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  • 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” ...

    ... and over the course of time. Short-term Effects Overdose Risk Abusing opiates can increase the individual's risk of overdose. Signs of overdose ... opiates, they often will experience withdrawal symptoms. The opiate ... 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 ...

    ... if used over longer periods of time. Opiate overdose accounted for more deaths in 2014 than car ... Diarrhea. Cravings. What Are the Signs of Addiction? The main symptom of opiate abuse and addiction is that you keep taking ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... Overdose symptoms include: Difficulty breathing/shallow breathing. Hypotension (low blood pressure). Twitching muscles. Nausea and vomiting. Cyanosis (bluish fingernails and lips). Coma. Do not wait if you see the signs ... continue reading
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  • Oxycodone Abuse

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

    ... and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and ... Signs and Symptoms Slowed or difficult breathing. Constipation. Nausea and vomiting. Confusion. Alternating periods of sleep and consciousness. Potential Signs of Overdose ... 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 ...

    ... to start a conversation about what it feels like to come off of opiates as withdrawal has been shown to contribute to high rates of relapse and overdose . Fact: The length of withdrawal varies from person to person. The ... 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 ...

    ... coma and acute failure of the kidneys, among other effects. If you see any signs of overdose, it ... high. It's important to note that the phenomenon of opiate tolerance is so pervasive, that you can become tolerant to ... 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 ...

    ... opioid or opiate overdose , which includes heroin and prescription pain medications. Quitting opiates can ... or suicide. Signs and Symptoms Opiate withdrawal symptoms grow and change over time. Early symptoms may include 1 ... 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 ...

    ... opiate overdose, according to the CDC. The signs of a Demerol overdose include: Cold and clammy skin. Bluish tinge to lips, tongue and ... may be used to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort in some cases: ... 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 ...

    ... speak to someone today. Signs and Symptoms Morphine is sold under ... and fingernails. Coma and death in overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates ... 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 ...

    ... names including: Hillbilly heroin. Perks. Percs. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Abuse One way to spot Percocet ... red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more ... 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, ...

    ... can come as cheap as $5-10. The CDC reports that those dependent on opiates are 40 times more likely to develop a problem with heroin. Signs and Symptoms It's important to know what to look for when you suspect you or ... 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 ...

    ... day than directed, you are abusing hydrocodone. Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, hydrocodone relieves pain, ... place themselves in danger of an overdose. Symptoms of overdose may include the following : Generalized ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination ...

    ... per bottle to obtain cough syrup for illegal use. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse If you think someone you are close to ... and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 17,000 deaths due to overdose from opiates ... 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 ...

    ... on or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse When Roxicodone is taken as prescribed ... 2014, 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose . More than 1,000 people are treated in ... 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, ...

    ... Signs of Morphine Overdose If you recognize any of the following signs and symptoms of morphine overdose ... you may be experiencing or witnessing a morphine overdose situation. Opiate overdose can lead to coma or death . ... 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 ...

    ... overdose, and death from hydrocodone is high. Treatment is vital for someone facing an opiate ... the substance as prescribed while monitoring for signs of tolerance and dependence. Sources http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov ... 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 ...

    ... with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ... and should be monitored with caution to avoid the development of dependence. If you notice the signs of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... a Norco addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Signs and Symptoms If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, you ... with another drug. Opiates accounted for 75 percent of pharmaceutical overdoses in 2008. 15, ... 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, ...

    ... in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more ... symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose ... 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 ...

    ... inevitable outcome of extended opiate use and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms and mental distress if the drug ... overdose will include symptoms of both oxycodone and acetaminophen overdose. Oxycodone Overdose Symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... Ultram. These generally fall into 2 categories: physical signs and psychological signs. Physical Signs and Symptoms Numbness. Tingling. Shakes and tremors. Restlessness. Painful muscle contractions. Headaches. Chest ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... Signs of Methadone Abuse The physical symptoms of methadone abuse are similar to those of other opiates and include: Nausea and ... use. From 1999 to 2005, methadone overdose deaths increased by about 460%. Teen Methadone ... 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 ...

    ... opiate alkaloid precursor. The opioid component of Percocet is capable of inducing euphoric and sedating ... and overwhelm the brain. Symptoms of a Percocet overdose may include 1 : Muscle weakness. Cold and clammy ... 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 ...

