Talwin – FAQ

Talwin, also called pentazocine when sold in generic form, is narcotic analgesic drug prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe chronic or acute pain.

Pentazocine is a synthetic drug, trademarked for sale as Talwin, that provides the pain-relieving strength of both codeine and morphine. As such, when it was first developed in the 1960s, it was touted for being a non-addictive substitute for morphine. However, within a few years after its introduction, the medical community started finding that patients were indeed addicted to this drug.

Abuse came in the form of combining the drug with Ritalin to produce a high like that achieved when heroin and cocaine are mixed. Also seen was the addition of various antihistamines which, when combined, produced a long-lasting state of euphoria for the abuser.

To combat this addiction, the manufacturer reformulated Talwin to include naloxone which is an ingredient used to block the euphoric effects sought out by those who abuse narcotics. The new version of the drug then became Talwin NX.

Despite this addition, the drug is still sought out for recreational purposes. Street names for Talwin include crackers, Ts, yellow footballs, 44s, poor man’s heroin, blues, and rits. People who abuse Talwin are at risk of reactions such as seizures, delusions, hallucinations, lung damage, anxiety disorders, permanent memory loss, and skin ulcers or abscesses that can result in the need for amputation.

Talwin misuse can be seriously problematic. If you need to learn more about this drug and what can be done to stop the misuse, check out our FAQ section or contact The Recovery Village via our toll-free hotline.