Category: Opioids

Opioids

What Exactly Are Opioids?

Opioids are a group of chemicals that are naturally produced in the opium poppy plant and work in the brain to cause a variety of effects, including pain alleviation in some cases.

They are either prescription medicines or illicit substances like heroin.

Prescription opioids are commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain by blocking pain signals between the brain and the body. These drugs can be addictive and can make some people feel relaxed, cheerful, or “high” in addition to reducing pain. Slowed breathing, constipation, nausea, disorientation, and drowsiness are all possible adverse effects.

Names of Opioids

Opioids are commonly referred to as narcotics, and while they do treat pain, they are not the same as over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or Tylenol.

The following are the most regularly used opioids:

OxyContin and Vicodin are examples of prescribed opioids.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50–100 times stronger than morphine.

heroin is a controlled substance.

Utilization of Opioids

The use of opioids is not without hazards. The use of these prescription medications on a regular basis can raise your tolerance and reliance, needing higher and more frequent doses. Longer-term use can lead to addiction (also known as “opioid use disorder” by doctors). Furthermore, when taken in excessive doses, opioids can impair your ability to breathe, and when misused, can result in a lethal overdose. If you have never taken an opioid before or are taking other medications/drugs that interact with the opioid, you are more likely to experience respiratory depression (slowing or even stopping your breathing). Opioids, which can interact with illnesses, should only be used if absolutely necessary for pain relief, such as when other options are ineffective.

When considering whether an opioid prescription is good for you, assess your current medications and reveal any previous or current drug usage with your doctor. If you have a personal or family history of substance misuse, you may be more susceptible to becoming addicted to opioids, which you should discuss with your health care practitioner. Always inquire about alternate treatments. To keep yourself and your community safe, follow all treatment recommendations and “mind your medicines” if you and your doctor believe that an opioid prescription is the best option for treating your .

Opioid Drug Names and Brand Names

If you or a family member is prescribed one of these pills for whatever reason, be aware that they are opioids and should only be used as indicated.

Prescription names

Oxycodone
  • OxyContin
  • Roxicodone
  • Oxecta
  • Oxaydo
  • Xtampza ER
  • Percodan
  • Targiniq
  • Xartemis XR
  • Oxycet
  • Roxicet
  • Tylox
  • Percocet

Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Lorcet
  • Zamicet
  • Verdrocet
  • Lortab
  • Anexsia
  • Co-Gesic
  • Hycet
  • Liquicet
  • Maxidone
  • Norco
  • Xodol 10/300
  • Zolvit
  • Zydone
Hydrocodone bitartrate
Hydrocodone-Homatropine
  • Hycodan
  • Hydromet
Hyrdocodone-Ibuprofen
  • Ibudone
  • Xylon 10
  • Reprexain
  • Vicoprofen
Pseudoephedrine-Hydrocodone
  • Rezira
Hydrocodone-Clorpheniramine
  • Vituz
Hydrocodone-Cpm-Pseudoephed
  • Zutripro
Morphine
  • Duramorph
  • Infumorph P/F
  • MS Contin
  • Oramorph SR
  • Avinza
  • Arymo ER
  • Kadian
  • Morphabond
  • Roxanol-T
Morphine-Naltrexone
  • Embeda
Hydromorphone
  • Dilaudid
  • Exalgo
  • Palladone
Fentanyl Cirtrate
  • Actiq
  • Fentora
  • Abstral
  • Lazanda
  • Onsolis
  • Sublimaze
Fentanyl
  • Duragesic
  • Subsys
Codeine Poli-Chlorphenir Poli
  • Tuzistra XR
Acetaminophen with codeine phosphate/Acetaminophen-Codeine
Methadone
  • Dolophine
  • Methadose
Methadone Hydrochloride
  • Methadose
Morphine Sulfate
  • Morphabond
Oxymorphone Hydrochloride
  • Opana
Meperidine
  • Demerol
Tramadol
Carfentanil+
Buprenorphine
  • Subatex
  • Buprenex
  • Butrans
  • Probuphine

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