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  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... there is extensive damage to this organ. Severe constipation is a common problem among opiate users and often ... easily in abusers who take it while drinking alcohol. Death due to an acetaminophen overdose is caused ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... Irregular menses in women. Sexual dysfunction. Severe constipation. There are a number of possible intranasal ... . Combining Tussionex with other depressants, including alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, or sedatives, can ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... breathing. Using Demerol with other drugs and alcohol may increase the likelihood of experiencing harmful effects ... temperature / cold extremities. Nausea and vomiting Constipation. More severe side effects of Demerol that ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... Severe drowsiness. Loss of consciousness. Coma. Alcohol, another CNS depressant, can intensify the negative ... with attention and memory. The common side effect of constipation may also be harmful to the body over the long ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... muscles of the digestive system, leading to constipation due to a slowing of digestive transit. The ... prescription painkillers such as Lortab, Norco and Vicodin. Adding alcohol to the mix - as many opiate abusers do - ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... Headache. Confusion. Anxiety. Dry mouth. Constipation. Constricted pupils. Nausea. Vomiting. ... combined with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid category ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... . Euphoria. Nausea and vomiting. Small pupils. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Signs of an Opioid Use ... large amounts, and mixing it with other drugs and alcohol can increase the chances of an overdose. According to the ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    Actiq is the brand name for an analgesic lozenge (on a stick like a lollipop) that contains the opioid drug fentanyl —a powerful synthetic opioid which, when rapidly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with being slowly absorbed through the GI ...

    ... without one's own valid prescription. Taking it with alcohol, illicit drugs, or some other medications Misuse of ... effects include confusion, nausea, drowsiness, constipation, anxiety, problems breathing, and dizziness. ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... Increased sweating. Itchy skin. Fatigue. Fever. Constipation. Nausea. Vomiting. As is the case with ... person uses opioids with other depressant substances such as alcohol, tranquilizers, or other opioids, it can create an ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... Nausea and vomiting. Itchiness. Severe constipation. Problems urinating. Slowed breathing. ... a pre-existing liver condition or when they abuse Vicodin with alcohol 1 . Snorting drugs often results in an additional set of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... mouth. Heartburn. Poor appetite. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Drowsiness. Loss of consciousness. Many of these ... that depress the central nervous system, like alcohol , other opioids, or benzodiazepines like Valium ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... dizzy or lightheaded. Shakiness. Diminished appetite. Constipation. Stomach pain. Back pain. Headache. ... other substances that may slow breathing— including alcohol and sedatives like benzodiazepines —lead to more frequent ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... slow the process of food digestion, which can lead to constipation. It may also cause nausea and vomiting for some ... drugs that depress the central nervous system like alcohol, benzodiazepines, ups the risk of overdose by ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... following: 3,5 Drowsiness. Confusion. Nausea. Constipation. Slowed breathing/respiratory depression. Hypoxia can ... misusers grind up tablets, mix them with water or alcohol, and inject them. This can lead to heart problems ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... by a doctor. 11 They pose a danger when mixed with alcohol or certain other drugs. 11 Opioids pose a high risk ... 2 Drowsiness. Mental fog. [ Nausea. Constipation. Dizziness. Respiratory depression. Opioids affect the part ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to moderately severe pain. 1 Like other prescription opioid painkillers, it has the potential for misuse, ...

    ... illicitly. 3 Mixing tramadol with other opioids, with alcohol or other central nervous depressants, as well as ... include: 7 Sedation. Dizziness Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Risk of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life- ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... it concurrently with other substances, such as alcohol, sedatives or other painkillers. Addiction is characterized ... : Dizziness. Difficulty falling asleep. Headache. Constipation. Diarrhea. Loss of appetite. Sweating. ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... include: Confusion. Sleepiness. Light-headedness. Slow breathing. Constipation. Sweating. Headaches. Vomiting. Dry mouth. Tiny pupils. ... health therapy and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment . Each treatment method will ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... off. They may include: Anxiety/dysphoria. Constipation. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Fatigue. Headache. ... instructions when taking the medication. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs. Continuing to take the substance ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

