Many Patients With Chronic Pain May Use Too Much Over-The-Counter Medicines
A new survey postulates that chronic pain sufferers omit the prescribed instructions of dosing for over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) medications and may be at peril for using too much OTCs than prescribed and instructed.
Overdosing of these OTCs can cause serious adverse effects like, liver damage, ulcers, stomach bleeding and even death as per American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). NSAIDs such as Aspirin, Naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are some of the commonly available OTCs in the market.
According to Dr. Byron Cryer, councillor-at-large at the AGA Institute and associate dean at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, said, "Pain is incredibly personal, but taking more than the recommended dose of OTC pain medicine can cause significant stomach and intestinal damage, among other complications".
However, with the aid of survey research, it came to know that 38% people had no idea about NSAIDs usage i.e two or more pain killers may lead to increment of various heath hazards and risks. Many doctors conveyed that the patients with chronic pain take over the counter drugs at higher dose than recommended even for longer period of time. In addition to this, medical practitioners add on that, such patients do not build the link between the pain killers and the symptoms of overdosing. Survey also put light on 66% of chronic pain patients who had been troubled with pain for about 2 years or more and just 12% of chronic pain patients had been recognized with chronic pain.
In accordance to news release, chronic pain patients should never attempt to indulge in the management of their pain by their own with the help of OTC medications. If a person come across with such chronic or severe pains, have a communication with your clinician about this particular pain and disclose all the medications which you already consuming them and properly go along with the all the labels of medicines and at one time, should have only one OTC.