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Description of Opioid dependence

DescriptionAccording to dictionary definition  Opioids, sometimes called narcotics, are a type of drug. They include strong prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Some opioids are made from the opium plant, and others are synthetic (man-made).  CausesAccording to dictionary definition  Dependence is caused due to excessive use of:1. Prescription opioid to reduce pain after a major injury or surgery2. Medication to relieve chronic pain  Signs and SymptomsAccording to dictionary definition  Opioids can cause side effects such as:1. Drowsiness2. Mental fog3. Nausea4. Constipation5. Slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths6. The person’s face is extremely pale and/or feels clammy to the touch7. Body goes limp8. Fingernails or lips have a purple or blue color  Complications and When Should You See a Doctor  According to dictionary definition  Other risks of using prescription opioids include:1. Dependence and addiction2. Opioid abuse can include taking too much medicine, taking someone else’s medicine, taking it in a different way than you are supposed to, or taking the medicine to get high.3. Women abusing opioids during pregnancy can lead to babies being addicted and going through withdrawal, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).    TreatmentAccording to dictionary definition  The main treatment for prescription opioid addiction includes:1. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT): It includes medicines, counseling, and support from family and friends.2. Medications include naloxone which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death, if it is given in time.  NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse



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