Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 5, 2023.
Withdrawal is a response to a sudden lack of narcotics in your body. Withdrawal happens when you suddenly decrease or stop taking a narcotic you are dependent on. Dependence means you feel you need the narcotic to function mentally or physically. This happens after you have used the narcotic regularly for a long time. Withdrawal can happen with an illegal narcotic such as heroin, or a prescription narcotic such as oxycodone or fentanyl.
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- Methadone or buprenorphine may be given to help decrease symptoms of withdrawal.
- NSAIDs decrease pain and fever.
- Blood pressure medicine decreases symptoms of withdrawal, such as 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.
- Detoxification is the process of slowly 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 than you are dependent on.
- Psychological counseling and support may be needed if you have narcotic use disorder. This is a condition that makes you crave the narcotic and not be able to stop using it.
Narcotic withdrawal may be uncomfortable, but it is not life-threatening.
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