Opioids Can Be Hard on the Heart

A little opioid will provide effective pain relief, but too much of a good thing can have unintended consequences.

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Opioids are powerful painkillers that allow us to tolerate the type of deep pain caused by trauma, major surgical procedures and some forms of cancer. But using products containing oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) in higher-than–prescribed doses or for extended periods of time can lead to addiction. When this happens, the drugs’ benefits are far overshadowed by […]
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