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  • Opioids

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

    ... when these drugs are misused. Short-term side effects can include: 4 Over-sedation or sleepiness ... loans or financing may be an option. One of the most common ways to pay for addiction treatment is through a personal or ... 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 ...

    ... pain from a sustained injury, etc.). Like heroin and morphine, Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system, ... of the side effects manifesting in those using the drug. Some of the most common side effects of ... 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 ...

    ... managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to morphine. In addition, hydrocodone has some utility as ... , the user is at greater risk of the above side effects. An individual's risk of overdose is also markedly ... continue reading
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  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

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

    ... body in a number of ways from mild side effects to long-term health effects. The way they affect the brain's ... they need to keep taking the substance to produce the same effect. 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 Tolerance commonly leads to ... 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 ...

    ... with severe NAS, they may need medicines such as morphine and methadone to help treat their withdrawal symptoms. In ... higher doses to feel the same effects. Physical dependence is a common result of continued use. Once a ... 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 ...

    ... potency of two to eight times higher than morphine , with greater sedative properties and a shorter ... side effects. The most common side effects of hydromorphone include: Severe Side Effects Some more serious side effects ... 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 ...

    ... many other opioids—between 50 and 100 stronger than morphine—so ACTIQ must be administered carefully. When people ... administration) before the antidote takes effect 2 . Long-Term Effects of Abuse ACTIQ has some unique ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

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

    ... high doses, however, opioids may also have certain side effects, such as marked drowsiness, respiratory depression, and ... durations of time. Some common prescription painkillers include: 4 Morphine . Codeine . OxyContin ( ... 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 ...

    ... of more intense side effects . For example, someone that experiences symptoms of anxiety as a side effect of the ... takes the drug exactly as prescribed—it is a more common development in those who abuse the drug. An opioid ... 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 ...

    ... over a long period of time becomes more common. These effects may vary, but they often include: Tolerance : ... danger to themselves or others when driving. The side effects of tolerance and dependence may ultimately lead to ... 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 ...

    ... an opiate drug, it is in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has ... it for non-medical purposes. The most common side effects include: Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dizziness. ... 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, ...

    ... lower potential for dependence (unlike opioids such as morphine), tramadol dependence can still occur, particularly if ... misused nonmedically. Some of the risks and side effects of tramadol include: 7 Sedation. Dizziness ... 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 ...

    ... prescription diversion becomes increasingly common. In the short-term, effects of hydrocodone are ... as a side-effect for some, a pleasurable high that interacts with the brain's reward circuitry. Both effects help to ... 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 ...

    ... a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects similar to those of heroin (e ... is abused, the user may suffer new or worsening side effects like 1,3,4,6 : Nausea and vomiting. Stomach ... 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 ...

    ... is not without its inherent risks, and methadone abuse is common. While the drug does not produce a high in the ... Howcast [quizBuddy quiz=”Methadone Effects” question=”3″] Side Effects Methadone slows down your reactions ... 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 ...

    ... . Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were prescribed in the ... that you're here for them and that you're on your side, but make it clear you won't be enabling their drug or ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... effect. Certain reinforcing brain patterns may develop as a person obsesses over the drug and its effects and, in turn, compel the user to compulsively seek it out. Morphine ... of morphine can have a number of side effects, ... 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, ...

    ... . 6 Demerol: Demerol is a narcotic analgesic similar to morphine. It is used as a pain reliever and pre-operative medication. Side effects include confusion, convulsions, dizziness, drowsiness, low blood pressure and ... 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 ...

    ... potency is between 50 and 100 times more than that of morphine. 2 Fentanyl is prescribed in a number of forms and ... his or her side. 4 Effects of Actiq Use Fentanyl attaches to opioid receptors. 2,11 One effect of this is ... 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 ...

    ... you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there' ... symptoms you might expect? Well, the most common include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, insomnia ... 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” ...

    ... will need a higher dose to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance fuels addiction because the addict will need to ... point in order to amplify the “high” or desired effects. These methods, as well as combining the opiate with ... 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 ...

    ... . Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush ... 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 ...

    ... ), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and ... readily prescribed, and very addictive—a dangerous combination. Side Effects The biggest advantage to opioids is that they're ... 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), ...

    ... similar to other opiates like codeine and morphine , tramadol is dangerous. People have experienced severe side effects while taking tramadol. These side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness ... 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 ...

