What Medications are Used During Detox?
A few of the medications used during detox include:
- Clonidine: is an anti-anxiety medication and can handle a large number of withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, agitated leg symptoms, body aches, sweating, runny nose and eyes, and stomach cramping.
- Buprenorphine: is a is a receptor antagonist that acts on one or more of the opioid receptors. It gives milder euphoric outcomes and is less prone to be abused. The medication can help in reducing off a more potent opioid drug by reducing withdrawal symptoms and relieving cravings. Buprenorphine use can also benefit people to mitigate opioid abuse while in treatment.
- Methadone: Comparable to buprenorphine, can help a person reduce off heroin or other, more potent opioids. Managed during detox, it can cause withdrawal symptoms to feel milder. Methadone is sometimes used for long-term withdrawal.
- Naloxone: Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids, lessening symptoms of drowsiness, hindered or shallow breathing, preventing unconsciousness. It is used in emergency detox circumstances to reverse an overdose and to avoid death.