Many people suffer from chronic pain. The pharmaceutical industry is of course very interested in this problem; the choice between different painkillers is enormous. The most well-known and used painkillers are aspirin and paracetamol. But these painkillers are not without problems!

Tolerance in painkillers

In the case of chronic pain, painkillers are often used for longer periods of time. After some time tolerance is built up, which means that even more painkillers will have to be used to reach the desired effects. The body gets used to the amount of the effective substance, which means complaints often return. This is very frustrating, definitely when the painkiller was first working so well.

Influence of other medication (interactions)

Some painkillers come with side effects when they are used in combination with other medicine. For example, aspirin is known to give side-effects when it is combined with anti-inflammatory drugs, such as the NSAIDs.

There are many other painkillers that can better not be combined with other medicine. In case you start using a new painkiller and also take other medicine, it is always smart to consult your doctor. Besides that, it is also always important to read the instructions that come with the medicine.

Side effects of NSAIDs and other painkillers

Almost all painkillers, such as ibuprofen-like drugs and other NSAIDs, but also come with annoying side effects. This can be harmful to your health. For instance diclofenac. This painkiller has a long list of side effects, such as swelling in tissues, disrupted fertility, memory problems, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, depression, and liver inflammation. This painkiller in combination with other medicine such as aspirin and antidepressants can also induce a higher chance to get stomach- and intestine complaints.

Safe painkillers?

If used during a short period of time, most painkillers are not dangerous. In chronic pain, painkillers are not a chronic solution, because they often come in time with annoying or even dangerous side effects.

PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. PEA suppresses pain and has no side effects. PEA has already been used for 40 years in patients with different (chronic) complaints and has been proved safe to use if the PEA-opt® quality mark is in place. In contrast to many other painkillers, there is no tolerance build up for PEA when used frequently.

PEA-opt® is a quality mark used exclusively for products that contain optimized palmitoylethanolamide (PEA). Optimized palmitoylethanolamide is natural PEA prepared by means of a modern patent for formulation. That’s why the PEA particles have a special quality, fineness and are finely distributed, enabling this product to optimally support the intake process in the body. This contributes to its effectiveness.

For pain relief and for inhibiting inflammation, most patients choose:

  • PEA capsules produced in the Netherlands by Russell
  • PEA tablets produced in Italy by Epitech

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