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  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

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

    ... dose, or make attempts to stop taking prescription opiates, they often will experience withdrawal symptoms. The opiate withdrawal syndrome is frequently described as feeling like a bad flu for those experiencing it, and ... 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 ...

    ... more commonly prescribed pain medications, synthetic opiate drugs like it are being increasingly abused on a ... you need to take larger and larger amounts to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... are generally similar to the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. Dry ... amounts of time trying to acquire drugs. Feeling like drugs are necessary to perform everyday activities. ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way your ... Tramadol? If you're addicted to tramadol, you probably feel like your body can't get anything done without the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... high. It's important to note that the phenomenon of opiate tolerance is so pervasive, that you can become tolerant ... dependency if, while taking Lortab as prescribed, you feel like your body has become used to the Lortab. ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... are natural opiates derived from the opium poppy. It also differs from drugs like hydromorphone, ... opiates including: Feelings of euphoria. Feeling numb or detached from one's body. Feeling lethargic and heavy. Feeling ... 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 ...

    ... drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium poppy . As an opioid, ... leads to OxyContin dependence, which means that you feel the drug is required to function in your ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... frequently prescribed opioid painkiller in the US. Like all opiates, hydrocodone is derived from the poppy, ... euphoria. Increased sense of well-being. Numbness. Feeling sleepy or lethargic. Reduced worry and stress. These ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... to change the user's perception of the pain . This feeling is very sought-after, especially from those dealing with pain ... world happens in the US. Opiate addiction is a serious illness and, like other health issues, it ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... a turn into dangerous or detrimental abuse . Opiates like morphine lend themselves to compulsive use or ... to seek medical attention as soon as possible when one feels they are addicted to morphine. Do not hesitate to get ... 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 ...

    ... effects that are similar to other opiates like morphine and heroin. All opiate effects are achieved when the ... higher or more frequent doses will be needed to feel the same pain relief. The process becomes troubling when ... 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 ...

    ... the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. ... to Percocet, you might notice that you don't feel very well when you haven't taken the medication. Withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... as insomnia, anxiety, dysphoria, and anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure), may last for weeks or even months 9 . ... decreases urges to use, and shortens length of detox. Like methadone, it can also be used as long-term ... 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 ...

    ... success rates and may result in making your loved one feel betrayed. If you plan to utilize an intervention, make ... so, but avoid enabling harmful behaviors through actions like providing money for drugs, etc. If you need ... 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 ...

    ... also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every major body system ... a disease but can result from taking drugs repeatedly, like dependence. 6 An addiction, also known as a ... 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 ...

    ... counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , ... so well that it starts to need it in order to feel normal. When a person dependent on a drug stops taking it ... 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 ...

    ... treatment and recovery today. First, like heroin, codeine, and all other opiate analgesics, tramadol binds to opioid receptors ... use. Anxiety reduction. Tramadol helps some users feel relaxed and calm because of the way it ... 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 ...

    ... will begin needing the opioid in order to simply feel normal. This happens because the body is subject to ... 're subject to a number of physical health dangers like respiratory depression , which, in cases of overdose, can ... 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, ...

    ... you need to keep taking more of it to feel its effects. Experiencing physical withdrawal when you stop ... comfortable while detoxing from tramadol. Withdrawal from opioids like tramadol is not often life-threatening, but can ... 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) ...

    ... higher doses, or via other methods of administration like crushing and snorting it). Using medication that was not ... to depend on the drug and require it simply to feel and behave in the expected fashion 3 . Without the ... 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 ...

    ... pain. 2 Older people are also susceptible to conditions like: 2 Arthritis. Neuropathies - a type of nerve pain that can result in loss of feeling, numbness, and other chronic, troublesome sensations known as paresthesias ... 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 ...

    ... 6 . Dopamine normally gets released when a person engages in healthy activities like exercising or eating, and it produces a feeling of reward that promotes repetition of the action. Because hydromorphone induces a large ... 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 ...

    ... : 1 Weakness. Nausea/vomiting. Headache. Feeling dizzy. Tiredness. Sleep problems. Rash. ... to tolerance, dependence, and addiction . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead ... 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 ...

    ... user. A person abusing oxycodone may be feeling dizziness, weakness, and uncomfortable digestion problems. ... time or attention to the responsibilities in your life like attending work and paying bills. You are not caring ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused ... when the supply is gone, they find themselves craving the feeling they have grown to know. This causes addicts to go ... 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 ...

    ... or even death. The abuse potential for a powerful drug like ACTIQ is difficult to ignore. In 2014, nearly 4.3 ... persistently elevated levels of an opioid like ACTIQ, an individual will begin to feel as if they require the ... 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 ...

