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Can I become addicted to narcotic pain relievers for RA?

If you are treated with narcotics for pain from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) you can certainly become addicted to them the same way you can as with other indications for narcotics. It's important to remember, however, that addiction refers not only to your body needing the drug (dependence) but also the negative behaviors associated with striving to get more and more of the drug. If you are using the narcotic medication as prescribed by your physician, over time you will most likely become dependent, but you will not necessarily become addicted.

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