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Can you do a rapid detox under anesthesia?

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Not rapid

Detox-removing the addictive drug-under anesthesia takes 24-72 hours and so is very expensive.
Rapid "detox" with Narcan (naloxone) or similar drugs is just reversing some of the side effects of narcotics and causes many other side effects. Drug is still there.Sometimes it is necessary to use Narcan (naloxone) to partially revers to keep the patient breathing. Slow reduction of the addictive medication is better.

In brief: Not rapid

Detox-removing the addictive drug-under anesthesia takes 24-72 hours and so is very expensive.
Rapid "detox" with Narcan (naloxone) or similar drugs is just reversing some of the side effects of narcotics and causes many other side effects. Drug is still there.Sometimes it is necessary to use Narcan (naloxone) to partially revers to keep the patient breathing. Slow reduction of the addictive medication is better.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hmmmm....

I've seen it on television dramas but I've never seen or heard it being performed in my area.
Quite possible, but I think it could also be potentially quite dangerous.

In brief: Hmmmm....

I've seen it on television dramas but I've never seen or heard it being performed in my area.
Quite possible, but I think it could also be potentially quite dangerous.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You could

I assume you are talking about from opiates of some kind.
Very controversial and not recommended by any major addiction society. Also very expensive, with that kind of money in patient rehab would be a much better bet, there are also other meds that can help, even an outpatient detox then using Naltrexone can be done. So you could but i don't recommend it.

In brief: You could

I assume you are talking about from opiates of some kind.
Very controversial and not recommended by any major addiction society. Also very expensive, with that kind of money in patient rehab would be a much better bet, there are also other meds that can help, even an outpatient detox then using Naltrexone can be done. So you could but i don't recommend it.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Edwin Perez
Pain Management

In brief: Possible

Yes, however detox is way more psychological than physical ultimately.
If life circumstances are not altered, the detox wont't last. Hence why some people think rapid detox is slightly unethical.

In brief: Possible

Yes, however detox is way more psychological than physical ultimately.
If life circumstances are not altered, the detox wont't last. Hence why some people think rapid detox is slightly unethical.
Dr. Edwin Perez
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Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes

Rapid detox under anesthesia can be done in the right hands.
The biggest challenges are dealing with the post procedural withdrawal symptoms. This is an effective treatment. The clarity program is an ioot(intense outpatient opiod treatment) which has had great success. It is done at the eagle advancement institute in farmington, mi. This program has over an 80% success rate and follow up program.

In brief: Yes

Rapid detox under anesthesia can be done in the right hands.
The biggest challenges are dealing with the post procedural withdrawal symptoms. This is an effective treatment. The clarity program is an ioot(intense outpatient opiod treatment) which has had great success. It is done at the eagle advancement institute in farmington, mi. This program has over an 80% success rate and follow up program.
Dr. Ricardo Borrego
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Not really

Despite some tv shows showing that it is possible, it is very expensive and can take up to 72 hours.
The actual practice is not approved by most people.

In brief: Not really

Despite some tv shows showing that it is possible, it is very expensive and can take up to 72 hours.
The actual practice is not approved by most people.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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