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  • 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 ...

    ... pregnant women dependent on opioids should take methadone rather than go through withdrawal, and it is recommended ... even within the same organization, may have different policies or attitudes, however, so don't hesitate to ... 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 ...

    ... Currently, hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid painkiller in the US. Like all opiates ... used to maintain normal functioning and limit unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and pain. ... 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 ...

    ... addictive drug by manufacturers, distributors, commission-happy sales reps and policy-makers. Today, the U.S. is still embroiled in a rampant epidemic of opioid addiction . Although OxyContin may not be the epidemic's ... continue reading
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  • 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 . ...

    ... may be associated with thoughts or attempts to self-harm. Probably the most pronounced danger of opioid withdrawal is the risk of relapse. While symptoms aren't generally life-threatening, they can be so distressing ... 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 ...

    ... develop tolerance and dependence at unique rates, it is difficult to know who will experience opioid withdrawal until symptoms present 2 . Drug abuse recovery is difficult to achieve alone. Learn more ... 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 : ...

    ... pain. Others may be stabilized with the help of different medications prescribed for withdrawal to minimize cravings and manage the effects of opioid withdrawal. Medications used as part of MAT include 8,9 : A full ... 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 ...

    ... , most programs offer group therapy sessions several hours each week. Before considering going through withdrawal, detox, and/or rehab for opioid addiction, it is best to first talk to your doctor about your current ... 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 ...

    ... of prescription medications such as Opana, or oxymorphone. 10 Withdrawal Treatment Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: 5 Muscle and bone pain ... 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 ...

    ... management can provide you with the oversight to keep you safe and comfortable while detoxing from tramadol. Withdrawal from opioids like tramadol is not often life-threatening, but can be very hard to cope with on ... 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, ...

    ... Substances being used. The type of support you have at home. Medical detox is strongly recommended for opioid withdrawal since it can make the process easier and safer, lower the risk of relapse, and may encourage ... 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 ...

    ... , immediate treatment is essential. During this process, it is important to understand that managing opioid withdrawal can be a trying process, as the symptoms have the potential to be overwhelmingly uncomfortable ... 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 ...

    ... -0069 Who Answers? to find a program. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioids and the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms (which sap the resolve of many making an attempt at recovery), the Substance ... 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 ...

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

    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 ...

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

    ... a mental or physical issue that occurs repeatedly or is chronic. Using opioids repeatedly in dangerous situations. Experiencing opioid withdrawal, or using opioids or similar drugs to prevent or reduce symptoms of ... 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 ...

    ... stopped or decreased, the body must adjust to the changes and it will take time to recover normal functioning. Opioid withdrawal can begin within a few hours to a few days after the user has quit or decreased use 9,10 ... 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 ...

    ... well as compulsive drug-seeking. Those who have developed a physiologic opioid dependence will experience the onset of mild-to-severe withdrawal symptoms when stopping or decreasing the amount of the drug being ... 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 ...

    ... favor of using. Seeking out multiple doctors (“doctor shopping”) to get Roxicodone. Withdrawal Treatment While opioid withdrawal rarely puts the individual in danger of medical complications, the acute ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... them withdraw as comfortably as possible. Though codeine is a relatively low-potency opioid drug, should the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome be significantly severe, medications such as methadone , buprenorphine, and ... 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 ...

    ... purpose because it can: Alleviate the discomfort associated with heroin and prescription opioid withdrawal 2 . Block the euphoric effects of other opioid drugs 2 . Stabilize those in early recovery and, in some ... 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 ...

    ... pronounced, euphoric high. Methadone can reduce urges to use other opioids and prevent withdrawal. Naltrexone —An oral medication that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain and prevents people from experiencing a ... 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 ...

    ... after you discontinue your drug use. The severity of your symptoms during withdrawal will depend on your degree of physical dependence . Opioid withdrawal is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms 1 . ... 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 ...

    ... for Vicodin addiction may include medications to reduce cravings and reduce withdrawal symptom severity . Medications include 6,9 : Full opioid agonists like methadone that produce a long-acting, less euphoric ... 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 ...

    ... drug exactly as prescribed—it is a more common development in those who abuse the drug. An opioid-dependent person will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop or decrease their use. Due to the severe discomfort of ... 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 ...

    ... users will actually experience a whole set of symptoms not normally seen in opioid withdrawal. This atypical withdrawal syndrome include a range of psychological symptoms marked by 2,7 : Hallucinations ... 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. ...

    ... people were dependent on or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse ... it is not life-threatening, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can trigger relapse. For this reason, ... 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 ...

    ... or simultaneously. With all three, there is a risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when opioid use is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: 10 Agitation. Anxiety. Fever ... 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, ...

