Mixing some medications with opioids can have serious consequences; this article covers some of those meds to be careful with…
If you’re in severe pain after surgery or an injury, opioids like morphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone or oxycodone are a godsend. But become dependent on them, and the consequences can be deadly.
“Unfortunately, anyone can develop an opioid addiction — even those who’ve never been addicted to anything in the past,” warns pharmacist Elizabeth Casserly, PharmD, RPh, BCPS. She specializes in pain management.
Opioids are typically safe when taken on their own and in low doses, she notes. But when you’re taking several opioids at once, or taking them in high doses, the risk of overdose and death spikes.
A growing problem
“With the aging of our population, people need more and more medication for chronic conditions and for sleep problems. This has helped to fuel the opioid epidemic,” Dr. Casserly notes.
For example, when taking these common medications with opioids, their potency multiplies:
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