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  • 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 ...

    ... damage, and death. 3,5 In addition to these side effects, the misuse of prescription opioids may also ... oxymorphone. 10 Withdrawal Treatment Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal symptoms may include ... 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 ...

    ... helps to alleviate discomfort associated with opioid withdrawal and set the stage for a comprehensive ... overdose, can become serious enough to cause coma or death. Between 1999 and 2010, the rates of prescription ... 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, ...

    ... 7, 11 Many overdose deaths involve a combination of prescription opioids and alcohol or benzodiazepines such ... at home. Medical detox is strongly recommended for opioid withdrawal since it can make the process easier and ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... women rose by over 400% between 1999 and 2010. Deaths from painkiller overdose increased by 237% among men. Of ... -managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition, there needs to be an assessment to see why the opioid was ... 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 ...

    ... lead to several adverse effects, including overdose and death in high doses 1 . Tussionex should not be ... and it will take time to recover normal functioning. Opioid withdrawal can begin within a few hours to a few days ... 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 ...

    ... as well as overdose. Opioid overdose can result in respiratory depression, coma, and death . According to the CDC ... withdrawal symptoms will emerge when an opioid-dependent person stops using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... leads to brain damage, multi-organ failure, and death. This risk is exacerbated if you already struggle ... drug. Opana Withdrawal Treatment Stopping Opana abruptly can lead to significant opioid withdrawal symptoms and thus ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... and will indefinitely experience a characteristic set of opioid withdrawal symptoms any time use is abruptly ended. ... & Binswanger, 2013). Overdosing on Opana can lead to death, and it is important to talk to your teenager ... 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 ...

    ... of ACTIQ can lead to serious injury or even death. The abuse potential for a powerful drug like ACTIQ ... prescribed for withdrawal to minimize cravings and manage the effects of opioid withdrawal. Medications used ... 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 ...

    ... result in widespread organ injury, coma, and subsequent death. 4 What are the Short-Term Effects of ... as if it needs the drug for baseline functioning. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include: 4, 9 Dysphoric mood. Restlessness. ... 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 ...

    ... cause respirator depression and death. 1 Side Effects ... opioids repeatedly in dangerous situations. Experiencing opioid withdrawal, or using opioids or similar drugs to prevent or reduce symptoms of withdrawal.(These ... 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, ...

    ... oversedation, respiratory depression, coma, and even death. 5 Symptoms of a tramadol overdose ... safe and comfortable while detoxing from tramadol. Withdrawal from opioids like tramadol is not often life-threatening, ... 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 ...

    ... in 2011 2 . There were 19,000 deaths due to opioid-related overdose in 2014 alone 5 . While the ... those who abuse the drug. An opioid-dependent person will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop or decrease their ... 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 ...

    ... result in much higher risk of harm or death, particularly from severe respiratory slowing and overdose. ... relieve the potentially-severe symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal with a carefully metered dose of treatment drug ... 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, ...

    ... more than a hospital A recent study looked at opioid user death rates for those who only went to a hospital ... that is, repeated use can lead to dependency and withdrawal . When used in doses and frequency that exceed what ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... to achieve the desired effect or high. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use is suddenly stopped or ... , opioids, benzodiazepines, or sedatives, can increase the risk of respiratory depression and death 1 ... 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 ...

    ... user. A 2017 study found that death rates for opioid users who worked through recovery in a ... highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In this manner, it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and lower cravings and, ... 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 ...

    ... Withdrawal Demerol withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually considered dangerous. Withdrawing from prescription opioids ... receive enough oxygen, which can result in death. Snorting or injecting the drug, using ... 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 ...

    ... of a physician in order to minimize uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Depending on the ... basis. Fewer opioid deaths among those who attend addiction treatment Deaths rates for opioid users who only ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone-related overdoses, equating to more than four deaths each day. In more recent years, law enforcement ... the highly addictive nature of opioids and the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms (which sap the resolve ... 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 ...

    ... result in unwanted health consequences, including: 9 Preterm labor. Fetal distress. Fetal death. There are options to help with withdrawal from opioids, including medications that can help with reducing cravings and ... 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 ...

    ... the body and may lead to multi-organ failure and death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, ... developed a physiologic opioid dependence will experience the onset of mild-to-severe withdrawal symptoms when ... 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 ...

    ... of Norco abuse are those that happen during withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils ... to urinate. Cardiac arrest. Respiratory arrest. Coma. Death. Abuse Treatment If you're worried about addiction ... 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 ...

    ... can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur when Dilaudid is taken in high doses ... who become dependent on hydromorphone typically experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop using, ... 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 ...

    ... (in this case: pain). Half of 2014 U.S. drug deaths were caused by opiates. Read our blog, Dying to Get High, ... Norco. Cravings for the drug. Financial problems. Withdrawal symptoms when not on Norco. Compulsion to seek ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... time, can lead to difficult and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including: Sweating and chills. Malaise ... and other vital organs can lead to seizures or even death . Addiction Treatment If you are struggling to dig your way ... 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 ...

