Opioid Side Effects

Taking an opioid medication can cause any number of side effects to develop, some which can be uncomfortable. All prescription medications carry a warning on possible side effects, listed in an accompanying insert. Some side effects can develop immediately, upon first use. Some may be .

Opioids are most often prescribed for pain relief but have other purposes such as cough suppression. Each person’s experience with opioid side effects can be different. They can range from common to more serious and include sleeplessness and flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Opioids also have the distinction of being habit-forming if they’re used over an extended period. An opioid dependency can be physical or psychological in nature.

Some people use the prescription painkillers recreationally to experience a high or state of euphoria. In the last several years, opioids have become highly sought after on the black market.

Common Side Effects, Serious Side Effects and Allergic Reaction

Constipation, which can be severe, is a common problem for patients taking opioid painkillers. This can be problematic even for patients taking the drugs over the short term. Other side effects include;

  • Weakness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tingling or redness of the skin
  • Blurred vision.

Opioids should be taken exactly as prescribed to avoid serious effects. Altering the dose in any way can be dangerous. Taking opioids with alcohol can cause a dangerous reaction including slowed breathing and overdose. Drowsiness can be magnified by patients who take opioids with other narcotics, allergy medication, tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

An allergic reaction is also possible with opioids and signs include:

  • Rash
  • Wheezing
  • Difficult breathing
  • Closing of the throat
  • Hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.

Any of these serious side effects should prompt a visit to the emergency room.

Medical Detox for Opioid Addiction Takes Less than Two Hours

Regular use of opioids can lead to dependence and addiction, two serious side effects that bring with them a withdrawal phase that can be difficult to manage alone. Waismann Method’s opioid detox can rid you of your problem quickly and provide a safe, comfortable withdrawal that is managed to eliminate suffering.

Our renowned rapid detox program is well known in the field for its success rate in treating opioid addiction. Waismann Method has a premiere opioid treatment program administered in a fully-accredited hospital in Orange County, Ca., where patients are monitored around the clock.

They sleep comfortably under light, general deep sedation while medications cleanse the opioids from their receptors. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Once patients wake up, they are no longer physically dependent on opioids and are unaware of the withdrawal that occurred during the procedure.

Our patients can then choose to move onto our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Here, they can take advantage of therapeutic and spa-like services, continuing their recovery in a safe and supportive transitional environment.

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