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  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... 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 : Euphoria ... 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 . ...

    ... the person 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 under ... 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 ...

    ... on the substance and addiction. In addition, Demerol intoxication is associated with one or more of the ... used to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort in some cases: Methadon e is an opioid agonist that can be ... continue reading
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  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... symptoms that are common to other opioids. The other 10% may experience atypical withdrawal symptoms (described below). The normal acute withdrawal symptoms ... strategies used to manage intoxication and withdrawal . The ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 right ... 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, ...

    ... uncomfortable, 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 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

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

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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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) ...

    ... medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) 2 ... large dose can be fatal 5 . Signs and Symptoms Despite the dangers, many people abuse hydromorphone for its ... 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 ...

    ... 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 withdrawal ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

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

    ... 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

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... on any drug, your body will act as if it needs the drug for baseline functioning. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include: 4, 9 Dysphoric mood. Restlessness. Insomnia. Muscle aches. Involuntary muscle movements (e.g., kicks ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... that individual, 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 ... 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 ...

    ... role 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
  • 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 ...

    ... turn to heroin addiction. Learn about treatment and start your new life today. Signs and Symptoms An opioid use disorder is characterized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM ... 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 ...

    ... 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 with ... 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, ...

    ... medications 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 ... 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 ...

    ... and panic attacks. Confusion. Delusions. Paranoia. Numbness. Tingling. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Hallucinations. Symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal may consist of some or all of the following 3 : Nausea. Abdominal ... 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, ... experience unwanted mental and physical health symptoms including flu-like symptoms, agitation, and depression. Call Our ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter ... a “date-rape” drug . Signs and Symptoms Physical Signs and Symptoms Euphoria. Feelings of detachment from the body. ... 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 ...

    ... long. 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 baby ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... solutions available. Call 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 Abuse ... 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 ...

    ... drugs don't make your pain go away, they just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. The FDA approves this powerful ... 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 ...

    ... 4 . 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 across a ... 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 ...

    ... but 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. Anxiety ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... is a strong indicator that serious physical withdrawal symptoms may result upon stopping use (see below). ... : Agonists (i.e. methadone), which fully activate opioid receptors. These drugs have long half lives (they stay ... 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 those ... dose of drug that is too high or even lethal. Symptoms of hydromorphone overdose include: Cold, clammy skin. Blue ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... 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 manner ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... taking a dietary supplement, may help relieve your symptoms of pain, particularly if you have rheumatoid arthritis. ... medical cannabis laws and the number of prescription opioid painkiller deaths across U.S. states between ... 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 ...

    ... narcotic pain relievers such as Dilaudid and other opioid analgesics (painkillers)that were not prescribed to ... Dilaudid addiction , however, is possible. Signs and Symptoms It can sometimes be difficult for an individual ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not ... to the drug and experience wide-ranging withdrawal symptoms when suddenly lowering or stopping use. What Are ... 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, ...

    ... breathing rate. Liver problems. Depression. Similar hydrocodone medications are marketed as Norco and Zohydro . Signs and Symptoms It's important to know what to look for when you suspect you or someone you care about ... 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 ...

    ... -standing toxic influences. Detoxing under medical supervision can help you comfortably manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with Lortab, which may include: Aches and pains. Nausea/vomiting. Stomach cramps. Diarrhea ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... 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 of any ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... will vary according to the dosage and longevity of the problem. Norco withdrawal has many unpleasant symptoms that can be quite intense, including: Heavy sweating. Muscle pain. Mood changes. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Fever and ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been increasingly recognized in recent years, with the Drug Enforcement ... 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 ...

    ... find recovery from a Norco addiction, call . Signs and Symptoms If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, ... to watch for certain signs of dependency. Symptoms of Norco addiction include the following: Taking more ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

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

    ... ; some reports say that people pay up to $200 per bottle to obtain cough syrup for illegal use. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse If you think someone you are close to may be addicted to codeine, there are a few traits for ... 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, ...

    ... , but it also induces a sense of euphoria, making it extremely effective but also highly addictive . Signs and Symptoms People who take Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation, in addition to a noticeable ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

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

    ... 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. Insomnia. Sweating. Muscle ... 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 ...

    ... 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 (pinpoint) pupils. Loss of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 range of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

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

    ... the user'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 a ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... . 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 used to ... 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 any ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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

    ... medical supervision can help manage your withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse . Medications may be ... overdoses in 2013. More than 16,000 of these involved opioid painkillers. With this in mind, it's clear that these ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol , or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... be enough for tramadol addicts Death rates for opioid users who only sought hospital treatment were twice as ... medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... , which 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 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well ... the user off the substance while managing the symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... 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 through ... 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 ... Percocet under medical supervision may ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don't cause a relapse. The medical staff ... 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 ...

    ... 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 restlessness ... 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 ...

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

    ... treatment. Call to speak to someone today. Signs and Symptoms Morphine is sold under several brand names, including: Avinza ... for Disease Control (CDC): The rate of opioid analgesic use is the highest among males between ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance is risking his health. In other words, a first ... you are likely to experience varied unpleasant withdrawal symptoms , which can include: Loss of appetite. ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... effects of abuse are quite severe, causing symptoms ranging from respiratory depression and nausea to coma ... U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

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

    ... that an average of 78 individuals die every day from opioid abuse in the US. While Demerol can be safely ... to Demerol? Apart from the physical signs and symptoms of abuse, some indications that you might be addicted ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

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    ... you will also experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you are not using. Injecting ... morphine. This can be very dangerous to your health as an opioid addiction can wreak havoc on a bodily system. As you ... continue reading
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    ... cough suppression. Virtually as potent as morphine for pain. Currently, hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid painkiller in the US. Like all opiates, hydrocodone is derived from the poppy, but this drug ... continue reading
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    ... extended opiate use and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms and mental distress if the drug is stopped ... drugs. Lasting Health Effects Chronic use or abuse of opioids such as Percocet can impact your health and quality ... continue reading
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    ... facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. Norco is a narcotic and is ... continue reading
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    ... an addiction. What are the Signs of Addiction? Abusers of dextromethorphan show a variety of recognizable signs and symptoms that make it easy to decipher whether they have a serious problem or not. Here are some signs ... continue reading
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    ... some situations, fentanyl use can also lead to unconsciousness, coma, or even death. If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse in yourself or a loved one, don't wait to seek help. Call to learn how about ... continue reading
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    ... . Nausea and vomiting. OCD-like syndrome. Social withdrawal. Thoughts of suicide. If you recognize these signs and symptoms in yourself or in another, call to speak with a treatment support specialist and learn about the ... continue reading
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    ... you won't harm your own recovery attempts by seeking the drug to alleviate your depression or other symptoms. If you or someone you know is struggling with a methylphenidate dependence, please call to discuss treatment ... continue reading
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