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Can Prescribed Narcotics Be Bad For You
Yes: They can be harmful. There are risks with any treatment or medication. Risks of opioids (narcotics) are tolerance, dependence, addiction, decreased immune function, decreased testosterone levels, breathing problems, and death. Opioid related deaths now outnumber deaths related to cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines combined. It's a serious issue in the US, as our prescriptions rate has skyrocket. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more
Migraines: Its ok to take the narcotic on occasion. Say less than once a week. Its meant as a bridge to get you over the worst parts of the migraine. BUT, its not okay to take it regularly. It won't prevent a migraine. There are other meds for early treatment such as Imitrex (sumatriptan). Its important to figure out what triggers your migraines (red wine, cheeses, MSG any food with tyramine in it. ...Read more
Should avoid : Narcotics could be reasonable for acute head trauma such as skull fracture or the intense pains associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage or meningitis, but there are severe risks of apnea, and should only be used with constant supervision in hospital. Use of narcotics in migraine and tension headaches is always a bad idea, as the problem will rebound and worsen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ASK YOUR SURGEON: After a tonsillectomy, or any surgery, there is concern about bleeding. Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like advil, motrin, aleve, ibuprofen, Naproxen can increase your bleeding risk by making your blood a little less sticky. Tylenol (acetaminophen) won't affect your bleeding this way. You should really discuss your pain with your surgeon. Everybody has a different pain tolerance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On sick leave, narcotic pain meds, taking more than prescribed to get effect of no pain, scared to tell doc feel like I am addicted without them.am I?
Take as advised: Narcotic pain meds are NOT "pixie dust"--they are not intended to get you to "no pain," just a tolerable level so you can function--you have something wrong (trauma / surgery / etc.), or you would not be prescribed them. Talk to your Dr about combination therapy--often can add other non-narcotic meds to optimize relief and have less risk of dependence/addiction. Talk to your Dr about this. ...Read more
Is it bad to take three low dose norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and loratab or a narcotic together? Heart rate is 80-90's when moving but when sleep goes to low 40's.
Why would a narcotic drug test (both urine and blood) come back negative when the person is taking the prescribed narcotics?
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