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Is oxycontin addictive?

Is oxycontin addictive?

Oxycontin: Absolutely. There is no question....It is possible, even easy to get addicted to oxycontin. These drugs are intended for short term use because of their addictive qualities. ...Read more

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Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Not necessarily: I have heard patients tell me that suboxone withdrawal is not as bad and have also heard it's worse. It depends on from how high of a dose one is stopping whatever opiate they've been taking. It is much easier and safer to try and gradually decrease the opiate dose until one is stopping from a very low dose and not a higher dose. The higher the dose, the worse the withdrawal when stopping. ...Read more

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Hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction, what's the difference?

Hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction, what's the difference?

Little Difference : Both drugs ate opiates and have identical effects in the body producing dependence and possibly addiction. The route of administration may contribute to the development of addiction with IV use and "snorting" more addictive than oral use, although all routes of use can be addictive, . ...Read more

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Average detox from opiates. Oxycodone specifically.

Hard to give an AVER: So many variables that you haven't provided information on but if I were to just shoot from the hip and throw out a number, I'd say you're looking at 3 weeks before you'll start feeling back to some semblance of normal once you start the process. The first few days may be rough and most will say are the roughest...but again, depends how you handle the pullback. Is this supervised or on your own? ...Read more

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Is Suboxone withdrawal dangerous?

Is Suboxone withdrawal  dangerous?

No: Not dangerous, but can be very prolonged. Ask your doctor how to wean off of Suboxone. It will not happen without your effort, but it is doable. Some techniques are well known ...Read more

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Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read more

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Is Suboxone (buprenorphine) derived from opium?

Is Suboxone (buprenorphine) derived from opium?

Suboxone: No it is not drive from opium , opium is a natural occurring plant that produces , among other things, heroin. Suboxone is a purely manufactured synthetic drug. It has a unique properties. It blocks certain opiate receptors and acts as a analgesic or pain medicine. It was first developed as a pain medicine but it's now used exclusively to stabilize people addicted to opiates. ...Read more

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Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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How are cocaine and heroin withdrawal different?

How are cocaine and heroin withdrawal different?

Differences: Cocaine results in irritability, depression, anxiety. Heroin withdrawal results in anxiety, restlessness, diarrhea, muscle aches, and flu like symptoms. ...Read more

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How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Snorting meth & oxycodone side effects?

Snorting meth & oxycodone side effects?

Death, addiction...: Both methamphetamines and oxycodone are highly addictive drugs of abuse. The "snorting" achieves more rapid absorption compared to the oral route increasing the possibility of overdose and death. Abuse of these drugs usually leads to rapid development of addiction. If you are currently using them i encourage you to seek treatment as your problem will in all likelihood only become much worse... ...Read more

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Are amphetamines addictive?

Are amphetamines addictive?

Yes: And they can have serious, life-threatening side effects. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If you feel you are addicted, you should get help right away. ...Read more

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Can withdrawal from heroin kill me?

Can withdrawal from heroin kill me?

Heroin withdrawal: "withdrawal" per se refers to the symptoms which occur upon abrupt removal of a chemical to which one has become "dependent" upon. In the case of heroin, or other opiate compounds, the person may manifest severe, profound, symptoms that may include sweating, chills, shakes, hemodynamic changes and frank seizures that may become life threatening. Medical attention is necessary. ...Read more

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Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Course of addiction : Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thus reinforcing. As tolerance for the drug's effects develop, people take more of the drug in hope of obtaining the same high feeling. Physical dependence occurs and the drug is taken no longer to get high but to try to feel normal & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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How addictive is oxycodone acetaminophen?

How addictive is oxycodone acetaminophen?

Opiate addiction: All opiates have addiction potential. The more potent/powerful drug, the higher addiction potential. In general, people are more addicted to short acting opiate than long acting opiate. ...Read more

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How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

Easy...: If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing. If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally. ...Read more