NEW MEDICATION CAN HELP WITH OPIOID WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
- August 10, 2018
Opioid withdrawal is a process that should not be taken lightly. The symptoms that result from discontinuing the use of opioids are very serious. People often experience symptoms such as insomnia, dilated pupils, aching muscles, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and more. When people experience these symptoms in their most severe stages, they can become life-threatening. This is why it is essential to never try to endure the symptoms of opioid withdrawal on your own.
In May 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to help those going through opioid withdrawal. The drug is called Lofexidine. While taking this medicine during the time they are enduring symptoms of opioid withdrawal, the drug should work to ease the life-threatening symptoms that they are experiencing.
The thinking behind the approval of this drug comes from the difficulties that people face when they are trying to kick an opioid habit. The distressing symptoms that come with opioid withdrawal can be difficult for many patients to overcome. If more people can overcome the symptoms of withdrawal through using drugs like Lofexidine, it may help people be more successful in their recovery efforts.
The development of this drug was partly due to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The organization, which is devoted to improving public health through researching drug use and utilizing their findings, has been working to develop Lofexidine for several years. The organization partnered with US World Meds to create this drug to address the issues that come with opioid withdrawal. The research and development of this drug fit in perfectly with the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s mission.
Down the road, the drug may not be used only for opioid withdrawal symptoms. It could also be implemented in several other ways. Eventually, Lofexidine could be used to treat symptoms of addictions to other types of drugs.
Just because there are now drugs that exist to aid individuals in their withdrawal from opioids, that does not mean that anyone should endure this process on their own. At Asana Recovery, we understand how hard it is to go through opioid withdrawal. We understand that the painful flu-like symptoms can feel like they are too much to handle and can make the start of your journey to recovery even more difficult. However, we can help you through this process and help you succeed throughout the entire process of recovering from addiction.
At Asana Recovery, we offer a supervised detoxification program to help you manage the difficulties of withdrawal. We also offer residential treatment programs in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment that will help you to be successful in staying on the path to recovery. Do not wait one more day to start getting help for your drug or alcohol addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to talk to us about our comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment programs. We are available any time of the day to talk to you about your next steps.