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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... relieves pain, but it also can cause side effects in users—especially in those abusing this medication by ... young adults abusing hydrocodone-containing drugs like Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. The 2014 Monitoring the Future ... 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 ...

    ... a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab ... this is a prescription medication, so doctors prescribe it for patients who are experiencing some type of pain, possibly chronic, ... 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 ...

    ... with other pain relievers like ibuprofen (Vicoprofen) or acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco) 1,2 ... frequently prescribed opioid pain reliever in the US. Of the 207 million prescriptions for pain medications in 2013, ... 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, ...

    ... Opioids? Prescription opioids are powerful medications used to treat pain and include familiar names such as ... . Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic). Hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin). Hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Meperidine (Demerol ... 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 ...

    ... prescription written by a healthcare provider for an opioid medication. 1 The number is significantly higher in the ... OxyContin, Percocet). Methadone. Hydrocodone (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses ... 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 ...

    ... Norco - hydrocodone + acetaminophen. Vicoprofen - hydrocodone + ibuprofen. In 2013, hydrocodone was the most frequently dispensed opiate medication-with ... used for moderate to severe pain. However, when used without a ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... Important to consider, however, is that use of medications containing hydrocodone for non-medical reasons by teenagers is not ... report would include numbers for Lortab, Norco and other hydrocodone formulations on the ... 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 ...

    ... in several commonly prescribed opioid analgesics such as Lortab, Norco and Vicodin - for the short-term management of a number of causes of pain. The medication works by altering the way your brain and nervous system ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute ... pain relievers between 2002 and 2011. In addition, a startling 16,651 deaths were attributed to prescription opioid medications ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have ... and stabilization, which involves a supervised, medication-managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... problems. Depression. Similar hydrocodone medications are marketed as Norco and Zohydro . From Prescription ... . Jaundice. Paranoia. Slowed heart rate. Stomach pain. Twitching of the muscles. Weakness. Weight loss ... 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 ...

    ... opioids, along with sudden, uncontrollable vomiting; antiemetic medication may be required in order to treat this. ... doses of many prescription painkillers such as Lortab, Norco and Vicodin. Adding alcohol to the mix - ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... damage in some cases. The physical health risks are only the beginning, as prolonged abuse of opioid pain medication can contribute to mental health issues as well. Use of painkillers (especially at high doses) triggers ... 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 ...

    ... , such as at parties or with friends. Those who suffer from chronic pain may misuse and abuse a hydrocodone-containing medication to alleviate pain. No matter the reason someone uses Tussionex, abusing it can bring about ... 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 ...

    ... detox. Depending on the severity of your opioid dependence, some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This can help you to ... 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 ...

    ... detox. Depending on the severity of your opioid dependence, some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This can help you to ... 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) ...

    ... Dangerous is Hydromorphone? Opioids like hydromorphone can wreak havoc on a user. Consider these statistics 5 : Opioid pain medications caused 19,000 deaths in the U.S. during 2014. Among people age 15-24, men account ... 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 ...

    ... an extended-release version of tramadol, which allows them to experience longer lasting pain relief without needing to take the medication as frequently. Is Tramadol Harmful? This drug - while somewhat atypical with its ... 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 ...

    ... Use The Monitoring the Future study, conducted by the University of Michigan, documents the alarming rates of pain medication abuse in teens. In 2015, 8.4% of seniors in high school reported having tried narcotic ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

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

    ... is relatively young. The drug was created by a German drug company that specializes in treating pain in 1962. The medication was tested for 15 years in Germany before being approved and brought to the foreign market in ... 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 ...

    ... should be kept where children cannot obtain it. Misuse of Actiq may occur. 1 Actiq Misuse Prescription pain medication misuse and addiction are epidemic in the United States. Based on 2017 surveys, it was estimated that ... 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 ...

    ... Guide As you can see, there are many avenues you can explore if you desire alternatives to medication in the treatment of your pain. The techniques that eventually work for you are likely going to depend on the type that ... 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 ...

