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Strong painkillers always make me jump, especially in my sleep. This is not so good when sudden movement induces more pain, so I'd like to add why does this happen?
Heroin in never administered as heroin. Other opiod derivatives are used instead. Morphine is used if a strong opiate is needed and if this doesn't work, then diamorphine, is used
These creatures developed just after the death of the dinosaurs and in the 500 million years since
You may not be experiencing the warm sensation because, as a seasoned user, you have habituated (tolerised) to many of the effects.
Had previously heard about the cone shell toxin, but had not realised that it was so well advanced.On the other hand, I do think there may be a mistype in the article:http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/772/QuoteThese creatures developed just after the death of the dinosaurs and in the 500 million years since
Quote from: chris on 06/04/2008 23:23:25You may not be experiencing the warm sensation because, as a seasoned user, you have habituated (tolerised) to many of the effects.Thankfully, I have not has cause to find out from personal experience; but I have heard from other users of opiates that the emotional side effects (the highs, etc.) are not apparent when used to counteract pain, because the effects of the pain itself offsets any emotional high from the opiate.
Hello NeilI think you are referring to the warm sensation that patients and addicts experience (initially) when morphine is administered.Part of the high craved by addicts is the intensely pleasurable rush and a deeply relaxed, soft, cushioned and warm feeling as the drug goes into circulation. This is not because body temperature suddenly changes but instead is down to the drug altering the way the nervous system interprets and processes sensory information.Opioids mimic and exploit the body's own natural painkilling chemicals callled endorphins. These are wired up to relax you after exercise, to enable you to ignore pain when it makes the difference between life and death, and even to let you die quietly and painlessly. But when you take morphine you are essentialy supercharging these neurological circuits, so their effects are exaggerated, including the warm feeling.Unfortunately other side effects are also exaggerated meaning that most drug users vomit when they use heroin (chemically similar to morphine), and also become chronically constipated; at last until such time as they can't get a fix at which point they develop profuse diarrhoea. What a sophisticated and sexy habit they have...