Pain medication can be great especially just after surgery or at other times when it seems necessary. Even though pain medication can be good, there are many threats that pain medication poses. The biggest threat is addiction because it causes so many other problems. Like any drug, you can get addicted to it, and pain medication isn’t an exception.
Pain medication becomes a problem when you become addicted and you become addicted by using it too often. Doctors won’t give you more over a certain period of time, and addicts tend to use them up too fast, expecting more, then having withdrawal symptoms until the doctors will give them more. Withdrawal happens when you have been taking too much of the medication and then aren’t taking as much or any at all.
These symptoms aren’t only bad on your body, but on your emotional health as well. Like with any drug, withdrawal symptoms are hard on your emotions and cause you to become ornery, grumpy, and often violent. It is also not good for your body. Sometimes, withdrawing from painkillers can cause nausea, headache, vomiting, and even seizures. That’s why it should be taken in recommended safe doses.
A danger that you see often with painkiller addicts is overdose. Because they are addicted, it is easy for them to overdose, not knowing what will happen. Pain medication overdose can lead to liver damage and potential death. Overdose will also cause you to run out of pills too fast and you won’t be able to get anymore due to regulations and you will experience painful withdrawal symptoms.