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Do opiates slow metabolism significantly?
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    exenabler is offline Junior Member
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    Default Do opiates slow metabolism significantly?

    This would explain why whenever I am on them I cannot seem to lose weight, I thought it was because they make me sedentary, but the weight gain seems to be exponentially higher then when I simply slack on excersize. (I have broken my arm twice in the last two years)Also, my niece used to be very thin and attractive and she seems to be literally blowing up like a balloon. I saw a bottle of vicadin in her car and since then have suspected she was taking them regularly. I would appreciate a definitve answer on how much they do slow it, and if it does so in spite of exersize.

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    I know that narcotics slow digestion greatly (Ie: constipation), but I don't know about actual metabolism. I have been on percocet for some time and I am just as skinny now as I was before. I think alot of things come in to play though- depression= not eating; pain= laying around and sleeping alot, etc. I just thought I would throw that out there- HUGS!!

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    On the contrary, one side effect of opiate use is weight loss, I know it effects my appetite, for many users it makes them lethargic, which of course any lack in activity will burn fewer calories. Opiates, as many can testify can also give you tremendous energy, I think it just depends on the amount consumed. Jasminesmommy's correct about the slower digestion rate.
    I'll see if I can find more on this, I read something not long ago.

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    I have moderately used opiates for quite some time, and I have noticed I seem to be more plump around the middle. A lot of it IS distention (swelling of the bowels with unprocessed waste due to significantly slowed metabolism), so to solve that problem I simply make sure I haev regular bowel movements. Just make sure you do it at least once a day, depending on your eating habits. I sometimes take an OTC stool softener which helps with the constipation.

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    I am on just one vicadin a day and I eat myself silly! Don't want to move either, but when I forcw myself to exersize, I still seem to gain.

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    Yes, I have been on Sub's now over a year.. they have been a miracle for me as far as other getting me off drugs and after over 10 years of doing anything I needed to to get pills for the night my life is much better now.. but now Im trying to get in shape and it is much harder to lose weight because your body gets messed up at burning calories and digesting food.. This is now my motivation to get off these but that is not gonna be easy, I know that.. If you a pill popper your insides are all bound up and slowed down... If your just on the pills for a short time no problem... Note..Im not a doctor but Im an expert in the be a junkie and mess up your life business.. If you want to lose weight taking pills that slow down your body's metabolism isn't what you want to be doing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cats Meow View Post
    On the contrary, one side effect of opiate use is weight loss, I know it effects my appetite, for many users it makes them lethargic, which of course any lack in activity will burn fewer calories. Opiates, as many can testify can also give you tremendous energy, I think it just depends on the amount consumed. Jasminesmommy's correct about the slower digestion rate.
    I'll see if I can find more on this, I read something not long ago.
    Your not making sense. It causes weight loss, but slows your metabolism? Does this make sense to you?

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    I gained 20 pounds from my opiate addiction. 23 days clean and I'm already slimming down.

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    Opiates shut down your hypothalamus for starters. Opiates affect every hormone in your body which will absolutely prevent you from loosing weight even on very few calories. I have had to take Oxy for years and gained a lot of weight. I have trained people for years and have also seen this.....it appears long term opiate users carry an average of 20 extra pounds (lots of research I have done) that stubbornly will not come off. Your cortisol levels are manipulated while using which has a huge role in weight. It goes so far beyond digestion. If you wonder about your weight....do some research on what all this medication hinders/shuts down and how it affects your hormones and even our ability to utilize hormones even via HRT.....so YES......Itvery much so slows your metabolism, adrenal system and so much more. If you have a weight problem, you will be fighting an impossible battle so long as your taking opiates.

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