- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Oxycodone
Dazidox contains the powerful opioid, oxycodone. Physicians prescribe Dazidox to relieve moderate to severe pain. Aside from relieving pain, the oxycodone in Dazidox calms anxiety, causes sedation and produces a pleasant euphoric feeling. Oxycodone is widely used in the United States - in 2010, U.S. pharmacies filled more than 58 million prescriptions for oxycodone.
While most patients use Dazidox as directed, millions of individuals use Dazidox and other opioids for non-medical reasons, either to get high or to treat a condition other than the one doctor had intended to treat. According to 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 15 million Americans had used oxycodone for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetimes.
Widespread use and abuse of Dazidox and other oxycodone products has produced serious social health and justice issues. Emergency room visits for problems involving oxycodone more than doubled in the four years between 2004 and 2005. The DEA says oxycodone was “the most frequently encountered pharmaceutical drug by law enforcement” in 2009.
Anyone who uses Dazidox regularly for more than a few weeks can become physically dependent on opioids, whether he uses Dazidox to relieve chronic pain or to get high. According to the Institute of Addiction Medicine, almost 2 million Americans are physically dependent on opioids such as oxycodone. The opioid-dependent body becomes accustomed to a certain level of oxycodone to feel “normal.” When oxycodone levels fall radically, the body struggles to regain chemical stability. Doctors refer to this as detoxification. Dazidox detoxification causes flu-like withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxification can also refer to the process of lowering opioid levels and addressing the ensuing withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is an essential part of treatment for dependence on Dazidox, especially when paired with rehabilitation including behavior modification to help the patient learn to live without Dazidox. Detoxification encourages the patient to fully participate in and complete treatment. Dazidox detoxification promotes abstinence and reduces drug use; it decreases the number of relapses and reduces the severity of drug use when these relapses do occur.
Detoxification improves the patient’s physical health and his cognitive function, enabling him to make clear decisions about his drug use. Detoxification bolsters the patient’s psychological well-being, his capacity to work and his ability to take care of his personal obligations.
Types of Detox
More than 23 million Americans needed treatment for alcohol and drug abuse problems in 2010. Of those who needed treatment, only about 11 percent received it at a specialty facility staffed with workers who receive advanced training in detoxification procedures. The rest went to local hospitals or mental health institutions without specially trained staff, or tried to stop using Dazidox alone.
Dependence on opioids affects each person differently, so no single treatment approach is right for everyone. Many people try different types of Dazidox detoxification, including self-detoxification, using homemade remedies, outpatient care and inpatient detoxification. Many have found safe and effective relief from rapid detox procedures. These are all viable choices; treatment choice depends heavily on the patient’s personal needs.
Many people attempt Dazidox detoxification at home, without the aid of drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms or professional monitoring to reduce the risk for dangerous complications.
“Quitting cold turkey” is probably the oldest form of self-detoxification. When someone quits cold turkey, he stops using Dazidox abruptly in hopes of enduring withdrawal symptoms long enough to complete the detoxification process. The phrase “cold turkey” refers to the skin’s appearance during Dazidox detoxification: pale, cold and clammy with goose bumps, resembling frozen poultry.
Many people use natural remedies and alternative therapies to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with Dazidox detoxification, using acupuncture, meditation, yoga and massage. Others use a nutritional approach, restricting their diets to include only certain herbs, vegetables, fruits, soups or juices. These individuals might use ginger or peppermint to relieve nausea, for example, or consume chamomile or cayenne to slow diarrhea.
Some people use modern medicines to ease the symptoms of Dazidox detoxification. One well-known remedy is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for benzodiazepine drugs to calm anxiety and promote sleep. Valium, Librium, Ativan and Xanax are benzodiazepines. The Thomas Recipe suggests Imodium for diarrhea, vitamin B6 and supplements for muscle aches and L-Tyrosine for a burst of energy.
Most patients benefit from medical Dazidox detoxification that incorporates proven medications, professional guidance and patient monitoring services. These procedures frequently include drugs to maintain a drug habit, initiate detoxification, reduce withdrawal symptoms, decrease the incidence and severity of complications and stabilize the patient’s condition.
Many patients respond to outpatient care, especially those who have been dependent on Dazidox for longer than a year and who require little supervision. Outpatient care does not typically include Dazidox detoxification - outpatient facilities usually provide drug maintenance plans that allow patients to engage in meaningful rehabilitation before attempting Dazidox detoxification.
