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How long does it take to lower opiate tolerance so that I don't increase to an unhealthy dosage?

How long does it take to lower opiate tolerance so that I don't increase to an unhealthy dosage?

It depends: Tolerance is defined as the adaptation to a drug resulting in reduction of effect over time. Tolerance to side effects develops more quickly than tolerance to pain relief. It is thought that tolerance to the pain relieving effects of an opiate occurs rather slowly. In general a 10% increase in dose is required every year in order to maintain the same pain relieving effect. ...Read more

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My friend is opiate dependent how long does it take to completly go through the with drawl processs?

My friend is opiate dependent how long does it take to completly go through the with drawl processs?

Complicated Answer!: This depends on many biological and pharmacological factors and is quite variable. Body size, coexisting medical problems, basal metabolic rate, length of dependence, substances taken, other medications used but not related....A wonderful question but a specific, and accurate, answer needs to account for these and other factors. Speak to a pain specialist, please! ...Read more

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How long does it take to regain energy after opiates?

How long does it take to regain energy after opiates?

1-6 months: Some people recover fairly quickly (as soon as 2 weeks). Some take longer, up to 6 months. It depends on the medication taken, the dose and how long it was taken. ...Read more

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Typically how long does it take to effect my tolerance to opiate?Don't want to take more mg after new pain heels.I am a lifetime chronic pain patient.

Typically how long does it take to effect my tolerance to opiate?Don't want to take more mg after new pain heels.I am a lifetime chronic pain patient.

Opiate tolerance: It is common to need higher doses of opiates as the body builds a tolerance. Pain management specialist are aware of this and often will change medication types to avoid this type of tolerance. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

Physical Dependence: Is not addiction and is a normal consequence of chronic opiate use. Addiction is marked by compulsive and uncontrolled use with preoccupation and adverse consequences. A withdrawal syndrome with discontinuation does not imply addiction. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Non-opiates like muscle relaxants and snri's can help reduce your reliance on opiates to a limited extent. ...Read more

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How long does opiate withdrawal take to get over?

How long does opiate withdrawal take to get over?

Depends: The half-life (how long ot takes to clear half of a drug from the body) of the opioid causing withdrawal syndrome determines the onset and duration of symptoms. For example, heroin and Methadone withdrawal symptoms peak in 36-72 hours and 72-96 hours, respectively, and may last for 7-10 days and at least 14 days, respectively. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for opiate withdrawal? and if you dont take opiates everyday will you still withdraw?

Many options: There is no single best remedy but I advise a good multivit., Vit C 1000 mg every 2-3 hours, Magnesium Taurate or Glycinate, herbs like passionflower & skullcap, lots of fluids, warm baths & moderate exercise. The homeopathic remedy Nux vomica can be very helpful as can acupuncture. See http://www.balancingbrainchemistry.co.uk/72/Heroin-Addiction-Natural-Remedies.html Less an issue if not daily. ...Read more

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I've been on Percocet 10mg x4/day for 7 yrs & want to switch to non-narc meds. How long should it take my body to wean/adjust to life w/o opiates? TY!

Percocet: This varies as everyone is different. I would do a slow weaning (every3 weeks), first decrease the strength but not the frequency. When you are on the lowest strength then cut down the frequency. 7 years of a short acting medication only is not appropriate. ...Read more

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If you use opiates once then take naltrexone pill how long will withdrawal symptoms last?

Very unusual: Normally after only one opioid I would not expect much if any withdrawal form naltrexone. Even if people have been taking long acting opioids for some time I would expect the withdrawal symptoms to subside significantly over 24 hours. If withdrawal symptoms are significant professional care would help. ...Read more

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