Side Effects of Using Opioids

I. What are the Side Effects of Using Opioids? 

Opioids are one of the most abused medications in the US as they are widely prescribed and very addictive. Opiates consist of various substances like morphine, heroine, and thebaine. These are highly addictive drugs as they are derived from chemicals in the sap of opium poppy. Prescription opioids work exactly the same as natural opiates, such as drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.

Opiates are widely used in pain and cough management in case of severe conditions but there are some ill effects of opioids. In the United States, they are one of the most abused drugs.


II. Short Term Effects

The best part of opiates is that they are very effective in pain management and they are very affordable. Morphine has been used for around a century but it is still used for pain.

Usually, opiates cause a high of some kind. The faster they act, the more intense high they can produce. Heroin causes very deep high due to its quick action. It can keep you high for up to 15 to 30 minutes. On the other side, morphine lasts up to 4 to 6 hours. Here are the short term effects of opiates –

  • Pain relief
  • Feeling high
  • Sedation
  • Drowsiness

III. Side Effects of Opioids

Several opioids cause intense high and drug remain highly addictive, and often cause measurable symptoms of addiction within three days. The side effects of opiate overdose are varied, such as –

  • Lethargy
  • Drowsiness
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problem

Due to the intense high produced by various opiates and brain, opioids remain very addictive and often cause symptoms of addiction within three days. Your irises can relax with opiates and create pinpoint or pinprick pupils. Due to the way opiates cut the reaction frequency, driving under its influence is often caused with harshly.



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