Medications for OxyContin Detox & Withdrawal
It is important to know what options a person has when wanting to end addiction to an opioid medication like OxyContin. Medical detox and rehab can greatly benefit many individuals. This removes them from their environment and provides supervision to help them avoid the stress triggers that will cause them to relapse into their self-medicating or addictive behaviors.
Some medical professionals may prescribe medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine and methadone are examples of medications that can help alleviate OxyContin withdrawal symptoms. Alternatively, tapered doses may be given to wean the individual off OxyContin.
Another method used to ease the psychological withdrawal symptoms is to use psychiatric medications typically prescribed for depression or anxiety. Clonidine is commonly used and eases symptoms like cold or flu type symptoms, cramps and aches, sweating, anxiety and agitation.
Naloxone is being investigated for possible use as a treatment for OxyContin or opioid withdrawal. This medication is currently used by emergency personnel in many states to halt overdose symptoms long enough to get an individual to the hospital. Faster acting than other opioid medications, Naloxone binds to the opioid receptors in an individual’s brain, and is eliminated from the body faster than opioid medications. Research is still being done, however, to determine how Naloxone could be applied for addiction or withdrawal treatment.
During OxyContin detox and withdrawal, Milestone Detox can provide the most supportive and comprehensive medical environment needed during all stages of detox to ensure successful recovery. If you or a loved one need help, call one of our professional admissions team members for a free and confidential assessment.