Opioids are prescribed to alleviate symptoms of severe or chronic pain. Opioids are an integral part of medicine, and come with great benefits, but also carry their risks and dangers.
The following are examples of Opioids, starting with its general name, and in parenthesis the names they are commonly known by:
Opioids are prescribed to alleviate symptoms of severe or chronic pain.
Opioids are an integral part of medicine, and come with great benefits, but also carry their risks and dangers.
Opioids can help people suffering from fibromyalgia, a multi-systemic medical condition, particularly known for causing widespread pain throughout the body. Tramadol is either used alone or in conjunction with other classes of pain medication, such as muscle relaxers, like Flexeril, to offer strong and long-lasting pain relief.
Opioids are commonly prescribed to people coming out of surgery or coming out of an accident, due to the intensity of the pain. For example, if you are hospitalized for severe abdominal pain after a UTI (urinary tract infection) has spread, your doctor may give you a dose of morphine to get rid of your pain and help you sleep. This would be administered through an IV drip and is famous for its “crushing” and “burning” feeling when it spreads throughout the body, thankfully a brief reaction. Relief is usually immediate.
Neuropathy is also a medical condition in which Opioids like Percocet, are prescribed. Neuropathy can cause a burning or tingling like pain in the legs or other parts of the body where nerves are damaged. As there is no cure for neuropathy, pain management offers symptom relief and enables people to function better in their overall lives, whether it be continuing their job, or simply being able to maintain their mobility.
Other Opioids, like Vicodin, are used for certain types of procedures. Vicodin is usually known for dental surgery, and afterward for a short period during recovery.
Opioids Side Effects
People who are prescribed Opioids for the first time are particularly sensitive to side effects as it is a new element being introduced to the body. Many people report feeling:
It is advised that people not drive or operate heavy machinery while on this medication, or at least until they know how their body will respond.
Percocet is known for being strong, and depending on the dose, can make people nausea or vomit depending on your body size. This means it isn’t the proper dosage, or may not be the right pain medication for you. .
Tramadol can make people feel antsy, or on edge. It is also known for making people drowsy. However, these feelings can also mean you are addicted to your pain medication, or are going through withdrawal if you suddenly stopped taking the medication.
Opioids in general can make people constipated, which can turn into an on-going issue.
All side effects, particularly those that could be signs of addiction or withdrawal, should be reported to your medical provider immediately to prevent discomfort or medical complications.
People should never alcohol with their medications. This also pertains to Opioids, as it can have a potent or lethal outcome.
Important to advise is that pain medications in general can be addicting, due to their ability to reduce pain. When misused (taken in excess) intentionally, it can cause its users to have feelings of euphoria, sleepiness, or make them “high. Sometimes in desperation to no longer be in pain, people overdose on their medication.
Every year, many people accidentally overdose when misusing pain medications, which, unfortunately, leads to many premature deaths. In addition, pain medications can be very dangerous when mixed with other medications or illegal substances, such as heroin or crack. Overdosing on medications also makes completing suicide easier for those suffering from depression and suicidal ideation.
Prescription abuse continues to be a pressing health concern in the United States because of its potency and propensity for addiction.
People, who have addiction histories or are still currently using alcohol and other drugs (AOD), need to have their pain management supervised by a medical provider. Vicodin and Percocet are not recommended to people who previous histories of use, or continue to use, as they are known for being highly addicting. People without addiction histories are also susceptible to use due to the general addicting nature of these medications.
Opioids are known as a controlled substance, and usually a prescription must be picked up by the person the medication is prescribed for at the doctor’s office. This is done to prevent drugs from being sold in the underground market. Unfortunately, due to addiction, this still occurs, and Opioids are sold in the street. This can be dangerous as people don’t know exact dosages, can abuse the drug, and aren’t sure if it’s laced with other drugs or harmful chemicals. Do not buy your pain medications from the street. They must be bought from licensed and professional pharmacies.