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A doctor usually prescribes Levacetylmethadol to help a patient control his drug abuse but some people end up dependent on this therapeutic drug. Levacetylmethadol detoxification helps these individuals return to a drug-free state and reclaim their former lives.
When someone uses a drug regularly for more than a few weeks, his body begins to depend on a certain level of that drug to feel “normal.” When drug levels fall drastically, the body struggles to maintain chemical stability. Doctors refer to this as the detoxification process.
Detoxification causes uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose of drugs and persist for several days. Withdrawal symptoms eventually go away on their own as the body completes the detoxification process and do not return unless the individual becomes opioid dependent once again.
Detoxification can also refer to the medical procedure that reduces drug levels and eases withdrawal symptoms. Medical detoxification brings the patient to a drug-free state; withdrawal symptoms do not return unless the patient relapses.
In the 1960s, medical researchers realized low doses of methadone mimic the effects of other drugs but do not produce euphoria. Methadone prevents detoxification from occurring, so the patient does not feel withdrawal symptoms. About 100,000 Americans use a methadone maintenance program to control a drug habit while they engage in rehabilitation.
Once the patient learns how to live without drugs, he weans himself from the replacement drug by taking smaller doses each day. Sometimes the patient has trouble tapering Levacetylmethadol use and requires medical detoxification to achieve a drug-free state.
Doctors have been prescribing Levacetylmethadol as a replacement drug since 1993 and buprenorphine since 2002. Levacetylmethadol is the second line of treatment for drug dependence when patients do not respond well to methadone or buprenorphine.
Levacetylmethadol, methadone and buprenorphine are opioid drugs. Drug makers derive most opioids from the opium poppy plant but Levacetylmethadol is a synthetic drug that acts like an opioid. Doctors commonly prescribe opioids as painkillers. Most people use prescription opioids as directed but some use these drugs for non-medical reasons, either to get high or to treat a condition other than the one the doctor had intended to treat when he wrote the prescription. About 5 million Americans use painkillers for non-medical use every year.
Anyone who uses an opioid drug regularly can become opioid-dependent and suffer withdrawal symptoms when he stops using the drug, regardless of whether he used the drug as directed or for non-medical use. There are currently about 2 million opioid-dependent people in the United States. Many of these individuals are dependent on the very drug they use to control drug abuse - Levacetylmethadol.
Levacetylmethadol detoxification brings the patient to an opioid-free state. Levacetylmethadol detoxification also makes it easier for someone to engage in rehabilitation, free from the distractions of drug abuse or nagging withdrawal symptoms. A drug-free state helps the patient think clearly and make good decisions regarding his own drug abuse and treatment. It also improves his self esteem and state of mind. Levacetylmethadol detoxification helps patients remain in rehabilitation long enough to make meaningful changes.
Levacetylmethadol detoxification promotes abstinence and reduces drug use by bringing the patient to a drug-free state - he is no longer a slave to taking a replacement drug on time. Levacetylmethadol detoxification reduces the frequency of relapses and decreases the severity of drug use episodes when they do occur.
Types of Detox
Dependence on opioids is a highly personal experience - everyone responds to opioid dependence in a slightly different way, so no single treatment plan is right for everyone. Furthermore, the needs of most people change as they progress through opioid dependence and detoxification, so many people engage in several forms of treatment on their journey to lead a drug-free life.
Just over 10 percent of opioid-dependent Americans get the help they need through specialty clinics staffed with healthcare professionals who receive advanced training in Levacetylmethadol detoxification. Everyone else seeks help from their local hospital or mental health facility without specially trained staff.
Some people try to free themselves from Levacetylmethadol at home, without medical guidance or medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. It is possible for someone to perform home Levacetylmethadol detoxification by tapering his doses until he no longer needs this drug to control withdrawal symptoms.
Many try quitting Levacetylmethadol cold turkey by discontinuing this medication abruptly. The phrase “cold turkey” refers to the way the patient’s skin looks during detoxification: pale, cold and clammy with goose bumps, somewhat like a frozen bird.