    ... to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers ... brain, they have a wide range of side effects. Possible side effects connected to the use of opioid painkillers ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

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

    ... along with methadone, such as OxyContin, heroin or morphine. Neglecting other aspects of life like work and ... our helpline at for more information. Effects of Methadone Abuse The health effects of methadone use are wide and ... 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 ...

    ... 1,2 . Hydrocodone produces effects similar to other opioids, including oxycodone and morphine 3. It is the most ... of drug use, more troublesome and potentially dangerous side effects of hydrocodone use can emerge, such as 1 ... 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 ...

    ... potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. The FDA approves this powerful painkiller for 1 , ... it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. ... 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, ...

    ... crushing and snorting it, to increase the effects/to get high. Is tramadol the new OxyContin? ... . Sinus and Nasal Cavity Damage In addition to the typical side effects of tramadol, snorting it also leads to a specific set ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the ... relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory ... 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 ...

    ... stop using drugs (e.g. physical and psychological effects). The cost of treatment. That treatment hasn't ... opioid analgesic with roughly 5 times the potency of morphine. It is used solely for the management of moderate ... 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) ...

    ... that is several times greater than morphine 2 . While the opioid effects will be similar, substances containing hydromorphone ... symptoms of abuse are pleasurable, however. Side effects may include 1,2 : Nausea. Vomiting ... 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 ...

    ... with the drug companies. It's also common for pharmaceutical companies to draft legislation and persuade ... course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to ... 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 ...

    ... continue to increase their doses to achieve these effects as their tolerance develops. Continually increasing the ... opioid analgesic 80-100 times more potent than morphine and much more potent than even heroin. Fentanyl ... 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 ...

    ... covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), ... painkiller abuse often extends far beyond the common physical effects of these drugs. Someone addicted to ... 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 ...

    ... (Vicodin, Lortab). Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet). Morphine . Codeine . Methadone . The substances work ... lead to a slew of negative physical and mental health effects and can be fatal when misused. Opioids have a profound ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

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

    ... or amount of the drug taken to achieve the desired effect. The repeated increase in doses of Tussionex used can ... abusing it can bring about severe and detrimental side effects. If you or someone you know abuses Tussionex ... 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 ...

    ... use of opioids leads to physical dependence . However, the side of opiate addiction that we don't hear about is ... a short-term syndrome that can have long lasting effects. Due to the prevalence of opioids, the incidence ... 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 ...

    ... s no longer about controlling the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is all about being out of control. Common signs of addiction to OxyContin include: Shopping around and using multiple doctors to get your drugs (doctor ... 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 ...

    ... use or overdose, you may, in turn, suffer lasting effects of depriving your brain of oxygen such as difficulties with attention and memory. The common side effect of constipation may also be harmful to the body over the ... 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 ...

    ... bloodstream in the stomach and then the intestine. This effect is slow and less intense as the body proceeds to ... Snorting drugs often results in an additional set of side effects. As a result, people that snort drugs such ... 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 ...

    ... death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that ... opiate users are more likely to experience common mental health disorders and problem drug use than ... 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 ...

    ... Dilaudid is commonly abused for its sedating, relaxing, and euphoric effects. The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and ... to help with constipation (a common opioid side effect). Poor coordination. Nodding off ... 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 ...

    ... or swallowing Seizures Some of the most dangerous side effects of oxycodone use are associated with the breathing ... treating oxycodone addiction. One of the most common approaches is cognitive behavioral therapy , which ... 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 ...

    ... , the active ingredient in Tylenol, is another common and effective pain reliever. It is recommended as ... medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects. Exercise Doctors recommend exercise to all patients, but ... 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 ...

    ... 2015). Opioid painkillers are a common first-line approach to managing relatively severe pain, and while they are sometimes a necessary part of treatment, they often carry a slew of side effects as well as the danger for ... 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 ...

    ... Percocet Effects Quiz” question=”2″] Side Effects The side effects are generally similar to the side effects for ... damage to this organ. Severe constipation is a common problem among opiate users and often requires medical ... 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 ...

    ... to listen to their needs and stand by their side as they decide whether to seek treatment. Hospital-only ... t get anything done without the medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don ... 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 ...

    ... the feeling by any means possible—laying the groundwork for a developing addiction. Side Effects Some common side effects of OxyContin abuse include: Drowsiness and possible intermittent dozing off. Delayed reactions ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... : Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood, behavior and overall psychological state including: Depression Anxiety Mood swings ... 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 ...