    ... by taking it for non-medical purposes. The most common side effects include: Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Confusion. To learn more about the side effects of hydrocodone, visit our page ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... respiratory problems increases when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other substances. If you are caught in ... Constricted, or pinpoint pupils. Urinary retention. Constipation. Shallow or slowed breathing. Altered or ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... harm to the liver . When combined with alcohol, another liver-damaging substance, Lortab's dangerous ... Confusion. Anxiety. Respiratory depression. Itchy skin. Constipation. Light-headedness / dizziness. Fainting. Nausea ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... on the user but can include the following: Constipation. Lightheadedness and fainting. Drowsiness. Nausea and vomiting ... be accentuated when the drug is combined with alcohol , sedatives, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Abuse of Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates. Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate ...

    ... any potential relaxation. These include: Constipation. Headache. Nausea and vomiting. Heartburn ... with other pharmaceuticals. 14% were for the combination of alcohol and tramadol . 12% involved the combination of tramadol ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination ...

    ... Slow breathing. Confused mental state. Complaints of constipation. Blue appearance to lips or fingernails. ... codeine addiction, visit the following pages: Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse Effects of Opiates on the ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... of pain relief. Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol. Taking a medication that was not prescribed for you. ... to malnutrition. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Bowel obstruction. Respiratory depression. ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... of pain relief. Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol. Taking a medication that was not prescribed for you. ... to malnutrition. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Bowel obstruction. Respiratory depression. ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... . Blurred vision. Dizziness. Nausea. Constipation. Regular purple drank use can cause ... when combined with other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted to it? The highly addictive ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. There were 3,400 deaths related to ...

    ... spasms. Violent bouts of nausea. Severe constipation. Severe fatigue. Uncontrollable muscle twitches. ... not mix methadone with substances such as street drugs or alcohol. Do not crush methadone to snort or inject it ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... a bluish tint. Stomach and intestinal spasms. Constipation. Constricted pupils. Low blood pressure and weak ... cumulative intake of narcotics and other substances (especially alcohol). What to Do If You Overdose on Codeine ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... Mood swings. Dry mouth. Headaches. Stomach pain. Constipation. Nausea and vomiting. Dizziness. Sweating. Reddening of ... that which is prescribed. Mix the drug with alcohol or other sedatives . Symptoms of an oxy overdose ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... prescription. It is combined with other substances like alcohol. NOTE: The extended-release tablets have an ... swallowing. Gastrointestinal problems (nausea, vomiting, constipation). Sweating. Pain in muscles or joints ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... Having a mental illness or history of substance use like alcohol or other drugs. Addiction is only one part of ... other unwanted physical effects like: Confusion. Constipation. Reduce motor coordination. Drowsiness with ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Can I get Addicted Even if I have a Prescription? Yes, you can get addicted to opioids even if you have a prescription. Opioids activate the reward pathways in the brain and induce feelings of pleasure . This mechanism acts as positive reinforcement ...

    ... effects (especially when taken in combination with alcohol or other drugs). The active chemicals in ... side effects of abusing painkillers include: Drowsiness. Constipation. Nausea. Vomiting. Itching. Confusion. Slow heart ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

    Prescription opioids are medications to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, an injury, or specific medical conditions such as cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as treatment for other types of chronic pain, ...

    ... body, including: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Constipation. Nausea. Respiratory depression. Itchiness or skin irritation. ... deaths involve a combination of prescription opioids and alcohol or benzodiazepines such as Valium (diazepam) or ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... and symptoms , which may include: Confusion. Constipation. Dizziness. Dry mouth. Hallucinations. Hearing loss ... , a type of liver failure . Consumption with alcohol increases the risk of developing this type of disease. ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... bring about physical symptoms like drowsiness, constipation, vomiting, and confusion. 3. With ... this is especially true when mixed with alcohol. 7. Furthermore, mixing alcohol with hydrocodone can have strong effect on ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Signs and Addiction Treatment