    ... it is injected monthly. Methadone - A long-acting synthetic opioid that reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings by providing a controlled dose of opioid effects while avoiding the intense highs and lows encountered ... 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 ...

    ... replacing one drug with another, MAT is intended to help relieve the potentially-severe symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal with a carefully metered dose of treatment drug to allow focus on recovery and reduce the risk ... 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 ...

    ... as methadone, LAAM, or buprenorphine, symptoms may take anywhere from 1-2 days to present. 27 Withdrawal symptoms for short acting opioids usually peak within 1-3 days and taper off over the course of a week. Chronic ... 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 ...

    ... create dependency in both prescription and recreational users, and withdrawal symptoms will emerge when an opioid-dependent person stops using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms will commonly present between 12 and 30 hours ... 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, ...

    ... as if they require the drug to function normally and will indefinitely experience a characteristic set of opioid withdrawal symptoms any time use is abruptly ended. A number of factors will influence the exact nature of ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage pain of moderately high to very high severity (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic conditions like cancer). They can be safe and extremely beneficial ...

    ... abuse are as follows: Growing tolerance and increased risk of overdose. Acute opioid withdrawal syndrome upon cessation of use. Sleep apnea. Falls and fractures. Sexual dysfunction. Perforated nasal septum ... 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 ...

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

    ... can be given without the risk of the same highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In this manner, it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and lower cravings and, in most cases, will be slowly tapered until full ... 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 ... and potentially medically dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The appearance of withdrawal symptoms when use is ceased ... 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 ...

    ... and psychological consequences. Symptoms of Demerol Withdrawal Demerol withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually considered dangerous. Withdrawing from prescription opioids like Demerol may result in one ... 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 ...

    ... to achieving treatment for an addiction is supervised detoxification . While detoxing from opioid pain relievers isn't usually dangerous, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and unpleasant; if left unmanaged, they can ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... is when stopping (or drastically decreasing) use of the drug causes withdrawal symptoms . Being dependent on opioids does not mean that person is addicted to opioids, but it can lead to addiction for some. 2 Am I ... 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 ...

    ... cheaper and easier to obtain than fentanyl and other prescription opioids, so it is not uncommon for users to transition from ... of medically-assisted detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms and help the recovering ... 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 ...

    ... also helpful for treating oxy addiction. Medications can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings, and counter the effects of opioids if a relapse occurs 3 . Medications are most effective when combined ... 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, ...

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

    ... process, medications can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Other types of medications can benefit those in recovery by blocking the effects of opioids (to deter future use) or by treating ... 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 ...

    ... , which are similar to those of other opioids, including those that are typically labeled as ... hydromorphone abuse manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the ... 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 first stage is withdrawal and detox. Opiate withdrawal generally consists of intense ... care in those same settings but did not suffer from addiction. Opioid addicts were 10 times more likely to die in these settings, ... 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 ...

    ... pains. Stomach cramping. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. To minimize the sudden onset of these acute opioid withdrawal symptoms, the current dose of methadone you're on will first be gradually reduced, step-by ... 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 ...

    ... and apathy. Vomiting. Depression. Problems with concentration or memory. Sleep apnea. Withdrawal Symptoms A reliable sign of opioid dependency and marker of addiction is the appearance of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 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 ...

    ... . Medications used as part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and help curb cravings. The drug has a long history of being ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research ...

    ... -acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both ... 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 , ...

    ... in treating opiate addictions: Methadone: Methadone is long-acting synthetic opioid agonist. It reduces cravings and alleviates symptoms of withdrawal in order to prevent relapse. Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... yet you have not been able to stop using it. Opana Withdrawal Treatment Stopping Opana abruptly can lead to significant opioid withdrawal symptoms and thus detoxing alone can contribute to increased risk of ... 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 ... 7 . Additionally, studies suggest that long-term opioid use can cause deterioration of the brain's white ... 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 ...

    ... narcotic pain relievers such as Dilaudid and other opioid analgesics (painkillers)that were not prescribed to ... become dependent on hydromorphone typically experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop 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 ...

    ... of a physician in order to minimize uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Depending on the severity ... . National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists ... 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 ...

    ... rate of overdose deaths caused by natural and semi-synthetic opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone was 3.8 per ... detox or withdrawal. Due to the dangers and extreme discomfort of morphine withdrawal, a medically ... 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 . ...

    ... overdose risks. First, the sheer number of opioids available has dramatically risen. Opiate prescriptions have increased ... to achieve the same effects. Experiencing withdrawal side effects when you stop taking codeine ... 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 ...

    ... dependence and addiction . As one struggles with opioid addiction, compulsive misuse of the drugs can ... of Percocet under medical supervision may ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don't cause a relapse. The medical staff ... 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 ...

