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  • 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 ...

    ... there is a risk of developing tolerance to this drug. As the body adapts to tramadol's presence, users need larger doses of the drug to feel its painkilling and euphoric effects. Physical dependence: Along with tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... an opioid painkiller with a well-known risk of abuse and dependence. Opioid abusers that were given high-dose tramadol reported that it gave them an enjoyable “high” that was similar to codeine and somewhat less intense ... 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, ...

    ... to get high quickly might try to get their hands on extended-release versions of tramadol to abuse. These variations are formulated with higher doses and have built-in mechanisms in place, like a time-release coating, to ... continue reading
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  • 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, ...

    ... . As a person develops tolerance, they may begin to need higher doses to experience the same effects as before. 4 After repeated tramadol use, people may develop physiological dependence. When dependence develops, should ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... effects. Tolerance can cause the user to take increasing doses, which further increases their risk of overdosing. Relapse is another major risk factor for tramadol overdose. When a recovering person relapses, they do not ... 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 ...

    ... . To counteract the development of tolerance, users often begin to take increasingly large doses. With ever-increasing levels of tramadol in the system, the brain grows more accustomed to its availability and begins to ... 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 ...

    ... can have numerous detrimental and addictive effects when misused. In fact, when taken in high doses, tramadol can produce effects similar to the stronger opioid drug oxycodone , a widely abused medication. What Are ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... levels. Ultram Abuse Treatment Seizure activity has been reported in active tramadol users - even those who've taken surprisingly small doses. In addition, and as previously mentioned, attempting to stop Ultram cold ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... scale that, in August 2014, the FDA placed tramadol on the controlled substances list as a Schedule IV ... sleeping. Tolerance , as the user needs ever-larger doses to kill pain and feel euphoric. Ultram addiction , ... 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 ...

    ... While in the hospital, Shelly received regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. ... Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than ... continue reading
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  • Tramadol History and Statistics

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

    ... today. Even though the drug is thought to be relatively safe due to its low potential for abuse, addiction to tramadol has been a growing problem in the US and around the world. When the drug is abused, it has desired ... 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), ...

    ... restriction on usage due to its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart. Did the drug change? No; tramadol was and has always been an opiate - so why the sudden turn-about? Digging for the Truth The DEA ... 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 ...

    ... recovery options for those struggling with abuse of the drug. Help for Ultram Addicts Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain medication with relatively low potential for abuse and addiction if used as prescribed, and ... 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 ...

    ... low. Over time, you may naturally develop some level of tolerance to the medication and require a higher dose in order to alleviate pain. 4 This is a normal response to ongoing opioid therapy; however, you should ... 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 ...

    ... 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 recreationally, can result in tolerance to the drug and the ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at ...

    ... that of someone you love. Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose Hydrocodone overdose occurs when someone takes a dose that is too high for their body and brain to handle and is associated with a number of dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... available as a syrup formulation. Depending on its potential for abuse and risk for dependency, codeine in its different doses and formulations is a Schedule II, III, or V drug under the Controlled Substances Act 3 . As ... 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 ...

    ... be given to children under the age of 6 and should only be used as prescribed 1 . Taking higher doses or dosing more frequently than every 12 hours can be dangerous. Mixing liquids with Tussionex (e.g., pouring the syrup ... 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 ...

    ... , happy, or high. 3 Opioids can also impact the user's ability to breathe when taken at a high dose. 3 Opioid Side Effects Because opioids and their analogs interact at the various opioid receptors in the brain, they ... 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 ...

    ... the user uncomfortable, and tend to get worse as the dose increases. Other side effects can be much more serious and ... term recreational use often involves larger, more frequent doses that can lead to life-changing damage. ... 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 ...

    ... 50 and 100 stronger than morphine—so ACTIQ must be administered carefully. When people abuse it and/or try to increase doses on their own, they results may be lethal 2 . Signs and symptoms of overdose include 4 : Marked ... 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) ...

    ... is the need to take more of a drug over time as the body begins to adjust to the previously effective dose. Because of this, the individual will no longer get the same sense of pain relief or high as they initially did ... 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 ...

    ... their prescription as directed. They might not fully hear their doctor's instructions, they might take the wrong dose, or forget if they took it already—all of which can lead to misuse, significant negative side effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... drugs that can be easily abused have negative effects on your body, and DXM abuse is no different. Taking high doses of DXM, for example by ingesting excess amounts of cough syrup, can lead to: A variety of negative side ... 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, ...

