Fiorinal with Codeine
- Codeine, Aspirin, Butalbital, and Caffeine
- Dihydrocodeine, Aspirin, and Caffeine
Endodan , Percodan, Roxiprn
Darvon Compound, Propoxyphene Compound
- Propoxyphene, Aspirin, and Caffeine
HOW DO I UNDERSTAND ALL THIS INFORMATION?
Methadone is also opiate based, but does not contain
morphine. It is a synthetic medication:
Methadone mimics morphine, but since it's not
actually morphine, it's very effective in getting
heroin addicts off heroin which is pure opium (from
which morphine is derived) and as I understand from watching
shows, etc., is usually melted down and "shot up" directly
into the body through the veins. I
Heroin addicts need more and more to achieve the same
high, need it constantly, use it purely to get high; hence
those opium dens. Heroin merely became a highly
portable and easily administered way of dispensing opium.
Morphine was developed from opium as a pain killer and
was considered a medical breakthrough and blessing. During
war time, it was a definite blessing, but it soon hit the
streets, too, where it became abused and dangerous.
The various drugs developed from opium are: "Raw Opium,
Opium, Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid),
Oxycodone (Percodan), Oxymorphone (Numorphan), Hydrocodone
(Vicodin), Meperidine (Demerol), Fentanyl, Methadone
(Dolophine), Darvon, and Talwin."
All are opiate-based but are broken down different ways
and contain varying levels. While they're all opiate-based,
they're not necessarily morphine-based.
The important distinction -- not always made by
physicians and the Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) --
is that people in pain are NOT drug seekers. We are "relief
from pain" seekers. Many maintain that we do not become
addicted because our bodies absorb the medicine not to
become "high" but for pain relief.
We don't actually get high because the medications go for
pain relief. We may get drowsy or suffer other side
effects, but we don't get high.
The idea of withholding pain medication from a terminal
patient for fear o their becoming addicted is ludicrous.
They are DYING. What does it matter if they DO become
addicted? It's not like they're going to have to go through
If our pain were cured, we could also cure our need for
So it's a matter of choice with doctors whether they use
MSContin or oxycontin or fentanyl for constant pain -- all
are opiate based but do not necessarily morphine-based -- or
methadone or oxycodone for breakthrough pain. Methadone and
oxycodone are short-term and fast-acting which make them
good for breakthrough pain.
Increasing medications until they control the pain is
called "titrating" them upward. The understanding and truly
dedicated doctor will titrate the pain medication until
relief if achieved.
Physicians should be allowed to do this without fear of
the DEA picking on them as an easy target instead of
going after drug dealers and importers on the street.
Illegal drug importation is not a white-collar crime. and is
completely different from a doctor prescribing medication
FINDING A GOOD PAIN DOCTOR
If your doctor will not treat you for pain, you
have the right, indeed the duty, to find one who will. We
list of doctors
recommended by our readers and encourage you to
REMEMBER just because you need pain medications does
not make you a drug addict. No one has a right to make
you feel like an addict because you need medication to cope
with your pain and stay alive.
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