- What are narcotic analgesics?
- What are examples narcotic analgesics of available in the US?
- What are the side effects of narcotic analgesics?
- What drugs interact with narcotic analgesics?
- What formulations of narcotic analgesics are available?
- What about taking narcotic analgesics during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
What are narcotic analgesics?
Narcotic analgesics attach to receptors on nerves in the brain that increase the threshold to pain (i.e., the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain), and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the pain). Most men and women take narcotic analgesics for short-periods of time until pain lessens or goes away. Some adults have chronic pain, which requires proper pain management since long term use can lead to drug addiction and tolerance (the need for increasing doses). Narcotic analgesics have a high potential for misuse, abuse, and diversion (to addicted persons).
What are examples narcotic analgesics of available in the US?
Examples of narcotic analgesics are:
- hydrocodone (Zohydro ER),
- oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone),
- hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo),
- morphine (Avinza, Kadian, MSIR, MS Contin), and
- fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic).
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