What Is A Narcotic And When Might I Need One?

Share
Copy

Question: What Is A Narcotic And When Might I Need One?

Answer: Narcotic is a legal term. In medicine, we refer to opioids or morphine-like substances rather than using the term narcotic, but it's generally used by the public. Narcotics or opioids are generally used for moderate to severe pain. In the emergency department, this is one of the drugs we use most commonly because patients generally come to us with severe pain. Oftentimes in the post-operative setting after surgery, people are treated with narcotics or opioids to control pain until the body heals.

For chronic pain syndromes, narcotics or opioids are used in a long-term fashion, usually by primary care practitioners or pain physicians to help treat resistant pain problems.

Next:

null

Morphine Makes Me Nauseated. Does That Mean That All Pain Killers Will?

Previous: What Are Some Of The Types Of Medications That Are Used To Relieve Pain?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047436. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047436. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047436.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
Baby Sister Baboons Play Peekaboo
ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
PHOTO: Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
PHOTO:
Juan Carlos Morales/Mexico Presidency/EPA