July 30, 2015

Opiates: Addiction and Withdrawal

When we speak of opiates we usually refer this to drugs that are being abused by many and lead to addiction. But what really opiates are? How will this lead into addiction? What are the side effects of taking opiates? How can this be treated safely?

Opiates - Opium poppy on the field
Opium Poppy (Source)

What are opiates?
Opiates are group of naturally- occurring alkaloids found in the opium poppy, which where the name is derived. Majority of the alkaloids found in opium have effect on the central nervous system. Though there are other alkaloids, it has a very small or no effect on the person who ingest it. Psychoactive opiates includes like codeine, morphine and thebaine.

How will it lead to addiction and its side effects?
Opiates are legally used as pain killers. During treatment, patients might have the tendency to become resistant to opiates. This means that they need more and more dosage to feel the effect of the drug which will lead into addiction. The effects of opiates can be found in the picture below.

However, high amount of opiates may lead to cardiac or respiratory arrest and death.

If the patient is brought to immediately to the hospital, opiate overdose can be reversed by intravenous naltrexone.

How treat opiate addictions?
There are certain drugs that are used to treat opiate addiction like buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex), naltrexone (Revia) and the so-called “safer” option, the Methadone.

What is opiate withdrawal?
During detoxification process, patient will experience opiate withdrawal. It is the symptoms experienced by patients after stopping or significantly reducing the heavy and long exposure to opiate drugs. Symptoms are extremely uncomfortable but not life threatening if the patient is withdrawing from opiate only and not a combination of drugs.

Symptoms during opiate withdrawal are low energy, irritability, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, runny nose, teary eyes, hot and cold sweats, goose bumps, yawning, muscle aches and cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Can symptoms of opiate withdwal be reduced or eliminated?
Sunrise Nutraceuticals created a supplement, ELIMIDROL, that will solve the common side-effects of opiate withdrawal. It is formulated using combination of potent and effective ingredients that will reduce the discomfort during detox process. It is proven to be non-addictive, non habit forming, potent, soothing and highly effective detox-based solution.

ELIMIDROL gives 24-hour relief because it comes in a Daytime and Nighttime formulas. Aside from high rate of success, patients who used the supplement feel the comfort like positive mods, calmness, sustained energy, emotional stability, deep sleep that other supplements failed to give.

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