Unprescribed Medication Isn’t the Answer to Your Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain is an unfortunate reality for millions of people worldwide. Living with chronic pain can present many challenges, from intense pain and discomfort to social isolation due to limited mobility or reduced activity levels.
To cope with their pain, some people may be tempted to turn to prescription medications. While medication that is prescribed specifically to you may be useful in some circumstances, it isn’t a sustainable long-term solution for chronic pain. However, an even more dangerous option is taking medication that has been prescribed to someone else.
Rather than risking the dangers of taking unprescribed medication to ease your chronic back pain, turn to the professional spinal experts at ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA for safe, long-term treatment options.
The dangers of unprescribed medication
Prescription medication for chronic pain comes with its own set of risks, even if it has been prescribed to you. The risks of addiction, side effects, and internal damage grow higher the longer medication is taken.
If you take someone else’s prescription medication, you combine these potential risks with a long list of even more serious risks that could even end in fatality. Medication is not always safe for everyone and taking something that has not been given to you by a medical professional could end horribly.
Here are just a few of the many reasons to never take someone else’s prescription medication to treat your chronic back pain:
- Lack of information: One of the most serious risks you encounter when taking unprescribed medication is your overall lack of information about the drug and its uses. You may think you understand what the medication is for, but you may be confusing it for something else or may not know as much as you think you know. Without the pamphlet that accompanies most prescription medications informing you about drug interactions, side effects, dosages, and other crucial information, you’ll essentially be taking the medication blindly.
- Harmful side effects: Many prescription medications come with a long list of potential side effects. While these side effects may not hurt everyone or even the majority of the people who take the medication, they may affect you differently based on your medical history, current medical condition, or other medications you may be taking. There is a chance your doctor would never have prescribed you that medication because the risks are too high.
- Drug interactions: If you’re currently taking other prescription medications, for pain or otherwise, the unprescribed medication could interact poorly with your other medication, causing a range of side effects that could even lead to death.
- Risk of addiction: Long-term use of prescription medication could lead to dependence or addiction, which can be very difficult to break and come with its own set of harmful side effects.
Safe, alternative treatments for chronic pain
Rather than turn to potentially dangerous drugs to cope with your chronic back pain, speak with a medical professional to discuss medication-free options or alternative therapies that may alleviate your pain.
Chiropractic is one such form of therapy that may improve your condition. The Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we use at ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA, is safe, non-addictive, and therapeutic for many chronic pain patients. Contact us today to learn more!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.