Painkiller/opioid tapering involves gradually decreasing the dose of medication until it’s no longer used. Other medications — such as clonidine (Catapres), a drug mainly used for high blood pressure — can help manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine, buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone) or methadone may be used by doctors under specific, legally regulated and monitored conditions to ease symptoms of withdrawal from opioid painkillers. Drugs given by injection once a month by a health care provider may help people stay off opioids during their recovery. Examples include Vivitrol, a preparation of the drug naltrexone, or Sublocade, a preparation of the drug buprenorphine.
Prescription painkillers withdrawal symptoms:
- Abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sweating, chills, goosebumps
- Dilated pupils