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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
  • 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
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  • Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including liquid solution, tablets, and capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical ...

    ... and function normally—they will face a long list of withdrawal symptoms and will often be unwilling or unable to stop ... use may include 1 : Fatigue. Stomach pain. Abdominal cramps. Dry mouth. Headache. Constricted pupils. ... 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 ...

    ... as alcohol, ... withdrawal is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms 1 . Flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, chills, sweating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting). Abdominal cramps. Anorexia. Yawning. Teary eyes. Pain ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including: Sweating and chills. Malaise. Extreme irritability. Abdominal discomfort. ... addiction, visit the following pages: Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse Effects of Opiates on the ... continue reading
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  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin ...

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... rate. Headache. Dizziness. Fainting. Abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. ... are exposed to opioids in utero and can cause infants to experience withdrawal after birth (Kraft, et al., 2008). Teen Opana Abuse In ... 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 ...

    ... or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted ... withdrawal. These later, more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may include: 4,6 Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Abdominal cramping. To avoid or end withdrawal ... 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
  • 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
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... symptoms such as: 10 Body and muscle aches. Sweating. Excessively watery eyes. Stomach pain. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Anxiety. Withdrawal avoidance keeps many people using opioids far beyond the point where it's no ... continue reading
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

    ... , prescription sleep aids and several over-the-counter options such as non-addictive pain relievers may be used 8 . After withdrawal is complete, a medication called naltrexone can be used to discourage future opioid ... 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
  • 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
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... Confusion. Diarrhea. General weakness. Irritability. Joint and muscle pain. Loss of appetite. Restlessness. Shaking and tremors. Stomach pain. Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms that may occur, it's important to ... 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 ...

    ... . Tolerance , as the user needs ever-larger doses to kill pain and feel euphoric. Ultram addiction , which indicates continual cravings for the drug and withdrawal symptoms when not using. Long-term effects of abuse and ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... cycle of addiction. Like heroin and many prescription pain medications, methadone is an opioid medication. 1 ... opioid agonist. Methadone helps prevent or alleviate withdrawal and staves off or reduces cravings by powerfully ... 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 ...

    ... eyes. Runny nose. Sweating. Running. Anxiety or irritability. Poor sleep. Muscle pain. These early symptoms give way to later opioid withdrawal symptoms that include 1,2,5 : Cramping. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Increased heart ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not ...

    ... . 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 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the user will need to maintain a supply of “oxy” or face withdrawal symptoms like: Rebound pain, or increased pain sensitivity. Restlessness and agitation. Inability to sleep. Gastrointestinal problems including appetite ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... world's supply of oxycodone is now consumed here. The pain-relieving effects that patients need. AND At higher doses, the ... Muscle weakness. Fever. Flu-like symptoms. Withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and can cause users ... 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
  • 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
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... blood pressure. Fast pulse. Sweating. Goosebumps. Muscle spasms. Pain. Anxiety. Getting help in a professional detox program can help the user to overcome withdrawal and begin addiction treatment with a reduced risk of ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This ... the medication. Quote from a Former Tramadol Abuser My pain typically would occur over two or three days. I took ... 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 ...

    ... when taking the medication. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs. Continuing to take the substance ... to dealing with the effects of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal Symptoms The physical effects vary from person ... 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
  • 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
  • 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, ...

    ... abuse potential . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug itself is addictive - that is, repeated use can lead to dependency and withdrawal . When used in doses and frequency that exceed what ... 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 ...

    ... with alcohol , sedatives, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, antihistamines and other narcotic pain ... : Heightened pain sensitivity when not taking Norco. Cravings for the drug. Financial problems. Withdrawal symptoms when ... 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 ...

