Codeine Withdrawal and Detox

Codeine Withdrawal and DetoxTo achieve recovery from an opioid use disorder you must first go through detox, which means going through withdrawal. This can begin soon after you stop using codeine and last a few days or up to two weeks. Initially, you can expect to feel achy, anxious, agitated and irritable. Withdrawal may cause a runny nose, tear production and a lot of sweating. In later stages of codeine withdrawal you will start to feel worse, getting chills, stomach pains, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

Going through withdrawal is uncomfortable, and there is no way around it if you want to stop using codeine. However, you can ensure your safety and a greater chance of success if you detox with professional supervision. Withdrawal causes many people to relapse, and a relapse at this stage has the potential to cause a fatal overdose.

Medically- Supervised Detox

Addiction professionals and medical caregivers can help you detox in a safe environment in which relapse is not possible. They may also be able to provide some medical care that will reduce symptoms. There is no quick or pain-free way to detox, but with professional support you can do it more safely and comfortably. For instance, there are approved medications for treating opioid use disorder that can help during the detox process:1

  • To taper you off opioids, substitute medications like methadone and buprenorphine may be used. They will also reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  •  Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, can also be used during detox to speed the process. As an antagonist it blocks the action of opioids in the body, helping withdrawal to proceed more quickly.

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  1. National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Pharmacological and Physical Interventions in Opioid Detoxification.
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