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Will I Ever Have Peace Of Mind After A Percs Addiction
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
See a doctor: Precocet withdrawal can be dangerous and you should slowly decrease dosages under the supervision of a doctor. Once you've been successfully weaned off of the drug, i highly recommend substance abuse treatment and/or na groups to help maintain sobriety if the addiction has been present for any length of time. Your doctor should help guide you on inpatient vs outpatient treatment choices. ...Read more
Depends: If the person is merely physically dependent on it (experiences withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop) then a slow taper should work. If they have a true addiction problem then they should be assessed by an addictionologist (http://www.Asam.Org) and follow the treatment recommendations. Addiction is a much more serious and potentially fatal problem than physical dependence. ...Read more
Tough situation: But I am happy that you realize it is a problem and congratulations on that step! try cutting down slowly, even ten percent per week will get you down to a tolerable level to stop; cold turkey will be harder. Consider other medications as step-down medications and you can speak with your prescriber about these. Keep busy. Try to avoid benzodiazepines to cover symptoms. Good luck, you can do it! ...Read more
Unknown: The active ingredient in both medication is the same. Your question is about whether long acting or short acting medication technology makes a difference in the problem of addiction. There is some agreement that long acting preparations may be less addictive, but I and many others are unconvinced. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more
Addiction: Addiction is more politically correctly called drug diversion. Any use of a medication that is sedative, analgesic or has depressive or stimulating brain effects, if used without proper indication may be called addiction. Doing unnatural activities to gain a drug is also addiction (taking a gun to doctors office, stealing drugs etc) ...Read more
Withdrawls: First I want you to know, Opioid withdrawal is not life threatening. Option 1, " Subboxan " .One has to be in some withdrawals before you get it. Option 2. Old treatment. Catapress, a blood pressure medication is most helpful. Some aid to sleep like Trazadone, , Seroquel (quetiapine). Some times Phenobarb in decreasing doses is also used. See your MD. Don't try anything on your own ...Read more
Other opioids: Even Vicodin, which was considered less addictive, has been moved up to Schedule II because of it's addictive properties. Some people even abuse codeine, but less often. Pretty much any narcotic medication has the potential for addiction in the same way Percocet does. Addiction is not the same as tolerance which is a normal, expected physiological response. ...Read more
Suboxone: Suboxone contains Buprenorphine plus a short acting opiate blocker called naloxone. Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic partial opiate agonist. That means, it has very unique properties compared with other opiates like hydrocodone and oxycodone. Suboxone can take away the cravings for opiates so the addict can work on figuring out why he or she takes opiates in the first place. Suboxone saves lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you know that this complete treatment programs is good for addiction patients of percocet medication?
Medication: Addictive Disorders are way too powerful for any individual to fight all by himself claiming victory. Percocet.. means Opioid Addiction at the moment. This can change to some other addiction. Yes he/she needs complete as well as on-going treatment. It's for life. Slips occur Relapse too may be a part of treatment . Just don't give up. Keep at it. Your health = your responsibility . ...Read more
Is Percocet or Vicodin safe to take for post op pain for only a week or so? Worried about addiction but it's only for post op pain. How effective?
Post operative Pain: I understand your concern about Addiction. If you do not have Dependence on Alcohol, Benzodiazepines or Sleeping medications, you will not become addicted to Percocet or Vicodin if you took it for a week postoperatively. While under care of Surgeon, gradually decrease dose.If intensity of pain decreases, discuss taking Ibuprofen or Naprosyn Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has syringomyelia, was taking percocet 10 mg. Never saw physical signs of addiction, but he may have p.A.W.S., suggestions for chronic pain?
Taper down: Your husband could try taking a smaller dose and tapering down, slowly, little by little and spread out the taper over a few months. For my patients, I have found the medication buproprion helpful, often times, for paws. Also, I have used low dose modafanil for a short period of time (six months) until the paws goes away. Good question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been taking vicodin & percocet & tramadol for years. If i'm going to be on this the rest of my life why is my dr worried about addiction issues?
Its a problem?: Your dr must see it causing a problem. Addiction issues are very bad and distructive and very difficult for the people with addictions to see this. The hallmark of addiction is loss of control and repeated negative consequences as a result. Most with addictions have "great"reasons for those consequences, usually justifing, rationlizing etc. Ask family and friends their opinion? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an addiction to Percocet, by the time of my next shoulder surgery I will be 13 days clean, will general anesthesia kill me or anything serious?
Will not kill you...: but you must be 100% honest with your surgical team, especially your anesthesiologist, about your drug history PRIOR to your surgery. They will chose anesthesia and post op pain medications that are best suited for you and reduce your likelihood of dependence. Prescription drug addiction is a serious national health issue. Advocate for your own health and make the right choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need help getting off oxy cotton 30 cr , I'm also taking percocet 10 4 times a day .all this due to a head on collision that happened 10 years ago?
NA and/or rehab: Join Narcotics Anonymous and get a sponsor and go to meetings. Call drug rehab programs in your area as well. You are making a smart, wise, healthy decision to get off opiates. Do not get on Lyrica, (pregabalin) Neurontin or Clonazepam either, as they have dependency issues as well. Avoid alcohol and any other addicting meds, too. Exercise is a huge help. Stop nicotine while you are detoxing from opiates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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