Non-narcotic painkillers are options that not only relieve pain, they’re safer than opiates so often prescribed. We’re sharing what works, why, and how it keeps you safe here.
Here’s a question for you: What is the most common form of effective pain relief used in America today? The answer? Non-narcotic painkillers.
And for good reason too.
Pain, whether we welcome it or not, is something we are all subject to at some point in our lives. And, the chances are probably high that we have all reached for some sort of medication to relieve that pain.
But, when we are looking to reduce pain effectively without the horrible, life-altering consequences of opioids, non-narcotic painkillers are where it’s at. And, they are not only proven; they’re powerful.
Pain is complex. It’s a multi-faceted issue with many considerations. And treatment options of all sorts come with benefits and risks.
We live in a hyper-medicated world. People in pain are faced with a quagmire of options. So, how can we be sure that we are following the right course for our pain?
In a world where prescription medications and narcotics abound, how can you be certain that your pain relief isn’t actually harming you in the long run?
Time to get informed and we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a deeper dive into the world of non-narcotic painkillers. You might be surprised by what you find.
The Problem With Painkillers
Pain is a protective mechanism that alerts your brain that damage of some kind has occurred somewhere. The problem with pain is that it’s subjective. Your pain is entirely unique to you.
But, that said, doctors are able to categorize degrees of pain. It can be:
Choosing to take medication to eliminate pain is a major decision.
Because all painkillers carry risks — even over the counter ones. Taken correctly, those risks can be counter-balanced but taken incorrectly, painkillers can be harmful.
Abuse of Painkillers
The abuse of painkillers is a huge concern in America today. In fact, painkiller abuse kills a substantial number of Americans each year.
And people can become addicted to painkillers in all their forms.
In many cases, people can be lured into a false sense of security when prescribed medication. They may think that because the drug comes from a doctor that means it’s safe and nonaddictive. Of course, this is not the case at all.
In truth, most pain, though deeply unpleasant is short lived. For many people, pain ranging from mild to moderate can be managed very effectively using non-narcotic painkillers.
Why Narcotics Are Not The Answer
Narcotics are often the go-to choice for severe forms of pain but they are not without controversy. We know them in the following forms:
In reality, though they work to reduce pain, narcotics are the most abused drug in America today.
They pose a myriad of different dangers – even when used under strict medical supervision. There is always a high risk of physical dependence developing and subsequent risk of addiction.
Aside from the horrific withdrawal symptoms that occur when a person tries to come off narcotics, many additional dangers can become evident with prolonged use.
Some Side Effects of Narcotics
- Chronic constipation
- Abdominal Pain
- Liver damage
- Brain damage
Though opiates may have a role to play in some pain management strategies, there is a better way to manage mild to moderate pain.
Non-narcotic painkillers may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The Non-Narcotic Painkillers You Need to Know About
Non-narcotic painkillers or analgesics as they often known, come in three common forms:
- Simple Non-Opioid Analgesics
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Compound Analgesics
Let’s take a close look at how each category can help manage pain.
1. Simple Non-Opioid Analgesics
Acetaminophen – Commonly bought as Tylenol
Acetaminophen is an incredibly effective over the counter painkiller. It is well tolerated by almost everyone and there are very little side effects. Even pregnant and breastfeeding women can take doses of Tylenol of up to 2000mg per day.
Excessive use – doses higher than 4000mg a day – can damage the liver. But, taken responsibly in the correct dosage, this drug works extremely well to relieve pain.
Tylenol comes in 500mg tablets or in liquid form for children.
It is usually taken in doses 2 x 500mg tablets up tp 4 times a day.
2. Non – Steroidal Anti – Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Ibuprofen – Most Commonly bought as Aspirin or Advil or Brufen
These medications can be bought over the counter too. They are painkillers with the added benefit of an anti-inflammatory effect. They help to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce pain.
They can be used alone or in combination with other simple or compound analgesics, though it’s important to note that children and young people under 16 should never take these medications.
Ibuprofen can also come in gels and creams that you can rub directly onto the affected area of your body.
The usual dose of Advil is 200-400mg up to 4 times a day with food.
Note of caution about Aspirin: Sometimes, Aspirin can cause stomach related problems so it is best to avoid if you have indigestion, heartburn or a history of stomach ulcers.
It can make asthma worse and it has been known to cause allergic reactions. Best to stick with Advil in those cases.
3. Compound Analgesics
These medications are a combination of two different drugs and they can be used in the relief of mild to moderate pain.
The most commonly used drugs in compound analgesics are:
These drugs are commonly used because they cause fewer, less severe side-effects. Some are available over the counter, while others are available on prescription.
Co-codamol – codeine and acetaminophen combined (Tylenol with codeine)
Co-codaprin – codeine and aspirin combined (Aspirin with codeine)
Co-dydramol – dihydrocodeine and acetaminophen (Trezix, Panlor DC)
Pain Relief Without Narcotics
So, there you have it – the full lowdown on the most effective, non-narcotic painkillers to help relieve your pain.
Having to manage pain is a tough enough predicament to be in, right? You certainly don’t want to have to manage the side effects of narcotics too.
If being in pain is causing you further pain somewhere down the road, your pain management strategy is not working. Period.
Maybe it’s time for a review? Maybe it’s time to try a new approach?