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  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    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 ...

    ... highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In this manner, it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and lower cravings and, in ... its influence more frequently by showing signs of intoxication like 4, 6, 7, 11 : ... Learn more

  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . ...

    ... will likely need to be monitored to prevent a recurrence of symptoms once the medication wears off. Tussionex Statistics Opioid use has reached epidemic proportions in recent years, and Tussionex falls ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    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 ...

    ... substance and addiction. In addition, Demerol intoxication is associated with one or more of ... to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort in some cases: Methadon e is an opioid agonist that can ... Learn more

  • Methadone Withdrawal

    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 ...

    ... period 6 . Psychologically, opioid withdrawal can cause mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression ... and interventions used to effectively treat intoxication and withdrawal. A medically supervised ... Learn more

  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    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 ...

    ... ,000 people died in 2014 as a result of opioid or opiate overdose , which includes heroin and prescription pain ... used to manage acute intoxication, if necessary, and ease withdrawal symptoms. The medical model of ... Learn more

  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    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 ...

    ... concentration. Atypical Withdrawal Symptoms Tramadol is unlike other opioid painkillers such as ... is a group of strategies used to manage intoxication and withdrawal . The primary goal of detoxification ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    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 ...

    ... opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms ... they're actually under the influence or recovering from intoxication. Others may lend a user money or bail them ... Learn more

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  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    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 ...

    ... could possibly imagine. You might have nausea and vomiting, cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief. This is why it is a great idea to get support through this ... Learn more

  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    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 ...

    ... could possibly imagine. You might have nausea and vomiting, cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief. This is why it is a great idea to get support through this ... Learn more

  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for ...

    ... dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing withdrawal symptoms and blocking the high from other opioids, thereby also often helping them to better engage in addiction treatment. 1,2 Available in ... Learn more

  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the ...

    ... could help save your life or that of someone you know. Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose When a person takes a higher dose of opioids than their body and brain are able to manage, they may experience an ... Learn more

  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone ...

    ... . How well the body clears the drug out of its system. What type of opioid the mother used. Whether the baby was born early. NAS symptoms can begin 1-3 days after the baby is born. If doctors believe that the ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), ...

    ... an altered physiological state where they become physically dependent on it. Dependence on opioids is revealed when the user experiences withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug. 6 The individual will need to stop ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , and people often relapse in an attempt to seek relief. 3, 4, 10 Common signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal include the following: 3, 11, 14, 15, 16 Agitation. Alternating bouts of chills and hot ... Learn more

  • Opioid Addiction: Signs and Addiction Treatment

    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 ...

    ... 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 the ... Learn more

  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    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 ...

    ... , demonstrated through two or more of the listed symptoms in the span of a year. Diagnostic symptoms include: 13 Craving opioids. Frequently using opioids more or for more time than intended. Use leading ... Learn more

  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with ...

    ... 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 increase ... Learn more

  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    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 ...

    ... Withdrawal Treatment While opioid withdrawal rarely puts the individual in danger of medical complications, the acute withdrawal period is extremely uncomfortable and includes intense flu-like symptoms such as ... Learn more

  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Opioid Hotlines

    Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Snorting Methadone

    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 ...

    ... will commonly prescribe the drug to the individual in progressively smaller doses, or until symptoms can be adequately managed by non-opioid medications, such as the ? 2 agonist drug clonidine 10 . Clonidine was ... Learn more

  • Snorting Morphine

    Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including ...

    ... relatively more quickly than if swallowed 3 . Snorting opioids like morphine can also do damage to the nose ... normally—they will face a long list of withdrawal symptoms and will often be unwilling or unable to stop ... Learn more

  • Snorting Percocet

    Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled ...

    ... such as buprenorphine or Suboxone, which can help you relieve cravings and manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. An approach to opioid addiction recovery that has shown success for many individuals is the use of both ... Learn more

  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating ...

    ... cheaper and easier to obtain than fentanyl and other prescription opioids, so it is not uncommon for users to transition ... the patient can be continuously monitored and the symptoms can be managed on the spot to increase ... Learn more

  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Snorting Vicodin

    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 ...

    ... 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 range ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    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 . ...

    ... naltrexone , which is only used once the immediate withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Antagonists can attach to opioid receptors and block the effects of opioids and in doing so potentially decrease the drive to continue ... Learn more

  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    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 ...

