While opioids include a number of strong prescription pain relievers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, the fact that they are often legally prescribed does not take away from the fact that opioids can be quite deadly. In fact, opioids – both those that are legally prescribed and illegal street drug varieties such as heroin – are highly addictive and can have a number of side effects.
Opioid Overdose Symptoms
Even when used properly, prescription opioids can cause side effects such as mental fog, drowsiness, constipation and nausea. In the case of overdose, you may also experience any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Pale face
- Skin feels clammy to the touch
- Lips and/or fingernails turn purple or blue
- Body goes limp
- Making gurgling noises or vomiting
- Slowed breathing or heartbeat
- Inability to speak
When overdosing on opioids, it may also be impossible to awaken you and death may occur.
Opioid Addiction and Withdrawal
Of course, even if you do not overdose on opioids, you may also experience addiction or withdrawal if you try to stop using the drugs. With addiction, you experience a compulsive desire to seek out the drugs, even if you know they are causing you harm. This is considered a chronic brain disease and, therefore, requires special treatment to break the addiction. With the help of suboxone and a well-rounded treatment program such as that offered by Advanced Spine & Rehab, you can work toward full recovery from your addiction. Contact us today to learn more about our suboxone program and how we can help you.