I was wondering if anyone knew what they do for you at the ER if you run out of your pills, or wanting to quit and going through bad withdraws. Narcotic withdraws from norco and oxycodone...
Depends on the hospital's policy on handling that and also the treating physician. Some will treat you well and some will not be so nice. You can google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal for a list of over the counter meds and supplements that help with the individual withdrawal symptoms and you might want to call some friends for support. If you are interested in a medication that will treat opiate withdrawal and craving, there are 2 that I know of, methadone and either subutex or suboxone. If you have a legitimate reason for pain and it is never going to be healed, methadone, properly used is the better way. If you simply have a dependence/addiction and want to stop, suboxone or subutex is a good route. You can check either medication out here on the blue banner, click drugs a to z. You can join the groups for those meds and read thru old posts. On YouTube, there are 2 people I thought gave a great overview of suboxone, one is Suboxdoc and the other is Maple2609, suboxdoc is a psychiatrist who had a pill addiction and uses suboxone to help people and the other Maple, is a young patient who explains it pretty well. I will add you to my prayer list and hope someone else might answer you with more info. Pattishan
Patti's right. It depends on the hospital you go to. They will do a physical and psychological exam. If you are in pain, full withdrawals, more than likely they will give you something to make you more comfortable. Depending on the severity, normally they will wait until labs come back to see what is already in your system. It's best to ask for the attending physician who has the authority to make the bigger decisions. The main question is Are you suicidal or a danger to others? If you aren't, you will not be admitted. Nor will you walk out with a prescription for pain pills either. They can be rather uncaring. If it's a large hospital with a psychiatric unit, you have good insurance and you are suicidal, they are obligated to keep you at least 48 hours (maybe more) and will have social services evaluate you to see if you are a good candidate for a more extended stay. Their main goal is to get you stable and comfortable. Obviously a few days is not long enough but it is a start. But remember, these records will follow you the rest of your life. Is there any underlying condition that caused you to start taking the pain killers? Is this just an addiction? I don't mean to sound blaise' about this but there are so many factors involved. How long have you been on the meds? How many mg's per day? Do you have a doctor that you've been seeing for a while you can talk to about this? I'm glad you are reaching out to find some help. But if the wd's get so bad, please go to the er. Tell them everything and more than likely they will get you some sort of help.
Good luck to you and please keep us posted about how you are feeling.
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