Morphine, Vicodin, And Oxycodeine: Why Are Opioids Used When They Are So Addictive?

You may be familiar with several of the popular opioid medications (morphine, vicodin, and oxycodone) prescribed to people with severe pain. Also, you may have heard about the serious addictive effects which may result from taking these drugs. However, two questions that seem to never be asked are: 1) why are these drugs so addictive?…
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Glutamate Antagonists: The Answer For Opioid Dependence?

In 3400 BC, the Sumerians first cultivated the opium poppy plant. Since its discovery, opiates have been used medicinally to relieve pain, and more recently, to suppress coughing in patients with a “dry cough”. However, as with most pharmaceuticals, negative side effects exist to the continuous use of opiates: tolerance and dependence. The physical and…
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Vicadin! Codeine! Oxyconton! Oh My!

You may (or may not) have heard of a class of drugs called opioids. These drugs are commonly prescribed to patients to relieve their pain after a surgery or if they are experience a chronic pain. These drugs are fantastic (as most drugs are) at making the patient feel great, however, they have one serious…
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Pill Nation?!

                In the article which we read for this week, the authors investigated the roles of glutamate and its receptors play in opioid addiction. When people hear the word “opioid”, it is thought as the illegal drugs, such as opium alkaloid, morphine, and semi-synthetic alkaloid derivative, heroin. But…
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Opioids And Addiction

I have been hearing more and more these days that doctors are handing out high-potency pain killers like they are candy and I have been wondering why, when these drugs have a history of being so addicting, doctors are so keen to prescribe then for even the most menial of pains.  The drugs I am…
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