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How Painkillers Make You Eat Less, but Why You Shouldn't Take Them

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Can you get the best of both worlds – feel good by taking prescription painkillers and lose weight at the same time? The answer is yes – weight loss and appetite suppression are two side effects of most painkillers. But regularly taking painkillers (whether you're in pain or not), can be harmful. For example, the side effects of taking codeine phosphate include blurred vision and constipation.


Painkillers Can Help You Lose Weight

If your doctor prescribed you painkillers, you can also take them to lose weight. Most painkillers suppress your appetite. Some of these include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone

Why? When painkillers numb the pain centers in your body, they also numb your ability to feel hunger. Both effects are dose-dependent.

What are the best painkillers for weight loss? If your doctor prescribes you painkillers, ask him for extended time release varieties, like oxycontin. These have longer-lasting effects, relieving your pain and lowering your appetite for about 12 to 24 hours.

Why You Shouldn't Take Painkillers for Weight Loss

If your doctor hasn't prescribed you painkillers, don't try to convince him. Many doctors are reluctant to prescribe painkillers even if they're legally able to. Good doctors would suggest you try alternative pain-relieving therapies, like special exercises, to see if they help alleviate the pain before considering painkillers.

Why? Painkillers are addictive. Even if your actual pain is gone, withdrawal symptoms can cause you to feel pain. If you rely on painkillers to kill your pain and help you lose weight, you'll go through immense anguish when you stop taking them because you'll feel imaginary pain returning and also think you'll regain weight.

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Painkillers can also cause debilitating side effects. Since they suppress your central nervous system, they can cause stomach aches and constipation. They can make you sleepy or drowsy the whole day, taking away your motivation, productivity, and making you exercise less. Not exercising slows your metabolism and isn't good for your heart.

That's not all – the FDA warns that oxycodone, morphine, and similar painkillers can cause adrenal gland problems and lower your sex hormone levels. They can even cause breathing problems!

Take Natural Weight Loss Pain Relievers Instead

If you experience pain regularly and want to shed a few extra pounds, you can eat these healthy foods instead:

Tart cherry juice. Drinking a glass of tart cherry juice is as effective as 800 milligrams of ibuprofen. Researchers found that tart cherry juice restores joint function in arthritis patients and lowers their pain. It also lessens your soreness after an intense workout.

Tart cherry juice also helps you lose weight because it's loaded with fiber, which keeps you from overeating and prevents blood sugar spikes.

Cloves. The flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum Indonesian tree are made into a spice called cloves. In cuisine, they're used to flavor pies, meat, and rice meals. They can also relieve your pain because they contain eugenol, which is a main ingredient in many pain medications. Cloves have been found to boost your metabolism and make you burn more fat, while also lowering your bad cholesterol levels!

If you'd prefer a non-oral weight loss pain reliever, try acupuncture! Studies show that patients who underwent acupuncture experienced less pain. They varied in conditions, from chronic pain, like osteoarthritis, to migraines.

Researchers also found that acupuncture (specifically, ear-focused acupuncture) increases your metabolism and significantly boosts fat metabolism. In fact, it's being used in Korea as a treatment for central obesity.

Choose natural weight loss painkillers before asking your doctor to prescribed you potentially addictive, harmful medications. These natural treatments are safer, nutritious, and heal your body in other ways too.