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  • 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 ...

    ... moderate to severe pain and must be prescribed by a doctor. 11 They pose a danger when mixed with alcohol or certain ... pains. Abdominal cramping. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. These opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... and vomiting. Coma. Acetaminophen Overdose Symptoms Intense abdominal pain, centered near or below the right ribcage ... up a significant portion of those in need. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when a dependence or addiction ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Coma. Alcohol, another ... withdrawal include: Restlessness. Irritability. Insomnia. Anxiety. Runny nose. Yawning. Lacrimation (excessive secretion of tears). Pupil dilation. Perspiration. [liChills.] Muscle pain. Abdominal ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... look to heroin to get their high and/or relieve withdrawal 6 . Side Effects Like many other medications, Vicodin ... damage to the liver. Right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Hypoglycemic coma. Problems with blood clotting. ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    How to Approach an Opana Addict Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . Over the past decade, increased availability of painkillers has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse around the world. In the US, an ...

    ... terminated (withdrawal symptoms). Taking more of the substance than directed. Combining the substance with alcohol and ... withdrawal symptoms common to many of the opioid painkillers. These include: Nausea. Abdominal pain ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

    ... Sweating. Yawning. Late-Onset Withdrawal Symptoms Abdominal cramping. Diarrhea. Dilated pupils. ... medication? Are you taking any other drugs? Do you drink alcohol? What are your drug-taking and drinking habits and patterns ... 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” ...

    ... e.g., leg jerks). Nausea and vomiting. Abdominal pain. Diarrhea. Cold chills and goose bumps. ... within a few days, although the full spectrum of opiate withdrawal can last anywhere from hours to days to even several weeks ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... of acute opioid withdrawal may consist of some or all of the following 3 : Nausea. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea. ... those who combine tramadol with antidepressants, antipsychotics, alcohol, or illicit drugs 15 . Get Help for ... continue reading
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  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine, and morphine. In addition to their inclusion in the many opioid analgesic ...

    ... brain) Glaucoma Gastroschisis (a hole in the abdominal wall from which the baby's intestines stick ... develops a physical dependence, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using, or drastically reduce ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... and frequency of use and are consequently subject to much more intense withdrawal symptoms. Nausea. Fever. Sweating. Anxiety. Muscle pain. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Agitation. Increased heart rate ... 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 ...

    ... sweating. Fever. Dilated pupils. Increased sensitivity to pain. Muscle aches. Although acute withdrawal symptoms may dissipate after a week or so, some withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, dysphoria, and ... 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 ...

    ... and can trigger a relapse in the most well-intentioned user. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include 6,7 : Insomnia. Anxiety. Pain. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Fever. Chills. Diaphoresis or increased sweating. Muscle cramps ... 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) ...

    ... (or with drastically reduced doses), the body goes into withdrawal. Symptoms of hydromorphone withdrawal include 3 : Restlessness. Increased sensations of pain. Inability to sleep. Nausea. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Agitation ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal, it is helpful to understand how the substance triggers the development of tolerance and physical dependence. When used, the substance interacts with opioid receptors, which leads to an alteration in pain ... 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 ...

    ... if you have developed a physical dependency to OxyContin. Withdrawal signs often appear as 'flu-like' symptoms , and can include: Increased pain sensitivity. Diffuse body aches. Increased restlessness and agitation ... 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 ...

    ... of abuse and withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include: Excessive sleepiness. Dizziness. Muscle pain and weakness. Panic ... mental health therapy and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment . Each treatment method will ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... symptoms when attempting to stop using the substance. Withdrawal symptoms may include: Agitation. Insomnia. Sweating. Trembling. Nausea. Vomiting. Pain. Withdrawal symptoms can be sufficiently intense to push those ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was ... I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl ... 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 ...

    ... individuals combining Actiq and other substances, such as alcohol, other opioids, sedatives, or other substances that ... . 10 Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms may include: 2 Cravings. Bone pain. Muscle pain. Trouble with sleep ... 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 ...

    ... become dependent on it will likely experience an array of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when quitting. These include 6 : Increased pain. Restlessness and anxiety. Chills with goosebumps. Difficulty sleeping. Diarrhea ... 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 ...

    ... with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid ... help with some withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, muscle aches and pains, cramping, sweating, ... 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 ...

    ... that depress the central nervous system like alcohol, benzodiazepines, ups the risk of overdose ... runny nose. Musculoskeletal aches and pains. Involuntary muscle jerks. The withdrawal symptoms will feel very uncomfortable ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... . Over 4 million people in the US reported misusing prescription pain relievers in SAMHSA's 2014 National Survey on Drug Use ... . Unsuccessful attempts to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Financial ... 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 ...

    ... up tablets, mix them with water or alcohol, and inject them. This can lead to ... Withdrawal Treatment Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: 5 Muscle and bone pain ... 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 ...

    ... Take it concurrently with other substances, such as alcohol, sedatives or other painkillers. Addiction is characterized ... and anti-depressant withdrawal syndromes and include: Gastrointestinal pain. Depression. Agitation. ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... opioid agonist medication. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and help curb cravings. The drug has ... drugs prescribed by a doctor no longer effectively reduce the pain and/or provide a “high”. When this happens ... 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 ...

    ... instructions when taking the medication. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs. Continuing to take the substance ... the problem. Hydrocodone Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment Withdrawal from hydrocodone can cause ... 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 ... the medication, withdrawal symptoms may include: Anxiety. Agitation. Sleep issues. Pain. Stomach cramping. ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... among pregnant women - whether taken to help manage pain or due to a drug dependency. Prolonged use of ... to opioids in utero and can cause infants to experience withdrawal after birth (Kraft, et al., 2008). Teen Opana ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... and require a higher dose in order to alleviate pain. 4 This is a normal response to ongoing opioid ... , then it's likely that you will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once you stop using. This is due to ... 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, ...

