Tablet from the head

Tablet "from the head"

In most cases, feeling a slight malaise or headache, we take some "Efferalgan" or "Coldrex" for the night in the hope that in the morning we will wake up healthy, and go to work or to the gym. To do so is absolutely wrong.

Let's start with the fact that these substances are not even theoretically able to cure a cold, but continue with the fact that the negative effects of paracetamol and aspirin have long been widely known, but due to the cheapness these medications continue to be sold in large quantities.


Professionals say that today paracetamol would not have been tolerated as a prescription drug, let alone a free sale. Even a permitted daily dose( 4 grams) can cause severe poisoning and toxic damage to the liver( 1).

Two-fold excess of this dose is fraught with acute hepatic insufficiency, leading to excruciating death, lasting several days. In other words, seemingly innocuous tablets can seriously undermine health or even kill.


The analgesic effect of aspirin( acetylsalicylic acid) lasts only a few hours, and the effect of blood thinning is several days. This can lead to the fact that a prolonged scratch or wound in the mouth may open and begin to bleed after a visit to the dental.

Some "doctors" recommend taking aspirin in the prevention of atherothrombosis, coronary heart disease or even reducing the risk of developing cancer. But studies show that this recommendation is justified only for those who have already suffered a stroke.

Cold preparations

Most of the cold medicines - Coldrex, Teraflu, Fervex - are just paracetamol, a small dose of ascorbic acid, as well as a drug that removes the common cold. There are no components in the composition that can cure or stop the disease.

Use these drugs to relieve the condition is harmful, and under certain conditions and just dangerous. Well, the traditional practice of taking such drugs at night is harmful in a double way, since paracetamol and similar substances negatively affect the metabolism.

Analgesic and hormone levels of

Any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, diclofenac and others, have a negative effect on the production of one of the most important hormones for muscle growth - growth hormone( 2).

Given that even a single tablet of simple aspirin can have an effect on the body within a few days, you can not talk about serious strength training at this time. And even more so you can not drink Coldrex and go into the hall.

Alka-Seltzer and Hangover Removal

The composition of a popular drug for dealing with hangover syndrome - usual aspirin, baking soda and citric acid. Aspirin anesthetizes, baking soda reduces acidity in the stomach, resulting from the intake of alcohol, aspirin and citric acid.

"Alka-Seltzer" does not cure a hangover, and, moreover, can not be used as a preventive tool to facilitate further condition. If you already "poisoned" your body with alcohol, you do not need to finish it off with dangerous and obsolete anesthetics.

Safe painkillers

European experts most often recommend ibuprofen( Nurafen, MIG400, Advil, Solpaflex and others) as a substitute for obsolete and dangerous aspirin and paracetamol. This substance relieves headache and heat.

But you should always remember that any painkillers can cause gastric bleeding or cause other damage to the body, and their use should be justified. To drink them "from cold" or "from the head" certainly is not worth it.


The most well-known painkillers - aspirin and paracetamol - are dangerous substances that can cause death. In addition, taking any painkillers inhibits the growth of muscle tissue by inhibiting the production of growth hormone in the body.


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  2. Strength and endurance training: how athletes can maximize their performance, source