    ... Pill form (under trade names such as Tylenol 1, Tylenol 3 and Tylenol 4 - all combinations of varying doses of acetaminophen and codeine, sold as a Schedule III drug when codeine content is not above 90 mgs.). Injection ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... 25 years old had ingested cough and cold medicine recreationally . Per the DAWN Report, when taken in large doses, DXM can produce a high similar to that of PCP and certain other psychotropic drugs. According to a 2010 ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... factors increase an individual's risk of overdose. As oxycodone abuse escalates, a user may begin to need higher doses to get the same desired effects. This is known as building a tolerance to oxycodone's effects, and it ... 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 ...

    ... drug will lead to the quickest onset, effects will be strongest via these routes. This occurs because the entire dose will be available in the body in a shorter amount of time, which causes a higher concentration of the ... 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 ...

    ... in an outpatient setting, while methadone maintenance requires a woman to go to a clinic daily to receive her dose. More studies are needed in order to properly understand the risks and benefits of these two therapies. 4 ... 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 ...

    ... does not contribute to the abuse potential, it does cause significant liver toxicity when taken at excess doses. [quizBuddy quiz=”Percocet Effects Quiz” question=”1″] [quizBuddy quiz=”Percocet Effects Quiz” question=”2″] ... 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 ...

    ... to the drug in a process called tolerance. People who develop a tolerance on hydrocodone need to take larger doses of the drug, or take it more often, to experience the same positive effects. In seeking a greater “high ... 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 ...

    ... 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 prescribed in the US in 2011, so it ... 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 ...

    ... also possible for those exchanging medications of varying strengths. Not all painkillers are equal with regard to strength and dosing . You may be used to taking one opioid analgesic and your friend may be used to taking ... 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” ...

    ... to the drug as strongly and will need a higher dose to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance fuels addiction because ... the drug more often than directed or in larger doses than prescribed, which can also increase the risk ... 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 ...

    ... their prescription as directed. They might not fully hear their doctor's instructions, they might take the wrong dose, or forget if they took it already—all of which can lead to misuse, significant negative side effects ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... , with the dissociative, out-of-body feeling similar to that of PCP or Ketamine (“Special K”) when the dose is high enough. Those seeking the kind of high that DXM produces may take it large amounts and over time may ... 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 ...

    ... overdose, and even death. It's also important to understand that Norco contains acetaminophen which, taken in high doses, can quickly damage the liver and/or be fatal. The addictive potential of an opiate with the liver ... 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 ...

    ... it will continue to produce increasing effects with higher doses up until the opioid receptor is fully activated. ... ) when the drug is not provided at the usual dose. Any user can develop some degree of oxycodone tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... your child began using the substances? How long has the substance use has been going on? What is the dose/average amount they are consuming? Have you seen any major changes in your child (e.g., Have they become violent ... 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 ...

    ... to provide long-lasting pain relief. By breaking the tablets open or even splitting a tablet in half to take a smaller dose, your body may absorb too much of the drug at once, which may lead to an overdose 1 . What to Do ... 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 ...

    ... you feel anxious at the thought of stopping the drug, and you may find yourself hoarding the drug to use in high doses in an attempt to get high. Am I Addicted to Methadone? If you keep taking the drug regardless of its ... 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 ...

    ... teen's methadone use if they have been prescribed the drug and watch for inappropriate increases in dose or regularity of ingestion. If you have concerns, discuss these with the physician prescribing methadone to your ... 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 ...

    ... that tolerance is fluid. If someone has not used it for some time and returns to use at the same dose, their body could be unprepared for the strong effects and experience an overdose 4 . Signs of hydrocodone overdose ... 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. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... of access . Many methadone clinics give the client 1 dose per day, which makes it less likely to lead ... medication reminder box and have someone check to ensure doses are taken correctly. Know the signs of methadone ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... if a person relapses after a prolonged period of abstinence, they may attempt to take their pre-abstinence dose and unintentionally overdose because their body no longer has the same tolerance for the drug. Other factors ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and ...

    ... your life or that of someone you know. Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose When a person takes a higher dose of opioids than their body and brain are able to manage, they may experience an overdose. An opioid overdose ... 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 . ...

    ... is easily upset when the user misses or receives a lower dose of the substance. When this occurs, it will generate an ... with methadone detox is to gradually reduce the dose of methadone in a process called weaning or ... 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 ...

    ... the withdrawal is influenced by a number of factors, such as 1 : The specific drug(s) used. The dose. The frequency of use. The total time using. Physical health status. Mental health status. Someone who has used higher ... 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, ...

    ... the drug takes a larger amount to produce the kind of high that used to come with lower doses 6 . Any dose increase outside the careful monitoring of a medical professional can be extremely dangerous 6 . Overdose is also ... 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 ...

    ... between 2008 and 2012. The street price for Dilaudid ranges from $5 to $100 per tablet depending on the dose and region. Teen Dilaudid Abuse A 2011 survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug Free America revealed that 1 ... 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 ...

