Pain Relief Patches
Every day, people are involved into different activities. That’s why there would be times that they encounter body pain. Usually, when people experiencing body pain, they use pain relief patches.Anyone would say that body pain is really awful! It willdisturb you and affect your daily activities. Strenuous physical lifestyle is the common cause of body pain. In order to ease the pain, you must relax your body, take some medicine, and/or use pain relief patch like Salonpas. Thankfully, you can bring pain relief patches anywhere.Well, these are truly useful in relieving the pain. In fact, there are
Different types of pain killers or patches:
•Mild pain - Mild painkillers are paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Brufen®, Neurofen®), diclofenac sodium (Voltarol®) or celecoxib (Celebrex®).
•Moderate pain – This is the weak opioid painkillers for example: dihydrocodeine (DF118 Forte®, DHC Continus®), codeine phosphate or tramadol.
•Severe pain - This is a strong opioid painkillers. Examples are: morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or diamorphine.
Although there are pain killers that help relief different kinds of pain, it would be better that you visit a doctor. It would be good that a drug or any pain relievers are prescribed by a doctor. For example, if you’re taking a mild painkiller such as paracetamol but you are still getting pain, or if your pain gets worse, your doctor should prescribe a weak opioid (moderate) painkiller such as dihydrocodeine, codeine phosphate or tramadol. If the pain still isn’t controlled or if it increases, your doctor could then prescribe a strong opioid painkiller.
As a matter of fact, too much use of pain killers might lead to different side effects. For example for strong opioid painkillers, you may encounter:
• Drowsiness. It happens within a few days once you’re used to the dose. Taking alcohol may increase drowsiness, so don’t drink alcohol!
• Feeling tired. Painkillers may also make you feel tired. It is advisable that you should not go to work and drive if you feel this symptom.
• Constipation. All strong opioid painkillers cause constipation. If you’re taking strong painkillers, you should also take a laxative throughout your treatment. Some laxatives soften stools and make them easier to pass while others stimulate the bowel to push the stools along more quickly. A combination of these two types is often best at preventing constipation.
• Sickness. You may feel sick when you first start taking strong opioid painkillers, so you may need to take an anti-sickness (anti-emetic) drug for at least the first week of treatment. If you have sickness that doesn’t settle after 7 days, let your doctor know. Changing to another strong painkiller may help stop the sickness.
• Dry mouth. These drugs can causedry mouth, which can be a nuisance. This symptom can be relieved by drinking plenty of liquids. Chewing gum can also help.
• Other effects. If the dose of a strong opioid painkiller is too high, it can cause symptoms such as marked drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations (seeing things that are not real), slow and deep breathing, and low blood pressure, which may make you feel dizzy or faint. Let your doctor know straightaway if you experience any of these effects.