painkiller


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painkiller

(pān′kĭl′ər)
n.
An agent, such as an analgesic drug, that relieves pain.

pain′kill′ing adj.

painkiller

, pain killer (pān′kil″ĕr)
A colloquial term for a medication or a procedure that decreases a patient's discomfort caused by pain or alleviates hurtful or unpleasant sensations.
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Painkiller abuse can be prevented by proper disposal of unused prescription drugs, Dr.
Also, continual use of painkillers can make you feel depressed and unwell, but people do not recognise this is what is causing them to feel low and will blame their original ailment and step up the dosage of the painkillers.
By doing this they reduce the chances of unwittingly putting their own or their family's health at risk - a reality highlighted by the fact that although 89% of respondents knew that painkillers can be unsuitable for some people with, for example, heart problems, over 40% did not know which ones.
Two hundred fifty-nine million prescriptions for opoids, narcotic painkillers, OxyContin, Opana and methadone were written out in 2012, noted CDC.
Many consider prescription painkillers to be safer to use, because they are prescribed by a doctor, nurse practitioner or dentist.
Also Thursday, Shumlin released a letter to the Canadian ambassador in Washington urging that country to require drug companies to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.
Always ensure you closely read the patient information leaflet to check if the painkiller you have may affect your driving if you are unsure ask your pharmacist.
Summary: Making over the counter painkillers a habit could bring more pain, doctors warn
Experts say painkillers are seen as an "easy option" rather than diagnosing and treating underlying causes of pain or injury.
Earlier this year, Omega Pharma acquired a number of European over-the-counter brands of British pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline (LON:GSK), including the Soldapeine painkiller.
He added a number of medicines used for treating depression, anxiety and epilepsy are forms of painkiller as well - and this could make assessing the cost of painkillers complicated.