There are some medications that are sold over the counter (OTC) that may help with opioid withdrawal symptoms. While these medications may provide some relief, the gold standard for preventing withdrawal symptoms is still medication assisted treatment (MAT), including Suboxone and Methadone.
Your team may also use OTC medications to ease discomfort. While using these medications alone (instead of pairing them with Suboxone) doesn't have the best evidence, they can still be used if patients do not wish to be on MAT or cannot tolerate MAT for other reasons.
Withdrawal symptoms are sometimes described as "flu-like," but they can be excruciating. Adding OTC remedies to the mix could help your team keep you comfortable while your body adjusts to a life without drugs.
OTC drugs typically used in treatment include the following:
Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be so overwhelming that you're tempted to return to drug misuse. This can lead to changes in tolerance and increased risk of overdose.
Some people grow so distressed during opioid withdrawal that they consider suicide. The problem is so serious that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires prescription painkiller labels to state withdrawal risks clearly.
Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) can stabilize chemical imbalances within your brain. Physical withdrawal symptoms fade, as do your drug cravings. Therapies like this can not only help you to get abstinent during acute withdrawal, but they can help you stay abstinent long term.
Don't take a risk with your health and try detoxing with over-the-counter meds alone: Get professional help instead, and consider if MAT - including Methadone Suboxone - would be right for you.