Opioids are a narcotic that is used to alleviate pain. Heroin is one type of opioid. Some of the common prescription forms of opioids are:
- Hydrocodone (i.e. Vicodin, Lortab, etc)
When used appropriately, opioids can be an effective pain reliever for acute pain. However, opioids are frequently abused which can lead to a dependency on the drug. Some of the common symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal include:
- Depressed mood
- Vomiting and nausea
- Muscle pain
- Watering of the eyes
Withdrawal symptoms can emerge as soon as 6 hours after the last use or can emerge 2 to 4 days after the last use if the opioid is a longer acting form of opioid (i.e. buprenorphine). The acute withdrawal symptoms typically last about a week and peak within about 3 days. Less severe withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks or even months. This is why it is important to be a part of a treatment program when trying to break an opioid addiction. Withdrawal from opioids can be initially difficult, but frequently can be managed on an outpatient basis.
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