Codeine Withdrawal & Detox
Dependence effectively warps a user’s tolerance threshold for codeine, and also makes it harder to “come down” off of the drug. The time it takes for a user to develop a codeine tolerance depends on factors like:
- Dosage of the drug
- Duration of drug use
Attempting to forego codeine use may lead to disruptive and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for how to get off opiates without withdrawal symptoms. However, you can minimize your discomfort by learning about the process and taking helpful precautions.
Early withdrawal symptoms include:
- Sleep trouble
- Body aches
- Accelerated heartbeat
Late withdrawal symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal cramping
- Goosebumps on skin
- Methadone – This medication helps to alleviate cravings.
- Buprenorphine – Popularly known by its brand name Subutex, this drug helps ease symptoms and shorten detox.
- Clonidine – This medication helps manage physical and mental symptoms.
- Naltrexone – This drug helps prevent relapse.
It is critical to get addiction treatment directly after detox — whether you detoxed at home or underwent a medical detox. Experienced treatment professionals can help a user manage expectations during recovery by monitoring their progress and challenging them appropriately to reach new milestones towards sobriety.
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