Outpatient care usually includes drug replacement therapy, or DRT. Replacement drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are weak opioids that work in a similarly to Dazidox. Because they are weak opioids, replacement drugs prevent withdrawal symptoms but do not get the patient high.
Outpatient care does not normally bring the individual to an opioid-free state - he is still opioid-dependent and will suffer withdrawal symptoms if he quits treatment. Once the individual acquires the skills to live drug-free, he weans himself from the replacement drug by taking smaller doses.
The FDA approved methadone for use in the treatment of opioid dependence in 1972. Today, around 100,000 Americans participate in a methadone maintenance program. These patients come to authorized outpatient clinics to drink a beverage containing methadone. The effects of methadone last for 24 to 36 hours.
The FDA has allowed physicians to write prescriptions for buprenorphine since 2002. According to these early rules, patients had to be in treatment for a year before being trusted with a one-week supply. In January of 2013, new rules laid out by the Department of Health and Human Services eased restrictions even more to allow new patients to take home enough buprenorphine to last a week or more.
The typical prescription calls for buprenorphine three times per week. The patient places the buprenorphine tablet under his tongue and allows it to dissolve.
Treatment with buprenorphine is more flexible than using methadone, freeing patients from regular visits to the methadone clinic. Buprenorphine allows patients to travel and engage in other normal activities. Additionally, filling a buprenorphine prescription is also discrete compared with going to a methadone clinic. This privacy enhances self-esteem and encourages participation.
Suboxone and Subutex
There is a risk for abuse from recreational users who dissolve and inject buprenorphine. To address this problem, drug makers sometimes add naloxone to buprenorphine preparations. When dissolved under the tongue, naloxone has little effect; when injected, naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine. This action not only prevents any euphoric feelings, it causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent person.
Brand name preparations containing buprenorphine and naloxone are Suboxone and Subutex.
Inpatient treatment provides the greatest level of medical care possible. Specially trained physicians give the patient multiple medications to ease the wide variety of withdrawal symptoms associated with Dazidox detoxifications. The patient receives one drug for nausea, for example, another for diarrhea and a third to help him sleep. Nurses and other medical professionals monitor the patient’s condition and address any complications that arise.
Individuals who choose inpatient Dazidox detoxification are more comfortable than if they had quit cold turkey. Inpatients can feel safe under the care of professionals and confident in the medicines used to treat symptoms and complications. Furthermore, inpatient care typically offers Dazidox detoxification rather than opioid maintenance, bringing the patient to a drug-free state.
Inpatient care is appropriate for patients who cannot receive safe and effective treatment in an outpatient setting. Someone who has suffered an overdose must undergo Dazidox detoxification under close medical supervision, as should those who are at high risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or complications. Some patients have co-existing substance abuse problems or pre-existing medical conditions that make outpatient detoxification unsafe. Inpatient care is mandatory for those with severe psychiatric problems, including depression with suicidal tendencies and acute psychosis, especially in patients exhibiting behaviors that pose a threat to themselves or to others. Inpatient treatment works well for those with a documented history of poor participation in less restrictive programs and for those who have not responded to outpatient care.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox is a safe and effective procedure that rids the body of opiates while the patient rests in a comfortable “twilight sleep.” Rapid detox patients receive sedatives and anesthesia prior to the standard detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so that patients sleep lightly during the difficult detoxification procedure and awaken a few hours later with no memory of physical discomfort.
Rapid detox reduces discomfort and shortens the detoxification process.
Our detox center: Who we are and what we do
We are a fully accredited hospital, staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists and other medical professionals who receive the most advanced training in Dazidox detoxification procedures. Our capable and compassionate staff members have helped thousands of patients through the detoxification process since opening our doors more than a decade ago. We understand that dependence on Dazidox is a complex medical condition that requires a thoughtful approach.
We offer complete Dazidox detoxification, not just a replacement therapy that prolongs opioid-dependence. Before admittance into our accredited, full-service hospital, we assess the patient’s needs and build a care plan to enhance his chances for success. We also screen patients for co-existing medical conditions that could cause complications during Dazidox detoxification. After full detoxification, patients move to a properly supervised aftercare center to increase his chances for detoxification success.
Our staff members treat patients as human being - not as drug addicts - because we understand that opioid-dependence can happen to anyone.
Self-detoxification is the least expensive and most discrete of all the various Dazidox detoxification treatments. Without medicine and professional monitoring, self-detoxification is associated with more severe and protracted withdrawal symptoms as compared with inpatient or outpatient care.
Replacement drugs and professional guidance makes outpatient care superior to self-detoxification. Outpatient care reduces the risk for complications and relapse. Patients must remain in treatment for months or years before attempting to live in a drug-free state.
