The prescription pill crisis in American is out of control, but not all pills are alike.
Knowing how to get off pills means understanding what exactly you’re taking, and what to expect when you quit.
Here’s a full guide to what to expect from detox.
Adderall: Adderall abuse has skyrocketed in recent years. An amphetamine intended to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, it’s highly addictive and misusing it is very dangerous. It’s generally not recommended to attempt detox on your own, due to the severity of symptoms that may result: from anxiety and suicidal thoughts to insomnia, headaches, and more.
Benzos: Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a psychoactive drug used to treat anxiety disorder. Often called “alcohol in a pill,” the symptoms of benzo detox are similar to alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Codeine: Codeine is a highly addictive opiate often used to treat moderate pain and respiratory issues. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are notoriously brutal [link to blog post].
Dilaudid: A semisynthetic form of morphine, dilaudid is technically an opioid, used to treat moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms are similar to opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Ecstasy: Technically known as MDMA, this synthetic drug alters mood perception, inducing a sense of euphoria. Ecstasy detox causes withdrawal symptoms like irritability, aggression, depression, anxiety, and memory problems.
Fentanyl: Although most often found in powder form, fentanyl is increasingly laced in other opioid pills. Nearly 100 times stronger than morphine, fentanyl is highly dangerous and addictive. Detoxing from it will cause symptoms similar to heroin withdrawal.
Gabapentin: The antipsychotic Gabapentin is what’s known as a “booster” drug. It’s not a controlled substance, but when taken with muscle relaxants or opioids it can create an effect similar to that of marijuana. Common symptoms of Gabapentin withdrawal include sweating, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, muscle spasms, and stomach pain. You may even experience seizures and suicidal thoughts.
Heroin Pills: Yes, heroin pills are now a thing. Also known as “Mexican Oxy,” these pills are made to look like OxyContin, but are often laced with heroin or Fentanyl. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are described here.
Invega: Invega is a psychoactive drug with withdrawal symptoms similar to Gabapentin.
Jurnista: This long-lasting opioid pill can create intense withdrawal symptoms, like other opioids.
Ketamine: Detoxing the anesthetic Ketamine can cause paranoia, depression, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing.
Lithium: This mood stabilizer is actually often used to help ease withdrawal symptoms. But if you’ve been abusing it, detox may cause anxiety, mania, headaches, and suicidal thoughts.
Molly: Another name for ecstasy, molly causes a variety of detox symptoms listed above.
Norco: A combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Norco is associated with detox symptoms similar to opiates.
Opioids: Opioids are drugs that work on the brain’s opioid receptors. (As compared to opiates, which are actually derived from opium itself.) Opioid detox withdrawal symptoms are similar to opiate detox withdrawal symptoms.
PCP: Also known as angel dust, PCP can be snorted, smoked, or taken in pill form. Withdrawal often doesn’t begin for several days because of how long it stays in your body, but then it causes symptoms like irritability, muscle pain, hallucinations, and even seizure.
Quetiapine: Like Gabapentin, Quetiapine is an antipsychotic for mood disorders that causes hypnosis or euphoria, and is used often with other drugs like cocaine as a “booster.” Detoxing from it carries a risk of coma, seizure and death.
Ralivia: This tramadol-based opioid causes withdrawal symptoms similar to other pills in this class.
Seroquel: Seroquel is the brand name for quetiapine, above.
Tramadol: Tramadol is an opioid that causes withdrawal symptoms similar to other drugs in its class: diarrhea, muscle pain, anxiety, cramping, fast heart rate, tremors, and more.
Ultracet: This opioid is a combination product containing Tramadol and aspirin. Detoxing from it causes withdrawal symptoms similar to Tramadol.
Valium: This benzodiazepine (benzo) causes symptoms like those described above.
Wellbutrin: An antidepressant, Wellbutrin can be abused by crushing and snorting the pills, which causes a stimulant-like high. Detox causes mild withdrawal symptoms, including agitation, aggression and cravings.
Xanax: Xanax is an anti-anxiety benzodiazepine, causing symptoms like those described above.
Yohimbine (YoYo): This street drug was originally used to treat erectile dysfunction, but is now used as a stimulant. Studies have shown it causes withdrawal symptoms similar to opioids.
Zytram: Zytram is another name for Tramadol, and causes the symptoms described above.
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