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Endone is a pain relief medicine.

Endone is a pain relief medicine.
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Endone addiction

Endone is from the same family of drugs as heroin, and like heroin it can be addictive.

People who take a lot of Endone for long periods can find their body adapts to having regular Endone. If the regular dose is not taken, they go into withdrawal. This makes cutting down or stopping Endone difficult.

They may also find that their thoughts and emotions focus on the drug, that they have strong urges to use the drug, and that they continue to use it despite it causing difficulties in their lives.

People who are dependent on Endone or similar medicines may find they:

  • need to use more drug to get the same effect
  • have unpleasant effects when stopping the drug (withdrawal)
  • use the drug in larger amounts or for longer than intended
  • have a constant urge to use the drug
  • have found it hard to control or reduce use
  • spend a great deal of time in drug-related behaviour (obtaining, taking, recovering)
  • give up other important parts of life to use it
  • continue to use it even though it’s associated with problems, including health, family, work, or financial difficulties.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • rebound pain or increased pain sensitivity
  • restlessness and agitation
  • inability to sleep
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • excessive sweating
  • feeling cold and shivering.

Treating Endone and other opioid dependence can require many attempts and a great deal of support. It’s a good idea to seek professional help from your doctor and you may even need referral to an addiction specialist.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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