Serious Symptoms of Withdrawal from Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Health

While prescription opioid-based pain medications can effectively treat severe pain, there is a risk for addiction. Opioid withdrawal can cause serious and even life-threatening symptoms, and because of this, you should consider Suboxone treatment centers in Denver to help you beat your addiction to narcotic pain medications.

Here are some serious symptoms of opioid withdrawal that can be prevented or significantly reduced when you seek help from a treatment center:

Early Withdrawal Symptoms

During the early stages of your opioid withdrawal, your symptoms may be severe but still tolerable. They may include anxiety, shaking, irritability, and muscle pain. You may also experience muscle and joint pain, sleepiness, insomnia, and profuse sweating.

It can take up to a day or more before your withdrawal symptoms start. However, the timing of your symptoms typically depends on which type of opiate you are addicted to and how long you have been addicted. During the early withdrawal stage, you may believe that you can “push through” your symptoms, but over time you could find you are unable to cope on your own without professional help.

Late Stage Withdrawal Symptoms

It may take a few days or longer after you have stopped taking the narcotic for late-stage symptoms to begin. During this time, your early-stage symptoms may worsen and you may start to develop new symptoms, including chills, severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and crashing fatigue.

In addition, you may develop a fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, jaw pain, and blurred vision. Withdrawal symptoms may become so severe that your blood pressure may spike to dangerous heights and you may also develop cardiac arrhythmias. You will need emergency medical treatment to help prevent a life-threatening cardiovascular event and to prevent shock.

If you need more information on safe withdrawal from opioid-based medications,

contact us today at Suboxone treatment centers in Denver.

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