    ... large dose can be fatal 5 . Signs and Symptoms Despite the dangers, many people abuse hydromorphone for ... effects , which are similar to those of other opioids, including those that are typically labeled as more ... Learn more

  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription ...

    ... In 2014 alone, almost 2 million people were dependent on or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse When Roxicodone is taken as prescribed, its effects will be experienced ... Learn more

  • OxyContin Abuse

    OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate ...

    ... . 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 withdrawal ... Learn more

  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ...

    ... injection-related paraphernalia (syringe caps, tourniquet materials, spoons, lighters, etc.). In some cases, the symptoms of opioid painkiller abuse can be very subtle, but you might notice something's not quite ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    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 ...

    ... . 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. Insomnia ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to ...

    ... can be used to assist with tramadol withdrawal. These include: 11 Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, can help to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Methadone is a long-acting full ... Learn more

  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    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 ...

    ... is simply 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 ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    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 ...

    ... 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 used ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users can suffer from a number of physical symptoms including: Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel ...

    ... 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by prescription opioid overdose. The opioids depress your breathing, bring on heavy sedation and make it impossible to wake up. What's more ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and ...

    ... entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the nation's opioid epidemic . The most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help bring their innovations to life ... Learn more

  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - ...

    ... Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according to Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Stephen Doberstein, yet has one key difference: it's designed to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, the immune system releases antibodies to seek out the opioids, which then bind to the drugs' molecules and removes them from circulation. Essentially, the vaccine stops the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of your health today and take the difficult but necessary steps to quit using. When you are considering quitting opioids, it may be helpful to talk to someone who has gone through the process themselves. The best way to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    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 ...

    ... They Don't Cause Withdrawal REALITY: Painkiller dependency can result in opioid withdrawal symptoms similar to those of heroin. Opioid use can create dependency in both prescription and recreational users, and ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Opana Use

    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 ...

    ... drug (remove it completely from your body). To help manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms you may be given certain FDA-approved opioid substitutes such as buprenorphine or methadone as well as other supportive care to ... Learn more

  • Opana Abuse

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    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 ...

    ... will act as if it needs the drug for baseline functioning. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include: Insomnia. Yawning. Muscle aches. Goosebumps. Sweating. Increased tear secretion. Excessive ... Learn more

  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their ...

    ... antagonizing compound that may result in immediate heroin withdrawal symptoms, naloxone is used to discourage opioid abuse and reverse symptoms of overdose. It is included with buprenorphine in the combination treatment ... Learn more

  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . ...

    ... -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 ... Learn more

  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    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 ...

    ... from other opiates, including oxycodone . Tramadol's Unique Withdrawal Symptoms Tramadol withdrawal symptoms - somewhat unique amongst the opioid analgesics - may include 3 : Severe anxiety and panic attacks ... Learn more

  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    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 ...

    ... can inhibit the production of the body's natural opioid neuropeptides, including endorphins, which are the body's ... is a strong indicator that serious physical withdrawal symptoms may result upon stopping use (see below ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million ...

    ... http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15352644 http://www.slu.edu/rel ... Learn more

  • Methadone Abuse

    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 . ...

    ... . 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 ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In ...

    ... 's life. Due to the hydrocodone component, Tussionex addiction can be classified as an opioid use disorder. The signs and symptoms of this condition include 9 : Tussionex is often taken in greater doses or over ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    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 ...

    ... alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid category. Overdose also is sometimes seen in ... of drug that is too high or even lethal. Symptoms of hydromorphone overdose include: Cold, clammy skin. Blue ... Learn more

  • Demerol Abuse

    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 ...

    ... it is not usually considered dangerous. Withdrawing from prescription opioids like Demerol may result in one or more of the following symptoms: Restlessness. Involuntary leg movements. Cold flashes. Insomnia ... Learn more

  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    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 ...

    ... (CDC) released new guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, and the ... you experience may help you manage some of your symptoms. There may be very specific instructions for your ... Learn more

  • Dilaudid Abuse

    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 ...

    ... narcotic pain relievers such as Dilaudid and other opioid analgesics (painkillers)that were not prescribed to ... addiction , however, is possible. Signs and Symptoms It can sometimes be difficult for an individual ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    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 ...

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

  • 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 ...

    ... use of lean leads to addiction, professional addiction treatment can help. Because the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence are so uncomfortable, many people choose to go through withdrawal in an ... Learn more

  • Morphine Overdose

    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 ...