Acupuncture, meditation, yoga and massage can relieve some of the discomfort associated with Levacetylmethadol detoxification. A patient might try ginger or peppermint to relieve his nausea. Someone with diarrhea might try chamomile or cayenne to firm up stools.
Some people concoct homemade treatment plans that incorporate prescription and over-the-counter drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms. One famous homespun treatment plan is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for Xanax, Librium or another benzodiazepine to calm anxiety and induce sleep at night, L-Tyrosine for energy during the day and vitamin B6 for muscle aches.
Most patients benefit from medical Levacetylmethadol detoxification, where specially trained healthcare professionals devise a treatment plan including safe and effective prescription medications to control withdrawal symptoms or initiate Levacetylmethadol detoxification.
Outpatient clinics usually offer Levacetylmethadol as a replacement drug for other stronger opioids, such as heroin or OxyContin. Sometimes people on outpatient Levacetylmethadol therapy become dependent on this drug. These patients would benefit from Levacetylmethadol detoxification to help them finally move to a drug-free state.
The FDA approved methadone for use in the treatment of opioid dependence in 1972. Methadone patients must come to the clinic frequently to drink a beverage containing this replacement drug. Each methadone dose lasts only 24 to 36 hours. This makes methadone a rigid and inflexible treatment plan for most patients. Methadone is also a potent drug and not appropriate for everyone.
Buprenorphine treatment is more flexible than methadone programs. Taken three times a week under the patient’s tongue, most patients respond well to buprenorphine. However, like methadone, some individuals are sensitive to the effects of buprenorphine and use Levacetylmethadol instead.
Suboxone and Subutex
Some individuals abuse buprenorphine by dissolving the tablet and injecting the drug into a vein. Suboxone and Subutex are brand name preparations of buprenorphine that also contain naloxone, sometimes referred to as Narcan, to discourage abuse. Naloxone has little to no effect when placed under the tongue but neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine when injected intravenously.
Most patients respond favorably to inpatient Levacetylmethadol detoxification. The patient stays at the hospital for several days where he receives medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Nurses and other healthcare professionals monitor the patient’s condition and immediately address any complications that may arise.
Inpatient Levacetylmethadol detoxification brings the patient to a drug-free state in a safe and medically controlled way. This treatment does not prolong drug use through replacement drugs.
Inpatient treatment is appropriate for anyone recovering from an overdose and for those at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or serious complications, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems. Those with significant psychiatric problems, including depression with suicidal thoughts or acute psychosis, should participate in inpatient Levacetylmethadol detoxification, especially if they exhibit behaviors that indicate they pose a danger to themselves or to others.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox brings patients to a drug-free state quickly. Rapid detox patients receive anesthesia and sedatives prior to the standard detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so that they doze in a pleasant “twilight sleep” during Levacetylmethadol detoxification. Patients awaken a few hours later, refreshed, renewed and ready for rehabilitation.
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In comparison with outpatient and inpatient care, self-detoxification is the least expensive and affords the greatest amount of privacy. Self-detoxification is associated with the most risk for complications due to uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms and the lack of professional care.
Professional counseling makes outpatient care superior to self-detoxification. Outpatient care reduces the risk for complications. To its detriment, outpatient care often lasts for years.
Inpatient Levacetylmethadol care offers complete detoxification and the highest level of professional monitoring.
Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach to Levacetylmethadol detoxification, bringing the patient to an opioid-free state within hours instead of days or months. Rapid detox frees the patient from the uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that interfere with recovery.
