Painkiller Addiction Side Effects

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There are many different side effects of painkiller addiction that you may or may not be aware of. Some of these side effects are only going to take place in the short term, but then there are other very negative effects that could really harm you for the long-term. So you should definitely be made aware of these effects.

Especially if you are regularly taking painkillers as an addict or possibly even as a patient who is dealing with some type of a physical trauma. Either way, you are going to be on painkillers for an extended period of time and they are definitely going to affect your body and mind in a negative way so you should understand them.

Painkiller Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects

  • Euphoria
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Clumsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Staggering
  • Constipation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Constricted pupils
  • Regularly slurring your speech
  • Feeling numbness in your extremities

So you can definitely expect to experience one or many of these symptoms if you regularly take painkillers in an abusive fashion. But like I mentioned before, you don’t even necessarily have to take these drugs by abusing them if you have a pain that you are trying to manage.

Painkiller Addiction Side Effects

You will still potentially experience the same effects, and the worst part is that you might be getting some temporary relief from the issue you are struggling with but there are some very negative things happening in your body and mind that you may have a difficult time getting over if you have a particularly addictive personality.

You don’t even necessarily have to have an addictive personality because the prolonged use is going to make it tough to give up these drugs to begin with and you’re unfortunately going to be dealing with a long and potentially drawn out problem that you never expected and you really aren’t going to want to have.

Long Term Painkiller Addiction Side Effects

Before we get into the long-term side effects of painkiller addiction, I wanted to briefly talk about some of the obvious negative side effects to overdosing on painkillers. So let’s take a closer look at that topic right now.

Since it’s really easy to overdose on painkillers, you need to be aware of these dangers because there are many. And you should definitely avoid mixing painkillers with alcohol because this could really heighten the effects and cause a fatal overdose which is obviously something you want to avoid.

Painkiller Abuse and Addiction Overdose Signs

  • Convulsions
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Eventually death
  • Unconsciousness
  • Slipping into a coma
  • Cold and clammy skin

So if you believe somebody you know might be in the middle of a painkiller overdose you need to call and get them some medical attention immediately or they very well could die.

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So do not hesitate if you think you are in the midst of watching somebody overdose on painkillers because it can definitely be a matter of life or death. There are definitely long-term negative side effects that take place after you abuse your addiction to painkillers for a really long time.

One of the negative effects is that you develop a strong tolerance for these painkillers, so if you are ever in any type of physical pain you are going to need to take a really large dose, which isn’t safe, in order to try and control the pain.

Another thing is that you will learn you have an addictive personality, so you could easily get hooked on all different types of other drugs and alcohol as well so you need to be very wary of that. Painkillers can also cause serious brain damage and it could negatively affect the way that you learn in the future so you definitely need to be wary of that.

The obvious thing is that you’re going to become physically addicted to painkillers so your body is going to get really used to them and it’s not going to function properly without them. So if you try and stop taking painkillers you are going to go into withdrawal which is certainly not an enjoyable experience.

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