Prescription painkillers are powerful drugs that are beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain, but many times even when used as prescribed, opioid painkillers carry the risk of dependency and addiction. These opioid painkillers need to be managed carefully by doctors who can control dosages and watch for signs of addiction.
Here is a list of commonly abused prescription painkillers:
Stadol - The generic name for this drug is Butorphanol, and it is taken as a nasal spray or in an injectable solution. It is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and has side effects including skin rash, anxiety, breathing problems, confusion, and ringing in the ears.
Demerol - The generic name for Demerol is Meperidine. Demerol is taken orally as a pill or in an injectable solution. It helps relieve moderate to severe pain and has side effects of this addictive pain medicine including skin rash, wheezing, fainting, hallucinations, and seizures.
Fentanyl - Prescribed to patients who have taken other pain medications for at least a week and need additional pain relief. It is taken as a lozenge, an injectable solution, or as a patch applied to the skin. It is often prescribed to treat intense cancer pain that other pain medications are not strong enough for. It has side effects such as breathing problems, confusion, hallucinations, and irregular heartbeat.
OxyContin - Made of Oxycodone, OxyContin is one of the most popular addictive painkillers. It is also one of the most prescribed ones for moderate to severe pain. It has fewer side effects than similar addictive pain pills but can include breathing difficulties, confusion, and light-headed feelings. It is taken as a tablet.
Percocet - These addictive pills are a form of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen and is also commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. This addictive painkiller has similar side effects to OxyContin and can also cause stomach pain, yellowing of the skin, and skin rash.
Vicodin - A narcotic pain reliever that is typically only prescribed for severe pain caused by an injury or disease. Some users develop a tolerance to this drug, which has the potential to develop into a prescription drug addiction. Many who abuse Vicodin may even abuse anywhere from 20 to 30 pills on a given day; some consume even more.
Lorcet - A narcotic analgesic that is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. This commonly abused painkiller puts a person at significant risk of developing an addiction that can form as soon as or even before a month of abuse.
These are only a few of the many prescription painkillers that are often abused.
If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to any of these most addictive types of painkillers, it is highly recommended to seek professional addiction treatment as these opioid painkillers require medical detox.
Florida Center for Recovery a detox and rehabilitation center provides supervised withdrawal and prescription painkiller treatment programs that give clients all that is needed to achieve lasting recovery.