Inpatient care is better than outpatient care in that it provides detoxification and not just drug maintenance - those who receive inpatient care achieve a drug-free state before engaging in rehabilitation.
Rapid detox is the most efficient form of Dazidox detoxification available today. Rapid detox brings the patient to a drug-free state in a matter of hours instead of days or months. Rapid detox frees the patient from the uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that could derail his attempts to live a drug-free life.
Detox Possible Complications
Dazidox detoxification is not normally life threatening but the difficult procedure may cause dangerous complications in some patients. Those with pre-existing medical conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems are at high risk for developing complications, as are pregnant women and those with long-term dependence on Dazidox.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Self-detoxification places the patient in the most danger from serious complications due to uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms. Most individuals who attempt self-detoxification lack the medical background or access to effective medications, leaving themselves at great risk for developing complications.
Severe and prolonged bouts of vomiting and diarrhea may cause dehydration and imbalances of electrolytes, include potassium and sodium. The patient may suffer aspiration, a dangerous condition where the individual vomits then inhales stomach contents into the lungs. Aspiration can result in fluid in the lungs and lung infections.
Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, aspiration and withdrawal symptoms can worsen undetected pre-existing health conditions. Co-existing substance abuse issues can worsen these complications.
Relapse is the primary complication associated with Dazidox detoxification. Without drugs to protect them from protracted and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, many people who try self-detoxification take more Dazidox just to stop the pain. Relapse ends the detoxification process, returning the individual to opioid-dependence.
Relapse may result in toxic overdose. Detoxification reduces the individual’s tolerance of oxycodone, making him more sensitive to the effects of Dazidox. Because of this reduced tolerance, it is possible for someone to overdose on a smaller amount of Dazidox than he used to take before experiencing even minor withdrawal symptoms.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
While vastly safer than self-detoxification, outpatient care may cause complications. Methadone may cause slowed pulse and respirations. Other replacement drugs may be associated with other complications including stomach pain and seizures.
Many patients have trouble quitting the replacement drug. About one-quarter of methadone patients abstain from drugs permanently while another 25 percent remain on methadone forever. The remaining 50 percent spend the rest of their lives going on and off methadone treatments.
Some patients become dependent on the replacement drugs. Many times, these individuals will administer the drugs inappropriately by injecting it into a vein to enhance the euphoric effects.
Methadone is not entirely safe. Methadone accounts for one-third of all opioid pain reliever deaths. Buprenorphine seems to be a safer alternative, especially when combined with naloxone to discourage abuse.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
Inpatient care provides the greatest protection from complications but there are still dangers associated with inpatient Dazidox detoxification. One major complication is the withdrawal from multiple substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs. Very rarely, patients may become physically or psychologically dependent on the drugs used in inpatient Dazidox detoxification.
Patients may relapse after inpatient Dazidox detoxification. Even with treatment, relapse rates for drug addiction are 40 to 60 percent. Close patient monitoring and effective aftercare reduces this risk.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
As with all medical procedures, patients may suffer complications associated with anesthesia, sedatives and other drugs used in rapid detox treatments. High doses of sedatives can cause breathing problems, high blood pressure and increase heart rate. A rapid detox patient may suffer infection, bruising or swelling at the anesthesia injection site. Patient screening, careful administration and high standards of patient care reduce the risk for complications associated with rapid detox.
Despite the incredible progress medical scientists have made in understanding opioid dependence, there are still myths preventing countless numbers of people from engaging in safe and effective Dazidox detoxification practices.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Dazidox detoxification is safe to perform at home.
Fact: Self-detoxification produces uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms that may result in dangerous or life threatening complications.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe are safe and effective because they include drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Fact: Only a doctor has the medical knowledge and the legal power to prescribe safe and effective drugs. The Thomas Recipe and other homemade treatment plans cannot properly assess a patient for pre-existing conditions or prevent dangerous complications.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Imprisonment is more cost-effective than treatment.
Fact: It costs taxpayers about $24,000 to imprison someone for a year. One year of methadone costs an average of $4,700 per patient.
Myth: Methadone is a short-term solution.
Fact: Most experts suggest patients participate in methadone maintenance programs for a minimum of 12 months before discontinuing therapy.
Myth: Methadone and other replacement drugs bring the patient to a drug-free state quickly.
Fact: DRT drugs delay the detoxification process, preventing the onset of withdrawal symptoms by keeping patients in a state of managed opioid-dependence. Patients must eventually quit taking methadone or other replacement drugs and engage in detoxification.
