It’s estimated that 7.1 million adults in England take prescribed opioids or gabapentinoid pain medication.
Medications such as codeine, morphine and tramadol are often prescribed as a ‘quick fix’ after an injury or operation. However, these can lead to addiction and even death if they are misused or taken for a prolonged period of time.
Side effects can occur in up to four out of every five people taking pain medication
Side effects of pain medication include:
- Stomach pain and constipation
- Dizziness and falls
- Changes in personality
- Sexual problems
For more information about possible side effects of specific pain medications please visit nhs.uk
Many people don’t realise that there is a change in how our bodies process pain if it has been going on for longer than 3 months.