Analgesic Pain Relievers Kill More Than Pain

Over-the-counter medications aren’t always as safe as you think. Below we’ll talk about some of the health risks and why you should avoid them to protect your health.

For years now, the public and their doctors have viewed over the counter pain relievers as a safe solution to discomfort, cold symptoms, and various types of illness.  The facts, however, consistently reveal that these medications are far from being safe or even effective long term.

The most commonly used drugs are analgesic painkillers.  They just made the scientific news again when researchers determined that they cause renal (kidney) cancer.

Analgesic drugs – also known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) – increase the risk of renal cancer by 51 per cent, and the risk increases the longer you take them.

Aspirin is the only NSAID that doesn’t cause renal cancer, say researchers from Harvard Medical School, but does increase serious risk of gastrointestinal disturbance and bleeding. The risk was discovered only when researchers carried out a health profile of 77,525 women and 49,403 men.

Many common analgesics are available as over-the-counter treatments without a prescription, and so people need to understand the cancer risk associated with them before they start taking them, say the researchers.

Tylenol (acetaminophen) was already known as a leading cause of kidney failure and prescription painkillers end up causing a host of dangerous illness and are a major threat to addiction.

This information about NSAIDs is more bad news for those individuals and families that use pain relievers at home.  The light at the end of the tunnel is that people would focus on getting healthy, rather than reaching to chemical solutions.  As more and more research shows the inherent dangers of painkillers of all kinds, it will hopefully give people even more of a reason to look for real, natural solutions to being well.

 (Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011; 171: 1487).  13 September 2011