    ... behavioral symptoms. Signs and Symptoms of Morphine Overdose Even though morphine is an FDA-approved medication for pain treatment, its use is associated with serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects—even when ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. There were 3,400 deaths related to ...

    ... drugs or alcohol. Do not crush methadone to snort or inject it. When taking methadone for pain management, use a medication reminder box and have someone check to ensure doses are taken correctly. Know the signs of ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed for only short periods of time—often post-surgery, or in cases where other pain medications are ineffective. Morphine is extremely similar to heroin—a notoriously addictive opiate. While morphine effectively ... 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 ...

    ... damage to the liver. Right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Hypoglycemic coma. Problems with blood clotting. About 19,000 people died in 2014 from an opioid medication overdose 2 . Hydrocodone/ acetaminophen products have ... 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 ...

    ... a powerful drug like ACTIQ is difficult to ignore. In 2014, nearly 4.3 million people reported recent abuse of pain medications like 5 . Per the DEA 3 : About 20,000 people presented to emergency rooms for issues related ... 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 ...

    ... The substance will alter the user's perception of pain without actually fixing the cause of it. Additionally, ... well as ways to properly store and count medication. Youth prevention education provided in the school ... 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 ...

    ... month of the survey. Of these 6.5 million, 4.3 million people were abusing prescription pain medications like Roxicodone. Painkillers are the second most abused type of substance. Only marijuana is abused more frequently ... 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 ...

    ... ,” and craving pattern to help break the cycle of addiction. Like heroin and many prescription pain medications, methadone is an opioid medication. 1,2 The difference is that it has a more gradual onset and causes more ... 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 . ...

    ... there were 3.9 million total prescriptions for methadone 1 . Like other opioid medications, methadone alters the user's perception of pain, but also depresses certain central nervous system (CNS) activity 2,3 . Methadone ... 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, ...

    ... set of concerns apart from the normal side effects. Snorting opioid pain medications like fentanyl can lead to 7 : Facial and ear pain. Nasal congestion or drainage with thick discharge. Bloody nose. Trouble swallowing ... 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 a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the ... people that use substances as a form of self-medication will only conceal their underlying mental health concerns. ... 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 ...

    ... effective at controlling pain, and they're relatively cheap. Prescription opioids can relieve pain and lead ... and continue additional forms of treatment (such as medication). 5 Sources National Institute on Drug Abuse. ( ... 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 ...

    ... , either intentional or accidental, poses a very real risk when taking any OTC or prescription pain medication. Taking a higher dose than recommended of acetaminophen can be dangerous and lead to acetaminophen toxicity ... 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 ...

    ... -Term Effects of Percocet Though Percocet and other oxycodone-containing medications were originally used only for acute (short-term) pain, changes in government recommendations and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical ... 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 ...

    ... , with some formulations) oxycodone is a highly useful medication in the realm of pain management. The substance is available as several name brand medications, including: OxyContin, OxyIR, OxyFast - Oxycodone only ... 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, ...

    ... : 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 slow heartbeat ... 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 ...

    ... reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other ... 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” ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

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

    ... This is because they are deemed necessary for pain management and for their use in palliative care, anesthesia, and treating opioid dependence. Opioid analgesic medications on the WHO's Model List of Essential Medicines ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... with some withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, muscle aches and pains, cramping, sweating, and runny nose. Learn more about medication-assisted treatment helps to ease the stress of detox and pave the way ... 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 ...

    ... in 2011) 1 . So what is methadone? It is a medication that has been used for many years in the treatment of opioid ... in the body, changing the way the brain perceives pain 4 . Methadone is about as potent as morphine, but ... 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 ...

    ... died in 2014 as a result of opioid or opiate overdose , which includes heroin and prescription pain medications. Quitting opiates can be challenging—attempts to slow or abruptly stop use often precipitate the onset of ... 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 ...

