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Why do people get addicted to prescription painkillers? Is there an addictive ingredient in there?

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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management
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In brief: Addiction and Opioid

Painkiller categorized as opioids (eg morphine) are all potentially addictive because they bind to receptors in your brains addiction centers as well as those that mediate pain.
There is a higher chance of addiction with higher doses and longer use.

In brief: Addiction and Opioid

Painkiller categorized as opioids (eg morphine) are all potentially addictive because they bind to receptors in your brains addiction centers as well as those that mediate pain.
There is a higher chance of addiction with higher doses and longer use.
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In brief: Yes,

Many prescription painkillers contain opiates, which can be addictive.
Examples are vicodin, percocet, Oxycontin to name a few. Make sure to take them as prescribed.

In brief: Yes,

Many prescription painkillers contain opiates, which can be addictive.
Examples are vicodin, percocet, Oxycontin to name a few. Make sure to take them as prescribed.
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