Addiction A-Z

Levo-Dromoran

Levo-Dromoran is the brand name for the generic drug, levorphanol. It is part of a group of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers and is similar to morphine, although its effects can be significantly more powerful than morphine. Levo-Dromoran is often used to treat moderate to severe pain as it is a potent opioid analgesic.

A Schedule II Controlled Substance, Levo-Dromoran can be habit forming and authorities recommend that the drug be stored, prescribed, used and disposed of according to set regulations. Psychological and physical dependence and tolerance are known to develop upon repeated administration of Levo-Dromoran.

The abuse of Levo-Dromoran is often due to the fact it delivers a high euphoric rush that is very similar to the rush one experiences with heroin. Levo-Dromoran and levorphanol are some of the most prescribed opioids to treat the relief of pain for the terminally ill due to its high potency.

Levo-Dromoran can cause patients with dependencies agonizing withdrawal symptoms, which can lead many to continue taking the drug, even if they no longer desire the high or euphoria they once achieved. The withdrawal process can be both hard and painful and can even cause serious damage to internal organs, especially if cessation is unsupervised.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with cessation of Levo-Dromoran can include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Cold- or flu-like conditions
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rigors, tremors, shivers
  • Sweating
  • Upper respiratory problems

As Levo-Dromoran can cause a significant amount of trauma when it is withdrawn, healthcare professionals recommend that users taper off the medication slowly under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist.

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