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Opioid Medications and Treatment

What is an Opioid?

Opioids are a medication that is prescribed to help treat pain whether it be pain located in the head, back or other parts of the body. This medication is used to help decrease amount of pain that is coming in contact with the brain. There are many different medications that can be classified as an opiod, these can include:
Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
• Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
• Morphine(Kadian, Avinza)
• Codeine

When someone is being diagnosed an opiod medication, they can begin to wonder what each medication treats as well as what the side effects are and proper dosage. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

What is an Opioid tolerance?

The longer someone takes an opiod medication the fewer effects that could arise. However, there can still be dangers that could occur from using too much medication for a certain condition. There can be an increased risk of issues that can include a respiratory depression or an addiction could arise from higher dosage. In some cases a medical practitioner will recommend Cymbalta, Lyrica or Neurontin which work differently in the central nervous system to help lower pain and they may not be as addictive.

Could withdrawal symptoms occur from taking one Opioid after addiction?

Withdrawal symptoms may not arise from a single dose of an opioid. However, there can be a desire to use the medication again when there is a history of addiction. The use of this medication can be triggered by no withdrawal symptoms occurring. Therefore, someone can become addicted to this medication.

Could Opioids cause gastrointestinal and bowels problems? How can this be prevented?

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the bowels can be sensitive to opiates. The use of this medication could alter and even affect the GI tract. Also, the bowels could vary and cause issues because of the withdrawal of opiods. Some methods to prevent further issues with the bowels can include:
• Drink plenty of water. The body may remove the needed fluid from stools for other uses.
• Intake plenty of fiber. Sources of fiver can include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
• Try to use the restroom when the urge to go occurs. Holding the urge may not be good for the long term.
• Administering over the counter stool softeners such as Colace.

A consultation with a medical practitioner may also be needed if the gastrointestinal problems become worse or bothersome.

How is Suboxone treatment administered for opioid dependence?

Since there are possible dangers, Suboxone treatment should be done in an inpatient department. Some individuals may need to discontinue these medications for a few days before Subozone can be prescribed. Also, an individual can experience a few withdrawal symptoms from the Opioid medication before other medications are given. Therefore, a medical practitioner would need to prescribe as well as administer these medications under supervision.

Opioids is a medication that is often prescribed to help relieve pain of some sort. However, when individuals are prescribed this form of medication, there is a high risk the individual can become addicted and this could result is substance abuse. For more information on whether this medication is needed or the proper dosage to avoid dependency can be answered by Experts.
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