Opioid Pain Medicine

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs as well. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about opioids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Opioids are medicines used to treat pain. Theyre also called narcotics. When you take them for more than a few days, they may cause serious problems.

If you take opioids every day for a long time they may stop working, and your pain may be as bad as it was before you started taking them. If this happens, you have built up a tolerance to the medicine.

Your body may start to depend on opioids. That means that if you dont take them, or if you take less than your usual amount, you may have withdrawal. Withdrawal can feel like a bad case of the flu. You may sweat, have diarrhea, throw up, or have trouble sleeping. You may ache all over. You might even feel like you will die, but people rarely die from withdrawal.

Some people become addicted to opioids. The more you take, the more likely this is to happen. Tell your doctor right away if you have problems that might be related to opioids.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.