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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Withdrawal is a response to a sudden lack of opioids in your body. Withdrawal happens when you suddenly decrease or stop taking an opioid you are dependent on. Dependence means you feel you need the opioid to function mentally or physically. This happens after you have used the opioid regularly for a long time. Withdrawal can happen with an illegal opioid such as heroin, or a prescription opioid 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 opioids. You will also be given medicine to decrease your withdrawal symptoms.
- Maintenance therapy means your healthcare provider prescribes another type of opioid than you are dependent on.
- Psychological counseling and support may be needed if you have opioid use disorder. This is a condition that makes you crave the opioid and not be able to stop using it.
Opioid withdrawal may be uncomfortable, but it is not life-threatening.
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