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  • Snorting Vicodin: Side Effects, Dangers, and Addiction Treatment

    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 ...

    ... degree. Buprenorphine has a ceiling to its effects, which discourages further abuse. Antagonists like naltrexone (Vivitrol), which prevent opioid receptors from being activated by other substances. When it comes to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin Side Effects, Dangers, and Addiction Treatment

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... )): A partial opioid agonist, this drug relieves drug cravings without producing dangerous side effects. Naltrexone (Vivitrol): An opioid antagonist, this drug blocks heroin's euphoric effects and does not result in ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What Is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease a person's chances of relapse and ...

    ... effects of Vicodin use and how to help a Vicodin addict here. What Is Vivitrol? Vivitrol is a branded formulation of naltrexone—an opioid receptor antagonist used in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... opioid receptors, thus minimizing the rewarding feelings associated with the Percocet high. Vivitrol - An injectable, extended-release form of naltrexone. This form is recommended for those who struggle with taking daily ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen with chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... : FDA-approved medication that reduces cravings for alcohol. Vivitrol : Extended-release version of naltrexone that is given intravenously once a month. Treatment Programs There are a number of recovery programs ... continue reading
  • What Is Addiction? Drug Abuse Information and Treatment Help

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that is characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... can also help with opioid use disorders by blocking the effects of opioids. Unlike methadone and buprenorphine, naltrexone can be used only after the person is fully detoxed from opioids. 9 It's important to remember ... continue reading
  • Medications for Addiction Treatment

    Addiction is a chronic and complex, but treatable disease. Like other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, it can be managed under the guidance of a trained clinician, with a variety of addiction treatment approaches available that are ...

    ... only for alcohol misuse, whereas the injection can be used to treat either type of substance use disorder. 12 Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids so that if a person uses opioids while taking it, they will not feel ... continue reading
  • Opioid Use: Signs of Misuse, Adverse Effects, and Treatment

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

    ... . 19 The following medications can be effective in treating OUDs: 23 Buprenorphine Methadone Extended-release naltrexone MAT has been shown to decrease opioid use and reduce opioid-related deaths, criminal activity ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms, Detox, and Addiction Treatment

    What Helps With Heroin Withdrawal? Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and the pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the ...

    ... -term to discourage opiate abuse by blocking the pleasurable sensations associated with them. In order for naltrexone to be effective as a preventative medication, the individual in recovery must be diligent about taking ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab

    Drinking alcohol is a common and often problematic occurrence throughout the United States, where approximately 17 million people were classified as heavy drinkers in 2020. 1 In that same year, more then 28 million people in the U.S., ages 12 and ...

    ... , depression, and insomnia. It may be more helpful for those with a severe alcohol use disorder. Naltrexone , which is a medication that was originally developed to treat opioid dependence but is also effective in ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone can lead to serious health and social consequences, making the support of family and friends a priority. Loved ones can play an important role in helping an addicted individual seek ...

    ... to the euphoric effects, meaning once the effects reach a certain point, taking more won't do any good. Naltrexone — A synthetic opioid antagonist that blocks the euphoric effects of opioids. When taken diligently ... continue reading
  • Methadone for Addiction Treatment

    Methadone is a highly effective treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) when taken correctly and under the supervision of a medical practitioner. 1 Methadone can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings to use opioids, and studies show ...

    ... physician may not meet the requirements to prescribe methadone, they may be able to prescribe buprenorphine or naltrexone , which can also be used to effectively treat opioid use disorder. Even though methadone is an ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiate 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 ...

    ... , meaning effects only reach a certain point. This discourages abuse of the drug for a “high.” Naltrexone : Naltrexone is a synthetic opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks opioid receptors in the brain. This drug works to ... continue reading
  • Effects of Alcohol Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    While alcohol is widely used in the United States, it can have an array of harmful effects. A 2019 survey reported that 85.6% of Americans aged 18 and over had consumed alcohol at some time in their life, nearly 70% of people had consumed alcohol ...

