Narcotic pain medications attach to mu receptors on nerves in the brain that increase the threshold to pain and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the pain). Most men and women experience narcotic pain medication for short-periods until the pain reduces or goes away. Some adults have chronic pain, which requires proper pain management since long term use can lead to drug addiction and tolerance. Narcotic pain medication has a high potential for misuse, abuse, and physical dependence.
Side effects of pain medications:
Severe side effects of narcotic analgesics include: