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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
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

    ... the most pronounced danger of opioid withdrawal is the risk of relapse. While symptoms aren't generally life-threatening ... and interventions used to effectively treat intoxication and withdrawal. A medically supervised ... 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 ...

    ... reports that more than 4 million people abused prescription opioids and more than 400,000 people abused heroin in 2014 ... used to manage acute intoxication, if necessary, and ease withdrawal symptoms. The medical model ... continue reading
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  • 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
  • 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 ...

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

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Pale face. Clammy skin. Purple or blue color to lips and fingernails. Vomiting. If any of these symptoms present in an opioid user, seek emergency medical help immediately. It's essential to get help right away if you or ... 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
  • 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
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... . 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: 10 ... 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 ...

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

    ... . Problems with concentration or memory. Sleep apnea. Withdrawal Symptoms A reliable sign of opioid dependency and marker of addiction is the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the user is unable to take OxyContin ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... 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 opioid users can also experience a ... continue reading
  • 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 much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... been a huge increase in the amount of opioid use and opioid abuse and dependence. In addition, there's ... president of the advocacy group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, believes “it will kill people as soon ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... . In these types of jobs, there are simply a lot of injuries. This leads to painkillers, which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... 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 reach ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... 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 ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin ...

    ... 744-0069 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 Abuse and ... 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
  • 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 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 prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... / 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 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

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

    ... who are seeking help: How do I know if I am addicted to opiates? What kinds of treatments are available for opioid use disorder? Will I have go through detox? Can I do this on an outpatient basis? How long will treatment ... 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 ...

    ... that has been used for many years in the treatment of opioid addiction 1,2,3,4 . Methadone is helpful for this purpose ... smaller doses, or until symptoms can be adequately managed by non-opioid medications, such as the ... 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 ...

    ... using due to the severe discomfort of these symptoms. From Morphine to Heroin Snorting morphine can be ... is most likely among those who are physically dependent on opioids 6 . Other people at high risk of suffering a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    ... Abuse (NIDA) , 19,000 people died in 2014 from opioid pain reliever overdose 2 . The signs of fentanyl overdose may ... so the patient can be continuously monitored and the symptoms can be managed on the spot to increase ... 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 ...

    ... 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 with ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . Muscle 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-step ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... a person is withdrawing from heroin or a pain reliever like oxycodone they will experience comparable symptoms. Opioid withdrawal can include: 32 Nausea. [li}Vomiting. Sweating. Joint aches. Insomnia. Agitation. Tremors ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . This means that many centers are designed to specifically manage the effects of opioid withdrawal symptoms as an initial part of opioid abuse rehabilitation. If you are ready to end your methadone use, seeking an ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

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

    ... 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 inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. There were 3,400 deaths related to ...

    ... is possible. 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; or to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... pharmaceutical drug use, 1/3 were there because of opioids 2 . Used for pain management, controlling diarrhea, ... idea to abuse narcotics alone. Once the signs and symptoms seem to confirm an overdose, take immediate action. ... 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 ...

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

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... know 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... . An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he ... was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... drug 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... 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 to ... 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, ...

    ... 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. Signs ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

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

    ... in overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other ... Center for Disease Control (CDC): The rate of opioid analgesic use is the highest among males between the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

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

    ... 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
  • 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. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

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