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Overcoming methadone withdrawal
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travytrav posted:
Over the course of the past few years, I have used heavily in regards to various opiates. About a year ago, I got myself into a clinic, and went from 80mg a day down 10 a day pretty quick. I now take 5 mgs a day, but am so sick of what this has done to my life.

So my question is, are there any recommendation's on how to lessen the anxiety and general withdrawal symptoms?

Please no responses that are rude? I am looking for an over the counter remedy, vitamins, anything!
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James Golden, MD responded:
You are not alone, believe me. Getting off opiates is a real struggle for most, and the reason is exactly what you described about your situation.

Long term opiate use changes the chemistry of the brain, so initially getting off of them can cause great anxiety and discomfort. The only real remedy is to get off of them and stay off of them.

Eventually your brain will heal and your discomfort will ease. Seeing your physician to help you is a good idea. I wish I could give you a 'quick-fix' remedy for this but there really is no effective over-the-counter product that can take care of it.

Good luck.


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