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Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
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Opiate Withdrawal (Overview)

Opiate withdrawal refers to the variety of signs and symptoms that occur after discontinuing or decreasing the use of opiates after a period of regular use. Withdrawal is very uncomfortable but not life threatening. Symptoms of withdrawal include dilated pupils, goose bumps, insomnia, agitation, sweating, muscle aches, increased tearing, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


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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. Clifford Gevirtz
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Opiate Withdrawal (Overview)

Opiate withdrawal refers to the variety of signs and symptoms that occur after discontinuing or decreasing the use of opiates after a period of regular use. Withdrawal is very uncomfortable but not life threatening. Symptoms of withdrawal include dilated pupils, goose bumps, insomnia, agitation, sweating, muscle aches, increased tearing, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


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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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

12 hours after quitting cigarettes the level of carbon monoxide in your blood decreases. ...See 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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What are common opiate withdrawal signs?

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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

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

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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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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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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Opiates (Definition)

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