The Problem with Using Anti-Depressants after Withdrawing from Opioids

Opioid use has been shown to contribute to depression as prolonged use can produce neurological changes as we established in an earlier blog about opioid use and brain damage.  Most anti-depressants are called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's). SSRI's ease depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) … Continue reading The Problem with Using Anti-Depressants after Withdrawing from Opioids

The Opioid Spectrum-From Prescription to Dependency, to Addiction

There are unquestionably different levels of opioid use and dependency; I refer to this as the opioid spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are patients who have been prescribed opioids for a short term due to an acute injury or trauma, including surgery. On the other end of the specturum is a chronic opioid … Continue reading The Opioid Spectrum-From Prescription to Dependency, to Addiction