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How long does opiate withdrawal take to get over?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
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Dr. Michael Bailin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Quite variable

Opiate withdrawal can take a day ("ultra rapid detoxification") or it can take years.
It is very important to attempt opiate withdrawal within a specialized clinic and a physician with verifiable experience. Often opiate withdrawal fails because the patient does not have sufficient psychological and medical support. It takes true expertise for successful weaning of opioids in addiction.

In brief: Quite variable

Opiate withdrawal can take a day ("ultra rapid detoxification") or it can take years.
It is very important to attempt opiate withdrawal within a specialized clinic and a physician with verifiable experience. Often opiate withdrawal fails because the patient does not have sufficient psychological and medical support. It takes true expertise for successful weaning of opioids in addiction.
Dr. Michael Bailin
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