Narcotic Use Disorder
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.
Narcotic use disorder (NUD) is a medical condition that develops from long-term use or misuse of a narcotic. You are not able to stop taking the narcotic even though it causes physical or social problems. NUD may be use of a narcotic such as heroin or misuse of a prescription narcotic such as fentanyl. This disorder is also called narcotic abuse.
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You may be given the following medicines to help reduce withdrawal symptoms during detoxification:
- NSAIDs decrease pain and fever.
- Blood pressure medicine decreases symptoms of withdrawal. These include nausea, vomiting, muscle tension, and anxiety.
- Antianxiety medicine decreases anxiety and helps you feel calm and relaxed.
- Antinausea medicine helps calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Antacids decrease stomach acid.
- Detoxification is the process of decreasing your dose of narcotics. You will also be given medicine to decrease your withdrawal symptoms.
- Maintenance therapy means your healthcare provider prescribes another type of narcotic to replace the current narcotic.
- Therapy may include work with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or drug counselor. Therapy can happen in group or individual sessions. Some therapy may include family members. A support group is a way to get help from others who have NUD. Your healthcare provider or therapist may be able to help you find a support group in your area.
There is a risk of overdose during early treatment with methadone.
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