    ... of people who take it. It is easy to reduce dosages, and it can be used safely in relatively high doses, which makes it a good option for what's usually called methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). Methadone is not to be ... 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 ...

    ... a prescription but is taking the pills more frequently than seems normal or is taking the drug in excessive doses, he or she may have a problem. Taking Percocet in an alternate method is another warning sign. For example ... 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 ...

    ... drug for its pain relief and cough suppressant qualities. When taken long-term and/or in excessive doses, hydrocodone users are placed at high risk for developing tolerance, addiction, and dependency — due in part to ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

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

    ... dependent on prescription opioids, people want to continue using them for long periods of time or in higher doses to prevent withdrawal symptoms . 2 While some degree of tolerance and dependence can develop even if you ... 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 the drug, which can easily lead to overdose. Dependence and Withdrawal Over time and often after taking increased doses, the user will become dependent on the substance, meaning they must have it to feel and function ... 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 ...

    ... are commonly referred to as “smart drugs” or “study drugs.” Addiction can result when methylphenidate is taken in doses and/or via methods (e.g. injection or snorting) other than those prescribed . Statistics show that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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

    ... Overdosing on opioid painkillers or heroin can lead to respiratory depression, a slowing of breathing. At sufficient doses, respiratory arrest can deprive the brain and body tissues of oxygen. This can easily prove fatal ... 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 ...

    ... the prescribed method (such as snorting crushed pills). Using it more often than prescribed. Taking it in larger doses than prescribed. Using it for reasons other than the prescribed one(s). Using it without one's own ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... changes can also happen if you are taking opiates for therapeutic reasons and within the prescribed doses. Encouraging research findings indicate that some of the brain changes that accompany the development of opioid ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... risk of overdose. When a person is abstinent for a while, their tolerance diminishes, meaning the high doses they were using before becoming abstinent may overwhelm their system should they be used again. What to Do ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... , where they will require more and more of the drug to experience the effects that once came with lower doses. This may further increase the chances of overdose as the user increases the amount of drug used to counteract ... 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 ...

    ... When tolerance has developed, the medication can no longer produce the same effects in the user at the same dose, which can drive the individual to take more. 12 Actiq should not be prescribed to individuals who are not ... 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 ...

    ... lead to pleasure and euphoria because they act on the reward centers of the brain . Demerol users may take high doses of the drug, snort or inject it, and/or mix it with other drugs in order to amplify its effects. Those ... 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 ...

    ... the risk of overdose: Snorting or injecting the medication. Continually increasing your dose. Taking the medication in situations where the dose is unknown. Taking opioids that are counterfeit or laced with other drugs ... 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 feel the effects of Vicodin use . Even casual users or those closely following a prescription dose may experience: Itching. Swelling. Weakness. Dizziness. Vomiting and upset stomach. If taken for a prolonged period of ... 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 ...

    ... are in need of continuous pain management, and is not to be taken on an as-needed basis. The highest available dose of Opana ER is the 40 mg tablet (Opana 40). Extended release drugs like Opana ER are meant to control ... 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 ...

    ... of the sensations of pain and, in a dose-dependent manner, ultimately produces feelings of euphoria . While ... administration of medications that provide a steady, low dose of opioids. These medications act on opioid ... 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 the presence of the drug. An individual who has developed tolerance to the drug requires increasing doses to feel the desired effects. Developed dependence : Tussionex dependence occurs when the body can only function ... 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 ...

    ... , has the potential to be neurotoxic, especially if it builds up in neural tissues with repeated, high dose use. A build-up of this metabolite may cause agitation, tremors, and seizures . Demerol Overdose Overdose is ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms and cravings by providing a controlled dose of opioid effects while avoiding the intense ... Percocet is addictive when the medication is taken in high doses and used for an extended period of time. Anyone ... 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 ...

    ... the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... : Oral consumption (ingesting) generally results in slower-onset of effects, with weaker peak intensity. An average dose of a prescription painkiller, then, will not produce the same high as heroin. Snorting or injecting ... continue reading
  • Opioids

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

    ... symptoms if they try to quit or slow their use, sometimes within a few hours after their last dose. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are often so unpleasant and uncomfortable that it makes it quite challenging for people to ... 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. ...

    ... to develop with only short-term use of the drug, repeated administration of the medication, especially at doses higher than recommended, can significantly increase this risk. What are the Signs of Addiction? Addiction to ... 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, ...

    ... . Relaxation. Those seeking the effects above will often abuse fentanyl by taking it without a prescription, using high doses, or mixing it with other drugs - all of these situations can turn fatal. If fentanyl abuse and ... 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 ...

