L-Tyrosine for Opiate Withdrawal
Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal
Most opiates are drugs prescribed as pain medications. Also called narcotics, these drugs are naturally derived from opium. Opioids are synthetically made to replicate opiates. Natural opiates include morphine, while synthetic and semi-synthetic prescription opioids include oxycodone and hydrocodone. Heroin is also a semi-synthetic opioid, although it has no approved medical use in the U.S. There has been a tremendous amount of negative attention on opiates and opioids in recent years. Throughout the 90s these drugs were often overprescribed, and that continued into the 2000s. The result has been a surge in opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses.
Dependence and addiction are two of the most troubling and damaging side effects of opiate and opioid use, prescription or otherwise. Dependence can occur with or without addiction. Dependence is a physical condition, while addiction is a psychological disease. Physical dependence to opiates and opioids can occur after only administering these substances for a few weeks. The body starts to depend on the presence of opioids quickly. When someone is dependent and tries to stop misusing opioids, they experience physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms are referred to as withdrawal.
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