    ... , causing uncomfortable symptoms if you consume alcohol, such as flushing, nausea, and heart palpitations. 22, 23 Naltrexone binds to receptors in the brain that make drinking feel rewarding, and blocks cravings to drink ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Hydromorphone Used For? 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 ...

    ... Probuphine , a buprenorphine implant that steadily releases the drug over a period of 6 months. Another medication— naltrexone —will block the effects of opioids, but it should only be administered after detox. If it is ... 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 ...

    ... implant that provides low doses at a steady rate for 6 months. An opioid antagonist like naltrexone , which is only used once the immediate withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Antagonists can attach to opioid ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Percocet Misuse & Addiction

    Percocet is the brand name for a powerful pain relief medication that is generally prescribed to address acute pain and is not intended to be taken for long periods of time. 1 Most often, Percocet is prescribed to address the type of pain someone ...

    ... that are most commonly used to assist with the treatment of opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 7 A physician can help determine which medication will be the best fit. 7 Aftercare As someone ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

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

    ... . Buprenorphine —Like methadone, this partial opioid agonist will aid in reducing withdrawals and cravings. Naltrexone —This substance works by blocking the effects of Roxicodone, reducing the temptation to use. Therapy ... continue reading
  • Morphine Addiction and Treatment

    Morphine is considered one of the most effective opioid pain relievers for cancer and post-operative pain. 1 Morphine and other opioids are highly regulated due to pharmacological properties that include inducing euphoria and reinforcing of ...

    ... disorder (OUD) often involves a combination of: 4, 10 Medications, such as methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine. Behavioral therapies, such as contingency management or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Evaluation ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... , depression and suicidal tendencies. The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . Medical specialists may also prescribe antidepressants if symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Roxicodone: Effects, Addiction and Treatment

    Roxicodone, one of the brand names for oxycodone, is a powerful prescription opioid painkiller that may be prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. 1 2 Despite its legitimate medical uses, it has a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1, 2 ...

    ... for opioid use disorder, such as methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone (a buprenorphine/naloxone combination), or naltrexone, may be used during the post-detox maintenance phase to help people manage opioid addiction in ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal and Detox

    Tramadol is a somewhat atypical prescription painkiller, with both opioid and monoamine reuptake inhibiting pharmacological properties. 1 In the U.S., tramadol is approved for use in managing moderately severe pain and has historically been marketed ...

    ... manage tramadol withdrawal as well as help people maintain their recovery. Methadone , buprenorphine , and naltrexone can be prescribed to help individuals with tramadol withdrawal management and for the treatment of OUD ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl: Long-Term Effects & Dangers

    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, ...

    ... but create a less intense response, thus minimizing the potential for abuse. Opioid antagonists like naltrexone that diminish the impetus for continued opioid abuse by blocking the opioid high. Behavioral therapies ... 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 ...

    ... also be used as long-term maintenance and may be given in combination with naloxone (as Suboxone). Naltrexone: Blocks the euphoric effects of Tussionex and helps to prevent relapse. Other medications: Your physician may ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    How Is Heroin Consumed? Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin.” In ...

    ... is constantly monitored. Certain detox centers may also provide medications —such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone—to alleviate the more several withdrawal symptoms and cravings in order to reduce relapse risk ... 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 the substance, 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 ...

    ... options. Other Treatment Methods Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of medications—such as naltrexone or buprenorphine —to help people cope with cravings and opioid withdrawal symptoms . MAT refers to ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use: Short-Term Effects, Long-Term Effects and Treatment

    What Is Demerol Used For? Demerol is a prescription opioid painkiller with effects similar to those of the illicit opiate drug heroin, including the production of a pleasant, euphoric state among those who use it. Demerol is a branded formulation of ...

    ... partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine produces similar but weaker effects when compared to opiate drugs. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the pleasurable effects of Demerol to promote abstinence. Clonidine ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... be due to Tramadol's unique mechanisms of action in addition to its opioid effects. Medications like naltrexone, which prevent the action of narcotic drugs at the body's opioid receptors, are only partially effective ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Misuse and Addiction: Signs, Effects, and Treatment

    Hydrocodone is a prescription opioid medication doctors prescribe to people suffering from moderate to severe pain. 1, 2 Although it can be beneficial when taken as directed under doctor supervision, it can be misused, which can lead to hydrocodone ...

    ... . 14 In both inpatient and outpatient treatment, you may receive medications (e.g., methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone) and participate in different forms of behavioral therapy, (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, Overdose, and Treatment

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The drug derives from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine, then further chemically modified to become heroin. Despite its ...

    ... you can find ways to modify them towards healthier alternatives. Medication management — Methadone , buprenorphine , naltrexone , and other drugs are used during different stages to aid in heroin recovery. Some work by ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One With Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach a Dilaudid 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 ...

    ... a supportive and abstinent environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist with detoxification or to prevent ... continue reading
  • Helping Someone Get into Opioid Painkiller Addiction Treatment

    Opioid painkiller addiction is a substance use disorder that has heavily impacted millions of Americans. 1 From April 2020 to 2021, more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses, which was an increase of 28.5% from the year prior. 1 Despite the ...

    ... Some of the common medications that are utilized during detox are buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. Psychotherapy: The types of therapies available are contingency management, 12-Step facilitation, evidence-based ... continue reading
  • Opioid Effects: Short- and Long-Term and Treatment

    Opioid use, misuse, and addiction come with a variety of side effects. In this article you'll learn about opioids and their short- and long-term effects. We'll also discuss opioid addiction and overdose, effects of injection drug use, opioid ...

    ... . 5 There are several medications that can help treat opioid disorders, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 1 These medications help patients manage their opioid use disorders. In addition to the possible ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Side Effects: Short and Long-Term

    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 commonly prescribed as a combination product with other drugs such as acetaminophen and aspirin, ...

    ... FDA-approved drugs commonly used in treating opioid use disorders. These medications may include: 6 Naltrexone: Blocks the activation of opioid receptors to decreases the likelihood of continued opioid misuse. Methadone ... continue reading
  • Short- and Long-Term Side Effects of Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. 1 While it may be prescribed for people suffering from severe pain, such as after surgery, it is also frequently misused. 2 ...

    ... During rehab, people may continue to take opioid use disorder medications, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, or mental health medication, for ongoing treatment and maintenance. 3,14 It's important for ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

    Alcohol withdrawal can be an unpleasant experience that happens when a person becomes dependent on alcohol. In some cases, it can be dangerous or even fatal. 1 Since it can be uncomfortable and unsafe to try and go through alcohol withdrawal or quit ...

    ... can help decrease and discontinue the use of alcohol and prevent relapse. These may include naltrexone, acamprosate, or disulfiram. 6 Inpatient or outpatient Mutual support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Aftercare ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction: Signs, Effects, and Treatment

    What Are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are medications used to treat moderate-to-severe pain after injury or surgery and for specific medical conditions like cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as ...

    ... include the opioid agonists methadone and buprenorphine (both also potential medical detox drugs), as well as the opioid antagonist naltrexone . 2,7,10,11,17 Many studies have shown MAT to be effective. MAT can: 10,21,22 ... continue reading
  • Steps to Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    Addiction is a strong, negative force in the U.S. and around the world. Signs and symptoms of addiction may begin slowly and without the individual's awareness but, in a short amount of time, someone can find themselves unexpectedly in the depths of ...

    ... and withdrawal symptoms that come with opiates like heroin. Another medication used to treat opioid dependence, naltrexone , works by blocking receptors in the brain so that other opioids , like heroin or fentanyl ... 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” ...

    ... the same extent as full agonists, meaning effects stop after reaching a certain plateau. Antagonists (i.e. naltrexone ), which block receptors and interfere with the rewarding effects of opiates. These medications treat ... continue reading
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