Pain Medication's Negative Side Effects Don't Deter Most Users, Survey Reveals

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Most people believe the reward is greater than the risk when it comes to pain medications with health risks, according to a new survey by morefocus.

The research shows that most people do not react strongly to the possibility of complications from medications

Most people do not stop taking pain medication when studies reveal potential negative side effects of the medication, according to an independent study conducted by morefocus, an online research organization.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they had not stopped taking pain medication after hearing that it could pose health risks. Some respondents remained unsure of whether to make changes to their pain management techniques, but only 20 percent of respondents stopped taking the pain medication.

"The research shows that most people do not react strongly to the possibility of complications from medications," said Dr. Regan Carey, morefocus Research Director. "It seems most people believe the risk is not greater than the reward."

The survey also revealed some interesting information about people's attitudes towards the use of pain medication. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed believe that the availability of pain medication keeps people from seeking alternative pain management techniques such as massage, meditation, acupuncture and other methods.

This attitude is reflected in the further opinions of those who stopped taking a pain medication that posed health risks. Of that group, more than half said they would switch to another pain medication, while only 25 percent said they would look into alternative pain management methods.

"People are definitely inclined to use medication first," said Dr. Carey. "Even the minority who are scared off by health risks of one drug tend to look around for a different one. It seems that while meditation, massage, and those types of techniques are more common today, most people still turn to medication to relieve their pain."

Further information and summary results of the survey are available on request from morefocus.

About morefocus group inc.
San Diego- and London-based morefocus group inc., builds and maintains high-traffic networks across multiple verticals. Independently, or together with its domain-owning clients, the Company owns or controls a leading independent healthcare and lifestyle network controlled by a suite of proprietary publishing, ad-serving, analytics and behavioral monitoring applications. The publications and software applications are applied to build engaged traffic, recruit, sample and manage registered consumers, and build marketing ROI for major healthcare and consumer marketing corporations.

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