    ... . Drowsiness and/or problems sleeping. Feeling dizzy or lightheaded. Shakiness. Diminished appetite ... is a major concern in the United States 3 . Painkillers like hydrocodone accounted for 19,000 deaths in 2014 —more than 3 ... 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, ...

    ... increase the speed at which the substance's effects are felt compared to ingesting the medication in pill form 6,7 ... to develop an addiction to tramadol, or drugs like it. A note about extended-release tramadol: Those ... 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 ...

    ... year. Especially troubling is the tolerance to opiates like codeine can increase quickly, which increases the user's demand for the drug. Often, in an attempt to feel the same high when the prescription drug source ... 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, ...

    ... , recreational use of Lortab produces a feeling of euphoria. However, like with any other narcotic, the human ... statistics: Lortab and drugs in the same category (opiates) are some of the most prescribed and abused drugs ... 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 ...

    ... epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. Getting Help for Opiate Addiction If you or someone you know is ... , a residential center provides more of a home-like feel. Residential centers are more likely to have exercise rooms ... 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 ...

    ... pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects ... the U.S. died from overdoses from a prescription opioid like Roxicodone. From 1999 to 2014, 165,000 people died ... 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 ...

    ... Norco abuse and addiction has risen steadily. Like most other opiate painkillers, Norco has a gamut of ... more of it to experience the same sensations that they felt previously. As tolerance develops, so does the risk ... 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 ...

    ... more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have mental ... Having a mental illness or history of substance use like alcohol or other drugs. Addiction is only one part ... 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 ...

    ... safer pain treatment option - less potent than more typical opiate painkillers and, as a result, having a lower ... of effects in the short term that users may like and become addicted to: Euphoria. Relaxation. Pain relief ... 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 ...

    ... drugs like Demerol is dangerous because it can easily lead to: Tolerance (needing increasing amounts to feel the ... drugs are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal ... 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 ...

    ... the drug to experience the same effects. Like other Schedule II drugs, Opana carries a severe ... Names Due to its potency, Opana is a highly sought-after opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: Blue ... 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 ...

    ... you want to know how to help someone with an opiate addiction, you should be aware of the options for ... way that doesn't make someone who is opioid-dependent feel high. It can be used during withdrawal, formal rehab ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... mild to extreme, with the dissociative, out-of-body feeling similar to that of PCP or Ketamine (“Special K ... Further, when someone mixes DXM with other drugs like alcohol , that person increases the likelihood of ... 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 ...

    ... be a last resort in these cases. However, interventions like those you see on TV — emotional pressure applied by ... heightened dopamine activity gives the user a feeling of intense happiness and relaxation (euphoria). ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... bodies become tolerant to the effects they produce. Once the opiate is withdrawn, withdrawal symptoms kick in, with very unpleasant flu-like symptoms, such as: Cramping. Nausea. Fever. Runny nose. Sweating. Diarrhea ... 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 ...

    ... the drug and its effects and, in turn, compel the user to compulsively seek it out. Morphine, like other prescription opiates, can quickly lead to abuse and dependency, even when the user begins taking it for legitimate ... 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 ...

    ... with Percocet addiction will forge prescriptions and buy/ trade Percocet to get the drug, as well. Opiate drugs like Percocet become less effective when used over a period of time. The body develops a tolerance for ... 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 ...

    ... drugs are generally prescribed in a manner that decreases the likelihood of addiction. For example, many opiate painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) and codeine are only intended to be used on a short-term basis and ... 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 ...

    ... Where Does Fentanyl Come From? What Are Opiates/Opioids? Opiates are derived from the opium poppy plant, ... and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. ... 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 ...

    ... that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency ... 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 ...

    ... human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug ... Addiction Treatment for addiction to tramadol , like other opioids, begins with the process of ... 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, ...

    ... . Signs and Symptoms People who take Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation, in addition to ... central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol, another opiate or a barbiturate. The U.S. National Library ... 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 ...

    ... more quickly than prescribed? Do you need to take more and more to feel the effects of the drug (a sign of tolerance)? Have you ever ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... 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: ...

    ... is taken as prescribed and, over time, addiction may be the end result. Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem . Signs and Symptoms When someone ... 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 ...

    ... is considered by many to be a key element in maintaining sobriety. Is OxyContin Addictive? Like all opiates, OxyContin is potentially addictive. OxyContin attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain, preventing ... 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 ...

    ... possible tolerance, which means the body has gotten used to the drug and requires increasing amounts to feel the same effects. 3 Developing tolerance paired with ever-increasing doses may contribute to the development of ... 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, ...

    ... try to stop or reduce use, and/or opioid use disorder. 2,3 If you or a loved one feel that you are misusing prescription opioids and need opioid addiction help, this article will explain more about prescription opioids ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of ... works can accompany a physical dependency to a drug like morphine; continued access to the drug consumes your thoughts ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... before and during World War I. Unfortunately, oxycodone also has significant potential for abuse and addiction. Like all opiates, it works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, and these receptors ... 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 ...

