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What's the most effective way to ween off painkillers?

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Dr. David Teicheira
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In brief: Slowly, with help.

I assume you're talking about opiates.
Stopping opiates is best done with the help of a physician who can guide you in the process, and minimize the withdrawal symptoms. The most important ingredient is your commitment to get off these medicines. Withdrawals are almost always unpleasant but rarely dangerous unless you have other medical problems.

In brief: Slowly, with help.

I assume you're talking about opiates.
Stopping opiates is best done with the help of a physician who can guide you in the process, and minimize the withdrawal symptoms. The most important ingredient is your commitment to get off these medicines. Withdrawals are almost always unpleasant but rarely dangerous unless you have other medical problems.
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