Opioids, narcotic medications such as morphine or oxycodone, are used to help alleviate pain. However, these treatments may cause gut damage that leads to more systemic damage.
Opioids restrict opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. By doing so, opioids limit the transmission of pain messages to the brain, thus reducing aches, soreness, and other feelings of pain.
Opioid medications must be prescribed by a doctor. Many opioid medications are available, and some of the most common opioids include:
- Codeine: Commonly used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. Codeine may cause an individual’s breathing to slow down or stop and can be habit-forming.
- Fentanyl: Frequently used to help individuals minimize pain after surgery. Fentanyl addiction may lead to side effects similar to those associated with heroin abuse and include coma, confusion, and unconsciousness.
- Hydromorphone: Often used to treat moderate to severe pain. Side effects of hydromorphone include dry mouth, chest pain or discomfort, and blurred vision.
- Methadone: Reduces withdrawal symptoms for those who are addicted to heroin or other narcotics. It should not be used by those who suffer from severe asthma or breathing problems or paralytic ileus, a bowel obstruction.
- Morphine: Minimizes moderate to severe pain. Side effects of morphine include abdominal or stomach pain, decreased urination, and dizziness.
- Oxycodone: May be prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. The most common side effects associated with oxycodone include heartburn, indigestion, and stomach pain.
Opioid addiction can be problematic – just consider some of the opioid addiction statistics from the American Society of Addiction Medicine:
- 5 million Americans age 12 years or older were dealing with a substance use disorder in 2015.
- Opioid addiction is driving the increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States, and in 2015, 20,101 overdose deaths were linked to prescription pain relievers.
- Between 1999 and 2010, prescription pain reliever overdose deaths increased by more than 400 percent among women and 237 percent among men.
- Estimates indicate about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin will develop an opioid addiction.
Opioids also may lead to narcotic bowel syndrome (NBS), a chronic health issue that is characterized by abdominal pain. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders notes NBS causes chronic or periodic abdominal pain, and NBS symptoms include bloating, constipation, and nausea. Furthermore, NBS usually worsens as the effect of an opioid wears off. Moreover, prescription pain medications (and over-the-counter NSAIDs) can damage the lining of the G.I. tract, making it more permeable (“leaky gut”).
Common side effects of long term use of opioids include dry mouth leading to tooth decay, higher risk of bone fracture, sleep apnea, hyperalgesia (more pain), breathing and heart problems.
Clearly, opioids can be dangerous, but Colostrum-LD® may help reduce the possibility of opioid dependency or attenuate the dependency on opioids. Colostrum-LD® contains cytokines, small secreted cells that have been shown to assist in maintaining a normal inflammatory response. Numerous studies have suggested cytokines activate serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that helps minimize pain and related inflammation.
Additionally, the growth factors in Colostrum-LD® have been shown to help reduce symptoms of leaky gut, which contributes to chronic and autoimmune conditions. In particular, epithelial growth factor (EGF) helps heal existing G.I. tissue damage and may protect the gut from future damage.
Are you searching for a safe and non-addictive adjunct to opioid medications or a possible solution to help reduce existing GI damage after a course of pain killers? Choose Colostrum-LD®, and you’ll receive the potential benefits of a reliable, proven colostrum supplement that may help control pain – without the risk of gut damage. Colostrum-LD® is all-natural and can be consumed in any quantity.This article was brought to you by Sovereign Laboratories, a world leader in the development of liposomal delivery to maximize the bioavailability of our dietary supplements.