Painkillers Addiction, Abuse, Withdrawal & Treatment



PainkillersMillions of people will use painkillers on a daily basis for a variety of aches and pains that they might have. There are some medications that will only cure a minor headache, and some that will numb a whole area of your body. It is very important to seek medical advice if you have more then a minor headache when it comes to painkillers.

Over The Counter Painkillers

The most common types of painkillers are ibuprofen and aspirin. The most common brand names out there include Bayer, Anacin, Tylenol and Advil. There are even some generic brands that you will find at a local pharmacy that work just as well. Aspirin and ibuprofen great to help with minor headaches and pains, colds and minor muscular aches. The most common type of side effects that you will find in aspirin or ibuprofen is stomach bleeding and stomach pain, allergies and asthma, though there are quite a few other possible side effects.

Prescription Painkillers

For more severe types of pain, there are many types of painkillers that you can take such as: Vicodin, Lortab, Percocet, Oxycontin and morphine. These types of painkillers should only be prescribed to you through a physician, and knowing what each one does to your body is a must. Each of these painkillers can become addicting if you are not careful and do not follow what the prescription tells you to take.


Vicodin is prescribed to someone who has chronic pain. You can be prescribed a high dosage of Vicodin in order to treat long term pain, or a low dosage for short term pain. The two main parts of this drug are hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone interacts with the nervous system to help block certain pain receptors. This will in turn help you to cope with pain better.

There are a few side effects to look out for while taking Vicodin which include: drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, respiratory distress, anxiety and addiction. All of these are not life threatening initially, but some of them can be a nuisance, and addiction can be life threatening if left unaddressed. You may also discover that you are allergic to this narcotic so be careful for a day or two after you start taking this painkiller. People who take this medication for a long period of time may find themselves getting addicted to it. Kidney dysfunction is also a side effect for taking this drug for a long period of time.


Lortab can be taken by someone as young as two years old in order to reduce pain right after a surgery. This type of painkiller is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Most of the time this type of pain reliever is used to treat a patient right after surgery, or dental procedures, but can also be used for migraines, cancer pain, or other conditions that cause long term pain. Quite often this type of painkiller ends up being abused because it is a type of narcotic.

There are many side effects to watch out for when taking Lortab which include: nausea, constipation, dizziness and drowsiness. Some of the more severe side effects are slowed breathing, slow heart rate, anxiety or fear, low blood pressure, signs of liver damage and signs of an allergic reaction. Some of these symptoms can become life threatening if not looked at right away, so it is important to see the warning signs before it is to late.


Just like Lortab, Percocet is also used to treat short term pain. This type of painkiller is usually prescribed to someone who recently had a surgery, or perhaps dental work done. These pills will help moderate to moderately severe pain. The two main ingredients used in this medication are Acetaminophen and Oxycodone. Acetaminophen is a fever reducer which is found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol. Oxycodone is used to decrease pain and coughing. Some people will even use Percocets to help with their insomnia issues.

Percocets have many side effects such as: constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, severe allergic reactions, numbness or tingling, burning, seizures, fainting, irregular heart beat, stomach or back pain and unusual bleeding. If any of these should occur, it is important to seek medical help immediately because some of these symptoms could be fatal. This painkiller is highly addicting, and if you find yourself getting addicted, get help right away.


Oxycontin is a painkiller that helps to reduce moderate to severe pain. This type of painkiller helps to change the way that the brain responds to pain, in turn causing a person to receive the pain relief that they need. Make sure that you stick to the prescription that the doctor gives to you because this painkiller can become addictive. Some side effects of this painkiller include nausea, sweating, itching, weakness, headaches, mood changes, decrease in pupil size, fast or slow heartbeat, hallucinating, confusion and fainting. Just like all the other prescription painkillers listed, if you notice that you are experiencing any of these side effects, seek medical help immediately.


Morphine is one of the best painkillers you will find on the market. This is because it effects the central nervous system directly. Doctors prescribe this painkiller to help with severe pain, anxiety and fear. The downside to this painkiller is that it messes with mental and physical functions. This is one of the most addictive painkillers, so if you do not need it for pain, or have an addictive personality, try not to use it. Side effects include: dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, rash, hives, itching, irregular heart beat, mental or mood changes, hallucinations, and sudden chest pain.

Painkiller Precautions

All of the prescription painkillers listed above are highly addicting because they are all classified as narcotics. These drugs can cause people to hallucinate, and give them a feeling of euphoria. If you find that you have become addicted to any of these painkillers, seek medical advice immediately. Usually you will have to go through a drug rehabilitation program to teach you how to live without the drug once again. It is important to throw out all of the painkillers in your home once you have finished the program so that you do not relapse again. These painkillers can be a blessing, but they can also be a curse if not used correctly.