Opioid based pain medications are among the most popular drugs that help manage pain. Often doctors prescribe these opioid pain medicines to people with moderate to severe pain, and they are also helpful for those having chronic pain. These opiates are potent pain relievers and are habit-forming over prolonged use. The surge in opiate use in the United States has become a concern in the past few years, and the number of people experiencing opioid withdrawal has also risen significantly. Here you know about opioid withdrawal.
Opioids or narcotic medications are from a class of drugs that doctors commonly prescribe to manage pain. The category of opioid medicines includes both opiates and synthetic opioids—Opiates consists of medications derived from the opium poppy that includes heroin, opium, codeine, and morphine. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone are some examples of synthetic opioids that works similarly to opiates.
Popular prescription opioids include:
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hydrocodone & acetaminophen (Vicodin)
- Oxycodone & OxyContin