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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
  • 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 ...

    ... with alcohol or ... withdrawal symptoms may include: 1,2,4 Irritability, anxiety, and depression. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Restlessness. Muscle or joint aches and pains. Muscle weakness. Stomach cramps ... 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 ...

    ... or behavior. Small pupils. Stomach pain or severe cramps. Sweating. Twitching. Unresponsiveness ... and anxiety. Other drugs that depress the CNS include alcohol and other opioids such as heroin and prescription pain killers ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... breathing— including alcohol and sedatives ... Cramps. Goose bumps. Loss of appetite. Nausea. Vomiting. Changes in breathing and heartbeat. Involuntary muscle twitches. For someone who is addicted, experiencing withdrawal ... 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, ...

    ... alcohol ... withdrawal symptoms, which can include: 7 Insomnia. Restlessness. Irritability. Excessive yawning. Runny nose. Sweating. Chills. Weakness. Joint and muscle pain. Loss of appetite. Nausea. Vomiting. Stomach cramps ... 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, ...

    ... begin to compulsively misuse these medications, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop or reduce use, and/ ... Racing heart. Restlessness. Runny nose. Stomach cramps. Strong cravings for opioids. Sweating. ... 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 ... withdrawal symptoms associated with Lortab, which may include: Aches and pains. Nausea/vomiting. Stomach cramps ... 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 ... with some withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, muscle aches and pains, cramping, sweating, and ... 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 ...

    ... a doctor. 11 They pose a danger when mixed with alcohol or certain other drugs. 11 Opioids pose a high risk ... pains. Abdominal cramping. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. These opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms are ... 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 ... , withdrawal symptoms may include: Anxiety. Agitation. Sleep issues. Pain. Stomach cramping. Diarrhea ... 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 ...

    ... (needing more of the drug to achieve the same effect). Withdrawal symptoms that appear when use is stopped (nausea & vomiting, stomach cramps, muscle aches, sweating, cold chills, appetite loss, diarrhea, insomnia, etc ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms include Some common Tussionex withdrawal symptoms include 9, 10 : Insomnia. Irritability. Dysphoric mood. Restlessness. Anxiety. Nausea. Vomiting. Stomach cramps. Diarrhea. Yawning. Runny nose. Watery eyes ... 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 ...

    ... of administration because it must pass into the stomach and intestine before it can enter the bloodstream 5 ... 3 weeks 10 . Methadone withdrawal symptoms include 10 : Trouble sleeping. Cramps. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea ... 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 . ...

    ... runny nose. Trouble sleeping. Sweating. Frequent yawning. Stomach cramps. Goose bumps. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. How Long Will It Last? In the case of methadone, acute withdrawal can last for 21 days. However, aomeone ... 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 ...

    ... used for a certain period of time. Withdrawal symptoms can include any or all of the following: Diarrhea. Runny nose. Nausea. Sweating. Increased anxiety. Insomnia. Stomach cramps. Pupil dilation. Restless legs / muscle ... 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 ...

    ... to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using, which can include runny nose, sweating, irritability, gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea, stomach cramps), and body aches. If you're ... 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 on ... 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 ...

    ... -like 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Diaphoresis or increased sweating. Muscle cramps. Involuntary muscle movements. Feeling jittery. These symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, and users going through ACTIQ withdrawal may require assistance in staying ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... symptoms. Nausea. Fever. Sweating. Anxiety. Muscle pain. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Agitation. Increased heart rate. Withdrawal symptoms in response to cessation of low dosage painkillers are most ... 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
  • 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 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 ...

    ... substances such as alcohol, tranquilizers, or ... withdrawal is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms 1 . Flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, chills, sweating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting). Abdominal cramps ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... a full opioid agonist. Methadone helps prevent or alleviate withdrawal and staves off or reduces cravings by powerfully binding ... : 1,5,9 Headache. Changes in mood. Stomach pain. Chest pain. Fast or pounding heartbeat. ... 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 ...

    ... is combined with other substances like alcohol. NOTE: The extended-release ... withdrawal symptoms and include 1 : Insomnia. Restlessness. Teary eyes and runny nose. Sweating. Chills. High levels of pain. Weakness. 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) ...

    ... of the most significant effects to be aware of regarding hydromorphone abuse manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the need to take more of a drug over time as the ... 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 withdrawal from morphine may include: Anxiety. Chills. Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea and cramps. ... 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 ...

    ... 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 work with a qualified medical ... 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, ...

    ... symptoms upon stopping use. Withdrawal symptoms include the following: Runny nose. Decreased appetite. Irritability, agitation, and panic. Nausea and vomiting, with or without stomach pain. Cravings for more codeine ... 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 ... Runny nose. Muscle aches. Stomach pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Demerol withdrawal can be painful, and ... 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 ...