Detox Possible Complications
While Levacetylmethadol detoxification is not normally a life-threatening procedure but severe withdrawal symptoms, pre-existing conditions and co-existing substance abuse problems increases the risk for serious and sometimes dangerous complications. Pregnancy or long-term substance abuse increases the risk for complications as well.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Self-detoxification presents the greatest opportunity for complications associated with Levacetylmethadol detoxification. The absence of a professional treatment plan and medications to control symptoms leads to an unnecessarily intense withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms could worsen a previously undetected health condition to produce unexpected results; furthermore, a pre-existing condition can intensify withdrawal symptoms to complicate the Levacetylmethadol detoxification process.
Severe and prolonged vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, such as low sodium or potassium levels. Someone could aspirate, or vomit then inhale stomach contents. Aspiration can lead to fluid in the lungs and lung infections.
The primary complication associated with Levacetylmethadol is relapse, especially during procedures that do not use medications to protect patients from withdrawal symptoms. Desperate to stop the demoralizing and pain of withdrawal, many people relapse by taking more Levacetylmethadol.
Relapse could result in fatal overdose as the detoxification reduces the individual’s tolerance to Levacetylmethadol, making him more sensitive to its effects. It is possible for someone to take a fatal overdose on a small dose of Levacetylmethadol than he used to take before experiencing even minor withdrawal symptoms.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
Relapse is again the primary complication associated with outpatient care. Outpatient programs are usually more flexible and offer less supervision than inpatient programs, tempting some patients to stray from recovery.
Some outpatients become dependent on the replacement drug, which is what happens in the cases of those who need Levacetylmethadol detoxification. Harvard Medical School Publications estimate that about one-quarter of all methadone users eventually abstain from drug abuse completely while another 25 percent remain in methadone forever. A full 50 percent go on and off methadone forever.
Replacement drugs are not 100 percent safe. Methadone-related fatal overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years. In 2009, there were 5.5 times as many deaths from methadone overdoses as there were in 1999.
The World Health Organization notes Levacetylmethadol may cause irregular heartbeat and suggests patients experiencing this dangerous condition switch to methadone whenever detoxification is not possible.
Abuse is one complication associated with buprenorphine. Recreational drug abusers dissolve buprenorphine tablets for intravenous injection.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
Although medications and close observation provides the greatest level of protection against complications, it is still possible to suffer complications from inpatient Levacetylmethadol detoxification. Withdrawal from multiple substances can complicate treatment, especially withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives, or anti-anxiety drugs.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Rarely, someone might suffer an allergic reaction to the drugs used in the rapid detox procedure. Additionally, high doses of sedatives can adversely affect breathing, blood pressure and pulse. Someone might suffer infection, bruising or swelling at the anesthesia injection site.
Despite the wealth of information made available through decades of research and clinical studies, myths shrouding Levacetylmethadol detoxification prevent many people from getting the professional help they need.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Levacetylmethadol detoxification is simply a matter of self-discipline and determination. Anyone can quit drugs if they want to badly enough.
Fact: Levacetylmethadol detoxification is an intense physiological process that could produce serious complications. While self-control is an important part of quitting drugs, Levacetylmethadol detoxification is a complex physical and psychological procedure.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe are safe and effective because they use prescription and non-prescription drugs to stop withdrawal.
Fact: Only a doctor has the medical knowledge and the legal power to prescribe drugs that are safe and effective for Levacetylmethadol detoxification. Furthermore, mixing medications may cause dangerous drug interactions that could interfere with Levacetylmethadol detoxification.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Throwing drug addicts in prison is cheaper than treating them.
Fact: One year of methadone costs an average of $4,700 per patient. This is inexpensive when compared with a year of imprisonment, which costs taxpayers about $24,000 per prisoner.
Myth: Methadone is the fast track to a drug-free life.
Fact: Methadone and Levacetylmethadol are replacement drugs that delay detoxification until the patient has participated in enough rehabilitation to avoid relapse. Most patients participate in methadone maintenance programs for a minimum of 12 months before discontinuing therapy.
Myth: Outpatient maintenance is the same as inpatient detoxification.
Fact: Outpatient maintenance programs do not bring the patient to a drug-free state, whereas inpatient care completely detoxifies the patient.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: It is pointless to rehabilitate opioid-dependent people because they all eventually return to drug abuse.
