3 years ago
aeterniti
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Q: Why do painkillers irritate the stomach lining?
OTC painkillers work by blocking prostaglandins; in order to do so, the cells of the stomach lining are prompted to produce a little more acid, a little less base, and less mucus (a sticky coating that protects the stomach from harsh stomach acids). This leads to mild irritation of the mucus lining. With prolonged usage, the stomach acids may eat away at the mucus lining of the stomach in several places and burn holes through the stomach lining. @maryjane01
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Yikes! It can essentially burn holes in your stomach; I'm glad I've found some natural relief methods.
I generally try to stay away from any painkillers. I take turmeric capsules to help with inflammation and thats about it.