People may be tempted to abuse amphetamines after surgery, especially procedures known to cause long, painful recoveries. Ever since doctors discovered that amphetamines can potentially double morphine’s pain-relieving potency, even more people have abused this drug. However, doing this at home in addition to taking a prescription painkiller can cause devastating results. Get help today if you struggle with this debilitating problem.
Amphetamine as a Painkiller
People respond differently to amphetamine when they use it as a painkiller. For some it nearly obliterates their pain, while others feel only worse due to the drug’s side effects and how it interacts with other drugs. The latter scenario is especially possible if a user’s doctor is unaware that her patient abuses amphetamines in addition to taking prescribed drugs. Some of the ill effects of amphetamines on their own include tense muscles and constricted veins, which can greatly increase discomfort and impede recovery from surgery.
When someone takes opioid painkillers and amphetamines concurrently, these drugs can devastate users with symptoms such as breathing difficulties, heart strain and overdose. The effects are completely unpredictable because of how different every patient is: one who uses amphetamines and painkillers together may feel fine afterwards, but this may compel a false sense of security that he can do as much of the drug as he wants. The end result of this kind of thinking is usually a trip to the emergency room, so it is best to avoid this path completely.
Amphetamine Dependence during Surgery Recovery
It should go without saying that it is extremely unwise to become dependent on a stimulant after surgery. Not only does stimulant addiction escalate quickly and exhaust the heart and other vital organs, but it is also known to cause depression that varies in severity, and it can lead to excruciating pain in other parts of the body. Both of these problems can complicate the recovery process after a surgery. Additionally, amphetamine overdose can have the following effects:
- Inability to sit still
- Chest pain
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
While these results are bad enough for healthy people, a recent surgery patient may find that these issues severely impede her recovery, or they even reverse the healing process.
Help Ending Amphetamine Dependence
If you or your loved one has been taking amphetamines to ease pain but has become addicted, please know that there is hope. Our toll-free, 24 hour helpline is available to help you whenever you need it. Please call today and ask about treatment options that will best fit your needs. You can help yourself and the ones you love find freedom from the tyranny of addiction.