Avinza Withdrawal Medication and Treatment - Withdrawal
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Avinza Withdrawal Medication and Treatment

Avinza withdrawal may result in unpleasant side effects. Tapering the dose or using an opioid replacement medication may help alleviate symptoms.



Woman feeling pain from Avinza withdrawal

Avinza (morphine sulfate) is an opioid medication that is released slowly into the bloodstream to treat severe daily pain.1,2 The brand was recently discontinued, but other extended-release morphine medications are still available (MS Contin, Embeda, Kadian, Morphabond).

Use of Avinza or other morphine products can lead to physical dependence, in which the body begins becomes so accustomed to the presence of the drug that it may seem to function inadequately without it. Reducing the amount taken or stopping completely can lead to withdrawal symptoms.2

A number of medications and treatments are available to help people withdraw from Avinza and, later, to manage opioid dependence in the longer-term.  Detoxification is a good first step to recovering from an addiction to Avinza. But detox does not address the psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of addiction. It should be followed up with formal treatment to help prevent relapse.3

Treatment for Avinza withdrawal might include the use of methadone or Suboxone, and it can take place in a number of different settings that may or may not require the person to live at the treatment facility.

Detoxing cold turkey from Avinza is not recommended and can lead to dehydration, relapse, and overdose.

If you need help finding an Avinza withdrawal treatment or addiction program near you, contact one of our recovery support specialists today at .


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Treatment Options

Treatment programs can help ease you through withdrawal from Avinza. Many people use a combination of treatment types for best results. These treatments can include:

  • Detox centers: Staff provide around-the-clock medical supervision and monitoring to ensure the safety and comfort of the person in withdrawal. Although detox facilities can help individuals navigate the often difficult Avinza withdrawal period, it is essential that they continue recovery with another form of treatment. Detox centers specialize in managing the withdrawal process. They do not always address the underlying issues contributing to or caused by addiction.3
  • Inpatient treatment facilities: People reside in an inpatient treatment center for a period of 30 days or longer, as needed. They receive Avinza withdrawal help to manage the detox process, followed by intensive group and individual therapy as well as medical and mental health care, if needed.
  • Outpatient treatment facilities: In an outpatient treatment facility, people receive treatment for a few hours each week, provided in group and individual sessions, as well as detoxification services by a licensed physician. People in these programs can still participate in work, school, and family responsibilities.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment: This treatment is more intensive than traditional outpatient services. People attend group sessions several times a week and are monitored by a medical professional during Avinza withdrawal. Recovering users receive a higher level of care without having to reside at a facility or miss an extended period of time from their daily routine.
  • Partial hospitalization programs: These programs provide the intensive daily groups, medical care, and individual treatment sessions you would find in an inpatient facility, but people return home each night. The programs take up a majority of the day and meet several days per week.
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Withdrawal Medications

Several medications can be used for Avinza withdrawal treatment. A licensed medical professional will work with you to determine which medication will help you most effectively.

Below are some of the most common types of Avinza withdrawal medications.

Hand with methadone for Avinza withdrawal

  • Methadone is an opioid medication that can decrease symptoms of withdrawal and reduce the discomfort and cravings associated with detoxification from other opioids such as Avinza.3,4 If the person adheres to an oral prescription regimen, methadone can effectively block the effects of any other opioid drugs (such as morphine or heroin), preventing individuals from getting high through additional opioid use.3 Methadone can be used short-term in tapered doses to stabilize people in detox and ease them through the withdrawal process, or it can be used long-term, to manage cravings and prevent relapse.4 Research shows that methadone treatment is most effective when combined with individual or group counseling.3
  • Buprenorphine is another type of opioid medication that can ease or prevent withdrawal symptoms with decreased risk of the rewarding highs associated with abused opioids.3 It is generally used to assist those going through the withdrawal period, but it can also be used long term to help people remain abstinent from other opioids.
  • Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a combination medication that provides relief from withdrawal symptoms and cravings while blocking the effects of opioids, providing a deterrent to continued abuse.3, 4 This medication can be used to shorten the withdrawal process and greatly reduce discomfort or to prevent relapse and cravings over the long term.4

