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How do you take opioids?

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Depending on your situation, if your doctor prescribes opioids you may take them in one of these ways:

  • Pill or liquid by mouth
  • Nasal spray
  • Skin patch
  • Tablet dissolved under the tongue or between the gum and cheek
  • Suppository
  • Shot into a vein
  • Shot into a muscle
  • Shot into the space surrounding the spinal cord
  • Implanted pump

From: What Are Opioids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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