Talwin Addiction and Abuse

Talwin is a combination pain relief medication consisting of two substances, pentazocine and naloxone. Pentazocine is an opioid analgesic (narcotic) that treats moderate to severe pain by increasing the patient’s pain threshold, which makes pain tolerable. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and its purpose is to prevent opioid misuse by reversing the effects of narcotics. Naloxone is often given to people when they overdose on narcotics or during detox, as it can prevent unwanted withdrawal symptoms from occurring. Due to the combination of these two medications, Talwin is one of the only non-addictive narcotics that effectively reduces pain.
Talwin is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain and is taken as needed. It is prescribed as an oral tablet in varying strengths. Typically, there is no scheduled dosage. Adults are directed to take one tablet as needed every three to four hours, though the dosage may increase to two tablets if the pain is increasing. Talwin tablets should not be injected or crushed and snorted, as these consumption methods have proven to be fatal.

A person taking Talwin should not mix it with other narcotics or alcohol. Combining Talwin with alcohol greatly increases the risk of respiratory depression since both substances slow the function of vital organs.

Talwin may cause minor side effects in some patients. Common side effects of Talwin are constipation, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.

As mentioned, Talwin is meant to work like other opioids but without the risk of addiction. The problem, however, is that people struggling with addiction often find ways to misuse even addiction-free medication. If Talwin is mixed with other substances and injected, the effect mimics that of heroin, though it is less powerful. Drinking alcohol with Talwin also intensifies the potential side effects.

If someone begins misusing Talwin in such ways, it’s important to get help from a doctor or professional detox center.

Mixing Talwin with other substances is dangerous and may cause severe side effects. Potential serious side effects of Talwin include:

  • Shallow breathing (weak breaths)
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Severe muscle weakness

If any of the aforementioned side effects occur, seek immediate medical attention.

Talwin addiction often causes behavioral changes. People may start to display mood changes such as angry outbursts, irritability, lack of sleep, and a noticeable decrease in their interest in other activities (work, school, hobbies).

Attempting to recover from an opioid addiction without medical help is dangerous and may cause long-term problems. If a narcotics treatment program is abruptly stopped, powerful withdrawal symptoms may be produced that quickly become unbearable. This increases the chance that someone trying to recover from a substance use disorder will return to regularly consuming opioids.

If you or your loved one is struggling with Talwin addiction, enrolling in a treatment program is the safest option for a proper recovery. At The Recovery Village, we provide our patients with medications that relieve their withdrawal symptoms, as well as offer group and individual therapy, all while maintaining 24/7 availability for medical personnel.