Other medications that can help relieve specific symptoms include:

  • Clonidine can help to relieve some of the physical and psychological symptoms of Avinza withdrawal, such as muscle aches and cramps, sweating, runny nose, anxiety, and agitation.4
  • Zofran (ondansetron), a drug used to prevent nausea and vomiting, has been shown to improve opioid withdrawal symptoms in some studies. 6,7,8 More research is needed to determine if this is an effective treatment for opioid withdrawal.
  • Imodium is an over-the-counter medication that can reduce diarrhea caused by opioid withdrawal.
  • Baclofen is another prescription medication that may help ease the physical and psychological symptoms of Avinza withdrawal.5

If you or a loved one needs help finding an Avinza detox center, please call our helpline today at 1-888-935-1318. Rehab support specialists can help you identify your needs and guide you to the best detox facility.

Tapering Off Avinza

Withdrawal Treatment

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Drug withdrawal treatment, which prevents symptoms caused by abrupt withdrawal of substances to which patients are physically addicted, is the first phase of substance abuse rehabilitation treatment.

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Another way to stop using Avinza is to slowly taper off the medication under the supervision of a doctor. A taper can minimize withdrawal symptoms and help the person focus on addiction treatment.

The dose is usually lowered every 2–4 days as needed to prevent withdrawal in those who are physically dependent on Avinza. But it is important to do this in conjunction with your doctor.1

The speed and amount at which the medication should be tapered is determined by a number of factors, including the dose taken, the length of use, and individual withdrawal responses.

Detoxing Cold Turkey at Home

Overdose can be fatal.

Opioid detox is not generally life-threatening. But detoxing cold turkey without professional assistance can be risky for several reasons.

  • Relapse. Painful withdrawal symptoms and overwhelming cravings paired with an unsupervised environment can greatly increase the risk of relapse.
  • Overdose. Overdose is common in people who have recently withdrawn from opioids because their tolerance is drastically reduced. Overdose can be fatal. 4
  • Dehydration and aspiration. Other risks include dehydration from vomiting and/or diarrhea, as well as aspiration, which is when stomach contents (e.g. vomit, gastric juices, saliva) are unintentionally inhaled into the lungs, causing infection.4
  • Depression. Depressed mood is another common symptom of withdrawal, and any underlying medical or mental health conditions can worsen during the detox process.

Even though it is possible to detox at home, seeking assistance from a treatment program can make the process much easier. Staff can monitor and treat symptoms of withdrawal, medical conditions, or any mental health issues.

For more information on Avinza withdrawal treatment, please call our confidential helpline today at 1-888-935-1318. Rehab support specialists can discuss your options and help you find the detox program that will help you reclaim your life.

Read next: Avinza Withdrawal Symptoms, Timeline, and Effects



Sources

[1]. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2012). Highlights of Prescribing Information.

[2]. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016). Avinza – morphine sulfate capsule, extended release.

[3]. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third edition).

[4]. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016). Opiate and opioid withdrawal.

[5]. Ahmadi-Abhari, S.A., Akhondzadeh, S., Assadi, S.M., Shabestari, O.L., Farzanehgan, Z.M., & Kamlipour, A. (2001). Baclofen versus clonidine in the treatment of opiates withdrawal, side-effects aspect: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 26, 67-71.

[6]. Noor, N, et al. (2010). Effects of ondansetron on opioid withdrawal symptoms. The Journal of Pain 11(4):S53.

[7]. Wakim, J. (2012). Alleviating Symptoms of Withdrawal from an Opioid. Pain and Therapy 1(1):4.

[8]. Weaver, J. (2009). Drug identified to treat opioid addiction. Stanford Report.

 



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