Morphine Side Effects, Withdrawal and Detox

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Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever that was first developed in 1805 and widely used during the Civil War. Today, it is available in tablet, liquid, and injectable forms and is used to treat both acute and chronic pain. As one of the oldest opioid medications that are still in use, it has a particularly...

Fentanyl Side Effects, Withdrawal and Detox

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Fentanyl is a drug that is widely considered one of the strongest painkillers known to mankind. In fact, it is believed to be between 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It also has a structural analog known as carfentanil that’s believed to be more than 10,000 times as potent as morphine and strong enough...

Dilaudid: Side Effects, Withdrawal & Detox

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Dilaudid is the brand name of a derivative of morphine that’s generically known as hydromorphone. It is a narcotic that’s regularly used as an analgesic, meaning doctors prescribe it as a painkiller. As is the case with many drugs derived from morphine, Dilaudid has a high propensity for both addiction and habit formation. Similarly, it...

Codeine: Side Effects, Withdrawal & Detox

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Codeine is a prescription medication that is typically used to manage pain and coughing. It is classified as an opioid, or a narcotic, drug, and it is only considered legal for you to take it if a doctor prescribes it specifically to help treat a diagnosed health condition. Like other opioids, this drug works by...

Demerol Side Effects, Withdrawal and Detox

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Demerol, or meperidine, is an opioid pain reliever that can be given as an injection or taken orally as a tablet or liquid. Unlike some other narcotics, Demerol is only meant to treat sudden, acute episodes of pain that are of a moderate to severe intensity. It is not intended for the treatment of chronic,...

Klonopin Side Effects, Withdrawal and Detox

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Klonopin is a drug that belongs in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are generally considered to be sedatives. Klonopin works by calming the brain centers and nervous system, and for that reason, it is popularly used by physicians to treat seizures, convulsions, and epilepsy symptoms. It is also sometimes prescribed for individuals...

Opioids vs Opiates

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The words “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably. However, there is a technical difference in the composition of the two drug variants. Looking at their differences can help drug users and others better understand the modern opioid crisis. Opiates and Opioids Defined The term “opiate” is generally used to refer to substances derived from...

Dealing with Overdose

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Drug overdose (OD) from addiction or other causes is growing extremely fast in the U.S. Most of the fatalities, as much as 200 each day, happen because of illegal opioids or prescription drugs. No matter the particular drug involved, even non-fatal instances of overdoses carry emotional aftereffects of anger, guilt and anxiety. The following information...

10 Signs you need help

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Knowing when you need help with substance use may be hard to identify. This is particularly true if you have used for a long time and feel like you have a handle on the situation. A lot of people have the same problem you do. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans needed help with...

How Addiction Affects the Workplace

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Addiction takes a toll on its victims, but co-workers and employers also pay a high price. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that substance use disorders affect almost 21 million Americans, a group that makes up around 8 percent of all adolescents and adults in the country. Add family members, and that number goes...
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