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Painkiller Addiction - Effects and Reasons of taking Painkillers

Updated on December 13, 2013
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Effects of Pain Pills Addiction

Can one get addicted to Pain killers? The answer is ‘yes’. When one becomes dependent on Pain killers and cannot do without it then it can be called a Painkiller Addiction. Believe it or not many people are addicted to painkillers like Aspirin and Dispirin without even knowing of the dangers. Pain killer abuse or addiction needs immediate help before it’s too late. I have already written hubs on the reasons why one should Quit Smoking or Stop Consuming Alcohol . Pain killer also could become such a  habit which may end up having dangerous consequences. But no need to lose hope as you can get out of this habit by following the steps which I would write about in this hub too.

Talking of Dispirin Addiction, I had a friend who popped dispirin into her mouth two at a time at the slightest sign of pain. She would not take water to swallow Dispirin, but would keep the tablets under her tongue and allow it to dissolve. She calls Dispirin her magic medicine for all sort of pains, be it a head ache, stomach ache, tooth ache or joints pain. She told me that no other medicine would work for her even if she tried. One day I noticed her putting 2 pills to her mouth even when she did not have any pain and when I asked her she told me that she would get a headache after some time and that she is having the tablet to prevent it from appearing. She also told me that there were days when she took 8 dispirins on a single day and that she has become too much dependent on this Pain Killer and that she likes the taste of Dispirin. She further told me that she has been taking this painkiller almost every day for over a year. After having a talk with her she admitted that she needs help to come out of the habit. And she conquered the habit too! It takes a strong commitment but believe me it is possible.

Addictions to Painkillers, Alcohol etc happens because one suppresses or shuts down the body’s production of endorphins which are natural opiate pain killers by taking pain killers. And when this happens one starts to crave for the drug that replaced the endorphins with. Your body needs the endorphins. Addictions to Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety and Pain Pills can cause serious health issues. It is said that 1000 tablets of a painkiller in a lifetime can lead to kidney failure. Pregnant Woman should avoid taking aspirin as there is an increased risk of miscarriage and can affect the baby's growth and may slightly increase the risk of a placental abruption. Sometimes it can delay labor and increase the risk of heart and related lung problems in the child and bleeding complications for the mother and the child. Children also should not be aspirin or dispirin. I recall reading in a forum that a 4 year child after having dispirin (the major ingredient of dispirin is aspirin too) had a lung collapse and went into coma. Even for adults, Consumption of these pills can lead to incessant bleeding or ulceration and can destroy the immune system. One of the main effects of taking Aspirin is diluting the blood. In the long run ladies who are addicted can have irregular and prolonged Menstruation. Other side effects of pills include Heartburn, nausea, stomach ulcers, ringing sensation in ears, worsening of asthma, skin rashes, blood disorders, stomach upsets, drowsiness, dry mouth, urinary retention, constipation, liver problems, hair loss, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, impotence, inability to sleep, constipation etc.

Addictions to Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety and Pain Pills can cause serious health issues. It is said that 1000 tablets of a painkiller in a lifetime can lead to kidney failure.
Addictions to Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety and Pain Pills can cause serious health issues. It is said that 1000 tablets of a painkiller in a lifetime can lead to kidney failure. | Source

Reasons for Pain Pill Addiction and Cure

Why do people get addicted to Pain Pills, Antidepressant and Sedatives etc?

Too much of anything is poison. This is also the case with medicines. When one becomes addicted to pills it is a case where the cure becomes a disease. It is observed that people get addicted to all sort of medicines be it a pain killer, antidepressant, sedative, antacid or even a cough syrup. In majority of the cases the addiction starts when people start treating themselves. The easy availability of drugs over the counter without prescription or governmental control is another reason for this addiction. Many times ignorance about the side effects makes people consume such medicines for longer periods of time.

How can a Pain Pill addiction be cured?

First of all, the patient has to undergo a complete detoxification to get rid of toxins in the body. Once that is done itself there would be a noticeable improvement in the condition of patient. Read more on the Importance of Detoxification .

