- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Levorphanol
Levorphanol detoxification helps someone overcome physical dependence on this drug. Levorphanol is a powerful opioid painkiller that doctors prescribe to treat moderate to severe pain. Levorphanol is a synthetic drug that works like morphine by interacting with the nervous system to relieve pain, cause sedation and produce a pleasant sense of euphoria.
The body adapts to the presence of some chemicals, including Levorphanol, by adjusting its own chemistry. With long-term use, some of these adjustments become more permanent. The body begins to depend on a certain amount of Levorphanol to feel normal. When Levorphanol drop radically, the body struggles to maintain chemical stability. Doctors refer to this as Levorphanol detoxification.
The patient experiences detoxification through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Discomfort starts a few hours after the last dose of Levorphanol and continues for several days. Withdrawal symptoms fade by themselves as the patient completes the detoxification process. These symptoms do not return unless the patient again becomes opioid-dependent.
Levorphanol detoxification also refers to the medical process of lowering opioid levels and easing withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification occurs naturally or with the use of certain medications. Anti-withdrawal drugs, such as Imodium for diarrhea, ease symptoms but do not stop the detoxification process. Other drugs, like methadone, stop withdrawal symptoms by interrupting the detoxification process.
Someone can stop withdrawal symptoms by taking more Levorphanol; this halts the detoxification process and returns the patient to an opioid-dependent state.
Almost 2 million Americans are dependent on opioids such as Levorphanol and could benefit from detoxification. Levorphanol detoxification brings a patient to a drug-free state and facilitates his entry into a rehabilitation program where he learns how to live without drugs. Levorphanol detoxification and rehabilitation reduce the incidences of relapse and decreases the severity of drug use when relapse does occur. Levorphanol detoxification clarifies thinking, increases a patient’s ability to work, improves his physical and psychological well-being, and helps him remain in rehabilitation.
Anyone who uses Levorphanol regularly for more than a few weeks can become dependent on it, whether he uses this drug as directed or for non-medical use to get high or to treat a condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. About 5 million Americans use painkillers like Levorphanol for non-medical use every year.
Types of Detox
There are several approaches to Levorphanol dependence, including self-detoxification, outpatient maintenance therapy, inpatient Levorphanol detoxification and rapid detox. While it is possible to perform Levorphanol detoxification at home, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers employ medical professionals who receive advanced training in detoxification procedures to improve the chances of a successful recovery. Each person experiences Levorphanol dependence a little differently, so no single detoxification plan is right for everyone.
Some people quit Levorphanol at home without professional guidance or medicine to ease withdrawal. Doctors suggest patients wean themselves from Levorphanol by taking smaller doses each day to give their body time to adjust to lower opioid levels. This tapering method works well for most people but stubborn withdrawal symptoms prevent many from quitting Levorphanol gradually.
Some people quit cold turkey, discontinuing Levorphanol abruptly to let opioid levels crash. Someone who quits cold turkey bares the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms. Without professional guidance or anti-withdrawal drugs, overwhelming withdrawal symptoms cause many who try cold turkey to relapse to Levorphanol use.
The phrase “cold turkey” refers to the way the patient’s skin resembles plucked poultry during the detoxification process: pale, cold and clammy with goose bumps.
Many individuals use a natural approach to Levorphanol detoxification, incorporating meditation, yoga, massage and acupuncture into a homemade treatment plan. Others add herbal remedies, such as ginger or peppermint to relieve nausea and chamomile or cayenne for diarrhea.
Some take a medical approach to self-detoxification, devising home treatment plans that include prescription and over-the-counter drugs. One such plan is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for Xanax or Librium to calm nerves and help with sleep, Imodium for diarrhea and L-Tyrosine for a burst of energy. The Thomas Recipe suggests vitamin B6 and hot baths for muscle aches.
Highly trained professionals and advanced anti-withdrawal drugs make medical Levorphanol detoxification a superior choice for many people struggling with opioid-dependence. Levorphanol detoxification can be an intense process that can have a tremendous physiological impact. Medical professionals control the Levorphanol detoxification process and manage withdrawal symptoms to reduce the risk for complications and improve the patient’s chances for a successful recovery.