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... confused or disoriented. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Slowed breathing. In overdose situations, ... used at the same time as other substances, like alcohol or other drugs. Some older adults may be particularly ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... . Blurry vision. Nausea. Vomiting. Severe constipation. Severely slowed or irregular breathing. Slow ... and anxiety. Other drugs that depress the CNS include alcohol and other opioids such as heroin and prescription pain ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... doses and/or combining it with street drugs, alcohol, or even other prescription drugs can have dangerous ... of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... Itching Stomach pain Nausea Vomiting Constipation Loss of appetite Weakness According ... of oxycodone use are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol or other respiratory depressing drugs. These side effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... induce unwanted side effects like: Nausea. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Dizziness or lightheadedness. ... is also markedly increased when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Did You Know? In ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... These methods, as well as combining the opiate with alcohol or other drugs, increase the potential for addiction and life ... Slow movements. Constricted pupils. Nausea. Constipation. Confusion. Long-term Effects Sexual ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... or in combination with other opioids, benzodiazepines or alcohol . Signs and Symptoms At 30 minutes, the ... Nausea and vomiting. Sweating. Constricted pupils. Constipation. Increased pain. Slowed breathing. While methadone ... continue reading
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  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... increase in severity with higher doses. These include: Headache. Pinpoint pupils. Stomach cramps. Constipation. Nausea. Vomiting. Muscle aches and pains. Dry mouth. Appetite loss. Dizziness/lightheadedness. Drowsiness ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... effects on the brain and body, and OxyContin is no exception. Long-term effects include severe constipation and persistent vomiting caused by its direct action on the gastrointestinal tract as well as certain brain ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... or seek medical help, as they could be indications of an adverse drug reaction. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Nausea. Stomach pain. Back pain. Headache. Urinary retention and/or painful urination ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... . Slowed breathing. Pinpoint pupils. Someone abusing Roxicodone may also frequently complain of nausea and constipation. Notable signs of overdose may include cyanosis (bluish fingernails and lips), weak pulse, and ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... . Opiate use includes risk, though, even when used as prescribed. Unwanted side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, and slowed activity levels may lead some people to end their use. Others may wish to end use ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... or trouble sleeping. Hyperalgesia, or an increased sensitivity to pain. Migraines. Cough. Sweating. Constipation. Itching skin. Dizziness. Confusion. Agitation. Anxiety. Depression. The most serious side effects of ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... of abuse are pleasurable, however. Side effects may include 1,2 : Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Headache. Insomnia. Decreased appetite. Feeling lightheaded or dizzy. Increased sweating. Hyperalgesia, or worsening pain ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... and dependence , alongside other unwanted effects of use like 1 : Drowsiness. Headache. Insomnia. Mood changes. Constipation. If you're struggling with a tramadol dependence and wish to quit, you may find you need help ... continue reading
  • OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven ...

    ... also many different physical side effects , which include: Sedation. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Respiratory depression. Fractures. Muscle rigidity. Hormonal dysfunction. Difficulties in sexual functioning. Fatal ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance ...

    ... of muscular tension. Mental calm or relaxation. Unwanted Signs and Symptoms Slowed or difficult breathing. Constipation. Nausea and vomiting. Confusion. Alternating periods of sleep and consciousness. Potential Signs of ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... include euphoria, drowsiness and relaxation. Opiates also tend to lower resting heart rate, cause chronic constipation, create a widening of blood vessels, depress coughing and slow breathing reflexes severely. 1 Pain ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... People have experienced severe side effects while taking tramadol. These side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... Light-headedness. Sleepiness. Slowed respiratory rate. Headache. Dizziness. Fainting. Abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Warning Signs of Opana Overdose Respiratory depression or arrest. Cold and clammy skin ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

    Helping someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove difficult, ...

    ... . When taken in high doses, it can cause: Euphoria/drunk-like feelings. Drowsiness. Nausea. Slowed breathing. Constipation. Constricted or “pinpoint” pupils - a telltale sign of opiate use. Clammy, cold skin. Convulsions ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... your path to a healthy life. Side Effects Fentanyl side effects include: Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Altered heart rate. Slowed breathing rate. Confusion. Hallucinations. Weakness. Sweating. Itchy skin. Constricted ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as ...

