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Prescription Illness: treatment and addiction
After the cure becomes the problem, the rise of pharmaceutical opioids.
It found 17 percent of individuals consuming paracetamol-codeine pills and 9 percent of the taking pills have surpassed the recommended maximum dosage of six pills each day.
“If it is not under doctor supervision, taking higher doses of something such as ibuprofen or aspirin, you’re at a greater risk of esophageal disease, stomach ulcers and poor indigestion,” said the nonprofit’s CEO Lynne Weekes.
“Paracetamol is really really toxic once you get to certain doses, impacting people’s livers in ways that are not readily reversible, and people are able to die.”
As codeine can lead to dependency and increase the intake of aspirin, which in high amounts can harm the kidneys, stomach and 37, pills, like Nurofen Plus, are of particular concern.
The poll of a thousand Australians discovered millennials are twice as likely as Baby Boomers to get painkillers.
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“Millennials are probably using it to manage symptoms that are inconvenient and out of acute conditions,” explained Ms Weekes.
“They’re under a great deal of pressure in their office and they don’t want to take some time off work, but they shouldn’t be exceeding the recommended dose”
Millennials were discovered to be more inclined than Baby Boomers to mix alcohol and prescription painkillers and also to exchange prescription drugs.
Dr Suzanne Nielsen, by the National Drug and Alcohol Centre, said that study showed about 5 percent of Australians had mistreated medication in the past calendar year.
It showed three including opiates reported Donating codeine products like Nurofen Plus and four in 10 reported misusing prescription codeine products like Panadeine Forte.
“If you examine our overdose statistics of pharmaceutical opioids, we see that there are increasing numbers and some of the big contributors to that are combining opioids with other sedatives such as alcohol, benzodiazepine and sleeping pills,” she explained.
“We know that may be a dangerous combination and it is something that we care against.”
Ric Day, Professor of Pharmacology at St Vincent’s Hospital, urged anyone who recognized they took medication see the NPS Medicinewise site and to talk with their doctor or pharmacist.
He said the fact than recommended indicated that their requirements weren’t being correctly managed, so many Australians were taking painkillers.
“If you take a look at individuals with spinal pain, we know that medicines are just a component of the solution, and people know that things such as maintaining moving rather than lying down and losing weight may assist,” he explained.
“Sometimes with spine pain, the chance of completely eliminating it is unlikely, but the point is that you can live a useful and joyful and rewarding life, while still placing medication in its right location.”
The NPS Medicinewise survey revealed alcohol was drunk by 30 percent of Australians after taking prescription pain relief drugs wanted to enjoy themselves and avoid a headache.
“It seemed like people occasionally took pain relief to avoid a headache and that’s certainly not going to work really well because these medicines are just going to operate for six to eight hours so probably by the time you actually get the headache you will need a different dose,” explained Ms Weekes.
“There were also people who already had a headache and took it as a preventative step, and we urge they give themselves a bit of a gap, a couple of hours, particularly with aspirin as it can upset the gut.”