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What are the disadvantages of excessive use of painkillers?


What are the disadvantages of excessive use of painkillers?

The Anesthesia and Resuscitation Specialist Prof. stated that the persistence of pain in some patients due to the frequent use of medications used to treat pain is called drug-induced headache.

 “If combination analgesics, which are medicines used for headaches, are used in amounts greater than 10 per month, and other analgesics are used in amounts greater than 15, and the headache does not subside despite treatment, other causes of headache should be investigated. And headaches caused by excessive drug use should be on the agenda."

7 percent of the population use painkillers once a week

Noting that studies have shown that analgesics are used excessively and unnecessary all over the world, especially in third world countries, and that according to the data, 1-3 percent of the general population uses analgesics every day, while 7 percent uses analgesics once every day. least a week. This is a serious health problem worldwide.

Some migraine sufferers use unnecessary medications

 “Although most migraine patients do not have frequent attacks, they use medications unnecessarily because they fear that the migraine will cause a loss of ability to work or impair their social activities. This risk is more pronounced with analgesics combined with caffeine or codeine used in the treatment of migraines,” he said. Migraine or tension headache.

Emphasizing that another important condition associated with chronic headaches is pain in other parts of the body such as fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint disease, and back/lower back pain. Doctor. Beyaz, it has been shown that there is a two-way relationship between chronic headache and musculoskeletal pain. He stressed that the main objective should be to prevent this situation, which causes financial losses and a deterioration in the quality of life.

Trigeminal neuralgia may not even make you eat

Noting that the treatment of conditions such as migraine, which is common in the community, and fifth neuralgia, which is characterized by severe attacks of pain that impair the quality of daily life, even if rare, can be prevented by good treatment, A. Doctor. White said:

According to the international classification of headache, trigeminal neuralgia (TN); It is defined as sudden onset, abrupt end, short-term electric shock-like pain, recurrent and unilateral pain. The pain is limited to one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. It can also be caused by harmless stimuli such as touch or eating. Secondary episodes of pain, which are very severe, can prevent patients from eating and brushing their teeth.

Therefore, imaging of the brain and blood vessels should be performed. When drug therapy is insufficient, radiofrequency can be applied to the Gasser ganglion, a special nerve ball at the base of the skull, in appropriate patients. If you have daily headaches and have been using daily pain relievers or migraine medications for a long time, see your doctor for differential diagnosis and treatment.