Paracetamol and hangover: why you should avoid this drug after a night of binge eating

Along this bridge of the Pilar, a good number of Spaniards will get up in their bed feeling very represented by the song ‘Today I can not get up’. This ode to the hangover of Mecano that many will suffer from being sleepless all night, drinking, smoking and laughing non-stop.

On the basis that the best thing to avoid having a hangover is not to drink alcohol, we may already be late for this recommendation – which would do your health a lot of good. As you know perfectly well, the water is the great ally for this day, since you are fighting dehydration and your liver and kidney are working to eliminate alcohol from your body.

Paracetamol or ibuprofen? It depends on what hurts you

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But if you are going to use drugs to relieve headaches and general body discomfort, you should avoid paracetamol.

Paracetamol gives more work to your liver

Paracetamol is a drug with analgesic and antipyretic activity. It is used in the symptomatic treatment of occasional mild or moderate pain. This drug, unlike other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), does not have such significant gastrointestinal adverse effects. “However, due to its liver toxicity, it is contraindicated in people with liver failure or viral hepatitis “, the pharmacist explains to El Confidencial Irene Suarez.

For the same reason, it is not recommended to use it with alcohol. “Although in no case is it advisable to take drugs with alcohol, in the case of paracetamol it is especially important to avoid this combination, since both could increase toxicity and risk of liver damage”, Develops the pharmaceutical company of the Technical Services of the General Council of Pharmacists.

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Similarly, Suárez indicates that it is also not advisable to take it after having consumed alcohol in significant quantities, “since, in the hours following a high alcoholic intake, the liver continues to work to metabolize alcohol and eliminate toxic substances from the body ”.

In this line, the pharmacist recalls that the use of paracetamol should not be abused for prolonged periods of time without medical supervision, since increases the risk of kidney and liver damage, among others.

Nights of debauchery, mornings of ibuprofen

Ibuprofen belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and has antipyretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity. Professor of Pharmacology Francisco Javier Otero Espinar Explain It is normally prescribed for pain caused by inflammatory processes such as arthritis, tooth or toothache, muscle injury or menstrual pain.

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“Unlike paracetamol, ibuprofen does not cause liver damageAlthough due to its own anti-inflammatory action mechanism, it can affect the gastric mucosa and damage this protective barrier of the stomach. But it will do so to a lesser extent than other drugs in the group of anti-inflammatories ”, points out the professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela in ‘The Conversation’.

How to relieve hangover symptoms

The Pharmacist of the General Council gives the following tips to prevent or relieve symptoms of a hangover:

  • If we go to to drink alcohol it is better to do it sparingly and slowlyBecause the more alcohol you consume, the greater the risk of hangover.
  • It is advisable interspersing the consumption of alcoholic beverages with water, to maintain proper hydration and also later, since some of the main symptoms of hangovers are due to dehydration.
  • Eating food.
  • Sleep and rest.
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