Opioids are prescribed drugs that are given to people to get relief from severe pain. There are a few types of pains that this drug is prescribed by medical practitioners like toothaches, pain from surgeries and injuries and even under some chronic health conditions like cancers.
As per expert and renowned dietician and health advisor Sheela Seharawat of Diet Clinic, opioids are safe when they are administered in the correct manner, but the problem happens when the drug is not administered as per the instructions of the prescriber and misused. It is also a fact that the drug is bought over the counter and consumed and people land up getting addicted to it.
What is this addiction of Opioid all about?
The biggest problem using Opioid is that its pleasurable effect makes people getting addicted to it. And as Best dietitian in Delhi says, addiction is a type of diseases that affects and changes our behavior by affecting and changing the way our brain functions. It is the brain that gets affected first because Opioid works by impacting the quantum of pain signals that is send the by the body to the brain. It works by reducing and controlling the number of these signals.
Opioid addiction is a substance abuse and its symptoms could be both – physiological and psychological.
While treating opioid addiction in people with chronic pain, there are certain facts that you need to know, and these are:
Opioid addiction is such that it can affect anyone without discriminating his or her age or sex or any other factor. In particular it has been found that opioid affects more who:
Opioid drug directly affects our brain and creates artificial endorphins. These endorphins, along with block the pain makes you feel good. Using the drug over a period of time makes the brain getting depending on these artificial endorphins and slowly it stops producing its own. This further leads to growing tolerance and you need more of it to have the same feel good effect.
If you or someone close to you is taking the drug, it is an important fact that you know the signs and symptoms of its addiction too, and these are:
There are a number of ways to treat opioid addiction and these involve:
Opioid overdose can make you unresponsive, disturb your breathing, slow or no pulse rate, drooping eyes and actions and induce vomiting. Such conditions need immediate medical action. Many practitioners who prescribe Opioid, also prescribes a nasal spray called naloxone, just for such purposes.
Drug tolerance, as the name suggest, is developing tolerance to a drug and its certain quantity. As you keep using the drug, the brain develops tolerance to a particular dosage and you start needing more to get relief from the pain.
Dependency on a drug is all about the body changing conditions when the drug has not been administered or taken for a long period of time. When you withdraw the drug from your body, you experience withdrawal symptoms which could be somewhere between mild to serious.
The most common of these symptoms being vomiting, nausea, chills, shaking of hands and legs, pain, the feeling of depression and anxiety. Disturbed sleep pattern and fatigue.
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