    ... be addictive even in those taking it as prescribed for pain. When a user misuses the drug by snorting it, ... shown success for many individuals is the use of both medication and therapy (not simply one or the other). This ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... , to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, tramadol is an opioid and primarily produces its pain-relieving effects by interacting with opioid ... 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 ...

    ... relatively short-acting, but this new formulation would slowly dissolve and release the medication over time to prolong the duration of pain relief. In an attempt to bypass this time release mechanism, users seeking an ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... is very effective at managing their pain, especially for those suffering from chronic pain . On the other hand, ... cases, medications. The combination of therapy and medications is referred to medication-assisted treatment ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. ... increasing among pregnant women - whether taken to help manage pain or due to a drug dependency. Prolonged use of ... 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 ...

    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- ... 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 ...

    ... range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half a percent of adolescents ... 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 ...

    ... under a number of brand names, including: Ultram and Ultram ER. Ultracet. ConZip. Like other pain medications including codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, tramadol is an opioid painkiller and, like those other drugs ... 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 ...

    ... Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. Is Percocet Addictive? Doctors prescribe Percocet to relieve a variety of significant pain presentations. The medication works by altering the way your brain and nervous system respond 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 ...

    ... is when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined with an uncontrollable urge to consume the medication. Quote from a Former Tramadol Abuser My pain typically would occur over two or three days. I took one or two a day ... 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 ...

    ... loved one about their problem with Vicodin can be intimidating — especially if they began taking the medication to manage pain. Try to remain optimistic and positive, because you could very well help them into treatment ... 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 ...

    ... treating moderate to severe pain, such as post-operative pain, back pain etc. They can also ... prescription for an opiate prescription medication does not guarantee the safety of that medication. You can still become ... 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 ...

    ... at least a few times a week, to receive medication and/or therapy. This option is often sought by ... used solely for the management of moderate to severe, chronic pain but carries a high risk of being misused or abused. ... 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 ...

    ... released into your system so that you can remain pain-free for a sustained duration of time without having to take ... dose to counter any tolerance that developed to the medication or simply because you liked the way it ... 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 ...

    ... 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 on a short-term basis ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... with being slowly absorbed through the GI tract), helps to relieve breakthrough pain related to cancer that is not well managed by other opioid medications. 1,2 In an ever-worsening opioid epidemic, fentanyl is playing a ... 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 ...

    ... followed by long-term pain, such as health, relationship, and financial problems. Contingency management seeks to immediately reinforce recovery by providing rewards for abstinence. Medication-assisted treatment is also ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance ...

    ... are at risk of these phenomena even when the medication is taken as prescribed and, over time, addiction ... . ? ? Desirable Effects Perceptions of less physical pain. Feelings of joy and happiness referred to as euphoria ... 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 ...

    ... any suitable options available? And luckily, the answer is yes. Alternative methods of pain relief range from other non-opioid medications to non-medicinal therapies. Though you may not know it, your doctors have many ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Can I get Addicted Even if I have a Prescription? Yes, you can get addicted to opioids even if you have a prescription. Opioids activate the reward pathways in the brain and induce feelings of pleasure . This mechanism acts as positive reinforcement ...

    ... addiction is low. Over time, you may develop some level of tolerance to the medication and require a higher dose in order to alleviate pain. This is a normal response to ongoing opioid therapy; however, you should never ... 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 . ...

    ... allergies and prevents fluid buildup in the respiratory tract 2 . Hydrocodone is a narcotic medication that suppresses coughing and relieves pain; it belongs to a class of drugs known as opioids 2 , which includes ... 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 ...

    ... survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug Free America revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, and that roughly 6% of those teenagers had abused them ... 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, ...

    ... . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug itself is addictive - that is ... will begin to notice that the initial dose of the medication no longer “works”, and repeated or more frequent doses ... 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 ...

