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Opiate withdrawal

  • Alternative Names

    Withdrawal from opioids; Dopesickness


    Symptoms

    Early symptoms of withdrawal include:

    • Agitation
    • Anxiety
    • Muscle aches
    • Increased tearing
    • Insomnia
    • Runny nose
    • Sweating
    • Yawning

    Late symptoms of withdrawal include:

    • Abdominal cramping
    • Diarrhea
    • Dilated pupils
    • Goose bumps
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    Opioid withdrawal reactions are very uncomfortable but are not life threatening. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours of last heroin usage and within 30 hours of last methadone exposure.


    Signs and tests

    Your doctor can often diagnose opiate withdrawal after performing a physical exam and asking questions about your medical history and drug use.

    Urine or blood tests to screen for drugs can confirm opiate use.