How to use clonidine for opiate withdrawal

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Ive always liked to use clonidine when I was detoxing, it did help relax me and lessen some of jittery,nervous energy. Hopefully the clonidine helps ease some of the symptoms, I would also get some immodium, some short of short term sleeping aid and lots of fluids. The vitamins and amino acids can really help with getting some energy, but thats all up to you. I wish you the best of luck, you can do this!
You really need a positive outlook on the whole situation and know that if you can just hold on for a full week, your life will start returning to how you USE to feel when you were DRUG FREE, and believe me I was sober for 2 full months before I relapsed and got back into drugs, heroin this time, and IT WAS THE BEST 2 MONTHS OF MY LIFE! I gained 22 pounds working out everyday and I was eating like I was 15 and on the football team again, like a pig it was awesome.
anyone have any info on using Clonidine .1 mg for opiate withdrawal systems? Suppose to be a high blood pressure medication, but says it can be used for withdrawal systems too? wondering if it really works?
Hydrocodone is pretty much my pill of choice, mainly because I have access to 240 10's a month at cost. Its funny how having this supply makes me use less. I like to stop for a few weeks or evrn months at a time. W/D's are always tough. Colonidine is also something that I have access to. As far as it helping with W/D. It really does help, mind you this does not get you high.
Clonidine, when used for opiate WD, should be used for just that.....withdrawal. You really will feel bad if you take it and the pills too. I think that you could just have some generalized anxiety though? I have taken clonidine a lot, and I have never had it cause me any anxiety. When taken during WD, it's the opposite. It should calm you. Only you are not taking it during Wd, right? When your pills run out, you should look up or ask how to take it then. And.....
I looked it up beforehand and found out that you can take up to 1.4 mg per day for opiate withdrawal, so I did some research. Once when I was withdrawing from junk they gave me one of those patches at the hospital and it did nothing, but they were retarded. I'd say .6mg/per day is a good starting point for any serious withdrawal. That's what the nurse practitioner who had experience with drug abusers prescribed me.
Can anyone tell me how to use my clonidine that my mother gave me. I am cutting down from a lortab 7.5 habit of around 6-7 day, sometimes 10 or 12. I feel awful and I have to work. I am getting off this silly merry-go-round. I know the fall will hurt, but I have read that Clonidine will help me a lot. Keep in mind I cannot miss work. I have to tough this out. I will not be cold turkey. I will still be taking around 1.5 pills a day as that is all I have left.
Do you have a blood pressure cuff you can use to see how you are doing? Let us know how you are doing. I am doing a taper. I started at 100mg a day and I am now down to 65mg a day and I will lower another 5mg on Thursday!
without a doubt the best treatment for any opiate addiction is getting yourself on a list to get into suboxone treatment....NO METHADONE!!!!!!...suboxone treatment is hard to get into, and without script coverage ( insurance ) can also be very expensive!!! only certian certified detox docs can prescribe this drug, and due to the large amount of money that methadone manufacturers pour into the federal government, these docs are only allowed to take on thirty patients at a time.....
I recently went into a detox unit to withdraw from methadone. I found that even though they used subutex for about 7 to 10 days to try & speed up the process the 2 weeks I was there simply weren't enough to even get me through the worst of it.(by the way I got down to 30mg before jumping off, was on methadone about 3 years this time).Been home for about 2 weeks but find I can still only cope with symptoms with 3 or 4 30mg codeine doses per day half a xanax in the morning & 1 for bed.
This simple method will alleviate what is for many the worst opiate WD symptom. Use the Imodium aggressively to stop the runs. Take as much as you need, as often as you need it. Don't take it, however, if you don't need it. At the end of the fourth day, you should be waking up from the Valium and experiencing the beginnings of the opiate WD malaise. Upon rising (empty stomach), take the L-Tyrosine. Try 2000 mgs, and scale up or down, depending on how you feel. You can take up to 4,000 mgs.
I'm on OxyContin and I swear those few days are absolute hell, withdrawal from that has got to be the most miserable thing I've EVER experienced. I'm trying to build my hours back up to take a FMLA leave for surgery and if I didn't have the medication I don't think I could even make it through the whole shift but I don't like the person it has made me. I feel like the medications are controlling my life and I'm actually going to try some alternative meds/therapy until surgery.
I don't go to church like I should, but at the start of the day I pray to God for him to remove the desire to drink or use just for today. Take it 24 hours at a time and try not look to far ahead. Things will slowly get better for you, so eat right, exercise, and keep your mind busy. Hang in there. You can do it!