Fact: The relapse rates for drug addiction are 40 to 60 percent, similar to other chronic diseases like diabetes. In fact, relapse rates for drug addicts are better than relapse rates for high blood pressure or asthma.
Myth: Investing in drug treatment is a waste of money.
Fact: For every dollar invested in drug treatment, experts estimate a community can realize a return of $4 to $7 in reduced costs relating to drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Add in healthcare savings and these yields spring to a gain for $12 for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Physical pain and psychological suffering are important to successful Levacetylmethadol detoxification and rehabilitation in that the discomfort acts as a deterrent to future drug abuse.
Fact: Pain and suffering are never part of any medical procedure. In fact, the physical and emotional discomfort associated with Levacetylmethadol detoxification prevents many people from attempting recovery. Rapid detox offers the most humane and effective approach in that patients do not suffer needlessly.
Myth: Levacetylmethadol detoxification takes days to perform correctly.
Fact: It takes a reputable expert one to two hours to perform rapid detox.
Detox and Pregnancy
Levacetylmethadol is unsafe for pregnant women because opioid dependence and pregnancy each cause complications that make this procedure dangerous for the mother and the fetus. Methadone is currently the only approved treatment for opioid dependence in pregnant women.
Women who are dependent on opioids such as heroin or OxyContin are more likely to experience anemia, blood infections, heart disease, depression and other serious mental disorders. Opioid dependence increases the risk for hepatitis, pneumonia and wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels during pregnancy. An opioid-dependent woman is also more prone to contracting and spreading infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
People with substance abuse problems tend to have unhealthy lifestyles. Drug abuse prevents many from working regularly enough to afford decent food and housing. Financial stress may prohibit some pregnant women from getting prenatal care. A pregnant woman might have to choose between Levacetylmethadol and nutritious food, frequently forgoing a nutritious meal so she does not subject her unborn baby to the dangerous detoxification process.
Drug abuse increases the risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The mother may suffer a hemorrhage and uncontrolled bleeding or separation or inflammation of the tissues and membranes surrounding the baby. Other complications include slowed fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion and fetal death.
When a woman takes opioids during pregnancy, her unborn baby may become dependent on those opioids and suffer withdrawal symptoms during the first weeks of life. This baby may suffer low birth weight, convulsions, breathing difficulties, feeding problems or even death.
Self Detox and Pregnancy
A woman should never attempt self-detoxification while pregnant. Complications associated with Levacetylmethadol detoxification could cause harm to the mother or baby.
Outpatient and Pregnancy
Methadone is currently the only approved treatment for opioid dependence in pregnant women. Doctors should switch pregnant women from Levacetylmethadol to methadone. Initial methadone doses for pregnant women are 10 to 20 mg, with the doctor increasing dosages slightly each day until she discovers the right amount of methadone for that pregnant woman.
Women using methadone to maintain opioid dependence may suffer withdrawal symptoms late in pregnancy, requiring larger doses of methadone to control withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
Opioid-dependent women who are not already taking methadone when they become pregnant should begin treatment in an inpatient hospital setting. Doctors evaluate the mother’s condition and monitor the baby’s response to treatment. The mother usually stays in the hospital for three days as doctors establish the safest, most effective dose for her.
Opiate detox symptoms
Levacetylmethadol withdrawal symptoms usually appear in two waves, with the first set of symptoms starting a few hours after the last dose. Early on, the patient may feel anxious or agitated and have trouble sleeping. His muscles may ache, his eyes might get watery and his nose will probably run. He may perspire or yawn excessively.
Later, he might have a stomachache, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. His pupils will dilate and he may have goose bumps.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Levacetylmethadol detoxification depends largely on the patient’s personal needs. He should choose the most flexible form of treatment that still offers safe and effective care. The individual should opt for the treatment he feels he can best cooperate with and benefit from.
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