Lopermide HCL - This is imodium, but buying the generic lopermide HCL tablets is the same thing and will save you a few bucks. This is the only medicine you want to use for opiate withdrawal diarrhea.
It acts as a mu-opioid receptor agonist in the myenteric plexus of the large intestine, though it does not affect the central nervous system. So basically, what you get is a medicine that acts like an opiate in your stomach, eliminating diarrhea during withdrawal, which doesn’t get you high.It also helps with overall malaise in quad doses. If you take this in high doses, buy a simple stool softener to take with meals....better safe than sorry. Take a few.
Clonidine - This is a blood-pressure medication that helps with the goosebumps and chills associated with opiate withdrawal. It can definitely take the edge off, and many people have used it to minimize their symptoms. This can also be habit forming, and if used should only be taken for a short period of time, two weeks maximum. Patches and pills are fine. If BP gets over 150/110, detox centers gladly give it...ask your dr and educate yourself on using a battery powered BP cuff at home. Clonidine is THE stalwart med....it can be taken on top of many other BP meds...check that out before you need it.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs - NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are pain-relievers that can help with muscle soreness from opiate withdrawal. They should be taken as prescribed due to being potentially harmful on the liver when the daily maximum dose is exceeded. They can definitely help ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Muscle Relaxers - some are sedating and some are not. Detox centers like baclofen, robaxin, and Flexiril. They are good for restless arms and legs, painful legs, & muscle spasms. They will help you sleep and are not as addicting as benzos.
Benzodiazepines - These are anti-anxiety medications such as: valium, xanax, ativan and klonopin. They are the absolute best opiate withdrawal remedies. Having 10 days worth of these definitely helps you relax and sleep better. Though they are not pain-killers, they have mild muscle relaxing properties.Be aware they are HIGHLY ADDICTING. In Detox facilities they will often use benzodiazepines in combination with clonidine for severe opiate withdrawal.
Sleep aids - Ambien and lunesta aren't well recommended for detox. Trazadone and doxipine are used frequently. But, when all else fails and the hammer needs to fall, Thorazine OR a high dose of Xanax OR a Seroquil might do it. Be very careful with these drugs.
All of these drugs....it is imperative that you know when and how much you are taking. Please keep a record of everything with times and doses.
10 yrs on methadone
Meth free 10/08
Back surgery 5/12/14
Knee surgery 9/19/14
Oxy free 12/06/14
2017 taper in progress