    ... rate of overdose deaths caused by natural and semi-synthetic opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone was 3.8 per ... ingested and how it was consumed, these symptoms may worsen. It is critical that the afflicted ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, ...

    ... effects can lead to even more serious, life-threatening symptoms and thereby increase the user's risk of overdosing. On top of the opioid risks, combining oxycodone medications containing acetaminophen with alcohol can ... Learn more

  • Methadone Overdose

    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 ...

    ... . Get help now. Signs and Symptoms of Methadone Overdose People use methadone for 3 reasons: to help manage opioid dependence; to treat severe pain in opioid-tolerant patients as prescribed by a doctor ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is ...

    ... of overdose, which can be fatal—nearly 18,000 people died of an opioid medication overdose in 2015 alone 4 . Knowing how to identify the symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose may save your life or that of someone you love ... Learn more

  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    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 ...

    ... overdose risks. First, the sheer number of opioids available has dramatically risen. Opiate prescriptions have ... to abuse narcotics alone. Once the signs and symptoms seem to confirm an overdose, take immediate action. ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is ...

    ... alone, 33,091 people died due to overdose on opioids like fentanyl 2 . Learning how to recognize the ... treatment may save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Overdose Fentanyl overdoses can be deadly ... Learn more

  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Snorting Tramadol

    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 ...

    ... it also leads to a specific set of symptoms related to this method of administration 8 : An ... 11 . In fact, people with a history of snorting opioids were 3 times more likely to overdose 11 . This occurs ... Learn more

  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure ...

    ... 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 any ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    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 ...

    ... supervision can help manage your withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse . Medications may be ... in those same settings but did not suffer from addiction. Opioid addicts were 10 times more likely to die in these settings ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    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 ...

    ... , which is a much more potent activator of opioid receptors than tramadol itself. As a result, users ... s ability to reduce depressive and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in patients taking it. These effects on mood ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone Abuse

    Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ...

    ... When someone uses oxycodone they will experience a range of signs and symptoms related to its activity at opioid receptors throughout the body—essentially depressing multiple functions throughout the body in a ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    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 ...

    ... the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well ... user off the substance while managing the symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as ... Learn more

  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. ...

    ... strategies if the goal is to curb the rise in use. Somehow, we need to continue our focus on the opioid crisis, while also turning our attention to a growing meth problem that's threatening to become an epidemic of its ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... With longer acting drugs such 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 ... Learn more

  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    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 ...

    ... the withdrawal 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 ... Learn more

  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The ...

    ... within days or weeks after detox—effectively reducing the likelihood of a relapse 4 . That being said, opioid drugs may have additional profound and long-lasting changes on the functioning of the brain that give rise ... Learn more

  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain ...

    ... can be deadly—in fact, a startling 17,536 people 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 ... Learn more

  • Percocet Overdose

    Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for ...

    ... 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like Percocet 2 . It is important to know the ... sought as soon as possible. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Overdose Overdosing on Percocet can be ... Learn more

  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    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 ...

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

  • Percocet Abuse

    Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves ...

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

  • 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 ...

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

  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an ...

    ... withdrawal effects. Since Vicodin is comprised of an opioid, Vicodin withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain throughout the body. Discomfort and ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers ...

    ... same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to ... during the process is ensured and that your symptoms will be managed. It's never too late ... Learn more

  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - ...

    ... is in physical pain, advocating for the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. Through close examination of your needs, doctors can weigh the many options ... Learn more

  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the ...

    ... for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a large percentage of all emergency room visits in 2013. Just over 1.4 million of the 2.5 ... Learn more

  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from ...

    ... , he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor for the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the U.S. is still embroiled in a rampant epidemic of opioid addiction . Although OxyContin may not be the epidemic's drug ... the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe ... Learn more

  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public ...

    ... paraphernalia tucked above the tiles. One even trained his baristas to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law ... Learn more

  • Morphine Abuse

    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 ...

    ... overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and ... Center for Disease Control (CDC): The rate of opioid analgesic use is the highest among males between the ... Learn more

  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    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 ...

    ... on another 'stabilizing' 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 ... Learn more

  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. ...

    ... demonstrate how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help ... Learn more

  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    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 ...

    ... S. National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists ... you may be addicted. If you start suffering from flu-like symptoms when you don't have access to the drug, you ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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