    ... relieving effects that patients need. AND At higher doses, the euphoric effects that abusers seek. Individuals who ... or dissolve the tablet in order to release the full dose all at once. These changes may be responsible for ... 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, ...

    ... at minimal risk for experiencing a stimulant “high”. However, when someone abuses the drug, typically with doses well above those indicated on the prescription, the user is subject to the risks of addiction and overdose ... 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 ...

    ... much Percocet they can overdose on the drug. A Percocet overdose poses serious risks, depending on the dose and the user's tolerance. When a person snorts Percocet, it can overstimulate and overwhelm the brain. Symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... or while driving. Developing tolerance to the drug, which means the individual has to take increasing doses to elicit the desired effect. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use is stopped (nausea, vomiting ... 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 ...

    ... dependency, even when the user begins taking it for legitimate medical reasons. Misusing morphine by taking excess doses and/or combining it with street drugs, alcohol, or even other prescription drugs can have dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... and requires increasing amounts to feel the same effects. 3 Developing tolerance paired with ever-increasing doses may contribute to the development of addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves drug seeking ... 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 ...

    ... between being alert and asleep. Confusion. Problems with motor coordination. In the long-term or at higher doses, these signs will appear more often or with increased severity Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? While the signs ... 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 ...

    ... , not gain the same benefit as they did previously. In the case of Vicodin, higher or more frequent doses will be needed to feel the same pain relief. The process becomes troubling when tolerance leads to ever-increasing ... 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 ...

    ... happens, tolerance has built up. As tolerance develops, those abusing the drugs in question often seek higher doses to accommodate for its presence, and their potential for addiction rises accordingly. Am I Addicted to ... 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 ...

    ... (NSAIDs) These are more potent than acetaminophen, but also available in over-the-counter dosage. Higher doses can be taken with a prescription. NSAIDs include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve. The downside to ... 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 ...

    ... a specific potassium channel in this channel of the brain did not react in a “typical way” to opioid doses. When given opioids, their breathing remained normal. What does this mean and why is this discovery considered to ... 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 ...

    ... is specially formulated to release the substance slowly into the bloodstream over time, decreasing the need for multiple doses throughout the day 4 . The ER version is not always taken as directed, however. Recreational ... 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, ...

    ... . It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, morphine can quickly develop a hold on the user that can be difficult to escape. Is Using Morphine Bad ... 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 ...

    ... can produce a number of effects in the short term that “feel good” for users, especially when higher doses than advised are taken (or the user is taking Lortab recreationally). These short-term effects include: Feelings ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... not increasing, risk of a lethal overdose. If a person who has abused Vicodin in the past uses the same dose after a period of abstinence, they may find that their body no longer has the tolerance built up to withstand ... 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 ...

    ... seen in those who have quit using Dilaudid long enough for tolerance to subside, and then relapse with a dose of drug that is too high or even lethal. Symptoms of hydromorphone overdose include: Cold, clammy skin. Blue ... 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, ...

    ... for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, believes “it will kill people as soon as it's released. It's a whopping dose of hydrocodone packed in an easy-to-crush capsule.” 15 In a letter addressed to the FDA Commissioner, a ... 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 ...

    ... , misusing it may lead to an overdose. Even if the person is no longer feeling the effects of the last dose, the medication can still be in the body, leading to overdose if they take more. 1 Overdosing on methadone can ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms can begin 6-12 hours after the last dose. With longer acting drugs such as methadone, LAAM, ... mother took opioids, and the timing of the mother's last dose. Depending on the type of drug taken, symptoms of NAS can ... 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 ...

    ... extended-release oxycodone can intensify its effects because the drug is released all at once, resulting in a maximum dose in a short period of time in the brain 5,7 . This can increase the risk of breathing difficulties ... 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 ...

    ... 9 : Methadone —This full opioid agonist provides effects similar to Roxicodone. However, with its tightly-controlled dosing and longer-acting effects, it can be given without the risk of the same highs and lows that ... 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 ...

    ... medically assisted and overseen detox . During medically assisted detox, the client will slowly taper their dose of Dilaudid under the care of a physician in order to minimize uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

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

    ... by authorities, fentanyl is more lethal than many of these other drugs because even an extremely small dose (2 milligrams) can be fatal 3 . Illegal, non-pharmaceutical fentanyl (NPF), also called illicitly manufactured ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance developing even when taking it as prescribed, which means you will need to continually increase your dose of the substance to deliver the desired results. Are you concerned about someone you love? Visit our ... 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: ...

    ... OxyIR and other immediate release variants can trigger stronger symptoms for a shorter duration. The specific dose and the method used to consume the substance will additionally influence the impact on an individual as ... continue reading
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