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  • 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 ...

    ... of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that can bring about a sense of relief, especially ... / cold extremities. Nausea and vomiting Constipation. More severe side effects of Demerol that ... 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 ...

    ... Sleepiness. Light-headedness. Slow breathing. Constipation. Sweating. Headaches. Vomiting. Dry mouth ... more of it to achieve the same level of pain relief and/or “high.” This propensity for tolerance makes this category ... 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” ...

    ... When prescription opiates attach to these receptors, they reduce the perception of pain, which provides relief. These drugs ... Slow movements. Constricted pupils. Nausea. Constipation. Confusion. Long-term Effects Sexual ... continue reading
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  • 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, ...

    ... the presence of pain. Side effects of opiate substances include euphoria, drowsiness and relaxation. Opiates also tend to lower resting heart rate, cause chronic constipation, create a widening of blood vessels, depress ... 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 ...

    ... over time to prolong the duration of pain relief. In an attempt to bypass this time release ... constricted) pupils. Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse). Long-Term Effects of OxyContin Opiates may have severe ... 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 ...

    ... euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal ... : Headache. Pinpoint pupils. Stomach cramps. Constipation. Nausea. Vomiting. Muscle aches and pains ... 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 ...

    ... side effects like: Nausea. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Dizziness or lightheadedness ... as half of heroin users begin their drug abuse with another opiate like Vicodin before moving to heroin. If you're worried about ... 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, ...

    ... body, including: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Constipation. Nausea. Respiratory depression. Itchiness or skin irritation. ... uncomfortable, and people often relapse in an attempt to seek relief. 3, 4, 10 Common signs and symptoms of ... 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 ...

    ... , more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have mental ... other unwanted physical effects like: Confusion. Constipation. Reduce motor coordination. Drowsiness with ... 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) ...

    ... When the substance is injected or consumed orally, the pain relief will begin between 15 and 30 minutes. The analgesic ( ... include 1,2 : Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Headache. Insomnia. Decreased appetite. Feeling ... 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 ...

    ... which allows them to experience longer lasting pain relief without needing to take the medication as frequently. ... : Dizziness. Difficulty falling asleep. Headache. Constipation. Diarrhea. Loss of appetite. Sweating. ... 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 ...

    ... the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence. According to ... . Confusion. Anxiety. Dry mouth. Constipation. Constricted pupils. Nausea. Vomiting. ... 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, ...

    ... is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be ... include: 7 Sedation. Dizziness Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Risk of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life- ... 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 ...

    ... profits. Short-Term Effects ACTIQ provides significant pain relief and, when misused, a euphoric high. Like ... sensitivity to pain. Migraines. Cough. Sweating. Constipation. Itching skin. Dizziness. Confusion. Agitation. ... 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 ...

    ... recommended. It is used for reasons other than pain relief. It is used without a prescription. It is combined ... swallowing. Gastrointestinal problems (nausea, vomiting, constipation). Sweating. Pain in muscles or joints. ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... . When taken appropriately for pain relief, during limited periods of time—and when adhering to a physician prescription—the risk of opiate addiction is minimized; however, the drug is often misused . Visit our page ... 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 ...

    ... noticed by a user until there is extensive damage to this organ. Severe constipation is a common problem among opiate users and often requires medical intervention if not addressed soon enough. Bowel obstruction, bowel ... 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, ...

    ... a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is ... experimental opioid showed its effectiveness in achieving pain relief , when it outperformed a placebo in over ... 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 ...

    ... on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a ... the answer is yes. Alternative methods of pain relief range from other non-opioid medications to non- ... 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 . ...

    ... such as: For the pleasurable feelings or “high.” For relief of chronic pain. To help them relax. To initiate ... Irregular menses in women. Sexual dysfunction. Severe constipation. There are a number of possible intranasal ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

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

    ... death in overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement of the digestive tract. A serious complication of morphine abuse is ... 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: ...

    ... to other legal and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone is capable of delivering a ... and Symptoms Slowed or difficult breathing. Constipation. Nausea and vomiting. Confusion. Alternating ... 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 ...

    ... body, blocking pain. If you get hurt, your body will release endorphins to provide you with pain relief. When opiates and opioids bind to opioid receptor sites throughout the brain and spinal cord, they influence how a ... 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 ...

    ... common side effects include: Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Confusion. To learn more ... 2009, hydrocodone abuse remains high relative to the other opiates. In fact: The MTF survey found that lifetime ... 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 ...

    ... . And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose ... negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands of lives saved ... 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 ...

    ... -opioid pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects similar ... process of food digestion, which can lead to constipation. It may also cause nausea and vomiting for ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers may be prescribed. The active opioid/opiate molecules in both painkillers and heroin attach themselves to opioid receptors in the brain. This provides pain relief and affects the brain's reward pathways by ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms of methadone abuse are similar to those of other opiates and include: Nausea and vomiting. Sweating. Constricted pupils. Constipation. Increased pain. Slowed breathing. While methadone is indicated for the ... 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 ...

