Many people are afraid of what is going to happen to them if they suddenly stop taking pain medications that contain hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine. Feeling sick and off balance when one suddenly stops using or doing something is not exclusive to the opioid medications, but opioid withdrawals are the most common form of withdrawal symptoms facing Americans today. Let’s answer some questions that might be on your mind.
What are withdrawals?
Withdrawal symptoms are what your body feels when something that is used or done is suddenly stopped. Your mind starts screaming, “Hey, what just happened here?! I was kind of used to that and I want it back!” This physical feeling can occur if you suddenly stop drinking coffee, stop exercising or stop taking pills. If you suddenly stop something, you might feel some withdrawal symptoms.
Will I feel withdrawals if I stop taking my pills?
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How long does withdrawal from Zoloft take, and are there any serious side effects that will damage the brain? As far as we know, SSRI withdrawal does not cause permanent damage. But it feels like a bad flu, so it's not fun. The withdrawal is based on two factors: the half-life of the drug and the "potency" of the drug. The short half-life drugs such as Paxil tend to produce worse withdrawal than longer half-life drugs, such as Prozac. Many psychiatrists take advantage of the long half-life of Prozac and prescribe a single dose to treat withdrawal from the other SSRIs. Importantly, there is cross-coverage from other drugs. Stopping Paxil cold will produce withdrawal, but switching Paxil to Zoloft, for example, should protect you from it. In addition, this withdrawal effect is (mostly) limited to serotonergic antidepressants. Wellbutrin is not expected to have this effect.
(This Question and Answer sheet was created with information provided by the Food and Drug Administration at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/vioxx/vioxxQA.htm ) Q: What is Vioxx? A: Vioxx is a COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used, primarily, for arthritis and acute pain relief. Vioxx is also related to over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Vioxx was available only by prescription. Q: What were the likely long-term health effects of taking Vioxx? A: Studies showed that Vioxx may cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Q: When was Vioxx withdrawn from the market? A: Merck & Co., the drug’s manufacturer, announced that it would voluntarily withdraw Vioxx from the worldwide market on Sept. 30, 2004. Q: Did the government ban Vioxx? A: No, Merck made the decision to withdraw the drug. Q: What evidence supported the withdrawal of Vioxx from the market? A: Merck’s based its decision to withdraw...
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