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Pain Killer Addiction - Nurse's Quick And Easy Guide To Getting Off Pain Killers Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Many chronic pain patients may be under-treated as a result of doctors who are trying to gain control over pain killer addiction, it's reported. Many other drugs can interact with the opioids and cause a variety of symptoms; this can be fatal. And physical dependence on a drug suggests that sudden stopping of the drug may result in negative consequences. These are all considerations to take into account today when prescribing or using pain killers.

Often people who are addicted to pain killers are plagued with various symptoms to various degrees; many times they don't associate the symptoms they are having with the drug. If you think you're addicted and want to get off pain killers or other drugs, it's best to get detoxified as fast as you can and then go through some type of rehabilitation, this is crucial; it's important to have others to lean on and learn from and offer support to you. When you're addicted physically to a drug, like pain killers or alcohol, etc., it's because you've unknowingly suppressed or shut down your body's production of endorphins, which are natural opiate pain killers; when this happens you start craving the drug that you replaced the endorphins with whether it's alcohol, any of a number of drugs, medications or pain killers.

A person usually exhibits compulsive behavior to satisfy their craving for a pain killer or pain medication even when there are negative consequences associated with taking the pain killer or drug. Opioids used as the doctor has prescribed are supposedly not dangerous according to some well-established medical groups; but if that's the case, why are so many people addicted to them? Addiction is a biological and psychological condition.

Less common side effects and adverse reactions of pain killers are: confusion, hallucinations, delirium, hives, itching, hypothermia, bradycardia (slow heart rate), tachycardia (rapid heart rate), raised intracranial pressure, ureteric or biliary spasm, muscle rigidity and flushing to name a few. Chronic pain affects one out of four adults; millions of people suffer from severe disabling pain. Treatment options for pain killer addiction include: medications, such as methadone and LAAM (levo-alpha-acetyl-methadol), and behavioral counseling; usually, the patient is medically detoxified before a treatment approach is begun.

Pain killer addiction includes these: opiate dependency, opiate addiction, narcotic dependency, narcotic addiction, and pain killer dependency or painkiller dependency. More common side effects and adverse reactions of pain killers are: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, miosis (contraction of the pupil), orthostatic hypotension (blood pressure drops upon sudden standing) - often happens when arising too fast when getting out of bed in the morning, urinary retention, constipation and fecal impaction. Many side effects and adverse reactions that can occur with the use of opioids as pain killers.

It's important to get help and not try getting off pain killers on your own. It is important to go through rehab following your detox stay: make it a part of your plan of action. You absolutely must make plans to leave the routine responsibilities of your life for a week or two or suffer the inevitable outcome and bad health effects of prolonged drug addiction.

All other demands of children, job, school, or any other responsibilities may make inpatient treatment seem like an intrusion but it's not. The longer you wait to get treatment the worse it will get; so take action now. Taking the time to spend in a treatment center, detoxing, is of the utmost priority for you.

What should people, and patients with chronic pain problems or conditions, do to avoid the possibility of addiction is a puzzling question. The body's natural pain killers, endorphins, have been replaced by these pain killing drugs; get them flowing again with lots of laughter and other natural approaches. The effort to reduce pain medication abuse is causing serious problems for patients who legitimately need these drugs.

For more information on pain killer addiction symptoms and pain killer treatments go to specializing in pain killer addiction with nurse's tips, help, quiz, blog and resources including information on pain killer treatment centers and natural addiction treatment

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