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Why do opioids make you constipated?

Opioids
Opioids work on several receptors at the cell level, located in the central nervous system and the gut. Opioids, when attached to these receptors in the brain and spinal cord, block pain. However, there are also opioid receptors throughout the gastrointestinal tract.
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What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are a group of depressant medications that act as sedatives. They are used to treat an array of conditions, such as seizures, anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal.
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What is a controlled substance agreement?

Safety
A controlled substance agreement (often called a pain contract or opioid agreement) is a written agreement between a patient using controlled substances and their prescriber that covers the risks and expectations of treatment.
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Is morphine a controlled substance?

Opioids
Safety
Yes, morphine is a Schedule II Controlled Substance. It is classified as an opioid and is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
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Is Zoloft addictive?

Depression
Insomnia
Addiction
The addiction risk for Zoloft is not particularly high if taken properly. Still, there are clear risks and abuse signs to watch out for.
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SSRIs

How do I dispose of my medications?

Safety
Take-back programs, flushing, and even throwing away your prescription can all be effective ways to dispose of expired or unused drugs. Read on to learn what is best for you.
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safety, abuse

What's a pill count?

Safety
Random pill counts are a common protocol that doctors use to ensure that the patient is using the correct drug at the correct intervals.
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What is a controlled substance?

Safety
Addiction
Controlled substances are a group of prescription medications or illicit drugs that the government regulates due to their high potential for abuse and addiction.
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Is my loved one getting addicted? Opioid addiction help

Safety
Overdose
Addiction
Addiction can happen to anyone. Read on to learn some common signs that your friend or family member may be addicted to opioids.
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What's the difference between oxycodone and Oxycontin?

Opioids
Safety
Oxycontin is technically just a long-acting form of oxycodone. The critical difference between the two is that while oxycodone is a short-acting narcotic lasting four to six hours, Oxycontin is a long-acting narcotic which offers longer-lasting relief up to twelve hours.
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What are the signs of stimulant abuse?

Addiction
Insomnia
Stimulants
The signs of stimulant abuse are multifold. Beyond the classic abuse signs of doctor shopping, non-prescription use, and escalation to street drugs, signs like weight loss and mood swings should be noted.
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Can I take ibuprofen with oxycodone?

Safety
Opioids
The quick answer is yes, generally. But this depends on if your physician is aware of your overall health condition and feels that mixing these drugs is the best option for you.
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opioids, NSAIDs

Is meloxicam an opioid?

Opioids
No. Meloxicam is not an opioid. Meloxicam is a Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drug, or NSAID. This places meloxicam under the same category of medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen, however, meloxicam is not available without a prescription.
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Is Adderall a Controlled Substance?

Stimulants
Yes. Adderall is a schedule II (technically IIN) controlled substance. Adderall is used to treat symptoms of ADHD and is only available through a prescription.
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What are hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens
Hallucinogens are drugs that distort a person’s perception of sight and sound, along with their thinking processes and feelings. They are broadly classified as either classic hallucinogens or dissociative drugs.
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What are anabolic steroids?

Steroids
Anabolic steroids are synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone. They are sometimes prescribed by doctors for individuals with delayed puberty, certain kinds of anemia, or muscle loss from cancer or AIDs.
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Is Trazodone a controlled substance?

Depression
Insomnia
Trazodone is not a controlled substance. Rather, trazodone is an antidepressant commonly used to treat depression and insomnia.
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Is Ambien a controlled substance?

Insomnia
Yes. Ambien is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. It comes with a considerable amount of risks, especially when taken long-term.
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