    ... can cause a range of negative side effects that include: Nausea and vomiting. Shallow breathing. Constipation. Convulsions Hyperthermia. Muscle pain and rigidity. Dizziness. Seizures. Serotonin Syndrome Ultram is also ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... may show the following signs: Nausea. Vomiting. Constricted pupils (pinpoint pupils). Itchy skin. Constipation. Drowsiness and sedation. Confusion. Hallucinations. Periodic loss of consciousness. Mood changes. Clammy ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... central nervous system (CNS) may be heightened in individuals combining Actiq and other substances, such as alcohol, other opioids, sedatives, or other substances that depress the CNS. 1 Opioid overdose symptoms might ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

    ... . Miller, W. R., Meyers, R. J., & Hiller-Sturmhofel, S. (1999). The community-reinforcement approach. Alcohol Research and Health , 23 (2), 116-121. South Central (Rural) MIRECC Clinical Education Product. Community ... continue reading
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    ... than intended, such as snorting or injecting it. Combining fentanyl with other drugs, such as alcohol , stimulants , or benzodiazepines, which can have compounding or contradicting effects. Abusing fentanyl can lead ... continue reading
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    ... other than intended, such as snorting or injecting. Combining Percocet with other drugs, especially alcohol or benzodiazepines . Combining Percocet with acetaminophen or other drugs containing acetaminophen (e.g., other ... continue reading
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    ... use after a period of abstinence during which their tolerance decreased 6 . Combining fentanyl use with alcohol or other drugs can increase the overdose risk. First, using fentanyl with other substances that affect ... continue reading
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    ... the following: How long have you been taking the medication? Are you taking any other drugs? Do you drink alcohol? What are your drug-taking and drinking habits and patterns? Have you been in treatment before? Do you ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

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  • How to Help a Norco Addict

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    ... is prescribed). Using the drug for recreation or without a prescription. Using additional substances—such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or stimulants—at the same time to enhance the effects of the drug. Visiting multiple ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

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  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

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  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

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    ... Symptoms Taking Ritalin or Concerta recreationally, in excess, or in combination with other drugs or alcohol can cause overdose. Call emergency help immediately if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

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    ... below for more information. The National Institute on Drug Abuse tracks non-medical use of drugs and alcohol for high school students across the U.S., however tramadol is not monitored individually. Instead, for tracking ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

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    ... with other substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. Combining oxycodone with ... opioid risks, combining oxycodone medications containing acetaminophen with alcohol can severely compound the risk of liver or other ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

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    ... that also increases the person's risk of overdose. When taken with certain kinds of drugs, such as alcohol , the breathing and heart rate problems associated with abuse may be pushed to lethal extremes. Another risky ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

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    ... of overdose, especially when combined with another CNS depressant like alcohol. In addition to the respiratory dangers associated with combining opioids and alcohol, severe liver toxicity poses a grave danger due to the ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

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    ... For many teens, it is easier to steal Vicodin from their parents' medicine cabinet than it is to purchase alcohol. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future survey , roughly 10% of all tenth and twelfth graders had ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

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    ... re here for them and that you're on your side, but make it clear you won't be enabling their drug or alcohol abuse anymore, if you have been. It's very likely that your loved one will be angry and defensive and may blame ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

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    ... with suicidal tendencies. Those taking any substances that depress the central nervous system, such as alcohol. According to the CDC, in 2010 alcohol played a role in 18.5% of the emergency room visits and deaths that ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

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    ... grades. Additional Resources See the following articles for additional information about Norco and its effects: Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse Effects of Hydrocodone Use You can also visit our Forum to discuss your ... continue reading
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    ... leaving the organ more vulnerable to the small but harmful components of acetaminophen. Over time, abusing both alcohol and Vicodin can lead to hepatic necrosis, which is both extremely painful and can ultimately lead to ... continue reading
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