Opioid Addiction

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful prescription painkillers. Prescription opioids can be effective for pain management when used for a short amount of time. However, extended use can be ineffective and over time can actually create problems, including addiction. Prescription painkillers are often a gateway to heroin. And like heroin, they can lead to fatal overdose.


Opioid Medications

The following medications are opioids, or contain opioids. While opioid medications are typically prescribed for the treatment of pain, some, such as Lomotil (diphenoxylate/atropine sulfate), are used for other conditions. And some prescription cough medicines contain codeine. Always discuss prescriptions with your doctor. If an opioid is prescribed, ask if it is absolutely necessary, or if there is an alternative.

Generic medications are indicated by italics.

Actiq
alfentanil
Alfenta
Anexsia
anilerdine
Astramorph
Avinza
Belbuca
Bunavil
buprenophine
buprenophine/naloxone
butorphano
Butrans
codeine
Conzip
Demerol
dihydrocodeine
Dilaudid
diphenoxylate
diphenoxylate/atropine sulfate
Dolophine

Duragesic
Duramorph
Embeda
Endocet
Exalgo
fentanyl
Fentora
hydrocodone
hydrocodone/acetaminophen
hydromorphone
Hysingla ER
Infumorph
Ionsys
Kadian
Lazanda
levorphanol
Lomotil
Lonox
Lorcet
Lortab
meperidine

methadone
Methadose
Morphabond
morphine
MS Contin
Norco
Nucynta
Opana
Ora-Morph SR
Oxaydo
Oxecta
oxycodone
oxycodone/acetaminophen
oxycodone/naloxone
OxyContin
oxymorphone
pentazocine
Percocet
Percodan
remifentanil
Reprexain

Roxicet
Roxicodone
Sublimaze
Suboxone
Subsys
Subutex
Sufenta
sufentanil
Synalgos-DC
tapentadol
Talwin
tapentadol
Targiniq ER
tramadol
Ultiva
Ultracet
Ultram
Vicodin
Vicoprofin
Xartemis
Zohydro ER