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does clonidine help for opiate withdrawal

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reginald Gohh
30 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Catapres (clonidine) helps with opiate withdrawal symptoms by reducing the sympathetic nervous system (which results in a rapid heart rate and elevate ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Teicheira
35 years experience Pain Management
Yes: It will blunt some of the responses your body has to withrawls. Your mind will not be as distracted.But, your body will still go through the symptoms ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: The safest way is with a physician who has expertise in helping people off opioids - www.Asam.Org or www.Aaap.Org has lists of addiction medicine/psyc ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
High risk: Certainly you are at higher risk of complications. You need tight contact with your provider (s).
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A female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Define "help": Opiate withdrawal's tough & can be dangerous if not supervised. You'll have to be more specific on the word "help?" It can attenuate symptoms but ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
20 years experience Cardiology
No it doesn't : No it doesn't.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
It can be: Clonidine is an older blood pressure medication that is used off-label for a number of other reasons, including opiate withdrawal. It is non-addictive ... Read More
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Accupril (quinapril): This is used for high blood pressure. It will not address opioid withdrawal.
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A member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Opioid withdrawal: Indomethacin is an NSAID and has no opioid effect. Hence the answer is no.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Nichol
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Not much: Clonidine is a high blood pressure medication which can help with opioid withdrawal symptoms, but its use must be monitored by a physician as problems ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
No: It will make it worse. Ultram is one of the weakest opiods, Methadone is many fold more potent and withdrawal from it is more severe.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Clonodine will: Clonodine does help someone cope with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. I usually add this medication into the titration initial hours when the pati ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
At times it is a : Necessary part of the treatment early on.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
No: Material quantities of belladonna may be antispasmodic, but expose you to many risks. It also will not cross-cover for, or help taper, opiates. Home ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristi Kohl
19 years experience Family Medicine
No: Your concern about tramadol withdrawal should be discussed with your doctor. The symptoms of withdrawal won't be helped by a stimulant. In fact, sti ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
13 years experience Family Medicine
It can: There are several studies that do show efficacy of Gabapentin in helping ease the effects of opiate and Suboxone withdrawal.However, my personal conce ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
30 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not really: Oxazepam is and benzodiazepine and works on GABA receptors. Marijuana has its own receptors. On the other hand, marijuana withdrawal, if such exists, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Clonidine and others: Clonidine, which is a blood pressure medication, acts on the same part of the brain that is activated in opioid withdrawal, and can mitigate some of t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le answered
16 years experience Pain Management
Clonidine: I assume you are asking about clonidine. Clonidine may be used to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with the long-term use of narcotics. It can all ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
23 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not a good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) could help with some symptoms, it is never used this way in a medical setting. Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting and one of ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paulo Negro Jr
32 years experience Psychiatry
This is a BZD wd!: Nitrazepam is a benzodiazepine. The withdrawal can be very difficult and prolonged. It is better to do this under medical supervision. It looks like i ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
They can: While not well studied for this purpose, antidepressant medications can help improve mood and frustration tolerance, making drug withdrawal less unple ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Generally no: Not really.

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