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Which pain medications are addictive?

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Opioids, a family of drugs that have effects similar to those of opium or morphine, can be addictive. Addiction is when a person craves a drug and seeks it out despite potential harm. Opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (including brand name Duragesic)
  • Oxycodone (including brand name OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, Tylox, and Roxicet))
  • Morphine (including brand name MS Contin)
  • Meperidine (including brand name Demerol)
  • Hydrocodone (including brand name Vicodin and Lortab)
  • Hydromorphone (including brand name Dilaudid)

SOURCE: 

American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Covington E. , May 1, 2007. Neorologic Clinics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCE: 

American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Covington E. , May 1, 2007. Neorologic Clinics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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