Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal and Detox
- 1. Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal and Detox
- 2. What Are Common Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal Symptoms?
- 3. Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal Timeline and Symptom Durations
- 4. Managing Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxymorphone Hydrochloride
- 5. Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Medications and Detox
- 6. How to Choose an Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Center
Oxymorphone hydrochloride is ten times more potent than morphine. It’s high rate of addiction combined with the current opioid epidemic led the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oxymorphone hydrochloride from the US market in June of 2017. It was the first time in the FDA’s history that they removed a drug that was already in circulation. Generic versions of extended-release oxymorphone hydrochloride are still available by prescription in the US, however.
Early withdrawal symptoms are characterized by mild flu-like symptoms, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and drug cravings. After the first few days, symptoms can evolve into more intense flu-like symptoms, severe drug cravings, nausea, and chills.
The generic form of extended-release oxymorphone hydrochloride is the only version that is currently available in the US. It is common for people who abuse oxymorphone hydrochloride to crush the pills up in order to snort, smoke, or inject the drug. Crushing up the drug bypasses the pill’s outer coating that would otherwise regulate the drug’s release. Taking extended-release opioids in this way increases the chance of an overdose since extended-release versions contain higher quantities of the drug than immediate release versions. By consuming the drug in this way, a large dose intended to be spread out over the span of 12 hours rushed immediately into the bloodstream, potentially shocking the patient’s system.
Methadone and buprenorphine are the most commonly used medications for this purpose. They’re long-lasting and require few doses to achieve the desired effects. Methadone use requires close medical supervision due to its potential for dependency.
Buprenorphine has a much lower misuse potential. Some versions of buprenorphine, such as Suboxone, also contain naloxone. When patients attempt to take too much of the drug to get high, the naloxone becomes activated. Naloxone is a powerful opioid antagonist. Once activated, it abruptly negates the effects of any opioids in the patient’s system. This makes Suboxone especially useful in the long-term management of recovery from opioid misuse.
Other medications may also be used as treatments for managing specific symptoms of oxymorphone hydrochloride withdrawal as well. Antidepressants and anxiolytics can be administered to manage depression and anxiety. Anti-nausea medications can be prescribed for gastrointestinal distress, and others can be given to treat restlessness and insomnia.
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