    ... , it begins being absorbed into the bloodstream in the stomach and then the intestine. This effect is slow and ... to heroin to get their high and/or relieve withdrawal 6 . Side Effects Like many other medications, Vicodin ... 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 ... aches and pains. Involuntary muscle jerks. The withdrawal symptoms will feel very uncomfortable (many describe it ... 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 ...

    ... especially easily in abusers who take it while drinking alcohol. Death due to an acetaminophen overdose is caused ... other opiates. Withdrawal symptoms vary, but can include: Nausea and vomiting. Upset stomach. Cold sweats. ... 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 ...

    ... Stomach pain. Decreased appetite. Urinary changes. Problems breathing. These Norco side effects can be accentuated when the drug is combined with alcohol ... the drug. Financial problems. Withdrawal symptoms when not on Norco ... 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, ...

    ... consumption. Unlike snorting, when fentanyl is consumed orally, the stomach, intestines, and liver begin to break down some of ... of medically-assisted detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms and help the recovering ... 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 go through the process of detox and withdrawal on a residential basis, where licensed medical personnel ... parents' medicine cabinet than it is to purchase alcohol. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future survey ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Abusers of DXM often underestimate the dangerous effects of DXM, as it is advertised as safe for use. However, its safety for use in therapeutic doses does not translate to safety for recreational use. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used ...

    ... drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with amphetamines or ... same intended effects). Cravings for the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal when not using DXM. “Megadosing” (taking large doses ... 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 ...

    ... really uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that include: 3 Low mood. Feeling sick to your stomach and vomiting. ... relief. Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol. Taking a medication that was not prescribed for ... 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 ...

    ... really uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that include: 3 Low mood. Feeling sick to your stomach and vomiting. ... relief. Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol. Taking a medication that was not prescribed for ... 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 ... -0069 Who Answers? to learn how to find help. Withdrawal Symptoms When someone with a Lortab addiction stops taking the ... 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 ...

    ... to maintain normal functioning and limit unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and pain ... especially true when mixed with alcohol. 7. Furthermore, mixing alcohol with hydrocodone can have strong effect ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms of Norco abuse are those that happen during withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils. ... information about Norco and its effects: Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse Effects of Hydrocodone Use ... 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 ...

    ... . Poor sleep. Muscle pain. These early symptoms give way to later opioid withdrawal symptoms that include 1,2,5 : Cramping. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Restlessness. Shakiness. Chills ... 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 ...

    ... yawning. After some time, these effects will give way to later symptoms of tramadol withdrawal like 5,6,8 : Cramping in the abdomen. Dilated pupils. Diarrhea. Goose bumps. Nausea and vomiting. Muscle spasms. Even ... 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 ...

    ... accidents such as car wrecks or falls. Painful stomach or intestine spasms. Violent bouts of nausea. ... not mix methadone with substances such as street drugs or alcohol. Do not crush methadone to snort or inject it. When ... 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 ...

    ... 5 : Physical and psychological changes when use is terminated (withdrawal symptoms). Taking more of the substance than directed. Combining the substance with alcohol and other drugs to enhance the effects. Spending a ... 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
  • 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 ... completely from your body). To help manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms you may be given certain FDA-approved ... 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 a ... nose. Diarrhea. Decreased appetite. Cramping. Vomiting. Chills. Withdrawal from opiates is not typically ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... but make it clear you won't be enabling their drug or alcohol abuse anymore, if you have been. It's very likely that ... , withdrawal symptoms kick in, with very unpleasant flu-like symptoms, such as: Cramping. Nausea ... 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 ...

    ... a common result of continued use. Once a person develops a physical dependence, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using, or drastically reduce their opioid use. 11 If a pregnant woman abruptly ... 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 ...

    ... you are experiencing: Troubled relationships with your friends and family. Unsuccessful attempts to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Financial problems from spending an exorbitant amount of money on ... 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 ...

    ... another 'stabilizing' opiate regimen, such as buprenorphine, to manage your symptoms and reduce the discomfort of withdrawal. During detoxification , your opioid intake will slowly be reduced, and you'll be taken through ... 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 ...

    ... to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there ... 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 ...

    ... , only 34% of patients received them. 22 Fact: Many prisons don't have the systems in place to handle opiate withdrawal. The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, with nearly 1 in 100 adults in jail. 10 ... 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 ...

    ... NAS occurs in 55-94% of newborns who are exposed to opioids in utero and can cause infants to experience withdrawal after birth (Kraft, et al., 2008). Teen Opana Abuse In 2015, roughly 5% of high school seniors reported ... 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 ...

    ... same highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In this manner, it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and lower cravings and, in most cases, will be slowly tapered until full abstinence is achieved. Buprenorphine ... 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 ...

    ... 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 the chance of relapse ... 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 ...

    ... will slowly taper their dose of Dilaudid under the care of a physician in order to minimize uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Depending on the severity of the addiction, detox may take place on an ... 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 ...

