• Breast Reduction

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title Painkillers Vs. Recovery
Name optima date 2011-11-03

1. Painkillers are like a double-edged sword.

The less they are used, the better. It may be necessary for rest, but it could interrupt recovery.

2. The three general side effects of painkillers are drowsiness, nausea, and constipation.

When drowsiness, nausea, and constipation occur, it is incapacitating.

3. If incapacitated, recovery takes longer and becomes more difficult.

To move does not mean very actively, but enough to keep up with daily life.

4. Before taking painkillers, you should always eat first.


Painkillers help in reducing any inconvenience to life, but come with side effects that can interrupt recovery. The stronger the painkiller is, the better the effect on controlling pain, but the downside is that the side effects get worse. The most important thing to keep in mind for a fast recovery is to move as much as possible. The most effective method is to take painkillers to overcome initial pain and as the pain decreases it would be better to start moving which will make you depend less on painkillers.


Painkillers can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomache. Many patients report that they are allergic to codein or Demerol which they expect is the reason for experiencing nausea. However, nausea is not an allergic response. Strong painkillers cause severe nausea, especially when taken on an empty stomache.


It is easy to become dependent on painkillers, and is especially true with strong painkillers. Advances in surgical technology reduce the need for codein or stronger painkiller. 90% of patients take codein or another painkiller for about 48~72 hours after surgery, and then switch to Tylenol. About 50% of patients do not take painkillers after 48 hours after surgery. It may be necessary for people who are extra sensitive to pain to take painkillers, however strong painkillers are unnecessary. There are numerous patients who become addicted to strong painkillers such as Demerol, Tylenol or bellium within seven days, so it requires close attention.