5 Myths About Painkillers You Need to Stop Believing

December 15, 2016

There are a lot of myths revolving around painkillers, mostly fueled by negativity. Whether there’s a pharmaceutical company trapped in a nasty scandal over one of their drugs or the paparazzi revealing that a celebrity had a secret addiction, painkillers have, for better or worse, received a bad reputation. There are some very common myths that contributed to the negative perception painkillers received. We’re going to debunk the five most common myths about painkillers, starting with: 

Myth 1: Painkillers kill the pain – don’t let the name fool you. Painkillers might help the pain subside, but they don’t target the root cause of your pain. For example, let’s say your left hamstring feels sorer than usual after a leg workout. You might take some aspirin so you don’t feel the pain anymore. But if you’re not using a foam roller, applying a cold compress, or resting your hamstring, the aspirin will not be effective. 

Myth 2: More painkillers = better results – This myth applies to any medication, not just painkillers. The reasoning behind this myth is that if take more of the prescribed dosage, the medication will be more effective and alleviate your symptoms quicker. But that’s just not how any medication works. You may experience faster relief by upping the dosage from say 1 pill to 2. But if you make it a habit of taking more medication than necessary, you will develop a tolerance for the drug and it will lose its effectiveness fast.

 Myth 3: Painkillers turn people into addicts – prescription pain medications are potentially addictive. But not everyone will fall victim to the addictive nature of prescription drugs. Every person has a different chemical makeup and will experience different reactions to taking these prescriptions. It doesn’t matter how long or short your prescription is; one prescription will not turn you into a painkiller addict. 

Myth 4: No consequences – Every painkiller has potential side effects. The possibility of experiencing those side effects is relatively small, so we usually don’t pay them much heed. But, if we continue taking painkillers after the prescription has been exhausted, the possibility of those side effects going into effect becomes even more likely. Don’t take painkillers if you don’t have to.

Myth 5: Avoid painkillers altogether – Painkillers are still effective for short-term treatment; there’s no need to be afraid of them. Before you begin a painkiller regimen, do as much research as possible. Talk to your doctor to get as much information as you can about different pain medication and techniques you can use. A good doctor will want you to get better, and they wouldn’t steer you to a direction where your initial pain is gone, but got replaced with something else thanks to painkillers. 

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