It’s important to take precautions when beginning a new prescription for any medication. Because they are potent and have the potential to lead to problems such as addiction, opiates should be approached with caution. Opiates such as Tramadol, Vicodin, Norco and OxyContin are generally used to treat pain. Some are meant to be taken over a short-term period while others have been approved for chronic pain. All prescriptions have an accompanying label and insert that spell out the specifics on how to take the medication and what should be avoided. It’s very important for patients to take opiates exactly as they’re prescribed so as to avoid serious health complications and development of a dependency.
Specific Precautions: Driving, Pregnancy and Possible Reactions
Opiates can affect response and reaction times so it’s advised that people avoid operating heavy machinery or driving until they know how they’ll respond to the medication. Women who become pregnant may be advised to avoid prescription painkillers because of possible complications. An individual patient should speak with her doctor to discuss whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Dangerous side effects can develop for patients who combine opiates with alcohol or other substances. Opiates are central nervous system depressants so taking them with other substances that have this effect can cause serious, even fatal, problems. In addition to alcohol, opiates should not be combined with other narcotics, tranquilizers and some sleeping medications. It’s important for patients to check their food and beverage labels to make sure alcohol is not an ingredient.
Allergic reaction is also possible with narcotic painkillers. Patients should not take them if they’ve had an allergic reaction to another opiate in the past.
The Waismann Method Promise: We Won’t Guilt You into Recovery
Patients should not stop taking opiates abruptly as withdrawal symptoms can develop soon after last use. These can be quite painful if not managed by a professional opiate addiction specialist. Opiates should only be used by those patients for whom they were prescribed. Misuse and abuse can lead quickly to addiction. The Waismann Method offers top notch opiate detox for those who’ve developed an addiction. It’s nothing to feel bad about. We know most people don’t intend to have this problem. For most people an addiction creeps up after regular use leads to the development of a tolerance. We never make you feel shameful about that.
Medically-Based Opiate Detox Takes Less Than Two Hours
We simply rid patients of opiates in a matter of hours without using potentially-addicting opiate replacements including Suboxone and methadone. Our pioneering procedure is performed in an accredited hospital where patients first undergo a battery of tests to check possible internal damage of organs or the gastrointestinal system. The procedure uses medications to cleanse opiates from patients’ opiate receptors and takes less than two hours. During this, the patient sleeps lightly under deep sedation and awakes without awareness of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred. Our total hospital stay is 2-4 days and we offer optional transitional living at our Domus Retreat.