Codeine Addiction and Sedation Detoxification

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Codeine RAPID DETOX UNDER SEDATION

Patients wanting to be opiate free reach out to us. We detox all opiates, rather than substituting one opiate with another opiate.
Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on the opiate codeine. Rapid opiate detox consists of sedating the patient and removing codeine from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period. Once the withdrawals are over, and the brain receptors are free of the opiate codeine, a blocker is placed to prevent any opiates from getting back into the brain receptor.

The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is an implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately two months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts approximately 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily). Another reason our physicians prefer the implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered.

It is recommended to remain on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse. Our success rate is near 100% for helping patients detox off opiates without the excruciating pain and discomfort of the withdrawals. Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.

Codeine DETAILS

Codeine is an opiate used to treat mild to moderate pain as well as an antitussive to treat a cough. Codeine is commonly prescribed for pain in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol#3, Tylenol#4) or NSAID, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen (Motrin). It is taken by mouth.

Codeine is broken down into Morphine by the liver. It typically starts working after half an hour with maximum effect at about two hours. The total duration of its effects last four to six hours.

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Codeine SIDE EFFECTS

Common side effects include constipation, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.
Serious side effects may include difficulty breathing and respiratory depression.

Codeine WITHDRAWALS

Physical symptoms of Codeine withdrawal are very intense the first few days and peak during the first four days. The withdrawals experienced include diarrhea, headaches, insomnia, muscle aches, nausea, restless legs, sweating, and vomiting.

Codeine OVERDOSE

Symptoms of overdose include mental status changes such as fatigue, drowsiness, and confusion, cold and clammy skin, dizziness and lightheadedness, slow and labored breathing to not breathing at all, bluish fingertips and lips, weak pulse, unresponsiveness, coma or death.

Codeine ABUSE

Improper use and abuse of codeine can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction. Codeine and codeine containing medicines can be habit-forming, causing not only physical but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals (vomiting) may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.
Using opiates for an extended period can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired result is pain control or euphoria. Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals.

Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the codeine. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Codeine physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the codeine opiate user.

Improper use and abuse of Codeine can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

Opiates can be habit forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long term use.

Using opiates for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.

Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Codeine. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Codeine physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Codeine opiate user.

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