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How Long Does It Take To Withdraw From Opiates
What is your real ?: The body is neither "clean" nor "dirty" in the presence of any particular chemical. If you mean, how long does it take for a drug test to become negative, that depends on whether its a short acting drug like heroin or morphine (3-4 days) or a long acting drug like methadone or buprenorphine (weeks). The effects of the drugs can last MUCH longer with withdrawal lasting several weeks/even months. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've struggled for 5 years with a bad opiate addiction.Clean 6 days now, and I'm determined to stay clean.The emotional withdraws, how long til relief?
All my best wishes!: You've done a great thing and you are past the worst phase. This article will really help w/ the 2nd & 3rd phases. http://www.alltreatment.com/heroin-withdrawal-timeline Here is also a link to my personal website where you can leave a message as a reply. I'm very near Rolla and may be able to offer some support in your efforts. You can succeed. Be both firm and gentle w/ yourself. ...Read more
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