These medications carry serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with prolonged use.The use of prescription opioids can cause a number of side effects as well, even when taken as directed:
Toleranceyou might need to take more of a medication for the same pain relief.
hysical dependencesymptoms of withdrawal when medication is stopped.
Constipationfollow guidelines provided and report symptom if no bowel movement for 3 days despite interventions.
Nausea and vomitingfollow guidelines provided and report uncontrolled symptoms.
Sleepiness and dizzinesscaution with use ofdriving or operating large machinery
Low levels of testosterone that can result in lower energy, sex drive and strength
Risks are greater with: history of drug misuse, substance use disorder, or overdose; mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression; sleep apnea; older age (65 years or older); and pregnancy. Avoid alcohol consumption while taking controlled substances/opioids.Also, unless your health care provider specifically advises, medications to avoid include:muscle relaxants (e.g. Flexeril); hypnotics (e.g. Lunesta or Ambien); Benzodiazepines (e.g. Valium or Xanax) or other prescription opioids.Taking more controlled substances and opioids than prescribed, or combining multiple substances as described abovecan lead to respiratory depression and can be fatal (cause death