    ... Intermittent, periodic euphoria and apathy. Vomiting. Depression. Problems with concentration or memory. Sleep apnea. Withdrawal Symptoms A reliable sign of opioid dependency and marker of addiction is the appearance 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 ...

    ... to Percocet, you might notice that you don't feel very well when you haven't taken the medication. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to flu symptoms. You might experience body aches, sweating and cold chills. It's also ... 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 ...

    ... feel like your body can't get anything done without the medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This is because the body develops a chemical dependency to the ... 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 ...

    ... Continue use even when confronted by medical, interpersonal, legal or financial hardships. ? Dependence and Withdrawal Oxycodone addiction is related to dependence . Dependence is when the brain becomes so accustomed to ... 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 ...

    ... attempting to detox into a relapse. Because of this, professional treatment is often recommended to manage withdrawal symptoms and increase the comfort of the patient during the typically unpleasant detox process , which ... 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 ...

    ... part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and help curb cravings. The drug has a long history of being used to treat opioid-addicted ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment ... 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 ...

    ... of what symptoms to expect, how they will be handled, and how long withdrawal symptoms will last. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of methylphenidate use can include: Aggression. Anxiety and depression. Hunger. Inability ... 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, ...

    ... . Many residential rehabilitation centers offer detox programs to mitigate the extreme discomfort that can come with opiate withdrawal. Once admitted to a center, you will be required to go through a structured period of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 addiction to Ultram also follow the path of ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms including: Panic attacks. Anxiety. Gastrointestinal distress. Muscle weakness. Fever. Flu-like symptoms. Withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and can cause users to persist in taking the drug despite negative ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... including depression and the emergence of underlying mental disorders. The symptoms elicited by sudden elicited by sudden withdrawal can elicit can be so intense that they encourage the user to again seek out Ritalin and ... 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 ...

    ... the use of medications, such as naltrexone or buprenorphine, to help people cope with cravings and withdrawal. MAT refers to the combination of medications with counseling and/or behavioral therapies to treat substance ... 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 ...

    ... intended purpose. For people that suffer from addiction to the drug, do not abruptly stop using the drug as withdrawal will occur and is very dangerous to manage without medical help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? for ... 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 ...

    ... . Opioid addiction treatment typically starts with medical detox and stabilization, which involves a supervised, medication-managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition, there needs to be an assessment to see why the ... 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 ...

    ... Suboxone, Subutex) or methadone . These substances can be controlled in a way to help prevent full withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings and reduce the risks of continued substance use. Following detox, people will likely ... 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), ...

    ... Drowsiness Dizziness 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 ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed medically-assisted opioid withdrawal and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... , opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach in combating the opioid epidemic ... 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 ...

    ... . This process can be uncomfortable and cause flu-like symptoms. Even though the symptoms of withdrawal are not usually dangerous, withdrawing under medical supervision can help make you more comfortable and minimize ... 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 ...

    ... combining Actiq and other substances, such as alcohol, other opioids, sedatives, or other substances that ... similar drugs to prevent or reduce symptoms of withdrawal.(These do not count as diagnostic symptoms for opioid ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... has been mixed with other substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long- ... ensures a slow but comfortable withdrawal process. You may experience some effects of withdrawal anyway, but they won' ... 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 ...

    ... to stop using the drug gradually in order to avoid withdrawal discomfort. 6 One of the best-known side effects ... misusers grind up tablets, mix them with water or alcohol, and inject them. This can lead to heart problems ... 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 ... also experience tingling in your hands and feet. After withdrawal is complete, you may want to attend an inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... off of Percocet under medical supervision may ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don't cause a relapse. The medical staff in ... mental 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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. ...

    ... a prescription. Using additional substances—such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or stimulants—at the same time ... of the more severe and intolerable symptoms of withdrawal. The duration of the detoxification period will ... 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 ...

    ... turkey can be extremely unpleasant. A supervised withdrawal period can safely and comfortably usher a ... other pharmaceuticals. 14% were for the combination of alcohol and tramadol . 12% involved the combination of tramadol ... 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 ...

    ... using the drug, they may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs are short-term ... Hiller-Sturmhofel, S. (1999). The community-reinforcement approach. Alcohol Research and Health , 23 (2), 116-121. South ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... and distractions that might otherwise occur in a home setting. Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent on hydrocodone can be extremely painful and unpleasant. Checking ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , ... never had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready ... 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 ...

    ... (especially when taken in combination with alcohol or other drugs). The active chemicals ... of time, then it's likely that you will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once you stop using. This is due to the physical ... 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 ...

    ... central nervous system, such as alcohol. According to the CDC, in 2010 alcohol played a role in 18.5 ... presence of a highly trained team of professionals. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... , or in combination with other drugs or alcohol can cause overdose. Call emergency help immediately if ... effects and risk a deadly overdose. Methylphenidate Withdrawal Treatment If you are addicted to methylphenidate, ... 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
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