    ... signs of an overdose: 7 Looking very pale and feeling clammy. Blue or purple fingernails and lips. Body going limp. Vomiting and ... addiction has a predictable set of symptoms and requires treatment to overcome. Admitting ... 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 ...

    ... other opiates like morphine and heroin. All opiate effects are achieved when the substance enters the body and ... the above side effects. An individual's risk of overdose is also markedly increased when the drug is mixed ... 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 ...

    ... Overdose. Death. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Demerol abuse can prevent severe negative consequences from occurring. Signs and Symptoms The signs and symptoms ... “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An ... 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 ...

    ... of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can ... Dilaudid addiction , however, is possible. Signs and Symptoms It can sometimes be difficult for an individual ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Abusers of DXM often underestimate the dangerous effects of DXM, as it is advertised as safe for use. However, its safety for use in therapeutic doses does not translate to safety for recreational use. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used ...

    ... combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with amphetamines or ... . Increased heart rate. Fatigue. Symptoms of a DXM Overdose Vomiting. Profound loss of coordination. ... 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, ...

    ... the line into overdose. Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms Taking an excess amount of fentanyl can lead to a serious and life-threatening overdose . Watch for the following signs and symptoms of overdose: Difficulty swallowing ... 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 ...

    ... You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, ... and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... morphine use and the signs and symptoms of overdose. Abuse of most substances produce noticeable signs and symptoms. Learn how to identify the physical or behavioral symptoms. Signs and Symptoms of Morphine Overdose Even ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... abuse. Signs and Symptoms Codeine induces a sense of euphoria and relaxation, while a codeine overdose occurs ... loss of life and injury from trauma (falls, automobile accidents), non-fatal opiate overdose can damage the ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

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

    ... how to recognize the indications of a fentanyl overdose and getting professional substance abuse treatment may save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Overdose Fentanyl overdoses can be deadly, so it is vital that ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

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

    ... died in 2015 due to opioid painkiller overdose 2 . Learning how to recognize the symptoms of a tramadol overdose may one day mean the difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any ... 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 ...

    ... in excess 3,4 . In 2015 alone, nearly 18,000 people died of overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin 5 . Knowing the signs and symptoms may help save a life. Prescription painkillers are all-too-often abused for their ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including liquid solution, tablets, and capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical ...

    ... . Muscle weakness. Loss of consciousness and fainting. If you witness a morphine overdose, call 911 immediately. Untreated overdoses can lead to harmful consequences and even death. Signs That Someone Is Addicted to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

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

    ... from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS ... to lack of oxygen 1 . Other signs and symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose include 1 : Extreme sleepiness that can ... 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, ...

    ... drug, and they will require more and more to achieve those same results. The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Vicodin ... opiate or a barbiturate. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists Vicodin overdose symptoms as ... 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 ...

    ... and can lead to overdose . Signs and Symptoms There are many common signs that someone is abusing fentanyl, as well as symptoms of fentanyl abuse. These signs and symptoms ... severe cases, which opiate addiction tends to be ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

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

    ... know that you're not alone. Opioid addiction and overdose are serious public health problems in the United ... flu-like symptoms (i.e., intermittent withdrawal symptoms). The behavioral and psychological signs of opioid ... 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, ...

    ... on opioid medications like oxycodone 1 . If signs of an overdose are caught and treated quickly, however, there is a much better chance of recovery. Signs and Symptoms When a person ingests a dose of oxycodone that ... 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 ...

    ... synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid ... overdose 1 , so recognizing the symptoms of an overdose could help save your life or that of someone you know. Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own ... overdose 2 . The signs of fentanyl overdose may include 2,4 : Cyanosis (blue tint to lips and nails). Extreme drowsiness. Profound disorientation and ... 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 ...

    ... be unprepared for the strong effects and experience an overdose 4 . Signs of hydrocodone overdose include 1,3,11 : Marked ... can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Other types of medications ... 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 ...

    ... at severe risk for opioid overdose, which can be fatal. Signs and Symptoms The World Health Organization describes an “opioid overdose triad” of 3 major symptoms that indicate overdose on opioids. These are: Constricted ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    Actiq is the brand name for an analgesic lozenge (on a stick like a lollipop) that contains the opioid drug fentanyl —a powerful synthetic opioid which, when rapidly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with being slowly absorbed through the GI ...

