You return home from work. Your back is paining from being perched in front of your office computer all day long. You feel fever pangs in your head. There is a good many chances that you’ll reach out to the bedside cabinet and pull out the strip of these chalk white tablets and gulp one in.
Paracetamol, also called Acetaminophen, works like a placebo in millions of households. Since its discovery in early 1960s, it is being used to treat pains occurring from fever, colds, toothache, osteoarthritis, back pain and even cancer. Its effect lasts for 2 to 4 hours. However, for a pain relief of few hours that too in cheap a cost, not many know that their bodies will have to face some side effects that can last even for lifetime. Yes, in recent years, scientists have been deeply questioning the effects of these pain relieving pills. Many researches and surveys conducted on the topic say that though the use of this pain killer is considered safe, if used over long term, its impact can be dangerous to health. Let’s find out.
Side Effects of Using Paracetamol
1. Skin Reactions
The painkiller can cause allergic reactions leading to rashes, pointed red spots, swelling, and hives or itching. Paracetamol consumption can also cause sores, ulcers and white spots on lips. It is generally advised to avoid the medicine if a person’s skin is prone to allergies or if he had been previously affected by any skin disorder.
2. Weakening Immune System
Due to an army of cells employed in adapting the medicine substances, the immune system falls short of fighting agents to fight pain as well as the adverse effect of the medicine. This can lead to Thrombocytopenia (decrease in the number of platelets in the blood), leucopenia (lack of white blood cells) or anemia (less number of red blood cells).
3. Abnormal Bowel Movements
The symptoms of Paracetamol taking effect on body starts to show long after a regular dosage over time. Bloody urine, cloudy urine and blackish blood stools are some of the symptoms prevalent in patients. The patients may also feel difficulty in passing urine or even it may not be passed for almost a day.
Tiredness and fatigue are some of the immediate effects of the medicine. The patient may feel nausea with yellow eyes and yellowish skin.
5. Heart Failure
Though thousands of general practitioners still prescribe Paracetamol for osteoarthritis, people should become aware of the fact that high dosage of the painkiller over years can severely affect one’s cardiovascular system. It can put on a risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage and kidney failure too.
6. Overdose Emergency
One doesn’t necessarily count putting in pills while being busy with pain but think twice, the overdose can actually be fatal. It is mostly associated with loss of appetite, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal swelling or even death.
7. In Pregnant Women
Doctors, generally suggest women to take Paracetamol for suppressing the labor pains. However, it has been scientifically proven that Paracetamol can significantly decrease the levels of antioxidants in the baby thereby putting him on a risk of various problems especially asthma.
Pain doesn’t last for long. It surely passes away. And to bear pain for a few moments is always better than suffering for lifetime. Think again before you slip in this painkiller tablet in your mouth next time.