    ... being. Reduced awareness of pain. Drunk-like/euphoric state. Sedation. In an attempt to feel the effects above, a user may take increasing amounts of Lortab as he develops tolerance to the medication. This is one way ... 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 ...

    ... leads to a reduction in the perception of pain signals sent to the brain. When used—especially ... life-threatening symptoms, the emergency use of naloxone , a medication that can stop the effects of opioids like Vicodin, may ... 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 ...

    ... When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven invaluable for many with pain management issues. However, many people abuse OxyContin in order to get high-a practice that can prove dangerous ... 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'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 ... 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, ...

    ... synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, but also with huge abuse potential. It ... is important to: Follow the instructions for your medication if you are prescribed Fentanyl. Avoid abusing it ... 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 ...

    ... behavior the next time we're in a similar situation. While opioids are responsible for the analgesic (pain-relieving) properties that make them medicinal, taking too much of them can cause an unnatural spike in dopamine ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

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

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

    ... guidance to recovery from what is itself a recovery medication. If methadone is abruptly stopped, your body will ... can include: Headaches. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Pain. Jitteriness. They can also include depression and ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

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

    ... become dependent on it. Fentanyl is often sought out for illicit purposes due to its powerful pain-relieving and relaxing effects. Fentanyl is sometimes mixed with heroin or cocaine to heighten their effects. Combining ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as ...

    ... a number of effects in the short term that users may like and become addicted to: Euphoria. Relaxation. Pain relief. Sleepiness. Side Effects It's important to understand that the effects of Ultram are not all desirable ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... be as well known as more commonly prescribed pain medications, synthetic opiate drugs like it are being increasingly ... that help to regulate processes such as pleasure, pain and emotions and produces: A state of euphoria. ... 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 ...

    ... some, but not all, withdrawal symptoms. Clonidine may be combined with other medications to treat symptoms like insomnia and muscle and bone pains. For more information on the process of safe detox from Demerol, see our ... 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, ...

    ... opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have ... or clammy skin Hyperthermia Muscle rigidity Muscle pain Limp or weakened body Purple or bluish ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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

    ... 4 million people in the US reported misusing prescription pain relievers in SAMHSA's 2014 National Survey on Drug ... signs and symptoms of abuse of various prescription medications, visit our Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse ... 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, ...

    ... withdrawal on a residential basis, where licensed medical personnel can help you get through the process with as little pain as possible. Once you have decided on the type of program, you will need to figure out the best ... 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 ...

    ... Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in ... otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar to ... 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 ...

    ... are living a better life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results ... opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the ... 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 ...

    ... in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and Percocet —are indicated for acute pain management. Opioids are highly addictive when abused, and because they depress ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

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

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

    ... . 14 Fact: Researchers are developing new forms of medication to better meet the needs of patients. A new ... a person is withdrawing from heroin or a pain reliever like oxycodone they will experience comparable symptoms. ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Abuse of Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates. Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate ...

    ... Those found to be at the highest risk for Ultram addiction include: Current or former addicts. Patients with chronic pain. Healthcare providers. If you're finding yourself or a loved one is getting caught in a pattern of ... 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 ...

    ... access, such as after receiving a prescription for pain following an injury or surgery. Some teens report giving away or selling their prescriptions or stealing medications from family members. They may falsely assume ... 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 ...

    ... to a build-up of tolerance to effects such as pain relief and euphoria but, in doing so, heightened their ... necessitate the use of naloxone , which is a medication that blocks opioid receptors and can quickly stop some ... 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 ...

    ... for their loved ones, because after all, it is not an illicit street drug and they are taking it for pain. This misconception and sense of denial will inevitably hurt the victim rather than help. Often it is only when ... 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 ...

    ... that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a ... and breathing rate. Insomnia. Joint or muscle pain. Loss of appetite. Nausea and vomiting. Restlessness ... 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, ...

    ... 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, morphine can quickly develop a hold on the user ... continue reading
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