    ... to compulsively misuse these medications, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop or reduce use, ... involve a combination of prescription opioids and alcohol or benzodiazepines such as Valium (diazepam) ... 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 ...

    ... other substances that may slow breathing— including alcohol and sedatives like benzodiazepines —lead to more ... Symptoms created by hydrocodone withdrawal include 9,11 : Restlessness and agitation. Pain in muscles and bones ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... who become dependent on hydromorphone typically experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop using ... revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... : Agitation. Anxiety. Trouble sleeping. Sweating. Muscle pains. Stomach cramping. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. To minimize the sudden onset of these acute opioid withdrawal symptoms, the current dose of methadone you're ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to ... very well when you haven't taken the medication. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to flu symptoms. You might experience ... 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, ...

    ... more of it to feel its effects. Experiencing physical withdrawal when you stop taking tramadol. It is important to ... . 3 Mixing tramadol with other opioids, with alcohol or other central nervous depressants, as well as ... 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 ...

    ... also markedly increased when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Long Term Effects of Vicodin ... withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain ... 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 ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, hydrocodone relieves pain, but it also can cause side effects in users ... Addiction Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... other than pain relief. It is used without a prescription. It is combined with other substances like alcohol. NOTE: ... soon after last use, it may intensify symptoms of withdrawal 7,8 . Once detoxification is complete, the ... 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 ... nose. Muscle aches. Stomach pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Demerol withdrawal can be painful, and symptoms ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... treatment for an addiction is supervised detoxification . While detoxing from opioid pain relievers isn't usually dangerous, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and unpleasant; if left unmanaged, they can increase ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... pursue, just remember that there are numerous resources out there and you don't have to try and manage your pain alone. If you're struggling with an addiction to or dependence on painkillers and need help, call us today ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain. 1 Painkiller addiction doesn't have to rule ... stabilization, which involves a supervised, medication-managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition, there ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

    What Is Vicodin? Physicians often prescribe Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone (an opiate) and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, ...

    ... to begin the r ecovery process. Withdrawal symptoms may include: Pain in the muscles and bone. ... from their parents' medicine cabinet than it is to purchase alcohol. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future survey , ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

    Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever prescribed to people experiencing moderate or severe pain. Due to the drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with some formulations) oxycodone is a highly useful ...

    ... drug of abuse due its ability to relieve pain while providing a euphoric high similar to other opioids ... be controlled in a way to help prevent full withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings and reduce the risks of continued ... 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 ...

    ... acetaminophen combination drug is abused simultaneously with alcohol. Long-term prescription use presents risks that ... with the help of a medical team, as withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and may send the ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... injected. ? ? Desirable Effects Perceptions of less physical pain. Feelings of joy and happiness referred to as euphoria. ... ? ? ? Oxycodone Abuse Treatment The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone can be quite uncomfortable ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... and fibromyalgia can all be improved with yoga and tai chi. Making Healthier Choices Among the millions of chronic pain sufferers in the nation, no two cases are the same. Everyone has unique needs. If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    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 ...

    ... within a few hours after their last dose. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are often so unpleasant and uncomfortable that it makes ... at the same time as other substances, like alcohol or other drugs. Some older adults may be ... 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, ...

    ... that depress the central nervous system, like alcohol , other opioids, or benzodiazepines like ... . Learn more about what happens after detox on our Tramadol Withdrawal page. If you know of someone that is having problems ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... the drug to feel high rather than to relieve pain. Some common withdrawal symptoms include: Nausea and vomiting. Excessive sweating. Muscle and joint pain. Diarrhea. Runny nose. Insomnia. Appetite loss. Frequent mood ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... from the body to the brain. In essence, opiate and opioid drugs don't make your pain go away, they just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... , do not abruptly stop using the drug as withdrawal will occur and is very dangerous to manage without ... an illicit street drug and they are taking it for pain. This misconception and sense of denial will inevitably hurt ... 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 ...

    ... medication, and has proven invaluable for many with pain management issues. However, many people abuse OxyContin in ... The first stage of OxyContin rehab is withdrawal or detox . Supervised, medication-assisted detox ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol , or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... changing the way your brain and nervous system sense pain. It comes in tablet form and an extended release ... the medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This is ... 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, ...

    ... 7 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. 60% of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... 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 ... provides supportive care to manage the withdrawal syndrome and a sober environment in which ... 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 ...

    ... psychological consequences. Symptoms of Demerol Withdrawal Demerol withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it ... large amounts, and mixing it with other drugs and alcohol can increase the chances of an overdose. According to ... 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 ...

    ... with street drugs, alcohol, or even other ... pain. Loss of appetite. Nausea and vomiting. Restlessness. Runny nose. Sneezing. Sweating. Weakness. Treatment Medical supervision can help minimize the difficult withdrawal ... 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), ...

    ... Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to its interactions with brain ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... opioids, so whether a person is withdrawing from heroin or a pain reliever like oxycodone they will experience comparable symptoms. Opioid withdrawal can include: 32 Nausea. [li}Vomiting. Sweating. Joint aches. Insomnia ... 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 . ...

    ... to achieve the desired effect or high. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use is suddenly stopped or ... Combining Tussionex with other depressants, including alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, or sedatives, ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... -cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new formulas that make their pills harder ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... , to help people cope with cravings and withdrawal. MAT refers to the combination of medications with ... effects that may promote misuse and abuse. It subdues pain and creates a euphoric feeling in the brain. With ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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