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Other Medications for Opioid WithdrawalOpioid addiction has taken hold across the country, with millions of Americans abusing opioids every day. The cycle of opioid addiction is tough to break, and most people are unable to do so without professional supervision.

At Symetria Recovery, our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program gives people with an opioid addiction a solid foundation for genuine, long-lasting recovery. Our highly qualified team can guide you through the beginning stages of recovery, which often start with opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Depending on the severity of your opioid addiction, the withdrawal symptoms that you experience may range from mildly uncomfortable to incredibly painful. Some of the most common opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate

For some people, withdrawal symptoms become so intense that they resume abusing opioids just to stop the pain. The unfortunate truth is that ending an opioid addiction without professional help can be nearly impossible.

Medications Used for Opioid Withdrawal

When medication is determined to be the best treatment option for your recovery, our Symetria Recovery team has several different types of medications available. Two of the main medications that we use to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms are Vivitrol® and methadone.

Vivitrol®

Once a patient is opioid-free, Vivitrol® may be used to prevent relapse. It is administered through injection. The active ingredient in Vivitrol® is naltrexone. Naltrexone works as a “blocker,” blocking the brain from the pleasurable feelings associated with taking opioids. In studies, Vivitrol® has proved to be effective in helping people abstain from opioids and heroin in particular.

Possible side effects of Vivitrol® may cause severe injection site reactions. Call us right away if you notice any of the following at your injection site:

  • Intense pain
  • Swelling
  • Lumps
  • Blisters
  • An open wound
  • A dark scab

WARNING: Do not use opioids when using Vivitrol®. Using opioids in the amounts you used before starting Vivitrol® treatment, or even lower amounts could lead to overdose or death.

Methadone

Methadone has been the main tool in the arsenal for combating addiction for over fifty years. It is an opioid medication that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction. Through our program, methadone is administered by dissolving the tablet in water or a non-alcoholic citrus beverage, which is ingested immediately.

Call us immediately if you notice any of the following side effects:

  • Seizures
  • Itching, hives, or rash
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Hallucinations
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, or eyes

WARNING: Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. You should not use methadone if you have severe asthma or breathing problems or a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

Benefits of Medications for Opioid Withdrawal

There are many benefits of using medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Some of the benefits include:

  • Safe
  • Cost-effective
  • Reduce the risk of overdose
  • Increase treatment retention
  • Improve social functioning
  • Reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission
  • Reduce criminal activity

Discover How Medications can Ease Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Our Symetria Recovery team has extensive experience using medications to help people overcome the challenges of withdrawal. If you are battling an opioid addiction and want to stop, our medication-assisted treatment program can give you a head start on the path to recovery. We have many medications available for opioid withdrawal, especially heroin withdrawal, that will make the process as comfortable as possible. Learn more from our team today by calling 855.282.4819 or completing our secure online form. Ending an opioid addiction doesn’t have to be painful. Connect with Symetria Recovery for more information.