Imodium A-D for Opiate Withdrawal
As the opioid epidemic continues to impact the U.S., there has been more attention paid to the idea of using Imodium A-D for opiate withdrawal. Imodium A-D is an over-the-counter medication and while it is considered relatively safe in normal doses, there are some very important things to be aware of in the context of using Imodium A-D for opiate withdrawal.
Taking Imodium A-D for opiate withdrawal may be okay when specifically used to treat diarrhea. Diarrhea is one of the main symptoms of opiate withdrawal, but taking medication during withdrawal should be done only under the supervision of a physician. A dosage of Imodium A-D for opiate withdrawal shouldn’t exceed the listed recommended dose. People should be aware that using Imodium A-D for opiate withdrawal isn’t going to help with other side effects as long as it’s taken at normal doses. For example, while it may help with diarrhea, Imodium A-D doesn’t help with insomnia or anxiety, which are other common withdrawal symptoms.
For anyone considering the use of Imodium A-D as a replacement for opiates, the warnings are serious. High doses of Imodium A-D can cause sudden death from heart problems and depressed breathing. The risk of using high doses of Imodium A-D has become so serious that the FDA issued a black box warning for sudden death from heart problems.
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