The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that more 115 people die daily from drug overdoses. There are a lot of lawsuits against opioid manufacturing companies and distributors as a result of the overdoses. We need to create more medications to help relieve those suffering from withdrawal symptoms. These medications can help people have a successful recovery.
Why Do Relapses Happen During Withdrawal?
More relapses are happening because when a drug addict is suffering from withdrawal, the symptoms can be so uncomfortable that you crave for more drugs to rid those symptoms. The symptoms can be experiencing stomach cramps, muscle aches, spasms, pounding heart, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, agitation, and insomnia. There are medications to help with withdrawal symptoms like Buprenorphine, but there are addictive side effects with that medication. Most patients manage their withdrawal symptoms by slowing weaning away from the dose to give the body a chance to adjust. We can manage withdrawal by substituting another opioid medication as well as the transition to maintenance therapy with FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment. There are also over-the-counter medications for upset stomach and aches or other treatments prescribed by their health care provider.
How Does Lucemyra Help With Withdrawal?
The FDA recently approved Lucemyra, which has helped treat opioid withdrawal in the U.K. for more than twenty years. Originally intended to be for hypertension, Lucemyra can reduce the release of norepinephrine, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure. It is important to note that while this helps treat withdrawal symptoms, this medication does not act as the cure for addiction and should still do other treatment methods to follow.
Clinical trials have occurred with 866 adults that have opioid dependence. Participants were to rate their withdrawal symptom severity on a scale of one to thirty, with thirty being the most severe. The researchers found that participants with this medication experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms compared to those who blindly took placebos. They were more likely to complete their treatment, which lasted fourteen days. The side effects of Lucemyra are low blood sugar, slow heart rate, sleepiness, sedation, and dizziness. The FDA wants there to be fifteen more studies for children under age seventeen and for the treatment effects to last longer than fourteen days. Lucemyra should be available during the summer sold by U.S. WorldMeds. More medications need to be available to treat withdrawal symptoms to decrease the risk of overdosing and increase the risk of recovery.
Why Choose Bayview Recovery?
At Bayview Recovery Center, we are proud to offer medication-assisted treatment, in partnership with a variety of addiction treatment services. We treat several substance abuse disorders, including:
- Heroin addiction
- Opioid addiction
- Opiate addiction
- Alcohol addiction
- Meth addiction
You can find our facility in Tacoma, Washington, and our mission is to offer clinically-driven programs and services. In addition to treating substance abuse disorders, we also treat anxiety and depression. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, yoga therapy, and more, we work with you for a successful recovery. For more information, please call us at 855.478.3650. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We eagerly await your call.