    ... and shock. Actiq use can be deadly. 1 Signs of an overdose can include sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, small pupils, slow and shallow breathing, and ... tolerance to the drug Have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped ... 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 ...

    ... methadone abuse can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death. Treatment for methadone ... and the risk of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are minimized. What Are the Signs of Addiction? If you find yourself using more and ... 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, ...

    ... misusing tramadol, this article will help you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What is Tramadol? Tramadol is an opioid ... 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, ...

    ... Long-term use of opioids may also increase the risk for developing an addiction and/or lead to an overdose. 3 Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Opioid Addiction It can be difficult to identify when someone is misusing ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

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

    ... 4 . Knowing how to identify the symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose may save your life or that of someone you love. Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose Hydrocodone overdose occurs when someone takes a dose that ... 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 ...

    ... . Signs that someone has overdosed on methadone include 1,2,4 : Very constricted (small) pupils. Bradycardia, or slowed heart rate. Significantly slowed, shallow breathing. Hypotension, or low blood pressure. Cold and/or ... 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 ...

    ... Symptoms of an oxy overdose include 9 : Markedly constricted pupils. Bluish tint to the fingernails and lips ... desired effects. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms in the absence of oxy. Other signs you may have noticed in ... 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, ...

    ... tramadol with 2 or more other drugs. Signs of tramadol overdose include 1 : Pinpoint pupils. Profound, global ... experience atypical withdrawal symptoms that include 2 : Hallucinations. Paranoid and delusional thinking. ... 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) ...

    ... attempt to recreate these feelings. Not all signs and symptoms of abuse are pleasurable, however. Side ... men account for 75% of deaths from painkiller overdose. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2011 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... or otherwise has access to them, the following signs could point to the misuse of those drugs: ... Overdose from prescription painkillers among women rose by over 400% between 1999 and 2010. Deaths from painkiller overdose ... 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 ...

    ... acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain ... overdose). Due to the inclusion of naloxone, injecting this drug can result in near-instant opioid receptor blockade, causing the immediate onset of withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... doses than recommended and are at increased risk for overdose. Symptoms of tramadol overdose include: Decreased pupil ... overlap with both opiate and anti-depressant withdrawal syndromes and include: Gastrointestinal pain ... 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 ...

    ... higher risk of harm or death, particularly from severe respiratory slowing and overdose. 1 Oxycodone Overdose Signs and symptoms of an oxycodone overdose include: 1,2,4 Abnormally constricted or dilated pupils. Limp or ... 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 ...

    ... a short time span. Overdose symptoms include 1 : Slowed/ ... and removing hydromorphone, known as detoxification . Medically supervised detoxification services can help reduce this risk while 7,8 : Monitoring vital signs ... 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 ...

    ... changes. Dilaudid Overdose The greatest risk of Dilaudid use is overdose. Overdose most often occurs ... term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is ... 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 ...

    ... signs of an overdose: 7 Looking very pale and feeling clammy. Blue or purple fingernails and lips. Body going limp. Vomiting and ... addiction has a predictable set of symptoms and requires treatment to overcome. Admitting ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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

    ... withdrawal and detox. Opiate withdrawal generally consists of intense flu-like symptoms and is ... the specific physical signs and symptoms of abuse of various prescription medications, visit our Signs and Symptoms of Drug ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

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

    ... opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: Blue heaven. Blues. Mrs. O. New blues. Octagons. Pink lady. Signs and Symptoms The most noticeable signs and symptoms ... as fatal overdose, and male teens ... 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 ...

    ... and treatment. American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment plan. Signs ... symptoms, naloxone is used to discourage opioid abuse and reverse symptoms of overdose. ... 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 ...

    ... to increase doses on their own, they results may be lethal 2 . Signs and symptoms of overdose include 4 : Marked disorientation. Copious, uncontrollable vomiting. Non-reactive, pinpoint pupils. Profound drowsiness. Loss ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

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    ... risk of overdose. NOTE : Certain psychological dangers may arise in a small percentage of people going through withdrawal. See “Atypical Withdrawal Symptoms” below for more information. Signs and Symptoms In general ... continue reading
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    ... it can lead to several adverse effects, including overdose and death in high doses 1 . Tussionex should not ... be classified as an opioid use disorder. The signs and symptoms of this condition include 9 : Tussionex is often ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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