics 7 times a month. A significant amount of analgesics and supplements makes Poles willing to use chemical substances to relieve pain and all kinds of ailments. How to safely use painkillers to avoid unnecessary side effects?

Users of OTC drugs assume that they cannot cause any adverse effects if they are available to all. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a leaflet in every package of a painkiller or dietary supplement that shows a list of possible side effects. How, then, can measures be taken to avoid complications?

Painkillers - how to use them?

Before you buy any painkiller, check the composition of the painkiller. The active substance is present in every product, but the medicine may have different names, often associated with it. Therefore, before purchasing it is recommended to read the leaflet and the active substance in order to prevent the use of two drugs of the same or similar composition. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist who will help you precisely adjust the active ingredient. The vast majority of analgesics contain paracetamol or ibuprofen. The first substance has an analgesic and antipyretic effect. The second one has an anti-inflammatory effect. Ibuprofen is considered to be much stronger and therefore more harmful to the stomach.

Rules on the use of analgesics

It is best to swallow pain pills right after eating with clean water. It is estimated that an average painkiller starts to work 30-60 minutes after taking it. Specialists recommend taking the preparation before the appearance of climactic pain.

Painkillers should be drunk with lukewarm water, preferably boiled water. All other beverages such as coffee, tea and gas can affect the action of the medicine and can harm it. Medicines cannot be combined with spirits as they can damage the liver. This combination is able to reduce blood clotting and increase the risk of internal bleeding.

When taking painkillers, make sure you can drive a car. Some drugs impair psychomotor performance and slow down the reaction. The most popular over-the-counter pain relievers do not require you to stop driving your car or perform tasks with high concentration.