Myth: Outpatient care provides the same level of safety and effectiveness as inpatient care.
Fact: Outpatient care providers must trust patients to take replacement drugs safely and refrain from drug abuse.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Inpatient care for Dazidox detoxification is a waste of time because relapse rates are high for substance abuse problems.
Fact: People who suffer from drug problems experience the same relapse rates as do people with other chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma.
Myth: It is not worth pouring money into inpatient drug treatment programs.
Fact: For every dollar spent on drug treatment programs returns an estimated yield between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Adding in healthcare cost savings associated with infectious diseases, overdoses and other health problems caused by drug abuse increases these yields to $12 gained for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Suffering is an important part of Dazidox detoxification - withdrawal symptoms act as punishment to deter relapse.
Fact: Suffering increases the demoralizing aspects of opioid dependence and Dazidox detoxification; withdrawal symptoms actually reduce the individual’s chances for success. Rapid detox is a humane approach to medical detoxification. Rapid detox patients enjoy a pleasant twilight sleep instead of enduring endless days of detoxification that can complicate his quest to live a drug-free life.
Myth: Complete detoxification is a lengthy process takes hours or days to accomplish.
Fact: It takes a reputable expert one to two hours to perform rapid detox.
Detox and Pregnancy
Dazidox detoxification is unsafe for pregnant women. Methadone maintenance is the only currently approved treatment program for pregnant women.
Women who are opioid-dependent face a higher risk for certain medical disorders, including anemia, blood infections, heart disease, depression and other mental disorders, hepatitis, pneumonia and gestational diabetes, or widely fluctuating blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Opioid-dependent women are at higher risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Dependence on drugs forces many people to live unhealthy lifestyles. Opioid-dependence reduces the individual’s ability to work, causing financial hardships. An opioid-dependent pregnant woman may have to choose between purchasing food and buying drugs to stop the dangerous detoxification process. Financial hardships may prevent an opioid-dependent woman from seeking qualified prenatal care.
Dependence on oxycodone and other opioids increases a woman’s risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery; her unborn baby suffers a high risk for complications as well. Complications can include hemorrhage, inflammation of the membranes surrounding the baby, separation of the tissues between the mother and baby, slowed fetal growth, and premature labor and delivery. The woman may experience a spontaneous abortion; the baby may die. Methadone greatly reduces these complications.
A baby born to a woman who takes Dazidox regularly during pregnancy may be born dependent on opioids and experience NAS, or neonatal abstinence syndrome. A baby with NAS suffers withdrawal symptoms during the first weeks of life, including excessive crying, irritability, hyperactive reflexes, tremors, and increased stools. NAS babies also suffer from low birth weight, seizures, breathing problems, feeding difficulties and increased risk for death.
Self Detox and Pregnancy
Pregnant women should never attempt self-detoxification. Opioid-dependence, Dazidox detoxification and its associated withdrawal symptoms can result in serious complications for the mother and unborn baby.
Outpatient and Pregnancy
Opioid-dependent women should participate in an outpatient DRT program using methadone.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
An opioid-dependent woman not already enrolled in DRT should start methadone treatments in an inpatient facility.
Opiate detox symptoms
Dazidox detoxification usually causes withdrawal symptoms to appear in two waves, with the first set of symptoms beginning a few hours after the last dose. Early Dazidox withdrawal symptoms include muscle aches, watery eyes, runny nose, sweating, and yawning. The individual may feel agitated, anxious and have trouble sleeping. Later, he may have stomach cramps, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea and vomiting.
Left uninterrupted, these symptoms persist for five or more days before disappearing by themselves as the body completes the detoxification process. The patient may change the severity of withdrawal symptoms by taking non-opioid drugs; he may halt the detoxification process and end withdrawal symptoms at any time by taking more Dazidox.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
Dazidox detoxification is a highly personal experience that requires an individualized treatment approach. Each patient should seek out the least restrictive setting that is still likely to provide safe and effective Dazidox detoxification or treatment. An individual should base his decision on his own capacity to participate in and benefit from treatment, his ability to refrain from drug abuse and other high risk behaviors, and his personal need for structure and support.
The best treatment choice depends on the patient’s unique and personal needs - please contact us for further information.
Hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed drug in the United States, with pharmacists filling more than 139 million prescriptions for products containing hydrocodone in 2010. While most people use hydrocodone products as directed, nearly 10 percent of Americans use hydrocodone to get high or to treat a condition other than the one for which it was prescribed.
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