    ... a phenomenon that is brought on by the resultant surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which creates a feeling of euphoria and well-being. These effects, which are similar to those of heroin (another opioid), reinforce ... 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, ...

    ... grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't ... also include skills training, family therapy, wellness components like yoga, and more. Before you choose a treatment ... 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 ...

    ... teens and young adults who progressed from opiate painkiller abuse to devastating heroin addictions. Credit ... to increasing numbers of teens abusing painkiller medications like OxyContin. According to ASAM's 2015 Facts & ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... to release their effects over time for safety; however, like many drugs there are ways users manipulate fentanyl to ... Per a report by the CDC, those addicted to opiate painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or ... 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 ...

    ... when the drug isn't available, and this can lead to tolerance. Tolerance, which can quickly develop with drugs like oxycodone, is a phenomenon that results in your requiring more and more of the drug to achieve desired ... 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 ...

    ... risk of overdose. Other Dangers If you inject these drugs, you're also at risk of dangers like: 4, 6 Abscesses. Collapsed veins. Tuberculosis and other pulmonary disease. Infection of the heart lining. HIV, hepatitis ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

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

    ... from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system ( ... First, as a user continues to misuse an opioid drug like hydrocodone, they become tolerant to the drug . As tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... to become dependent on tramadol will vary widely according to factors like duration of use, frequency of use, and dose 5 . ... other types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by flu-like symptoms 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 ...

    ... Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . Signs and Symptoms While many abuse Ultram to produce euphoric effects, there are a number of ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... acts, in part, by binding to central nervous system opiate receptors to alter the perception of pain in the brain ... to the substance and requires more and more to feel the initial effects. Additionally, over time, continued ... 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 ...

    ... on prescriptions in order to curb abuse and dependency. Norco is a popular drug amongst opiate addicts because: It contains the opiate hydrocodone. It is relatively easy to obtain - for example, from friends, family, or ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with ... short-term effect such as: Euphoria/drunk feeling. Sedation. Detachment/dissociation. Hallucinations. DXM ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

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    ... painful, and symptoms may range from mildly to extremely uncomfortable. In most cases, withdrawing from opiates like Demerol is not dangerous. In rare cases, however, vomiting and diarrhea associated with withdrawal can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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    ... Do not degrade them. This may perpetuate the guilt and shame they may feel. Do not approach them in public or while under the influence. Do ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

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    ... have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate ... both. Call Our Hotline Today Recovery from opiate addiction is not easily done alone. There are ... 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 ...

    ... as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist with ... a way other than prescribed. Taking the drug to feel high rather than to relieve pain. Some common withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal ... were dispensed in the US. While drugs like Dilaudid are prescribed less frequently than in the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

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  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

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    ... potential health effects to you and your baby. If you feel that you have a problem with prescription opioid use, talk ... This type of intervention uses positive reinforcement like rewards and incentives. Your therapist may ... 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 . ...

    ... as opioids 2 , which includes serious drugs of abuse like heroin as well as various prescription painkillers . Hydrocodone ... to the drug requires increasing doses to feel the desired effects. Developed dependence : ... 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 ...

    ... to drug use. Eventual transition to other drugs like heroin. NOTE: Prescription opioid abusers are much ... maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... as a stimulant by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. When someone is ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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    ... doses and via alternative methods, DXM can actually act as a dissociative anesthetic , mimicking the effects of drugs like PCP and Ketamine , a “date-rape” drug . Signs and Symptoms Physical Signs and Symptoms Euphoria ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

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    ... your symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen or naproxen, and prescription topicals like diclofenac may help acute soft tissue injuries or chronic joint-related conditions if used regularly ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

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    ... abuse. It subdues pain and creates a euphoric feeling in the brain. With continued use, however, these ... friends and family. Engaging in drug seeking behaviors, like going to different doctors to obtain the drug. Stealing ... 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 ...

    ... out increasing your dose to counter any tolerance that developed to the medication or simply because you liked the way it felt. However, continued misuse (taking more than prescribed or taking it via alternative methods ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

    ... a doctor may prescribe it to them for a medical condition, such as ADHD. Teens may begin abusing prescription stimulants like Ritalin in order to gain an edge in school or stay up to party. To help prevent drug abuse in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

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    ... psychotic or manic symptoms may arise in users without prior history of these symptoms. Addiction to methylphenidate, like addiction to any other drug, can lead to a number of personality and lifestyle changes that can ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

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    ... of addiction and the difficulty of quitting substances like Roxicodone will help you to empathize with your ... your loved one about their substance use feels too overwhelming, you might consider seeking professional ... continue reading
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