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Why is it that hydrocodone feels so good?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Endorphins

We have built-in opioids that our bodies/brains produce when we are in pain, when we exercise and when we are stressed - they are called endorphins and enkephalins.
They act on opioid receptors and reduce pain, give us energy, make us feel good. Opioid drugs do the same thing, especially when we take them in doses that are hundreds of times more than our body makes.

In brief: Endorphins

We have built-in opioids that our bodies/brains produce when we are in pain, when we exercise and when we are stressed - they are called endorphins and enkephalins.
They act on opioid receptors and reduce pain, give us energy, make us feel good. Opioid drugs do the same thing, especially when we take them in doses that are hundreds of times more than our body makes.
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