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Can prescribed narcotics be bad for you ?

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 more

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Narcotic (Definition)

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


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What to do if I have bad migranes and the doctor has prescribed a narcotic?

What to do if I have bad migranes and the doctor has prescribed a narcotic?

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

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How do people get prescribed enough narcotics that they get addicted?

Opioids and addictio: I do not think that physicians prescribe opioids to get one addicted. Addiction is complicated and involves a host of issues. Physicians always risk stratify when prescribing opioids in order minimize the risks of addiction and side effects. ...Read more

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What narcotics are prescribed for severe headache pain?

What narcotics are prescribed for severe headache pain?

All sorts: But see a neurologist and perhaps it can be treated with meds that are not narcotics so won't be addictive or you will not build a tolerance. ...Read more

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What narcotics are prescribed for severe headaches?

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 more

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What OTC pain medicine is safe to take after the prescribed narcotics from a tonsillectomy?

What OTC pain  medicine is safe to take after the prescribed narcotics from a tonsillectomy?

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 more

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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?

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

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Why would a narcotic drug test (both urine and blood) come back negative when the person is taking the prescribed narcotics?

Why would a narcotic drug test (both urine and blood) come back negative when the person is taking the prescribed narcotics?

See below: A common error occurs when a patient is prescribed an oxycodone preparation and they are tested for opioids only. The opioid test in urine will not test positive when a patient is on oxycodone or many other synthetics or semi-synthetic agents. ...Read more

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