Opioids are a type of drug that produce morphine-like effects. They can come in the form of pills, liquids, or injections and are often used to treat pain. Opiates have been used medicinally for centuries but their use has grown exponentially over the years with up to 8% of Americans using them at least once a year. It is no surprise that this epidemic has created many problems including addiction which leads more people to opioids every day. In order for addicts or those who wish to stop using opioids as well as physicians and pharmacists, it’s important to understand what they do so that we may halt their misuse before it becomes an even larger problem than it already is today!
So without further ado, here are the top ten opioids with their strongest to weakest effects.
name of opioid- what it is, how long does it last, and its least strong form are included in this list for a more detailed understanding of these substances’ individual effects on those who use them.
Methadone – Oral pill lasting 12 hours; Methadone tablet lasts 24 hrs., Long Acting Morphine Sulfate (LAMS) – Parenteral injection lasting 18-24 hrs., OxyContin 40 mg tablets, 50mg pills staying in system up to 16 hours, Percocet 160mg ER tablets or 30mg SR capsules at peak level after three hours before being metabolized into shorter acting morphine sulfate after six hours, Hydrocodone pills lasting 12-24 hrs., Oxycodone 30 mg tablets, 60mg SR capsules after four to five hours and metabolized into shorter acting morphine sulfate; Morphine – Parenteral injection lasts up to 18 hrs., Oral pill or tablet lasts 24 hours
Morphine – The strongest opioid with a high level of euphoria. It is the only opioid not used for pain management on this list but rather as an anti-diarrheal medication because it’s effects last longer than other opioids and can be given in smaller doses while still being effective. This however comes at a cost: its use often leads to addiction very quickly so those who need strong relief from chronic diarrhea should only take it if they’ve been prescribed by a doctor and are closely monitored.
Oxycodone – The strongest opioid on this list, Oxycodone is often used as an alternative to morphine for pain relief because of the shorter time that its effects wear off. For those who need strong medication in order to function but without the addiction risks associated with Morphine or Hydrocodone then this would be preferable.
It does however risk increasing tolerance faster than other opioids so you should regularly switch between different types such that your body isn’t accustomed to any one drug too quickly and doesn’t develop resistance which prevents it from being effective over time.
The bottom line: use opioids responsibly even when taking them for chronic conditions like arthritis, cancer, and chronic back pain.
The top ten opioids
This list of the strongest to weakest effects displays a wide range of prescriptions and treatments that can be used for various circumstances. The opioid family is divided into three groups: strong, moderate-strength, and low-strength. What does this mean? Well, it means believe it or not there are many different types in each category which includes some you may never have heard about!
Strongest opioids (highest potency) Opiates on this list should only be used as last resort if pain relief has failed with other medications All opiates listed here are very high potency drugs with serious side effects when misused or abused
Fentanyl – 100x stronger than morphine; 50 times more potent than
The dangers of long-term opioid use: addiction risk, overdose risks with mixed or potent opioids (i.e., mixing heroin and Oxycodone), increased tolerance leading to higher doses being needed for the same effect in the future as well as constipation due to slowed bowels from prolonged use.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, nausea/vomiting, muscle aches, cold sweats/shakes among others; these are all associated with reduced productivity and quality of life – so make sure you’re taking them responsibly when they don’t provide enough relief on their own but can help manage your condition!
Oxycodone is a strong medication that should be taken sparingly. It’s an opioid agonist that is similar to morphine in its effects, but it has a shorter duration of action than other long-acting opioids.
Fentanyl: Fentanyl is one of the most potent and addictive types of painkillers out there. This synthetic analgesic is up to 100 times more powerful then morphine or heroin – so only use fentanyl as directed by your doctor!
Heroin: Heroin can be used for chronic pains like arthritis due to its strong relief while also being less likely to cause addiction when taken with another medication (i.e., methadone).
Codeine: Codeine tablets are often recommended by doctors because they’re available over-the-counter. They may not work well on their own