Opiates and Other Analgesics

  • Marc A. Schuckit
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


This chapter is concerned with those pain-killing drugs (analgesics) that are most likely to be misused, ranging from propoxyphene (Darvon) through the synthetic, opiatelike drugs to the major opiates, including morphine and heroin. The generalizations made here apply to almost all prescription painkillers, with the exception of the newer prescription antiinflammatory medications. The material might also be relevant to the newer opiate-type drugs, including the mixed agonist¡ªantagonist butorphanol (Stadol or Borphanol), which is similar to buprenorphene and nalbuphene, as well as fentanyl (Sublimaze). Most of these newer medications have not yet met the test of time to determine their actual propensity to develop adverse reactions, including addiction. 1,2


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  • Marc A. Schuckit
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  1. 1.San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Administration HospitalUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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