Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects of Talwin Abuse
The combination medications in Talwin are pentazocine and naloxone. Pentazocine is the pain-relieving agent that alters how the brain responds to pain, thereby increasing the threshold to pain. Naloxone is a type of medication that treats opioid overdose and withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone is the reason Talwin is not typically addicting.
Unfortunately, people have found ways to bypass the effects of naloxone to produce a euphoric effect. This can be done by mixing the crushed substance with other medications and injecting it.
Talwin is available as an oral tablet, and it should never be administered via injection or crushed and snorted. Talwin should not be taken with alcohol or other medications. Speak with a doctor about current or past medications before starting a Talwin prescription.
Common side effects of Talwin include:
More serious side effects of Talwin are rare but have occurred. Contact a doctor before continuing your Talwin treatment if the following side effects occur:
- Weak breaths (shallow breathing)
- Decreased heart rate
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
- Extreme dizziness
- Severe weakness
- Swelling of the face or tongue
- Blurred vision
If any serious side effects worsen, seek medical attention.
If someone taking Talwin develops an addiction, they begin experiencing irresistible urges to take the opioid. One of the most common signs of narcotic addiction is the inability to control these cravings, which causes a person to take the drug more frequently and in higher doses. Sometimes opioid addictions can cause someone to continually take the substance even when it causes problems in their life, like financial issues, legal issues, or family problems.
At The Recovery Village, our inpatient rehabilitation programs teach patients how to cope with the stresses that lead to recurring substance use. Our goal is to help you or your loved one live a substance-free life.
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