The second step is to exercise self control and making some changes in their way of living. This includes going into a healthy diet and exercising. Meditation, running, yoga, walking etc are good practices and can be included in the changes. If one can follow the lifestyle of ancestors it would be good.

The Third step is turning to Nature . Nature has a cure for every illness or health condition. Moreover treatments like homeopathy, ayurveda etc have no side effects.

If you are addicted to the pill it is time that you control your addiction than allowing the pill to control you. Seek help of experts and get rid of this health condition permanently.

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© 2009 Anamika S Jain


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  • Pranab Nayak1 profile image

    Pranab Kishor Nayak 

    7 years ago from Bangalore

    Hi Friends , from two months I am suffering with some nerve pain in my both knees ,hip and foot .So incase of heavy pain I used to take pain killer (voveran sr 100) tablet and very soon I am going for permanent treatment. Now more fifteen days I have to wait for my treatment .if I will take one pain killer in a day ,is it harmful to me?

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    chante williams 

    8 years ago

    im 15 years old and im addicted to taking tylenol and ibuprofens. it started when i was 13. at first i never took them until i really hurt. and then i started taking it faster and more. now every morning i get up and take 2 tylenols 2 ibuprofen 200s and again that night before i go to sleep. i haven't told my parents because they only see me do it when im in real pain and when they're looking i only take one of each. i know its bad for me but i cant stop taking them its become an unbreakable habit its lyk breathing and waking up in the morning for me. i don't think about it now. ive tried and are currently trying to wuit but when i do i get depressed and have severe head aches which only make me go back to using it. i don't know what to do or how to make it easier. i need help but im scared...

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    Stwart Jenssen 

    8 years ago

    These days; where everyone seems to be in some sort of a race; and hardly appears a touching reason to devote much of tI’me and patience for healing a pain that directly blocks the natural flow of working stamina for an individual. They automatically tend to take some pills or tablets that are meant for releasing the agonies that a human body suffers in promise with some quick relief. In the process for achieving such demanding stages; people tend to start using pain killers to get rid of undeserving aches.

    But eventually they develop the pain pill addiction which appears more severe and hazardous than the actual body ache; if taken for long run. In fact; they start getting drowned in the quagmire of the pain pill addiction phenomena. On this date there are many such tablets and capsules like Klonopin, Xanax, Oxycodone, Darvocet and Vicodin; that people by using have develop the habit of taking them more often than honestly required to erase pain casued due to any concerning minor ailments.

    Source : Findrxonline blog

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    Janell Massey 

    8 years ago


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    9 years ago

    im adducted to everything. it seems to be that im looking for a quick fix all of the time. mostly nhs deugs. today i had a very hard day. and all i long for is my bed tonight, even though iv went back twice today alresdy. and wheb i get der i no ill not sleep. so its hard bn an addict.

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    9 years ago

    It has no sense to take an aspirin to prevent a heart attack if we are healthy, as it has no sense to take a painkiller to prevent a pain. We tend to think that for every little disorder there is a drug that runs to our aid. We have to change our attitude: perhaps that little disorder is our body that speaks to us and we will put it to silence with an aspirin!

    Thanks for your Hub, interesting and very stimulating.


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    nikitha p 

    9 years ago from India

    Very informative hub! I liked it.

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    10 years ago

    dumb addicts, i'm blowing this joint noww. hehehe byye

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    Marc Woodard 

    10 years ago from Portland, Oregon

    Good write, One must be leary of anything manmade, especially pharmaceuticals. Secondary health risks to those unknowingly susceptible to disease predisposition through pharmaceutical use "can" cause great pain disease adversity.

    Although I agree with the previous comment "1000 pills most likely won't cause many to get kidney failure," there is a probability of kidney failure, just like any other susceptible weakened state organs, tissue, muscle, bone, etc. I think the key point is moderation with anything. Abuse & addiction seem to nip many on the back side.

