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How to stop “opioid itch”?

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Itching can be a side effect of opioid use. It is usually less severe with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) than with pure opioids like oxycodone or heroin. It can be difficult to treat and can be an ongoing problem. Sometimes, it may improve as the body adjusts to the opioid over time. Treatments like antihistamines can be helpful. Common specific antihistamines include Benadryl or loratadine.

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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