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    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 ...

    ... and how to help a dextromethorphan addict . What Is Di-Gesic? Di-Gesic is the trade name for the analgesic dextropropoxyphene. It is an opioid used to treat mild pain. The medication is no longer used in Europe and the ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... to have a bottle of pills. 7 We searched CDC's data for records that showed heroin and an opioid analgesic in decedents' systems at the time of their death and found the following dramatic increase between 1999 and 2014 ... 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 ...

    ... necessary for pain management and for their use in palliative care, anesthesia, and treating opioid dependence. Opioid analgesic medications on the WHO's Model List of Essential Medicines include: 6 Codeine . Fentanyl . ... continue reading
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  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... this is the substance today known as heroin . Following Wright's discovery, the drug was marketed as an analgesic and a cough sedative in 1888. It wasn't until 1913 that its addictive qualities were officially discovered ... 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. ...

    ... than prescription opioids. Side Effects of Snorting Heroin People can become addicted to heroin's analgesic (painkilling) and euphoric effects. Heroin activates systems in our brain that are normally associated with ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine—an opiate—can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... function. Morphine is a classic opiate used to treat severe pain. Like other opiates, it is a narcotic analgesic, making it a strong medication that is only available by prescription. It is available in pill and liquid ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug —otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic but, when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug —otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic but, when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is ... continue reading
  • Effects of Heroin Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... of heroin will vary slightly based on the method of delivery into the system, but the most common immediate analgesic (pain-relieving) and central nervous system depressant effects of heroin are : A “ rush ,” which is a ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs and Addiction Treatment Programs

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise in prescription drug abuse . ...

    ... The broad classes of drugs that are most prone to non-medical use or abuse are the 'painkillers'—or opiate analgesics such as oxycodone ( OxyContin )—the 'sleeping pills' or sedative-hypnotics—such as zolpidem ( Ambien ) ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... . What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone, available by brand names such as Vicodin, Lortab, and others, is an opioid analgesic, or pain reliever, and antitussive, or cough suppressant. 1, 2, 3 It is often found in combination ... continue reading
  • Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys: How Do Drugs Damage the Kidneys?

    Chronic drug and alcohol misuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... : a condition that progresses to irreversible renal failure. 21 Chronic kidney failure. In the case of analgesic nephropathy, a person will likely require a kidney transplant or dialysis to return to normal renal ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction Symptoms, Side Effects, and Treatment

    If you or a loved one are misusing the opioid medication tramadol, this article will help you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What Is Tramadol? ...

    ... has a recognized potential for abuse and dependence. 2 Is Tramadol Addictive? Use of tramadol—like all opioid analgesics—presents a high risk of misuse and addiction . While it is considered to have a lower potential for ... 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 rise in abuse. The CDC reported a sharp rise in the number of emergency department visits involving opioid analgesics from 2004 to 2008; visits shot up from 144,600 to 305,900. Culture of acceptance . NIDA states ... 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) ...

    ... When the substance is injected or consumed orally, the pain relief will begin between 15 and 30 minutes. The analgesic (painkilling) effects will last for about 5 hours , and the drug has a potency that is several times ... 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 ...

    ... opioid-tolerant individuals, or those individuals who have become tolerant to their narcotics and need a stronger analgesic. Managing advanced cancer pain. The United States is in the middle of a fentanyl public health ... continue reading
  • Codeine Addiction: Effects, Dangers, and Treatment

    Codeine is a prescription opioids painkiller that, while generally safe when taken as prescribed, has a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1,2 Misusing codeine to experience a euphoric “high,” 3 increases the potential risks of developing ...

    ... by their provider. 4 Codeine Side Effects and Risks Codeine, like all opioids, is a narcotic analgesic (pain killer). In addition to blunting or blocking pain, codeine also can result in sedation and respiratory ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas: What Medications Affect the Pancreas?

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... believed to contribute to this condition include: Aspirin.* Acetaminophen.* Propoxyphene. Codeine . *These analgesic substances are found in pharmaceutical formulations in combination with a number of frequently abused ... 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 ...

    ... -organ failure and death . Short-Term Effects of Demerol Use As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic—or painkilling—effect on the body that can bring about a sense of relief, especially to people who are ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 and older were current illicit drug users. This figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With ...

    ... numbing qualities similar to those of cocaine, but with none of its stimulant effects . Phenacetin : an analgesic and antipyretic drug similar to acetaminophen. It was banned by the FDA in 1983 because it increased the ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid: Addiction and Treatment Programs

    Dilaudid is a prescription opioid that is sometimes misused. 1 When Dilaudid is used in ways other than prescribed, and even when it is used as prescribed, there can be a risk of dangerous side effects and addiction. 1 Read on to learn about ...

    ... opioids. 1 What Is Dilaudid Used For? Dilaudid is prescribed for severe pain that requires an opioid analgesic but cannot be otherwise controlled. 1 It is reserved for patients whose pain management has not been helped ... 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 ...

    ... . Not all painkillers are equal with regard to strength and dosing . You may be used to taking one opioid analgesic and your friend may be used to taking another, but that does not make exchanging medication a safe idea ... 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 ...

    ... or familial restraints and relatively less severe addictions. Is Opana Addictive? Opana is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic with roughly 5 times the potency of morphine. It is used solely for the management of moderate ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Opana Used For? Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication oxymorphone—a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the U.S. pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA ...

    ... Opana (immediate-release) and Opana ER (extended-release) Though it is a potent and effective opioid analgesic, Opana may be intentionally misused and taken recreationally by those seeking a powerful high. People who use ... continue reading
  • Percocet Addiction: Side Effects and Treatment

    Percocet is a brand name for a painkiller combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. 1 Although it may be used safely when taken as directed under a doctor's supervision and can be effective for its intended uses, it has a high potential for misuse ...

    ... that contains a combination of oxycodone, a strong opioid painkiller, and acetaminophen, a non-opiate analgesic and fever-reducing medication. 1, 3 Doctors may prescribe Percocet to people suffering from moderate to ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... addiction and recovery. Is Hydrocodone Addictive? Doctors prescribe hydrocodone - found in several commonly prescribed opioid analgesics such as Lortab, Norco and Vicodin - for the short-term management of a number of ... continue reading
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