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January 2020 (Vol. 11 Issue 4)

Common painkillers are changing the brain
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Common painkillers are changing the brain image

After a mass shooting, people often suspect the perpetrator was on some medication that could have pushed him over the edge—and they could be right. Even everyday over-the-counter painkillers change the way the brain functions, and reduce empathy to others, a new study has discovered.

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol alter sensitivity to painful experiences, and make the user less empathetic, and affect the way the brain processes information.

The findings are 'alarming', said researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and health watchdogs should be made aware of the potential harm that the drugs—none of which need a prescription—could be doing.

"Consumers assume that when they take an over-the-counter pain medication, it will relieve their physical symptoms, but they do not anticipate broader psychological effects," said lead researcher Kyle Ratner.

In a review of previously-published studies, the researchers say that the painkillers blur the distinction between physical and social pain. They don't just blunt pain, they can also "hinder people's ability to put themselves in another person's shoes, and feel that person's emotional and physical pain", the researchers say.


(Source: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2018; 1-8)

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