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How long until bowel regularity comes back after going cold turkey from vicodin?

How long until bowel regularity comes back after going cold turkey from vicodin?

Usually a short time: Constipation from opiates usually resolves in a week or two; in fact, often in withdrawal, especially cold turkey, there is diarrhea for a while instead. I would recommend taking a stool softener twice daily (colace (docusate sodium) or surfak), making sure you have lots of fiber in your diet. If it persists for more than 2 weeks, see your doctor. Also, get some support for your addiction in na or aa or elsewhere. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I took oxycodone 560-100 mg daily. Detoxing 14 days now. Cold turkey. What makes the symptoms more tolerable? I'm dying here!

I took oxycodone 560-100 mg daily. Detoxing 14 days now. Cold turkey. What makes the symptoms more tolerable? I'm dying here!

Not wise to do: While it's admirable that you want to remove opiates from your body, going cold turkey is never advised. Ideally, a slow wean over a few weeks, depending on how much your were on, along with some low dose Valium and/or catapres (clonidine) would allow you to feel better during the process. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking, noticed constipation increase and a hemorrhoid coming on. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but not helping too much. Advice? I'm miserable?

Quitting smoking, noticed constipation increase and a hemorrhoid coming on.  Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but not helping too much.  Advice?  I'm miserable?

Stay active: The best cure is prevention. Once you have hemorrhoids the best advice is to minimize them. Do not sit on the toilet for long periods. Keep your stool soft, stay well hydrated. Hemrid has witch hazel, biliberry, and horse chestnut. If it is working well then you probably would not be asking this question on health tap. If your hemorrhoids are interfering with a normal life tell your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm on day 4 of withdrawals from cymbalta (duloxetine) am i there yet? 20 mgs and symptoms cold turkey

I'm on day 4 of withdrawals from cymbalta (duloxetine) am i there yet? 20 mgs and symptoms cold turkey

No, not yet: It's much better to taper medications like Cymbalta (duloxetine) than to stop suddenly. You risk both the return of your original symptoms and a discontinuation syndrome that can last for many weeks -- even months, at times -- after last dose. http://tinyurl.com/l52zdyw. ...Read more

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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

YOU CAN;'T: You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly. If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine. ...Read more

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How long does SSRI discontinuation symptoms last? Stopped cold turkey ( bad I know) fromm Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg once a day??

How long does SSRI discontinuation symptoms last? Stopped cold turkey ( bad I know) fromm Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg once a day??

Abrupt stopping meds: it is never wise to stop a medication abruptly. Side effects and discontinuation symptoms (drug company buzz for withdrawal symptoms) are always present. Should be done under your physician's supervision and should be tapered off and not abrupt ...Read more

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How many days does it take to detox off roxycodone cold turkey 240 mg per day?

How many days does it take to detox off roxycodone cold turkey 240 mg per day?

DO NOT DO THIS: I commend you for wanting to get off this dangerously high dose of oxycodone. However this should be done gradually, not "cold turkey". Generally A decrease of 20% per week should be safe and prevent severe withdrawal that might land you in the hospital. Work closely with your prescribing physician. Yes, you should get of this drug. But not all at once. ...Read more

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Can you quit 10 mg Escitalophram cold turkey after 1 month use without worrying about the effects of withdrawal?

Depends: Depends on the reason you want to discontinue Lexapro (escitalopram) ... Always best to discuss with your doctor. If it's related to some side effect, maybe an alternative medication is appropriate. That said, in general, I always recommend tapering over a 2-4 week period so that you don't experience any adverse effects. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Opiates daily. Chronic diarrhea (foamy stools) and endless gas constantly. Vile vinagery odor. No dairy, low fiber...Please help me?

Opiates daily. Chronic diarrhea (foamy stools) and endless gas constantly. Vile vinagery odor. No dairy, low fiber...Please help me?

Relistor (methylnaltrexone): Is a life-saving drug for patients on chronic opioids.If daily MiraLAX is not successful, MiraLAX plus Relistor (methylnaltrexone) is 100% successful. It is like Narcan for your bowels. It removes the narcotic only off your bowel so that it will move. If not, bowel just sits there all drugged up. It does not effect your pain, only poop. Important for stool to be soft on its way out, that's why i recommend miralax. ...Read more

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2nd x detox.Have ocipital myalgia.Took oxycodone 6monthsx3 a day 5mg.Tapered to 2.5mgx3 a day.Dont feel well but want off.Safe 2 stop cold @ this dose?

2nd x detox.Have ocipital myalgia.Took oxycodone 6monthsx3 a day 5mg.Tapered to 2.5mgx3 a day.Dont feel well but want off.Safe 2 stop cold @ this dose?

Yes: It's safe to stop cold at that dose. Sometimes the two weeks following an abrupt stop at any dose can be difficult due to the physical addiction these drugs can cause. It gets a lot easier after two solid weeks of sobriety. ...Read more

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Serotonin syndrome? 10 mg Zoloft (sertraline) for 5 days. Extreme sweating fever 99.9 HRT plps shivering muscle tightness nausea no appetite. Regular side fx?

Serotonin syndrome?  10 mg Zoloft (sertraline) for 5 days. Extreme sweating fever 99.9 HRT plps shivering muscle tightness nausea no appetite.  Regular side fx?

Don't take a chance: Serotonin syndrome is a rare but potentially extremely dangerous side effect of taking medications that increase serotonin levels. When it happens, generally it is to someone who is taking multiple medications that affect serotonin, and starts within 24 hours of a med change. If there is any suspicion, contact the prescribing physician today for advice. If not available, go to emergency dept. ...Read more

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