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Is Lorzone A Narcotic
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
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Depends on the drug: Different drugs have different rates that the body can eliminate them from the body. The common measurement for this is "half life, " which describes the average time needed for the body to eliminate one-half of the current level of drug circulating in the body (it is always an estimate because people differ in their liver's capacity to metabolize different drugs).
Paradoxical Effects: Some individuals have what are called "paradoxical reactions" to opioids or other central nervous system depressive medications, leading to excitement or stimulation. These reactions are more common with smaller doses of the medications, and sound consistent with what you are describing. The reason for paradoxical reactions is unclear.
Opium-like Chemical: 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 and other physiological functions..See 1 more doctor answer
Time: This should not take more than a few days.See 2 more doctor answers
Physician: Physician trained in pain management is your best guide. Technicks could include rehabilitation therapy, phisical therapy, antinflammotary drugs, antidepressants, psychological counseling, surgical correction in some cases. Find the pain center in the University Medical Center where they can offer broad spectrum of options.
It depends.: What are the narcotics, what dosages have you been on, for how long and for what ailment? Need answers to these questions before a meaningful answer can be suggested. My advice would therefore be seek medical help in an attempt to get answers to the above questions first. A good place to start would be with your pcp first. Be well.
Activity: Mild to moderate activity is always beneficial especially if it can address some of the underlying causes of the pain. There are non-narcotic meds that can substantially reduce the transmission of pain signals to and in your brain. You should probably see a pain specialist and discuss your goals. Don't rely entirely on passive therapies such as interventional pain procedures or chiropractic.
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.
This can happen in: Two ways. One, you actually increase the number of mu receptors by chronic use of opioid medications and making you have an increased sensitivity to pain along with developing a resistance to the opioid effects at current levels, always needing more. Or, second, you can develop opioid induced hyperalgesia, which is an acute reaction to opioids leading to exquisite pain that gets worse with dosing.
Talk to prescriber: Most doctors would love to stop prescribing opioids so talk to your doctor about it. Typically you slowly wean down the meds as tolerated. Good luck.See 1 more doctor answer