Most outpatient clinics are not equipped to perform lengthy procedures lasting several days, such as Levorphanol detoxification. Consequently, outpatient clinics typically offer drug maintenance programs using replacement drugs rather than performing Levorphanol detoxification procedures. Replacement drugs, like methadone and buprenorphine, are opioids that mimic the effects of Levorphanol. Replacement drugs prevent the detoxification process from occurring but are too weak to produce euphoria when taken as directed.
Outpatient care may be the right choice for patients who have battle opioid-dependence for longer than one year and who require little supervision. Outpatient care is appropriate for those individuals who must work or fulfill other responsibilities while participating in rehabilitation. Outpatients take methadone, buprenorphine or another replacement drug while participating in rehabilitation and behavior modification. Once the patient gains the tools he needs to live without drugs, he weans himself from the replacement drug or participates in detoxification.
The FDA approved methadone for use in the treatment of opioid dependence in 1972. Methadone currently helps about 100,000 opioid-dependentAmericans. These patients arrive daily at a methadone clinic to drink a beverage containing this replacement drug. Most methadone patients also participate in rehabilitation to learn how to identify situations that could potentially lead to drug abuse and how to refuse drugs when offered.
Buprenorphine allows more flexibility than methadone. Doctors can now write prescriptions for patients to fill at their local pharmacy and consume at home. The patient uses buprenorphine three times a week by placing the tablet under his tongue and allowing it to dissolve.
Suboxone and Subutex
Some recreational drug abusers dissolve buprenorphine and inject it into a vein to get high. Drug makers address this issue by adding naloxone to the brand name buprenorphine products, Suboxone and Subutex. When taken as directed under the tongue, naloxone has little to no effect. When injected into a vein, naloxone interferes with the action of buprenorphine in a way that prevents the consumer from getting high. Intravenous naloxone use will cause withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent patient.
Inpatient Levorphanol detoxification provides the greatest degree of supervision and medical care. Patients check into a hospital for several days, where they receive drugs to ease symptoms associated with Levorphanol detoxification. Medical staff members observe the patient and immediately address any complications that may arise.
Inpatient Levorphanol detoxification is mandatory for anyone recovering from an overdose or otherwise cannot receive treatment safely in an outpatient setting. Patients with psychiatric problems severe enough to impair his ability to participate in outpatient treatment should seek inpatient care, especially those with depression along with suicidal thoughts or acute psychosis. People who may pose a danger to themselves or others should participate in inpatient Levorphanol detoxification.
Inpatient Levorphanol detoxification is appropriate for anyone at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or complications. Professional inpatient care can improve the outcome in those with pre-existing medical conditions or co-existing substance abuse issues.
While inpatient Levorphanol detoxification is a necessity for some patients, it is highly appropriate for many others. Those with a documented history of not engaging in or benefiting from less restrictive programs often respond favorably to the structure and support of inpatient care. Anyone who has tried self-detoxification or outpatient care with little to no success may improve his chances of a successful recovery through inpatient care.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox provides complete Levorphanol detoxification in a short amount of time. Rapid detox patients receive anesthesia and sedatives prior to the standard detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so they rest in a comfortable “twilight sleep” during the procedure. These patients awaken a few hours later, refreshed and renewed.
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We are compassionate and caring professionals who offer complete detoxification in a safe and effective manner. Our board-certified anesthesiologists perform rapid detox in our fully accredited hospital. We have provided exceptional care to thousands of patients for more than a decade.
We understand that Levorphanol dependence is a difficult experience and that detoxification is often unpleasant and demoralizing. We treat our patients as people, not as drug addicts, and offer the most humane treatment possible to improve the outcome for each person we treat.
We screen patients for previously undiagnosed conditions that could interfere with recovery, including underlying diseases and co-existing substance abuse problems. We then perform rapid detox to bring the patient to an opioid-free state quickly and safely. Once the patient has recovered from the procedure, he can participate in our qualified aftercare center to improve his chances for recovery.
Each treatment approach to Levorphanol dependence has its benefits and drawbacks. A person might try several approaches before finding the one that works best for him, or even revisit a form of treatment several times before successfully completing the detoxification process.
Self-detoxification is the least expensive approach, especially if the individual does not purchase herbal remedies or use a medical treatment plan such as The Thomas Recipe. Self-detoxification is also the most private, in that the individual does not go to an outpatient clinic, doctor’s office or hospital for care. Low cost and privacy are often important issues to someone with a substance abuse issue, as opioid-dependence can be an expensive and embarrassing condition with serious social consequences.
Uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms and the lack of professional monitoring increase the risk for complications during self-detoxification. Outpatient care is superior to self-detoxification in that it usually includes drugs to stop withdrawal symptoms along with professional counseling. Most outpatient programs are flexible and allow patients to lead normal lives while engaging in treatment. Outpatient care decreases the risk for complications, especially in pregnant women. Drug maintenance helps patients remain in treatment long enough to fully benefit from rehabilitation and behavior modification.
Sometimes outpatient treatment lasts too long. Unlike self-detoxification or rapid detox, drug maintenance programs prevent Levorphanol detoxification from occurring - the patient remains opioid-dependent as long as he is taking the replacement drug. Some people have trouble quitting the replacement drug and remain in treatment forever.
Unlike outpatient maintenance programs, inpatient care brings patients to an opioid-free state before discharging them to the rehabilitation stage of treatment. Inpatients typically stay in a hospital for a few days to a week. Inpatient care provides closer patient monitoring and less flexibility than does outpatient care but, even in an inpatient setting, Levorphanol withdrawal is frequently uncomfortable and demoralizing.
Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach to Levorphanol detoxification, bringing the patient to a drug-free state in a matter of hours rather than days or months. Rapid detox completely detoxifies the patient without subjecting him to the painful and often humiliating withdrawal experience that can interfere with the recovery process.
Detox Possible Complications
Levorphanol detoxification is not usually a life-threatening process but some people may suffer dangerous complications, especially pregnant women and individuals with pre-existing conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems. Long-term or severe substance abuse issues increase the risk for complications during detoxification.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Without the protection of anti-withdrawal drugs or professional oversight, self-detoxification poses the greatest risk for complications. Severe and prolonged vomiting or diarrhea may cause dehydration or imbalances in sodium, potassium and other electrolytes. The patient may vomit and inhale stomach contents, a condition known as aspiration that can result in fluid in the lungs and lung infections. Levorphanol detoxification can worsen previously undiagnosed conditions to cause dangerous complications; these underlying conditions can worsen withdrawal symptoms, especially without the help of trained medical professionals.
Relapse is the primary complication to Levorphanol detoxification, especially for those who attempt self-detoxification. Detoxification reduces the individual’s tolerance of Levorphanol, making him more sensitive to the effects. It is possible for someone to overdose on a smaller amount of Levorphanol than he used to take before experiencing even minor withdrawal symptoms. Overdose of prescription painkillers like Levorphanol claim the lives of more than 15,500 Americans each year.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
As with any form of treatment, relapse is a primary complication of outpatient care. Additionally, some people have a hard time quitting methadone. About one-quarter of all methadone users abstain from drug abuse permanently while another 25 percent remain opioid-dependent forever. A full 50 percent of all methadone users go back and forth between relapse and recovery for the rest of their lives.
Methadone is not completely safe. The number of methadone overdose deaths is skyrocketing - in 2009, there were 5.5 times as many deaths associated with methadone as there were in 1999. Methadone now accounts for a third of deaths associated with opioids.
Abuse is a major complication with buprenorphine treatments. Some people dissolve and inject buprenorphine to get high. This inappropriate administration can have serious health consequences.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
While inpatient care provides maximum protection, it is still possible for inpatients to experience complications from the Levorphanol detoxification procedure. Withdrawal from multiple substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives, and anti-anxiety drugs complicates inpatient Levorphanol detoxification by worsening withdrawal symptoms or causing new health problems.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Rarely, patients may suffer an allergic reaction or other complications associated with the drugs used in the rapid detox procedure. Someone receiving anesthesia may notice infection, bruising or swelling at the site where the needle pierces the skin. Strong sedatives can complicate breathing, blood pressure and pulse.
Despite the wealth of knowledge uncovered by decades of medical research and clinical experience, myths shrouding Levorphanol detoxification prevents many people from seeking the professional treatment they need.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Dependence on Levorphanol is all in someone’s head - anyone can quit Levorphanol with a little determination and self-discipline.
Fact: Levorphanol detoxification is an intense physiological process that causes real physical symptoms. While self-discipline is an important part of any drug treatment program, completing Levorphanol detoxification is often more than just mind over matter.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe are just as safe and effective as professional treatment.
