What are the consequences of taking analgesics?

Regardless of whether we are dealing with headache, toothache, cold or abdominal pain, more and more often we solve the problem by using drugs with analgesic effect. The question of how many tablets of this effect we are able to take during a month is only seemingly a banal question. Sometimes it is worth to think about whether we should start making calculations, because their results can be a big surprise for us. But do we have something to fear, and therefore, do we need to change our habits?

Poles and analgesics

The popularity of analgesics in Poland can be associated with their availability. Their purchase is possible even if you do not have a prescription. What's more, you can come into their possession even by visiting a grocery store. This means that we reach for them often without thinking about the consequences that such practices may have for us.

Interestingly, when we receive a prescription from a doctor, we usually show much greater caution. You should read the package leaflet carefully and not only should you know about any side effects, but also analyse them. We can therefore ask ourselves what is the reason for our carelessness, which so often makes itself felt when we reach for painkillers. When interviewers ask our fellow countrymen about what makes them so often resort to pain relievers, they usually hear assurances that such medicines are safe, which can be best demonstrated by their availability. However, every year there are even several hundred cases of drug poisoning. There are no completely safe drugs and it is good to be aware of that.


When paracetamol is discussed, we can often see how many people think it is a completely safe drug. It is hard to even guess where such a conviction comes from, although there are many indications that to some extent the advertisements of the appearing media are responsible for them. Knowledge of this active substance is worryingly low. Alarming is the belief that it has an anti-inflammatory effect, which accompanies many people. We also do not remember that paracetamol has an adverse effect on liver cells, and even five percent of the doses taken are not metabolised by the body. The neutralization process in each patient is slightly different, but very often we are dealing with cases of accumulation of a harmful metabolite in patients' livers.


Ibuprofen is a drug that is not only analgesic and antipyretic, but also anti-inflammatory. It is the most popular non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug on the market today. If it is so effective, why should I be careful when using it? There are at least a few reasons for this, but the foreground is that it has an irritating effect on the gastrointestinal tract. If you take it once in a while, nothing bad should happen, but if you use it for a long time, you should take into account both irritation of the mucous membrane and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. It is also a dangerous drug for people struggling with kidney, liver and heart diseases, while ibuprofen may also be dangerous for asthmatics. More and more often, it is not the best solution for couples trying to have a baby, because it can make it difficult to get pregnant.