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What can I do to stop experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opioids?

Opioid withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, but there are opioid withdrawal treatments your medical provider can prescribe to help relieve these symptoms. Clonidine helps reduce anxiety, irritability, muscle aches, sweating, and runny nose, and hydroxyzine (Atarax) can also help with anxiety and insomnia. Tizanidine (Zanaflex) helps reduce muscle spasms. Ondansetron (Zofran) relieves symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Loperamide (Imodium) helps relieve diarrhea. Bentyl helps relieve gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, especially abdominal cramping. And lastly, once you start the induction and stabilization phase with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), you will experience significant reduction and relief from withdrawal symptoms.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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