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Opioid

An opioid is a drug that can suppress the perception of pain and calm a person's emotional response to pain. It does this by reducing the effect of pain signals sent by the nervous system. Opioids produce a feeling of well-being (euphoria). They also cause mood changes, cloudy thinking, and deep sleep. Side effects of opioids may include constipation and nausea. Opioids are also called opiates or narcotics.

Examples of prescription opioids include hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine. Heroin is an example of an illegal opioid.

Frequent use of opioids may make a person physically dependent on them. Stopping use or using less may lead to withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, sweating, chills, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and muscle aches.

Some people who use opioids may develop opioid use disorder. They keep using opioids even though it causes harm to them or others. It can range from mild to severe. Moderate to severe opioid use disorder is sometimes called addiction.

COVID-19 Updates

Do you ever feel at times due to life being so busy you put your health on hold? Now is the time to take care of you! For many of our patients we have postponed your annual exam by moving it out a few months in response to COVID-19, but we still want to make sure we have the opportunity to take care of you from afar. If you are our patient and have not had the opportunity for us to review your cancer family history with you, or maybe you have just put this on hold, here is the opportunity for you to fill out your information in a few quick steps online to see if testing is right for you! This questionnaire on your medical history will be posted to our website as well to access and to complete. So take control of your health today! We will be happy to direct you to right resources and follow up with you for any questions you may have.

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