Percocet: What Is It And How Does It Work?

Percocet

Percocet is a powerful prescription opioid that is often prescribed for the management of acute pain. As an opioid, it carries increased risks of being misused and for the potential of developing a severe substance use disorder. Percocet comes in various strengths from 2.5 to 10mg, and is often found not only at your local pharmacy but also illicitly on … Read More

Fentanyl: What Is It?

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As opioid-related overdoses jump to epidemic proportions in the United States, we have all heard news reports and stories revolving around Fentanyl—but what is it exactly? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine, but at 50 to 100 times the potency. It was designed in a laboratory to treat severe acute pain, or for patients who were … Read More

Heroin Withdrawal: Symptoms and Approaches to Detox

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Withdrawal from opioids or opiates, the group of narcotics which heroin belongs to, occurs when the body attempts to detox from the physical dependence it has on the drug. Dependence occurs after any prolonged use and varies from person to person in terms of how much of the drug must be used and for how long. While withdrawal symptoms are usually … Read More

Does Alcohol Affect Blood Pressure?

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While many older Americans will naturally have rising blood pressure as they age, there are numerous behaviors which contribute to hypertension (unhealthy elevated blood pressure) for younger and middle-aged adults. It is common to associate things such as frequent smoking and high levels of salt in our diets with hypertension, but what is less known is that regular alcohol use … Read More