All such aches and pains can be treated with the use of nonprescription drugs. Over the counter (OTC) analgesics are key to all these chronic pains. These analgesics are used for the treatment of headaches, toothaches, fever, and cold. Read further to know more about how OTC analgesics can make life less painful.
Over The Counter (OTC) Analgesics or painkillers are drugs that act at different levels of the pain transmission pathway. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) and many others act peripherally, while some other agents, such as opioids act on the central nervous system (CNS). While anticonvulsants act on neurogenic pain, muscle relaxants act on pain due to muscle spasm. These OTC analgesics are helpful in pain management; however, they also have adverse effects.
The reasons for the growth of the OTC analgesics market
However, anything in excess can take a toll and it is no different with OTC analgesics. The common side-effects include constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, heart attack or stroke. These drugs can cause serious changes in the brain and body. Long-term use of painkillers increases addiction and dependency on the drugs. In the United States, painkillers are the second most abused substances, after marijuana. Pain, in some form or the other, is part of one’s daily life, hence, the need for painkillers.
A report by Mordor Intelligence, a market research firm estimates a double-digit growth rate for the Global OTC Analgesics Market, estimated to become a market worth USD 20.79 billion by 2022.
The OTC analgesics market is driven by the better performance of premium-priced branded products as compared to generic OTC analgesics.
Hurdles for the OTC analgesics market include:
Uncontrolled prescription of opioids, drug abuse, and unregulated government policies are acting as hurdles for this market.
The Way Ahead:
Innovation in OTC analgesics, like absorption dimension that drives a fast action of analgesics, improved performance, multi-action of analgesics, and high specialization in reducing symptoms of specific ailments, are expected to drive the market in the future. Availability of various analgesic drugs in online, owing to increasing number of online pharmacies, is driving the OTC analgesics market.