    ... Confusion. Euphoria. Nausea and vomiting. Small pupils. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Signs of an Opioid Use ... drugs are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... of teens and young adults who progressed from opiate painkiller abuse to devastating heroin addictions. Credit: ... include: Sedation. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Respiratory depression. Fractures. Muscle rigidity. ... 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 ...

    ... following: 3,5 Drowsiness. Confusion. Nausea. Constipation. Slowed breathing/respiratory depression. Hypoxia can ... also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every major body ... 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 ...

    ... effects of depriving your brain of oxygen such as difficulties with attention and memory. The common side effect of constipation may also be harmful to the body over the long-term and can lead to paralytic ileus (a ... 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 ...

    ... types of painful conditions. 4 Naturally occurring opiate substances such as morphine, codeine, and thebaine ... confused or disoriented. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Slowed breathing. In overdose situations, ... 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 ...

    ... , from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS) ... . Nausea and vomiting. Itchiness. Severe constipation. Problems urinating. Slowed breathing. Since Vicodin ... 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 ...

    ... like 1 : Drowsiness. Headache. Insomnia. Mood changes. Constipation. If you're struggling with a tramadol dependence and wish ... to those associated with other types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

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

    ... or seek medical help, as they could be indications of an adverse drug reaction. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Nausea. Stomach pain. Back pain. Headache. Urinary retention and/or painful urination ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... to the use of opioid painkillers include the following: 2 Drowsiness. Mental fog. [ Nausea. Constipation. Dizziness. Respiratory depression. Opioids affect the part of the brain responsible for breathing, and one ... 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 ...

    ... changes Drowsiness Headache Dizziness Dry mouth Flushing Sweating Itching Stomach pain Nausea Vomiting Constipation Loss of appetite Weakness According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ... 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 ...

    ... ? Some side effects of painkiller misuse include: 2, 5 Drowsiness. Dizziness. Confusion. Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Itching. Respiratory depression. Loss of consciousness. Coma. What are the Long-Term Effects of ... 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, ...

    ... with breathing. Difficulty swallowing. Hoarseness. Hallucinations. Dry mouth. Heartburn. Poor appetite. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Drowsiness. Loss of consciousness. Many of these are related to the drug's opioid ... 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 ...

    ... thinking clearly. Drowsiness and/or problems sleeping. Feeling dizzy or lightheaded. Shakiness. Diminished appetite. Constipation. Stomach pain. Back pain. Headache. Ringing in ears. Dry mouth and throat. Skin problems ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... , especially if you do not take it exactly as directed. Signs that you might have a problem with opiate addiction include the following: Taking drugs well after you medically need to and be afraid of running out. Taking ... 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 ...

    ... actually a much more potent drug. 9 Fentanyl's effects may include: 2,3 A euphoric “high.” Pain relief. Sleepiness. The effects of fentanyl start quickly and have a short duration. 3 Misusing opioids raises the risk of ... 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 ...

    ... the management of extreme pain, such as fentanyl . When used as intended, these drugs provide welcome relief from the pain associated with cancers, surgeries, bone breaks, and other injuries, but opioid painkiller abuse ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... , a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it is critical to perform rescue breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the ... 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 ...

    ... examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was designed to reduce the number of newborns who arrive addicted to opiates. Another bill in New Mexico was created to limit the initial prescription of opioids for acute pain to ... 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 ...

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

    ... with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief to the user. The interaction between painkillers and specific opioid receptors also results in activation ... 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 ...

    ... produce a high in the same manner as heroin, it can be abused to cause the same effects as most opiates: sedation, relaxation, and reduction of anxiety. That means it does have the potential to be harmful, but this drug ... 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 ...

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

    ... use in the US in 1994. Results from animal and human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug . This meant that tramadol was not regulated by the ... 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 ...

    ... . Slowed breathing. Pinpoint pupils. Someone abusing Roxicodone may also frequently complain of nausea and constipation. Notable signs of overdose may include cyanosis (bluish fingernails and lips), weak pulse, and ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also highlighted why prescription ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

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

    ... - just the fact that you're looking at this is a step in the right direction. Related Articles: Why are Prescription Opiates So Addictive? To share your story or talk to others who understand, visit our Forum today. 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 ...

    ... painkilling effects by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. 11 For many people, the pain relief experienced after taking opioids is often accompanied with euphoric or rewarding sensations that promote continued use ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing from prescribed opioid use to frequent use or misuse, according to ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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

    ... Prescription drugs are generally prescribed in a manner that decreases the likelihood of addiction. For example, many opiate painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) and codeine are only intended to be used on a short-term ... 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 ...

    ... of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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

    ... regulations will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 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 addictive ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
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