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Can Pain Medication Be Harmful?

Can Pain Medication Be Harmful?

For many suffering with acute and chronic pain the doctor will prescribe opiates (such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine). These medications modify a person's sensation to pain, by causing a sense of joy and euphoria via the pleasure centers of the brain. Because of that, your doctor may need to adjust your medication. Adjustments will be made as your condition changes up or down. In most cases, when your medication is taken as directed they are safe and rarely lead to dependency.

When abuse of medication occurs, physical dependence to the opiate is extremely likely. Attempts to reduce or quit the medication suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea joint and muscle pain. Contact your doctor immediately of this occurs.

Can Pain Medication Be Harmful?

Are you abusing or misusing your medication? Answer the following:

Have you considered or do you by medication from others?Have you attempted or wish to purchase the medication from the internet where lenient requirements are in place?In the past 12 months have you used your pain medication in amounts other than those required?

If you answered yes, please take a moment to speak with your doctor about the risks.