    ... use. (Which is why it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control of body movements) Hallucinations Tremors Heart impairment Solution or Unsafe Substance ... 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 ...

    ... experienced higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side, the ones who got enough sleep and were in ... OxyContin. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects… Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... ability to sleep. Addiction to Vicodin is common because the substance activates an increase of ... results. This also increases the negative and dangerous side effects associated with the substance. Am I Addicted? Finding ... 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 ...

    ... for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe the vaccine ... . Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues , Opioid side effects Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... purposes in 2012 10 . Visits to emergency departments due to side effects of tramadol rose from just over 10,000 in 2005 to ... not well understood, the risk of this side effect is higher in individuals with a history of ... 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 ...

    ... need more of the drug to achieve the initial effect. Over time, the user may develop a physical ... ? Some common signs of Dilaudid addiction/abuse include: Needing more of the drug to achieve the same effects. Using ... 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 ...

    ... irregular employment. Breakdown of interpersonal relationships. There are also many different physical side effects , which include: Sedation. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Respiratory depression. Fractures. Muscle ... 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 ...

    ... getting Tussionex, using it, or recovering from its effects. Frequently failing to cut back or stop using the ... explore the different recovery programs available. Some common treatment options include: Detox programs: If a ... 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 ...

    ... prevent relapse . It produces no opioid effects and blocks the effects of opioids for 24-48 hours. Some ... go back to using the drug again. It is quite common for people to experience one or many episodes of relapse. Again ... 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 ...

    ... . Sweating. Dilated pupils. Dilated pupils. Gastrointestinal distress (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). Effects of Abuse For those who abuse Demerol, side effects may be severe. Abusing prescription opioids can put people at ... 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 ...

    ... , it's unable to elicit quite as intense an effect profile as that of heroin and other shorter-acting, ... an addictive euphoric rush, the risks of negative side effects, and the risk of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are ... 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 ...

    ... them when they are not experiencing the drug's effects. Because Percocet is legal for use with a ... to ensure that you're following the program. It's common for drug abuse counselors to give you random drug tests ... 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, ...

    ... may begin to unravel. Effects of Vicodin Abuse It doesn't take much to feel the effects of Vicodin use . ... Coma. Seizures. Vicodin Withdrawal One of the most common problems with Vicodin is that withdrawal symptoms can set ... 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 ...

    ... Vicodin Addiction Treatment starts with a thorough understanding of how the drug affects the addict and effects those around them. The misuse of Vicodin is particularly disturbing because many people, including friends ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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  • Tramadol Withdrawal

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    ... withdrawal is rarely life-threatening. The most common risk of tramadol withdrawal is the risk of ... sweating. Frequent yawning. After some time, these effects will give way to later symptoms of tramadol withdrawal ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

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    ... by providing a ceiling to the euphoric effects, meaning once the effects reach a certain point, taking more won ... the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it's common for people who use hydrocodone for an extended amount of ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ... prescribed with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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    ... withdrawal symptoms. Pills to Heroin: A Terrifyingly Common Transition Many opioid painkillers and heroin share remarkably similar chemical structures and desirable effects, which may help to explain the startling ... 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 ...

    ... abusing it, oxycodone addiction has become quite common. Fortunately, there are a number of effective ... from a place of improved understanding about the drug and its effects. When you finally decide to bring up the topic, ... 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 ...

    ... opioid agonist will aid in reducing withdrawals and cravings. Naltrexone —This substance works by blocking the effects of Roxicodone, reducing the temptation to use. Therapy Therapy may occur as part of an inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... and abuse. It subdues pain and creates a euphoric feeling in the brain. With continued use, however, these effects are dulled by the development of tolerance and many users may find themselves taking more and more to get ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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

    ... drugs. What Are the Signs of Addiction? There are numerous signs of addiction, but as with all drugs, the effects of painkiller use narrow down to a central definition: You are unable to control your drug use, even when ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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    ... Doberstein, especially since science suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate of ... chronic lower back pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was snorted or injected. What ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

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

    ... tablets and either snorting them, or dissolving them in aqueous solution to be injected. ? ? Desirable Effects Perceptions of less physical pain. Feelings of joy and happiness referred to as euphoria. Release of muscular ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

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    ... more of the drug to achieve the desired effect or high. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex ... important to get help immediately. The potentially deadly effects of a Tussionex overdose can be reversed with ... continue reading
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