    Again, good write.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the Opinion jayb23, ratnaveera, Charia and Saurabh.

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    11 years ago

    Yes, Anamika is absolutely right. One of my cousins was in the same situation and she had to gothrough Therapy to get rid of the addiction. Great Article Anamika, I gave you a thumbs up for your efforts in educating the society.

  • Charia Samher profile image

    Charia Samher 

    11 years ago

    Daily intake of painkiller? Oh that's scary, it's a good thing your friend have gotten it out of her system. Great post!

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    11 years ago from Cumbum

    Most of the pain killers are dangerous as they can cause liver damage in overdoses. To avoid such thing we need natural remedies than synthetic ones. Thanks for great and informative hub, Anamika!

  • jayb23 profile image


    11 years ago from India

    Wonderful tips and an excellent hub. These tips r really useful and it is imperative we don't get too addicted to these drugs. Cheers

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the nice comments fortunerep.

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    Dori S Matte 

    11 years ago from Hillsborough

    The hubs you write are so informative and helpful, thanks for that!


  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the Comment Jyoti Kothariji. I hope that i am of help.

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    Jyoti Kothari 

    11 years ago from Jaipur

    hi Anamika,

    Nice tips. People are going addicted and your tips can save them. thumbs up. Keep writing.

    Jyoti Kothari

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Yes, I agree with you Army Infantry Mom. Awareness is the best medicine. Thanks for the Comments.

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    Army Infantry Mom 

    11 years ago

    I can vouch for the side effects related to pain killers. Last year I was diganosed with a very rare neurological spine disease (Tarlov) and I have been on almost everything and every single one of them left me with side effects. One must be very careful and use only when absolutly needed. For the ones who gets hooked on them, and eats them like candy, I feel very sorry for them, for when the liver is effected quality of life is disminished,.I seen it happen first hand to a lady I knew. Great hub Anamika,..Awareness is the best medicine.

  • shamelabboush profile image


    11 years ago

    I did visit a doctor but there was no particular cause. He said it's bcz of the hectic, fast-paced life! Well, he is right!!! Nowadays, headache follows you everywhere, but thanks for the tip though. :)

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thank you for the visit Philipo. Shamelabboush : Since the headache is regular rather than treating yourself I think you need to visit a Doctor.

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    11 years ago

    I have this recurring headache every week and I don't know why? May be bcz of sleep disorder? Anyway, I am used to take aspirin now every week bcz the pain sometimes can prevent you from anything. Great hub dear.

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    11 years ago from Nigeria

    Thanks for this hub. It is very educative. Too much of anything including food is bad.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the visit bala99. You are right there. As i have mentioned in the hub the problem arises when one takes overdosage over a period of time.

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    Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 

    11 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

    A daily dose of aspirin prevents heart attack by controlling blood clots. Blood clotting time should be monitored as well as the platelet count. People have died because of unmonitored usage of aspirin, resulting in hemorrhage.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for expressing your Opinion Timoty Griffy and anujagarwal.

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    Anuj Agarwal 

    11 years ago from Noida

    Nice and very informative hub.

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    Timothy Griffy 

    11 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

    "It is said that 1000 tablets of a painkiller in a lifetime can lead to kidney failure." This may be said, but that doesn't make it true. If true, there would be a lot more people with kidney failure than there really are. Too many painkillers over a lifetime may lead to kidney failure, but a mere 1000 tablets won't do it.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the Comment Connie. Yes, Aspirin can have such consequences. Anything in moderation and with Doctors advice is okay. I have heard that people can lose their power of hearing too if they are consuming for longer periods.

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    Connie Smith 

    11 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

    In the US, many doctors recommend a low dosage aspirin daily to guard against heart attack. Still, over consuming any type of medication is very hard on the liver. Aspirin also causes Reyes Syndrome in teens (which is deathly) and one kid in our neighborhood actually died from it back in the day. Keep up the good work, Anamika. This was a very informative hub.


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