Pentazocine – See Related Topics

Developed in the 1960s, pentazocine is a generic form of Talwin or Talwin NX, a narcotic analgesic drug that is used to provide relief to individuals suffering with moderate to severe chronic or acute pain. It was developed with a pain-relieving strength like that found with other drugs that combine codeine and morphine but, because it is synthetic, it was touted as being a non-addictive substitute for morphine. However, within just a few years after its introduction on the market, medical professionals began encountering patients who were indeed addicted to pentazocine. This occurred with patients who used the drug recreationally to achieve the same euphoric high that happens with other narcotic abuse. Of note was that the abusers had found that combining pentazocine with Ritalin gave them a high like that of a “speedball” – when heroin and cocaine are mixed. Also, they were combining antihistamines with pentazocine to greatly increase the duration of the euphoria they were feeling.

Pentazocine abuse brings about serious side effects such as seizures, anxiety, memory loss, hallucinations, delusions, and breathing difficulty. When injected, skin necrosis at the injection site can occur and has led to amputation.

If you or somebody you know has become reliant on using pentazocine, you may have questions about what can be done. To learn more, check out our related topics or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.


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