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Are You Suffering From The Side Effects of Taking Opioids?

Find Out If You May Qualify

Opioids have been used to treat chronic pain conditions for a long time. While it’s now well-known, the highly addictive nature of these drugs was not always common knowledge and doctors across the country liberally prescribed opioids for pain management without fully understanding the powerful effects of these dangerous medications.

Now, prescription opioids have become the most abused class of drugs in the U.S. and have caused a nationwide epidemic that has devastated lives. It has been alleged that Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers not only exaggerated the benefits of the medications, but knew they were being overly prescribed and failed to disclose the extremely addictive nature and the need for the dosage to be strictly limited, directly resulting in a national public health crisis.

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Lawsuits are being filed against the maker of OxyContin®, Purdue Pharma, and other opioid manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic. Find out more about the ongoing opioid litigation and whether you qualify for a lawsuit.

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Opioids and Addiction

A form of narcotic pain medication, opioids can have serious side effects if used incorrectly. The risk of developing an opioid addiction is the most dangerous side effect and can lead to abuse of the drugs and even death from overdosing.

For many people with opioid addictions, the problem started with their prescriptions. Physical dependence and addiction are clinical problems that prevent proper pain management and have made prescription opioids extremely controversial. Many health professionals believe that the positives do not outweigh the dangerous addictive nature of opioids.

If you find you are using your medication more than prescribed, you have cravings you can’t control, or you’re acting out of character, it can be indicative of an addiction. Many people experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as increased heart rate, severe anxiety, nausea, chills, sweating, and other physical and mental issues. This is especially the case among those who stop using opioids abruptly. It’s important to speak with a doctor about the best way to safely quit using opioid medications to avoid these serious withdrawal side effects.

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Other Opioid Side Effects

In addition to addiction, opioids have a slew of other negative side effects. Some of the most common include:

  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Respiratory depression

If you have experienced any side effects from taking an opioid medication, it’s vital to speak with your doctor so they can help you manage these side effects or safely stop taking opioids.

What Can You Do If You Became Addicted to Opioids?

If you’ve taken an opioid like OxyContin® and became addicted, you may have a lot of questions and concerns about what to do next.

People across the country are dealing with opioid addictions every day and are paying the price for the reckless decisions of opioid manufacturers. If you’re in this situation, it’s important to know that you have legal rights. Drug companies have a legal responsibility to warn the public of any dangers associated with their products. The evidence that Purdue Pharma and other opioid distributors knew the dangers of these highly addictive drugs and actively chose not to do anything about it is astounding and they must be held responsible.

If you’ve taken an opioid medication and developed an addiction, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, treatment costs, lost wages, and the mental and emotional trauma you’ve suffered due to your addiction. Goldwater Law Firm and our network of opioid lawyers is dedicated to helping individuals who have lost a loved one or are suffering from an opioid addiction themselves take legal action. All you have to do to find out your options and how we can help is call us today or fill out our online form for a free consultation.