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The Dangers of Using Over-The-Counter Painkillers

By Bargz Oils August 29, 2019

It is safe to say that nobody wants to feel pain. Pain is an unpleasant and distressing feeling. However, pain is the body’s way to say that there is something wrong. In medical diagnosis, pain is known as a symptom of an underlying condition. 

                Pain signals us to withdraw from damaging situations, protect our body from harm and avoid similar experiences. A very simple example is when you accidentally touch something very hot, the pain you feel causes you to quickly act and pull back your hand, and provide medical attention to treat your hurt hand. Imagine, if we don’t feel pain, then our body can get hurt without us noticing it. 

                Pain can range from annoying to debilitating. It can be consistent, fleeting or isolated. Pain is a general term and there are many ways to categorize it. One way is to categorize pain into acute or chronic. Simply put, chronic pain occurs suddenly and lasts for a limited time. On the other hand, chronic pain occurs for a long time and is resistant to most medical treatments. Chronic pain can cause severe problems. 

               Some of the common causes of pain are headaches, cramps, muscle strain, cuts, bone fracture, and stomach ache. There is still a long list of the causes of pain. For some chronic conditions, the cause of the pain can be unknown. 

               People respond differently to pain. There are some who have a high tolerance for pain, while others don’t. This is the reason why pain is highly subjective. The pain that you can endure might be incapacitating to someone else. 

               Because pain is a complex feeling, there are diverse treatments to manage pain. The most popular way to treat acute pain is by taking over-the-counter(OTC) painkillers. They are the ones you can buy without any prescription, hence the term “over the counter.” Statistics show that four out of five American adults take OTCs to treat pain and other common illnesses. 

                OTCs are very convenient because they are readily available in groceries and pharmacies. They are less expensive as well, rather than going to the doctor and paying for the expensive prescription. Although the goal of taking OTC painkillers is to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life, these medicines have potential side effects and some can be very serious. 

Let’s learn more about some of the most common OTC painkillers. 


Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and in many other brands of OTCs. It is taken to help with all types of pain including mild to severe headache, muscle aches, sore throats, and fever. However, Acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage when taken in excessive amounts or when taken with alcohol. Overdose of acetaminophen can cause acute liver failure. Other side effects include rash, hives, swelling of the body and difficulty breathing or swallowing. 



Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs relieve pain by reducing the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that cause pain. The most common NSAIDs are ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen. They are usually taken when the cause of pain is evident such as arthritis or injury. They are also commonly used to decrease inflammation and reduce fever.  

              Some of the common side effects of taking NSAIDs are indigestion and stomach ulcers. NSAIDs should not be taken more than the recommended dose or for long periods because it can cause stomach bleeding, kidney and heart problems, high blood pressure, fluid retention and other allergic reactions. Long-term use of NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Pregnant women should not take NSAIDs unless prescribed by a doctor. 

              Whether taken correctly or incorrectly, OTC painkillers can cause harm to our body. That’s why it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of these medications before taking them. It is probably best to opt-out of using these OTC painkillers and find a better way to manage pain. 


               The best solution to manage pain without the harmful side effects is to go natural - use essential oils. Essential oils are potent oils that possess various medicinal properties and promote natural healing. There are many essential oils that can be used to alleviate or get rid of the pain. Bargz introduces the safest option to manage pain. BrainRelief Essential Oil was designed and developed by Bargz mainly to alleviate different kinds of pain. BrainRelief is a wonderful blend of lavender and peppermint essential oil. 

               Lavender essential oil is a natural pain reliever. It is a multipurpose oil that has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and sedative properties to name a few. The soothing aroma of lavender essential oil can also calm the mind, thus reducing tension headaches. On the other hand, peppermint essential oil is also used to relieve muscle pain and headache. Peppermint essential oil has analgesic and muscle-relaxing properties. Menthol, which is an active ingredient of peppermint essential oil provides relief from muscle and joint pain. 

Uses and Benefits of BrainRelief Essential Oil

1. Apply to your temples - to relieve headaches, migraines and tension headache, dilute a few drops of BrainRelief essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil. Apply to your temples and massage lightly.

2. Massage to the muscle - to relieve muscle and joint pain, dilute a few drops of BrainRelief essential oil with a carrier oil like avocado oil. Apply to areas with sore muscles or aching joints and massage. 

3. Wear as a perfume - simply dab a few drops into your clothes and wear as a refreshing all-natural fragrance any time of the day. 

4. Add to a warm bath - mix a few drops to Epsom salt and add the salt into warm water for an aromatic bath than can soothe sore muscles and relax the body and mind.

5. Diffuse and inhale - add to a diffuser and inhale to relieve headache or migraine. This can also reduce stress and anxiety. You can also add a few drops to a cotton ball or tissue and inhale briefly. 

               BrainRelief Essential Oil, the brainchild of Bargz is definitely the best solution and the safest way to manage different kinds of pain. It is all-natural and does not cause any side effects. Stop hurting your body by taking harmful OTC painkillers. Live a healthy life and enjoy the amazing health benefits of BrainRelief Essential Oil. 

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