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Dr. Philip Gilly
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Opiate Withdrawal (Overview)

Like many medications, the body becomes used to or "tolerant" opioids. Once your body is used to a medication, abruptly stopping a medication can precipitate symptoms called withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be flu-like symptoms, itching, nausea, diarrhea, pain, and even worse could lead to death depending on the dosage of opioid the patient was taking.


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What are the usual symptoms of opiate withdrawal?

What are the usual symptoms of opiate withdrawal?

Multiple symptoms: Early symptoms of withdrawal include: agitation anxiety muscle aches increased tearing insomnia runny nose sweating yawning late symptoms of withdrawal include: abdominal cramping diarrhea dilated pupils goose bumps nausea vomiting http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000949.Htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Gilly
129 doctors shared insights

Opiate Withdrawal (Overview)

Like many medications, the body becomes used to or "tolerant" opioids. Once your body is used to a medication, abruptly stopping a medication can precipitate symptoms called withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be flu-like symptoms, itching, nausea, diarrhea, pain, and even worse could lead to death depending on the dosage of opioid the patient was taking.


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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Opiate withdrawal (Tip)

Replace the addicting behavior was something that is more socially positive. ...See more

Dr. Laura Martin Dr. Martin
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
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12 step program support
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What are common opiate withdrawal signs?

Various: Early symptoms of withdrawal include: •agitationanxiety •muscle aches •increased tearing •insomniarunny nose •sweating •yawning late symptoms of withdrawal include: •abdominal cramping •diarrhea •dilated pupils •goose bumps •nauseavomiting. ...Read more

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Opiate withdrawal (Tip)

As miserable as you may feel from opioid withdrawl, you will not die from it, you can make it through. ...See more

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How does the clinical opiate withdrawal scale (cows test) work? How accurate is it?

Good tool: The clinical opiate withdrawal scale (cows) is a clinician-administered, pen and paper instrument that rates eleven common opiate withdrawal signs or symptoms. The summed score of the eleven items can be used to assess a patient's level of opiate withdrawal and to make inferences about their level of physical dependence on opioids. ...Read more

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Does opiate withdrawal cause excessive urination? Trying to wean down my pain meds and even a small drink of water makes me urinate ALOT.

No: Hi,Opiate withdrawal is known to cause restlessness,watery eyes,runny nose nausea,sweating,muscle aches among other symptoms,especially if taken for a long time &stopped suddenly.You are doing the right thing by GRADUALLY weaning yourself.To my knowledge,excessive urination is not due to opiate withdrawal.Good luck. ...Read more

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Opiate withdrawal (Tip)

" ...Addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism" c. Jung. ...See more

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Can clonidine be taken with subutex for treatment of opiate withdrawal and if so what's the safest way?

See below: These medications should not be taken without the supervision of a doctor. Please do not attempt to self-medicate. ...Read more

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Going to europe in two weeks. Can I get treatment there for opiate withdrawal?

Opioid withdrawal: Yes you probably could get treatment in Europe, the issue will be the coverage. Your insurance may deny it because there are MD's that can do this in the USA. Also remember that the treatment is done over several weeks unless you do an in-patient rapid detox. ...Read more

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Opiate withdrawal (Tip)

Twelve Step programs help many folks. Cut through excuses and give it a real try. ...See more

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How long does depression after opiate withdrawal last? What can help? My bf is really severely depressed.

How long does depression after opiate withdrawal last? What can help? My bf is really severely depressed.

Seek help soon: Depression is never normal. For some, withdrawing from opiates is cause for celebration. But if pain persists, it can be very discouraging and lead to depression. See a pain specialist if still in pain. Severe depression can be life-threatening; see a mental health professional for therapy and/or medications. Don't wait for it to go away on its own. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I tackle opiate withdrawal?

Supportive: Treatment involves supportive care and medications. The most commonly used medication, clonidine, primarily reduces anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. Other medications can treat vomiting and diarrhea. Buprenorphine (suptex) has been shown to work better than other medications for treating withdrawal from opiates, and it can shorten the length of detox. ...Read more

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How to get through opiate withdrawal?

Start with this link: this is an excellent resource to start, but this also requires the help and support of your MD. Start Here. http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/opiates-narcotics-recovery.htm Wish you luck with you and yours. ...Read more

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Any tips or help on opiate withdrawal?

Any tips or help on opiate withdrawal?

Narcotic Withdrawal: Some signs of withdrawal are: - body aches - shaking - nausea/vomiting - insomnia - diarrhea getting over withdrawal there is a decrease in the intensity of their signs and symptoms. To get over the symptoms nsaids like ibuprofen/motrin can help with body aches, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with insomnea and nausea. Immodium helps diarrhea. Your dr. Also help. Hospitalization sometimes is needed. ...Read more

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Any advice for heavy opiate withdrawal?

Any advice for heavy opiate withdrawal?

See below: Go to a drug addiction specialist. They are the best trained to deal with your problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms opiate withdrawal?

Not pleasant : Some of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include cold sweats,  diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches, anxiety, cravings, cramping, chills, tremors, goose bumps, agitation, runny nose, yawning, and insomnia. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Pollard
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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more