    ... not be as well known as more commonly prescribed pain medications, synthetic opiate drugs like it are being ... amounts to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using, which can ... 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
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... tolerance decreased 6 . Combining fentanyl use with alcohol or other drugs can increase the overdose risk. ... . Examples of fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include 6,9 : Widespread body aches and pains. Diarrhea. Nausea and ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... effective medication, and has proven invaluable for many with pain management issues. However, many people abuse OxyContin in ... with concentration or memory. Sleep apnea. Withdrawal Symptoms A reliable sign of opioid ... 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 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
  • 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
  • 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, ...

    ... potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, but also with huge abuse potential. It is 80 ... the extreme discomfort that can come with opiate withdrawal. Once admitted to a center, you will ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... person may also overdose when: They take alcohol or sedating medications with their painkillers. They ... medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This ... 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 ...

    ... person may also overdose when: They take alcohol or sedating medications with their painkillers. They ... medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ... setting. Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent on ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal ... pharmaceuticals. 14% were for the combination of alcohol and tramadol . 12% involved the combination of ... 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 ...

    ... one's own valid prescription. Taking it with alcohol, illicit drugs, or some other medications Misuse of ... dangerous situations Develop a tolerance to the drug Have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped How to Approach ... 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 ...

    ... that depress the CNS include alcohol and other opioids such as heroin and prescription pain killers 4 . Morphine can ... detox or withdrawal. Due to the dangers and extreme discomfort of morphine withdrawal, a medically ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... use are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol or other respiratory depressing drugs. These side ... managed with the help of a medical team, as withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and may send the ... 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 ...

    ... is also markedly increased when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Did You Know? In ... Vicodin withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain ... 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 ...

    ... in combination with alcohol or other drugs). The active chemicals in opioid pain medications activate ... time, then it's likely that you will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once you stop using. This is due to the ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... . Ultram is a member of the opioid family of pain-relievers. It acts, in part, by binding to central nervous ... of a highly trained team of professionals. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

    ... often acts as a supplemental agent to enhance the pain-relieving effects of other drugs. Norco is classified as a ... of the more severe and intolerable symptoms of withdrawal. The duration of the detoxification period will ... 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, ...

    ... problems increases when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other substances. If you are caught in ... these reasons, many benefit from a structured period of withdrawal and detox with the help of a medical professional and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... feelings they can provide, which include: Decreased pain. Euphoric feelings. Sense of intense relaxation. ... and more comfortable for users to overcome the difficult withdrawal symptoms and to get off morphine for good with ... 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 ...

    ... irreparable harm to the liver . When combined with alcohol, another liver-damaging substance, Lortab's dangerous ... manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with Lortab, which may include: Aches and pains. Nausea/vomiting ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

    ... desire. Chest pain. Difficulty breathing. Dilated pupils. Dizziness. General nervousness. Gastrointestinal distress. Hallucinations. Headaches. Nausea and vomiting. OCD-like syndrome. Social withdrawal. Thoughts of ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    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
  • 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
  • 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 cumulative intake of narcotics and other substances (especially alcohol). What to Do If You Overdose on Codeine ... doses to achieve the same effects. Experiencing withdrawal side effects when you stop taking 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 ...

    ... from that which is prescribed. Mix the drug with alcohol or other sedatives . Symptoms of an oxy overdose include ... oxy to achieve the desired effects. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms in the absence of oxy. Other signs ... 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
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... . The drug has only about one-tenth of the pain-reducing qualities of morphine. Tramadol stands apart from other opiates ... Drug Abuse tracks non-medical use of drugs and alcohol for high school students across the U.S., ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils. Yawning. Rebound pain (the return of pain or increased pain ... about Norco and its effects: Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse Effects of Hydrocodone Use ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... 's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar to that of OxyContin…especially when snorted or injected. Other ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... like symptoms. Even though the symptoms of withdrawal are not usually dangerous, withdrawing under medical ... hard you try. It's no longer about controlling the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is all about being out of ... 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, ...

    ... , a type of liver failure . Consumption with alcohol increases the risk of developing this type of disease. ... may experience several withdrawal symptoms, which can include: Panic attacks. Muscle pain. Seizures. Insomnia ... continue reading
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