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Does clonidine help for opiate withdrawal

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Dr. Reginald Gohh
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Teicheira
Pain Management 36 years experience
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
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
That's the doctor's: orders. It is a normal treatment option for opiate withdrawal symptoms.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: These medications should not be taken without the supervision of a doctor. Please do not attempt to self-medicate.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
High risk: Certainly you are at higher risk of complications. You need tight contact with your provider (s).
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Seek help: opiod withdrawals can be very severe. Most self directed efforts at quitting cold turkey with counselling are unsuccessful. Certian meds can help cont... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
Anesthesiology 48 years experience
Support Group!: Most successful withdrawals involve a support group and medical assistance from an experienced M.D. With expertise in drug addiction. An inpatient s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Opiate withdrawal: The key to avoiding severe withdrawal sympts is gradual tapering. For high dose opiates, usually reducing the dose by 25% every week would help. Drugs... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Supportive Care: Treatment of acute opiate withdrawal involves medications and supportive care. Clonidine is commonly used to reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Early symptoms of withdrawal include: agitation anxiety muscle aches increased tearing insomnia runny nose sweating y... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Iyer
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Opioid withdrawal: Like many medications, the body becomes used to or "tolerant" opioids. Once your body is used to a medication, abruptly stopping a medication can pre... Read More

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