Against lovesickness: Painkillers should also help with heartache
Most people have had to experience how painful heartache is. After evaluating numerous studies, US researchers from the USA came to the conclusion that painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help against this mental suffering. However, the scientists are not calling for the treatment of lovesickness with such medicines in the future.
Love and pain are closely related
Damp hands, rapid heartbeat, fast pulse: Most people have been able to experience what can be in love. Unfortunately, however, also what unrequited love or separation from a partner can achieve. Love and pain are close to each other: especially those who have had a long or intense relationship and who have had an ending know this. A "broken heart" can cause not only mental, but also physical complaints. US researchers are now claiming that pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen could help here.
How to deal with lovesickness?
If a couple separates, friends are usually quickly on hand with well-intentioned tips against lovesickness. Some find it better to distract themselves, others think talking about it brings more.
Maybe medication could help. Because, as a study published by researchers from the University of California in the journal "Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences" showed, some pain relievers can also alleviate mental suffering.
"This work suggests that drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen could affect how people experience emotional stress," wrote the research group led by Kyle Ratner, Amanda Kaczmarek and Youngki Hong.
Reduction of mental pain
In order to arrive at their results, the research group had compiled and evaluated various studies from previous years.
Among other things, they found that the same regions are active in the brain in the case of mental and physical pain.
In addition, an investigation was able to prove a reduction in mental pain by taking analgesics. According to the information, the use of paracetamol in subjects with heart pain showed a significant improvement in lovesickness.
However, the scientists also found evidence that such drugs can change empathy.
As a result, people who took pain relievers were less able to sympathize with other people who were in pain.
According to the experts, preparations such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can reduce the sensitivity to social experiences that are classified as painful.
"These studies have the potential to change our understanding of how popular pain relievers affect millions of people who take them," the authors said.
"However, this research is still in its infancy". Further studies are needed to examine the results and "fully characterize the psychological effects of these drugs".
It is therefore not advisable to use pain relievers for mental suffering such as lovesickness.