I want to get off the subs one of these days soon. I know its going to be hard. I was just looking for some good pointers on how to do this. I wish everyone the best of luck who is going this!
so I would say it's worth a shot (start at 0.1 mg) to see how you react to it as it is a fairly harmless medication and its potential for positive effects is high. There is not currently many comprehensive studies about most of these treatments, so it's really sort of a trial and error process. Very interesting though, and ppl should continue to post their results in forums like this one to assist in the collection of information.
My son takes it with adderall for his adhd so I am very educated on what it is and how to use it. I am on nadol and its a bp med used for migraine headaches as a betablocker.
I'm not against beneficial medicines, when needed, but relying on them only lengthens the cravings and obsession for more pills. Think about it, pill poppers pop pills. Pill poppers in withdrawal pop pills to feel better, but pill popper only thinks about popping more pills because he is constantly popping other pills to free him from his pill popping addiction.
This means you would have to plan to get high. This can be enough time to gain control of your urge to use spontaneously. I know from my Opiate use, I cannot stay off them long term without working a 12 step program. For me I usually do AA meetings and sometimes NA. AA is the but I seem to fit in better with the AA group in my area. I have to do 1-2 meetings a day and I have been off them for 10 months. At first I needed 3 meetings a day.
I'm still only getting an hour, maybe two of sleep if i'm lucky. The clonidine seems to only help for a few hours. At this stage the clonidine shouldn't even be needed. I've never used clonidine this long so i'm a little confused, not sure how to take this. Vic, glad to hear you got yourself a year. It's a beast getting through the methadone. I hate it and i'm done.
My Dr suggested this years ago and I followed his orders. He told me not to use for 48-72 hours straight and after than, I was directed to take one pill twice a day for 7 days. We agreed that my boyfriend would hold the medication and give me each dose. It helped a ton!!!! I was in shock! Of course I wasn't 100% but when you go through 72 hours with nothing, you'd be surprised at how much one pill can help with subsiding withdraws.
Never more than 3 ( In my mind it made it less of a problem) 10 years later and I have taken breaks for period of time but still use constantly. I made the decision last week to taper and stop. I am at the end of my first 36 hrs. without. I feel like hell and would appreciate any advice or help out there. Thank you.
Have any of you been through this and made the decision for whatever reason to not tell ur spouce? I could use some advice I know ice been selfish long enough I just don't wanna make his life harder with my stress .
I assure you that you will be wasting your money and that whatever money you do spend could be put to better use for your effort. Puridone products are just another name for white knuckling a very painful, depressing, scary, and potentially dangerous withdrawal. Yes dangerous...severe blood pressure spikes, severe fast onset depression, irrational thinking, dehydration from diarrhea, confusion, protracted insomnia, and on and on.
So I know this has to be hard for everyone on here. Let me know how things are going for you and your husband - stay strong!!
I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro? From what I've read gabapentin works like a neurotransmitter reuptake accelerator/inhibitor and needs to build up in the system for a few days before it works to its full potential.
It's pretty standard protocol to give someone the clonidine patch for narcotic withdrawal to reduce the anxiety. At first, I had 2 patches .. however, my blood pressure dropped too much; I couldn't even get up..do anything but sleep; they then took off one of the patches. I'm still feeling a bit like a zombie - but I'd rather feel that than the intense anxiety that comes with withdrawal.
i got a script for clonidine when i was going through the withdrawals too- to be honest I didnt really feel like it did much aside from making me pass out- so if you have no sleeping meds then this will be good- it lowered my blood pressure significantly. good luck (sometimes it is mind over matter ya know?
Rach..200mg a day is pretty high, and you're gonna feel it for a few days. The clonidine will help. I am posting some info for you about going cold turkey. I don't post it much because it's so long...but, I think it may help you. read it, and if you have additional questions let me know. This is a work in progress...something I've been working on off and on for the last couple of weeks. It's not considered complete, but has lots of info from lots of sources.
I've read different levels from mild to severe withdrawals based on time of use and amount of use. Does weaning take me down to mild use? And mild withdrawals? If I say get down to 10 mg day then .5 mg for a week? Does this Clonidine really work? All I can think of this morning is I'm only taking three 10 s and I'm scared. First time drug use, first time TRYING to wean. But does weaning take me to a different level of withdrawals? I read so much about it and found under 40 mg is mild use...
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