(L. opium: opium) n. One of a group of drugs derived from opium, an extract of the poppy plant Papaver somniferum that depresses brain function (a narcotic action). Opiates include morphine and its synthetic derivatives, such as heroin and codeine. They are used in medicine chiefly to relieve pain, but the use of morphine and heroin is strictly controlled since they can cause drug dependence and tolerance.
a class of codeine-derived, controlled narcotics, such as Tylenol #3, Percocet (oxycodone), Darvon (propoxyphene) and methadone; used to manage severe cases of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder.
A medication or illegal drug that is either derived from the opium poppy, or that mimics the effect of an opiate (a synthetic opiate). Opiate drugs are narcotic sedatives that depress activity of the central nervous system, reduce pain, and induce sleep . Side effects may include oversedation, nausea, and constipation . Long- term use of opiates can produce addiction, and overuse can cause overdose and potentially death. See the entire definition of Opiate
Opiate any of a group of drugs derived from opium. Used medicinally to relieve pain and induce sleep, they include codeine, morphine, the morphine derivative heroin, and, formerly, laudanum. Sometimes included in the group are certain synthetic drugs that have morphinelike pharmacological action. It is used to manage severe cases of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder.