Analgesics Addiction

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Frequently asked questions

What is analgesic addiction?

Some analgesic medicines, such as methadone, have additional effects to help the user overcome the symptoms of drug withdrawal. Many of the more effective analgesics have euphoric feelings associated with them, which causes a risk of abuse and addiction.

Are opioid analgesics addictive?

Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths.

What are the Effects of analgesic addiction? 

Analgesic addiction affects the mind and body. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, drowsiness, confusion, overdose, coma and death.

What is the strongest pain medication?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic (human-made) opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and is prescribed for extreme pain.  

What are the risk factors for analgesic addiction?

Risk factors for analgesic misuse or addiction include past or current substance abuse, untreated psychiatric disorders, younger age, and social or family environments that encourage misuse. Analgesic mortality prevalence is higher in people who are middle-aged and have substance abuse and psychiatric comorbidities.

Can you overdose on analgesics?

When someone becomes addicted to pain killers and develops a tolerance for them, they are more inclined to take higher doses. High doses can cause respiratory depression, which causes breathing to decrease, heart rate to drop, and blood pressure to drop. The person may cease breathing or fall into a coma as a result of this severe effect, or even die.

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