Fact: Only a doctor has the educational background and legal power to prescribe appropriate drugs for Levorphanol detoxification. The medicines used in The Thomas Recipe and other homemade treatment plans may produce unexpected results or dangerous drug interactions.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: It would be cheaper to throw opioid-dependent people in jail to “dry out” than to provide medical treatment.
Fact: A year of methadone treatment costs approximately $4,700 per patient, whereas it would cost about $24,000 to imprison that person for a year.
Myth: Methadone is the fast, easy way out of Levorphanol dependence.
Fact: Methadone does not bring the patient to an opioid-free state; he must someday wean himself from the replacement drug and face uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Methadone is not a fast treatment either - most experts suggest patients remain in methadone maintenance programs for a minimum of a year before weaning themselves from the replacement drug.
Myth: Outpatient care is the same as inpatient care.
Fact: Most outpatient treatment plans do not offer detoxification, as it is a procedure requiring around-the-clock monitoring lasting several days. Outpatient clinics are quite flexible, whereas inpatient treatment is highly structured.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Levorphanol detoxification is useless - everyone relapses eventually.
Fact: Drug dependence is a chronic condition and, like most chronic conditions, may be marked by periods of relapse. Even with treatment, relapse rates for drug addiction are 40 to 60 percent. While this may seem high at first, it is interesting to note that relapse rates for drug addiction are actually lower than relapse rates for high blood pressure and asthma.
Myth: Communities waste taxpayer money on drug treatment programs.
Fact: Every dollar a community spends on drug treatment returns a yield between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Add in healthcare savings and the yields leap to $12 saved for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Suffering is an important part of rehabilitation - the punishment of withdrawal acts as a deterrent to future drug abuse.
Fact: Suffering and punishment are never part of an effective, compassionate treatment plan. Rapid detox is the most humane approach to medical detoxification because it eases suffering and allows patients to focus on recovery.
Myth: Complete Levorphanol detoxification takes days.
Fact: It takes a reputable expert one to two hours to perform rapid detox.
Detox and Pregnancy
Complications from drug abuse combined with pregnancy makes Levorphanol detoxification unsafe for pregnant women. Currently, methadone is the only approved treatment plan for opioid-dependent pregnant women.
Dependence on Levorphanol or other opioids increases a woman’s risk of certain illnesses, including anemia, blood infections, heart disease, depression and other mental disorders. Opioid-dependent woman have a greater risk of developing hepatitis, pneumonia and widely fluctuating blood sugar levels during pregnancy. These individuals also stand a greater chance of contracting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and infectious diseases including tuberculosis.
Opioid dependence often results in an unhealthy lifestyle, especially for pregnant women. Drugs are expensive and drug abuse makes working regularly difficult for most people. This causes serious financial difficulties for most opioid-dependent people as they divert grocery money and other living expenses towards buying more Levorphanol to stave off the constant threat of withdrawal. Pregnant women may not be able to afford proper prenatal care. Many women skip meals so they can afford enough drugs to prevent the dangerous detoxification process from starting.
Opioid dependence increases risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery such as hemorrhage and uncontrolled bleeding, slow fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion and fetal death. Methadone reduces these complications.
Self Detox and Pregnancy
A woman should never attempt self-detoxification while pregnant.
Outpatient and Pregnancy
Methadone is the only safe treatment for opioid-dependent pregnant women. The pregnant woman usually starts out on 10 to 20 mg of methadone each day. Her physician will increase the dosage as necessary to prevent detoxification.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
Opioid-dependent women may start methadone treatments in a hospital to reduce the risk for complications. This inpatient stay typically lasts three days.
Opiate detox symptoms
Levorphanol detoxification symptoms usually occur in two waves with the first set of symptoms beginning a few hours after the last dose. Initially, the patient may feel agitated and anxious; he may have trouble sleeping. His eyes may water, his nose might be runny, he might sweat or yawn a lot and he may complain of muscle aches.
Later, he may experience stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. His pupils may dilate and he might have goose bumps.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Levorphanol detoxification will depend heavily on the individual’s personal needs. He should choose the least restrictive setting that is still likely to provide safe and effective care. His treatment choice should reflect the individual’s ability to refrain from drug use and avoid high-risk behaviors along with his own need for structure and support.