Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

Over the last twenty years, the USA has been on a downward spiral with regard to opioid addiction.

In 2002, 5,000 people died from overdosing with prescription opioids such as extra strength Oxycontin – Pure Oxycodone  ( a semi-synthetic opioid loosely related to morphine and originally based on elements of the opium poppy) and from others such as Percocet, Percodan which are usually oxycodone mixed with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Other opioid drugs include Fentanyl, Hydrocodone and codeine in various strengths and mixed with NSAIDs or paracetamol.

In 2015 these deaths caused by opioid overdose had increased to 52,000 per annum.

The UK has also seen an increase in addiction. However some of those who are afflicted go unreported, such as when associated with the very elderly. I have personal experience of this with the prescription of Tramadol in excessive doses, and also Oramorph which is a liquid opioid, to my mother in her late 80 and early 90s. And then with the safe withdrawal from those drugs over several months after taking issue with the prescription.

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

6 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

  1. Very interesting topic, Sally. I can’t use Aspirin either, even if Ibuprofen helps in pain release. My body reacts bad to this kind, why I do get the more effective medication, which are not healthy in long term, but necessary.


  2. One would think differently but doctors are notorious for literally pushing opioids on patients and refilling prescriptions long after they should have stopped them. When I had heart surgery, I warned my doctors I could not tolerate morphine. Of course they did not listen so I hallucinated on them, thought I was in a Japanese WW11 prisoner of war camp being tortured. So I was quite nasty to the wonderful oriental nurses caring for me. And I told my Indian Doctor who saved my life that if he didn’t cure me I’d put a ‘pox’ on him and his whole village.Where did that come from??

    They sent me home with percocet which did not work but luckily I wasn’t on it long. Then more recently after several surgeries to fix a botched pacemaker battery replacement, the doctor yelled at me for refusing tranzadon, saying my body could not heal without it. I caved in and then threw it up which certainly added to my pain. Now when I fill out drs’ forms I say I am allergic to all opioids. If they killed the pain it might be worth it but they space me out, keep me awake and get me sick.

    Where I live in New York, we have a heroin epidemic from sports drs and other drs giving teens too many opioids, getting them addicted and when they can’t get the drug they go to the streets and buy heroin. it’s a nightmare. Thanks for bringing this subject up, Sally.

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