Pain killer, pleasure killer

This really shouldn’t be a surprise – drugs that suppress pain could also be suppressing pleasure.

Paracetamol: Pain killer also kills pleasure

Paracetamol is an effective pain reliever but also reduces feelings of pleasure, a study suggests.

The previously unknown side effect means that over-the-counter painkillers are leaving users not only pain-free, but also emotionally numb.

Previously unknown? No one has thought of the possibility before? Or no one has researched it before?

In a study carried out by US researchers, volunteers who took paracetamol reported weaker feelings when they were shown photographs that were either pleasant or harrowing, compared with volunteers who had not taken the drug.

“This means that using paracetamol might have broader consequences than previously thought,” said Geoffrey Durso, the lead author and a doctoral student in social psychology at Ohio State University. “Rather than just being a pain reliever, paracetamol can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever.”

Previous research had shown that the painkiller works not only on physical pain, but also on psychological pain.

However, the new study took those results one step further by showing that it also reduces how users experience positive emotions.

Sounds quite logical to me. Just as well I rarely use painkillers.

Mote detail from Ohio State University:  Your pain reliever may also be diminishing your joy

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  1. The Herald didn’t have this one small piece of information.

    “People who took acetaminophen didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos,” said Baldwin Way, a co-author on the study.

    The differences between the groups were not large, however. Students who took the placebo reported an average emotional response of 6.76 when viewing the most distressing or more uplifting images. For those on paracetamol, the average emotional response for the same images was reported as 5.85.

    Durso said that he plans follow-up studies to investigate whether other painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, have the same effect.

  2. This is why I’m calling for legal Medicinal NATURAL cannabis.. at least I have some clue whats in it & its effects, as a pain killer.
    The problem with ‘small white pills from the chemist’ is I have no idea what it is & have to rely on the doctor or chemist.. BUT the truth is only the pharmaceutical industry really knows (for sure) whether it is actually whats written on the label OR just sugar tabs ?


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