Side Effects Of Opiate Dependency

2012
05.06

 Side Effects Of Opiate Dependency

The primary reason why most people are prone to using pain killers or depressants is that they are easily available and can even be purchased without a doctor’s prescription. With the many people around the country who are using these drugs excessively, it is hard for the government to keep track of who is becoming more and more dependent and eventually turning into opiate addicts and who is on medication with the necessity for such type of drugs.

Varying effects are experienced depending on the dosage of taking the pills, but one thing’s for sure, the more frequent you use them and the higher the dosage you use the higher the risk that you would run into some possible health related or possibly some mental malfunction in the long run.

Although there are many well known effects of being overly dependent on opiate drugs, there is no telling how far the real extent of damage may be because of the difficulty of acquiring the needed comparison between taking those prescribed medicines for real medical reasons and those who are just merely taking drugs with opiate contents.

One common side effect of consuming opiates is constipation. Many people who are taking some sort of opiate medication find it hard to defecate because the bowels become rock solid which makes it very difficult to let go. Since opiates can act as depressants, they also affect the movements of the smooth muscle in the intestines.

The opiate content in drug medication relaxes the smooth muscles thereby preventing their normal contraction and their movement to push the waste out of your excretory system. There are even instances where the feces becomes so hard that it ruptures the bowels which might lead to the death of the person; this condition is also known as sepsis.

Technically opiates are also narcotics and the same as other kind of drugs which when taken in large quantities would severely affect the body same way. Taking them at first might bring about fast relief and euphoria but the longer that the body consumes them, the easier for the system to develop a certain tolerance to the drug which might lead to increasing the dosage to achieve the usual relief or euphoria that a person feels after taking a pill.

There are also a few common after effects like easily succumbing to fatigue and tiredness even with little or no physical activity. Tremors which are also present during the detox process might manifest in the first few stages of opiate dependency when the body isn’t able to adapt to the increasing needs of opiate levels in the blood stream due to varying degrees of opiate intake.

Dizziness, hallucinations, delirium and confusion are common mental side effects of opiate dependency. Sweating and muscle pains are also often present. Similarly, a person may also become more and more agitated, easily angered and upset even with simple matters and misunderstandings would usually be the result. Opiate dependents tend to be more anxious and sometimes they can be depressed so one can never say that similar symptoms would show in different people.

The worst thing that might happen to a person with opiate dependency is to develop severe respiratory depression. The mental disturbances that a person experiences without the pill might also lead to a higher level of paranoia. Opiates in drugs can also cause clammy skin. A person with a high tolerance to opiates who would normally take higher dosages of these kinds of drugs are at a high risk of being exposed to cardiac arrest which may also result in a coma or even worse – the death of an individual.