    ... Interestingly, people using other opiate or opioid substances - such as heroin - will sometimes use drugs containing oxycodone to reduce or eliminate their own withdrawal symptoms. ? Oxycodone Abuse Treatment ... 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 ...

    ... the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as ... treatment is often recommended to manage withdrawal symptoms and increase the comfort of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . This means that many centers are designed to specifically manage the effects of opioid withdrawal symptoms as an initial part of opioid abuse rehabilitation. If you are ready to end your methadone use, seeking an ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

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

    ... user after ingesting the drug, call 911 for emergency medical help right away. Afraid of opioid withdrawal? Learn how detox can help. Risk Factors Choosing not to use oxycodone products is ... 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 ...

    ... like Vicodin, may be implemented 7 . Naloxone may put the user into an instant state of opioid withdrawal, but they are much more likely to survive the overdose 8 . Preventing Overdose If Vicodin abuse ... 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 ...

    ... the process, so you know what to expect. Withdrawal from opiates such as morphine can be quite uncomfortable ... Center for Disease Control (CDC): The rate of opioid analgesic use is the highest among males between the ... 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 ...

    ... medical detox and stabilization, which involves a supervised, medication-managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition, there needs to be an assessment to see why the opioid was taken in the first place—be it for ... 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 ...

    ... ' 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
  • 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 ...

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

    ... in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency and addiction ... Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... , such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach in combating the opioid epidemic since it does not alter brain chemistry of any kind ... 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 ...

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

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

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

    ... nervous system through interaction with your body's numerous opioid receptors. As it is a pain reliever, ... dealing with the effects of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal Symptoms The physical effects vary from ... 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 ...

    ... a short-term basis. Ultram is a member of the opioid family of pain-relievers. It acts, in part, by ... of a highly trained team of professionals. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes ... 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, ...

    ... you care about, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn how to find help. Withdrawal Symptoms When someone with a Lortab addiction stops taking the drug, that person may experience several ... 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 ... more comfortable for users to overcome the difficult withdrawal symptoms and to get off morphine for good ... 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, ...

    ... to kill pain and feel euphoric. Ultram addiction , which indicates continual cravings for the drug and withdrawal symptoms when not using. Long-term effects of abuse and addiction to Ultram also follow the path ... 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 ...

    ... felt previously. As tolerance develops, so does the risk of overdose and full-fledged addiction. Norco Withdrawal Treatment As with any addiction, the timetable for treatment for a Norco addiction will vary ... 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 ...

    ... and as previously mentioned, attempting to stop Ultram cold turkey can be extremely unpleasant. A supervised withdrawal period can safely and comfortably usher a tramadol user through detox, and help ensure completion of ... 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 ...

    ... Symptoms Some of the most overt symptoms of Norco abuse are those that happen during withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils. Yawning. Rebound pain (the return of pain or increased ... 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 ...

    ... rate, a person abusing them faces the risk of fatal overdose. In 2015, almost 18,000 people died of an opioid medication overdose 1 , so recognizing the symptoms of an overdose could help save your life or that of ... 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, ...

    ... 2012, then examined national statistics on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of non-medical use of opioids fell from 5.4 to 4.9 percent over these ten years. But during the same time, the rate of use ... 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 ... U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not ... 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, ...

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

    ... risks to your health, your productivity and your interpersonal relationships begin to steadily mount. Lortab Withdrawal Treatment If you are addicted to Lortab and want help, check yourself into a drug addiction ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. Like all opiates, it works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, and these receptors ... weakness. Fever. Flu-like symptoms. Withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and can cause users ... 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 ...

    ... U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not ... amounts to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using, which can ... 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. ...

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

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid ...

    ... fear paralyzes us, a good question is: “What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?” With opioid addiction, perhaps a more important question is: “What is the worst thing that will happen if I don't do this ... 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 ...

    ... to methadone overdose in 2014 1 . The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic , with a 200% increase of opioid-related deaths since 2000 1 . In 2014 alone, there were nearly half a million preventable deaths ... 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 ...

    ... perceives pain, effectively diminishing the pain signal sent 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 ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men ... 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, ...

    ... process. In the last about 10 years, there's been a huge increase in the amount of opioid use and opioid abuse and dependence. In addition, there's been a really stark increase in overdose deaths related ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of ...

    ... . In these types of jobs, there are simply a lot of injuries. This leads to painkillers, which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of ... 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 ...

    ... the med-makers. The full-force of the pharmaceutical industry has been felt in multiple states on multiple opioid-related issues. A few examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was designed to reduce the number of ... 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), ...

    ... The DEA defines tramadol as a “centrally acting opioid analgesic.” Centrally acting refers to its interaction with ... who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, ... continue reading
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