Most of us suffer from pain at one time or another. This could be anything from a headache to a migraine, muscular pain, back pain or stomach cramps. Often we will take a tablet that we have in the house, but it is important to make sure that we are doing the right thing.
- Types Of Pills:
There are many types of pain killers, Most of them will block the pain but others will reduce inflammation as well. If you have an injury then the anti-inflammatory is probably the best choice, but for other pain it is not wise to use these as they can raise blood pressure. Some pain killers can lead to stomach problems as well.
It is therefore a good idea to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you take any pills for pain. You need to make sure that they are safe. You need to check the dosage as well to find out how many you can take and how often and if you think you will need to take several types then find out whether this is safe as well.
If you have a medical condition or are taking any other medication, then it is especially important to make sure that it is safe for you to take the tablets. It is also wise to read the inserted leaflet and look at the potential side effects so that you can look out for those, just in case you have a bad reaction to them.
- When To See A GP:
If you have never taken painkillers before, then it can be a good idea to check with a GP before you do. You should also check with them if you have a medical condition or are taking anything else.
You may find that over the counter medicine is not strong enough to help you. Then you should see your GP. Also if the pain lasts longer than a few days or does not start to get better, then it is best to get medical help.
A GP will be able to examine you and find out what is causing the pain. They will know what type of pain killer will work best and they will also be able to prescribe something stringer than you can get at a chemist, if you think that you need it.
- Natural Remedies:
There are people that feel that they would rather take natural remedies rather than medication. It is important to note that many medications are based on natural products. It is also important to understand that natural remedies have not undergone the same testing as medicines so there is less guarantees that they will work. They do not come with a leaflet with side effects on, but they can cause them. They may also react with other medication that you take or not be safe if you have a medical condition. It is wise to check with your GP before taking them if you have any concerns or doubts at all. Do not rely on the advice of people in the health food shops as they are not trained doctors.
Rachel is a freelance blogger who occasionally contributes resourceful articles to Medisato.