Reprexain Withdrawal and Detox
Reprexain is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It offers similar pain-relieving effects to hydrocodone/acetaminophen combinations like Vicodin without the high potential for liver toxicity.
Reprexain and other synthetic opioid medications are highly addictive. Drug dependency and drug-seeking behavior can evolve from regularly taking Reprexain. As patients become opioid-dependent with frequent treatment, it can make discontinuing use difficult.
As withdrawals progress, flu-like symptoms begin to set in. Muscle aches, runny nose, and excessive sweating are common. The patient may be easily agitated, and experience increased anxiety along with difficulty falling and staying asleep. Other symptoms may include elevated blood pressure and rapid heart rate as the body adjusts to Reprexain no longer being present in the blood.
At approximately the three-day mark, late-stage opioid withdrawals begin. The patient may experience increased drug cravings, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and stomach cramps. For most individuals, flu-like symptoms recede after about a week. What remains is often a long struggle against residual anxiety, depression, and the urge for recurrence of use.
The liver is primarily responsible for metabolizing Reprexain and other opioids. The micronutrients in broccoli and dense leafy vegetables provide vital nutrients to the liver. It’s also important to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest, both of which are easiest to accomplish in medical detox.
Several medications may be administered to help lessen the severity of specific withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea. Anxiolytics and anticonvulsants may be prescribed for the management of anxiety and various other complications of withdrawals.
The biggest benefit of medical detox, however, is the use of opioid replacement therapy to help mitigate the severity of withdrawals and drug cravings. Opioid replacement therapy involves gradually reducing the dose of stronger, short-acting opioids, and replacing them with longer-lasting, slow-onset opioids like buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It produces a “ceiling effect” that partially satisfies cravings while making it difficult to feel “high” even from strong doses of hydrocodone and other more potent opioids.
If you or someone you love is dealing with opioid misuse, The Recovery Village is available to answer any questions you may have.
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