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Withdrawal Is The Result Of The Brain And Body, Which Have Grown Dependent On The Substance, Adjusting To The Absence Of The Opioids Or Heroin

“Withdrawal” is the term for the collection of symptoms a person experiences when he or she stops using heroin or opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

The symptoms of withdrawal can vary in severity, and typically last anywhere from several days to more than a week, depending on factors like how frequently the person was previously using heroin or opioids, and in what quantities.

Without medical supervision, withdrawal can be uncomfortable, stressful, and dangerous. Most people feel very anxious about going through withdrawal, which creates a barrier to successful recovery — even when the person wants it.

While withdrawal symptoms differ slightly from person to person, there are many common effects from opioids or heroin.

Symptoms may start to become noticeable within just a few hours of the person’s last dose. The symptoms of withdrawal generally peak several days after starting, but may last for up to a week or longer.

Depending upon the addiction, symptoms vary. See opioids and painkiller symptoms and heroin symptoms.

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The Early Stages of Withdrawal from Heroin and Opioids:

  • Cravings for heroin/the opioid
  • Dehydration
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Excessive sweating
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness/irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Frequent yawning
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Runny nose/sniffling
  • Watering eyes
  • Insomnia

The Late Stages of Withdrawal from Heroin and Opioids:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated (expanded) pupils
  • Nausea, which may be accompanied by vomiting
  • Stomach cramps/abdominal pain
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