    ... , loss of consciousness, coma or even death. As previously mentioned, a separate but ... your interpersonal relationships begin to steadily mount. Lortab Withdrawal Treatment If you are addicted to Lortab and want ... 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 ...

    ... other drugs, include: Seizures , which can lead to death, even while sleeping. Tolerance , as the user needs ... , which indicates continual cravings for the drug and withdrawal symptoms when not using. Long-term effects of ... 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 ...

    ... Difficulty or cessation of breathing. Sedation. Seizures. Death. Effects of Abuse When someone takes Ultram on ... turkey can be extremely unpleasant. A supervised withdrawal period can safely and comfortably usher a ... 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 ...

    ... damage and even death. 10 Approximately half of the 56,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths that occur each ... a risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when opioid use is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms may include the ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... Sinus congestion. Sinus drainage. Difficulty swallowing. Nosebleeds. Death of sinus tissue. Tearing of the septum. Deterioration ... reduce withdrawal symptom severity . Medications include 6,9 : Full opioid agonists like ... 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 ...

    ... -acting synthetic opioid agonist. It reduces cravings and alleviates symptoms of withdrawal in order ... a formal treatment center had significantly lower rates of death, according to a 2017 study. Identifying addiction and ... 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 ...

    ... — A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and help curb cravings. ... Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part ... 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 ...

    ... . National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of ... family. Unsuccessful attempts to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Financial ... 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 ...

    ... synthetic opioid that reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings by providing a controlled dose of opioid effects ... by a formal program A 2017 survey examined death rates for opioid addicts who got treatment from a hospital ... 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 ...

    ... professional treatment is often recommended to manage withdrawal symptoms and increase the comfort of the ... . National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of ... 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 ...

    ... process, so you know what to expect. Withdrawal from opiates such as morphine can be quite uncomfortable ... our population: For every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic; 9 people are admitted for ... 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 ...

    ... hospital A 2017 study looked into the deaths rates for opioid addicts who only went into hospital care ... amounts to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using, which can include ... 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 ...

    ... . While detoxing from opioid pain relievers isn't usually dangerous, withdrawal symptoms can be severe ... that the death of iconic musician, Prince, has been attributed to fentanyl overdose. Opioids now account for ... 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 ...

    ... may not be enough for tramadol addicts Death rates for opioid users who only sought hospital treatment were ... the medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This ... 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, ...

    ... . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance is risking his health. In other words, a first time ... the extreme discomfort that can come with opiate withdrawal. Once admitted to a center, you will be ... 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 ...

    ... and opioid overdose is a major concern in the United States 3 . Painkillers like hydrocodone accounted for 19,000 deaths ... -free life are the unwanted and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that present when someone who is ... 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 ...

    ... the brain perceives pain . Percocet acts at opioid receptors throughout the body to initiate a cascade ... withdrawal symptoms when drug effects wear off—further compelling continued misuse. An overdose can result in death ... 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 ...

    ... all opiates, it works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, and ... fines can be levied for trafficking oxycodone. Moreover, if a death results from the sale of the drug (overdose or otherwise), ... 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 ...

    ... visits and deaths that involved opioids. In 2014, due to the increasing number of opioid related emergency ... of a highly trained team of professionals. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes ... 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 ...

    ... (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter ... Seizures. Hyperthermia. Respiratory depression. Coma. Withdrawal Symptoms Typically, someone who has been using ... 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) ...

    ... manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is ... Opioids like hydromorphone can wreak havoc on a user. Consider these statistics 5 : Opioid pain medications caused 19,000 deaths ... 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 ...

    ... States are dependent on or abuse opioid painkillers and about 46 painkiller-involved deaths occur every day in the ... order: The first stage of OxyContin rehab is withdrawal or detox . Supervised, medication-assisted detox ... 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 ...

    ... in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency and ... Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent ... 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, ...

    ... This can be very dangerous to your health as an opioid addiction can wreak havoc on a bodily system. As you ... reasons, many benefit from a structured period of withdrawal and detox with the help of a medical professional ... 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 ...

    ... drugs. Lasting Health Effects Chronic use or abuse of opioids such as Percocet can impact your health and quality of ... up a significant portion of those in need. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when a dependence or addiction ... continue reading
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  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially lifesaving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... help prevent relapse once you've become medically stable. FDA-approved medications for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms and/or treatment of opioid use disorder include: 7, 10, 20, 21 Methadone . This medication is a ... 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 ...

    ... supervised 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 ... 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 ...

    ... will have signs and symptoms that are common to other opioids. The other 10% may experience atypical withdrawal symptoms (described below). The normal acute withdrawal symptoms will begin within a day or two of last ... 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 ...

