Advertisement

What are the risks of using opioid analgesics to treat pain?

Opioid analgesics, such as morphine and codeine, are the primary treatment for acute pain. A person taking these drugs for the first time may experience nausea, itchiness, and sedation. These side effects can be amplified for older people. No one should drive or perform dangerous physical activity under the influence of opioid analgesics. If the sedation effect is overwhelming, stimulants may be prescribed to compensate. Many people believe that opioid analgesics are dangerously addictive. However, this risk is probably overstated; most patients without a history of substance abuse can safely take this medication.

Continue Learning about Analgesic

What are analgesics?
National Kidney FoundationNational Kidney Foundation
Analgesics are medicines that help to control pain and reduce fever; some types also decrease inflam...
More Answers
What analgesic drugs may be prescribed for irritable bowel (IBS) symptoms?
William B. Salt II., MDWilliam B. Salt II., MD
Analgesic drugs that are used in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be classified as non-na...
More Answers
Who should not take analgesics?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
You should not take analgesics or antipyretics if you are allergic to any element of these types of ...
More Answers
How do analgesics relieve foot pain?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
An analgesic is used to relieve pain, including pain related to your feet. Acetaminophen is the ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.