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What is painkiller addiction?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Pain medication

Any pain medication can lead to psychological dependence.
Narcotic or opioid pain meds lead to addiction by stimulating portions of the brain that have receptors for opioids. When the drug fills these receptors, the individual experiences intense positive responses that reinforce the desire to use again and again. Use may escalate to get the same or increased pleasurable sensation.

In brief: Pain medication

Any pain medication can lead to psychological dependence.
Narcotic or opioid pain meds lead to addiction by stimulating portions of the brain that have receptors for opioids. When the drug fills these receptors, the individual experiences intense positive responses that reinforce the desire to use again and again. Use may escalate to get the same or increased pleasurable sensation.
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Oxycodone addiction

Is the most common painkiller addiction these days, but all of the opiate and opioid type painkillers are addictive.
Pain killers should be taken only for physical pain. All pain killers of this type are highly regulated and by prescription only. Addiction occurs because of misuse or overuse. These medications cause tolerance which means your body needs more to get the same effect over time.

In brief: Oxycodone addiction

Is the most common painkiller addiction these days, but all of the opiate and opioid type painkillers are addictive.
Pain killers should be taken only for physical pain. All pain killers of this type are highly regulated and by prescription only. Addiction occurs because of misuse or overuse. These medications cause tolerance which means your body needs more to get the same effect over time.
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