    ... study examined the link between the rise of medical cannabis laws and the number of prescription opioid painkiller deaths across U.S. states between 1999 and 2010. Their results revealed that as medical marijuana laws ... 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 ...

    ... . Confusion. Delusions. Paranoia. Numbness. Tingling. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Hallucinations. Symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal may consist of some or all of the following 3 : Nausea. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea ... 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 ...

    ... just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times ... due to sharp increases in the number of fentanyl deaths in these states 1 . The Hidden Killer While ... 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” ...

    ... . Nausea. Constipation. Confusion. Long-term Effects Sexual dysfunction. Depression. Insomnia. Painful withdrawal syndrome . Opioid induced hyperalgesia - or lowered pain threshold. Increased risk of suicide attempts ... 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 ...

    ... million people were dependent on or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse ... and pains. Involuntary muscle jerks. The withdrawal symptoms will feel very uncomfortable (many describe ... 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: ...

    ... ways similar to other legal and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone is capable of delivering ... ? ? ? Oxycodone Abuse Treatment The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone can be quite uncomfortable ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid category. Overdose also is sometimes seen in ... unpleasant and potentially medically dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The appearance of withdrawal symptoms when use is ... 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, ...

    ... Abuse Abuse of Lortab can wreak havoc on someone both physically and mentally and cause severe withdrawal symptoms when use is interrupted or stopped abruptly. Lortab Abuse Treatment There are several treatment options ... 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, ...

    ... you choose an inpatient or outpatient program, you may opt to go through the process of detox and withdrawal on a residential basis, where licensed medical personnel can help you get through the process with as little ... 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 ...

    ... Currently, hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid painkiller in the US. Like all opiates ... Florida in 2013, hydrocodone was related to 431 deaths. Of the 431 deaths, hydrocodone was a direct cause in over 1/3 ... 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 ...

    ... stops taking tramadol, they may become physically ill due to the onset of a withdrawal syndrome. Cognitive decline: Many opioid drugs are associated with cognitive impairment and slowed reaction times. Complex tasks may ... 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 ...

    ... process and may include the administration of medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawing from opioids can be very difficult, often times leading to relapse and sometimes overdose. Supervised detoxification ... 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, ...

    ... 11 . In fact, people with a history of snorting opioids were 3 times more likely to overdose 11 . This ... Learn more about what happens after detox on our Tramadol Withdrawal page. If you know of someone that is having ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

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    ... Due to the drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with ... can be controlled in a way to help prevent full withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings and reduce the risks of continued ... 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 ...

    ... substance, they will begin to manifest withdrawal effects. Since Vicodin is comprised of an opioid, Vicodin withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain throughout the ... 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 ...

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

    ... use can also lead to unconsciousness, coma, or even death. If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse ... how to get help, see the following articles: Drug Withdrawal How to Help a Drug Addict You can also ... 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 ...

    ... abused by people seeking to get high. Hydrocodone is an opioid capable of eliciting feelings of euphoria and has a high ... using the drug, they may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs are short-term ... 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 ...

    ... nervous system through interaction with your body's numerous opioid receptors. As it is a pain reliever, hydrocodone ... the problem. Hydrocodone Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment Withdrawal from hydrocodone can cause ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... the U.S. progressed to the drug from prescription opioid use. Help for opiate addiction typically comes in the ... treatment centers. It's important to consider that withdrawal from morphine and other opiates can be intense ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... , to help people cope with cravings and withdrawal. MAT refers to the combination of medications with ... that an average of 78 individuals die every day from opioid abuse in the US. While Demerol can be safely used ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... -like symptoms. Even though the symptoms of withdrawal are not usually dangerous, withdrawing under medical ... is potentially addictive. OxyContin attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain, preventing GABA from ... 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 ...

    ... purpose. For people that suffer from addiction to the drug, do not abruptly stop using the drug as withdrawal will occur and is very dangerous to manage without medical help. Call for a referral to a Vicodin Addiction ... 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. ...

    ... or isolation. Changes in interpersonal relationships. Obsession with the drug. Excessive sleepiness. Withdrawal symptoms when Norco use stops. Altering the prescribed dose (taking more than what is prescribed). Using ... 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 ...

    ... of the following: Supervised detox . This can help you get clean while having your withdrawal symptoms managed by a qualified professional. Inpatient rehabilitation facility . In an inpatient or residential treatment ... 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: ...

    ... the drug (needing more and more to experience the same intended effects). Cravings for the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal when not using DXM. “Megadosing” (taking large doses) of DMX on a regular basis can quickly lead to ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

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

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

    ... , the more likely you are experience intense side effects and risk a deadly overdose. Methylphenidate Withdrawal Treatment If you are addicted to methylphenidate, stopping abruptly can induce the following symptoms of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

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