- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Oxycodone And Acetaminophen
Lynox contains oxycodone, a powerful semi-synthetic opioid made from the opium poppy plant. Like other opioids, oxycodone works with the nervous system to relieve pain, cause sedation and produce a pleasant euphoric feeling. Long-term use and high doses of Lynox cause other neurological and physical effects that change the way a person thinks, feels and behaves.
Doctors prescribe Lynox to treat moderate to severe pain. Most people take Lynox as directed but some use it for non-medical purposes either to get high or to relieve pain unrelated to the condition the doctor had intended to treat when she wrote the prescription. About 5 million Americans use painkillers like Lynox for non-medical use each year.
Anyone who uses Lynox for therapeutic or non-medical purposes can grow physically dependent on oxycodone. The human body adapts to the presence of oxycodone and, after some time, even begins to depend on a certain level of oxycodone to feel normal. When opioid levels drop drastically, the opioid-dependent body struggles to regain chemical stability. Doctors refer to this as detoxification.
Lynox detoxification causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent person. These withdrawal symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose of Lynox and continue for several days. Left uninterrupted, withdrawal symptoms disappear altogether as the body completes the detoxification process, and do not return unless the individual becomes dependent on opioids again. Lynox detoxification leaves the patient in an opioid-free state.
Detoxification also refers to the medical procedure that uses drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms and bring the patient to an opioid-free state. Patients receive a variety of medications to ease the flu-like symptoms associated with Lynox detoxification. These drugs do not interfere with the detoxification process and help the patient endure Lynox detoxification long enough to achieve an opioid-free state.
Almost 2 million Americans are opioid-dependent. Each of these individuals must someday attempt the detoxification process to bring themselves to an opioid-free state. Lynox detoxification is only the first step in recovering from a substance abuse problem. Most patients benefit from rehabilitation including counseling and behavior modification that helps participants learn to live a drug-free life.
Lynox detoxification helps patients remain in rehabilitation long enough to reverse some of the changes caused by long-term or severe substance abuse. This restores some of the patient’s health, improves his ability to think clearly, and changes the behaviors that could lead back to drug abuse. Detoxification promotes abstinence, reduces the frequency of drug use episodes, and lessens the severity of drug abuse when it does occur.
Types of Detox
Although opioid dependence makes certain predictable physical and neurological changes in everyone it strikes, each person experiences opioid dependence in a slightly different way. Opioid-dependent people will present a wide range of needs during the detoxification process: some need flexibility to work and live at home during treatment while others require the structure and support of trained medical workers. Experts agree that a “cookie cutter” approach to Lynox detoxification will not work and that doctors should address the patient’s personal needs when creating an effective treatment plan.
When a patient becomes dependent on Lynox after using it as prescribed, doctors recommend the patient wean himself from Lynox by taking smaller doses each day. This tapering method works well for most people but lingering withdrawal symptoms prevent some from weaning themselves from Lynox.
Someone might try “quitting cold turkey” by discontinuing Lynox abruptly. The phrase “cold turkey” refers to the goose bumps and pale, cold and clammy appearance of the skin as the patient endures the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. People who quit cold turkey hope for enough determination and self-control to complete the detoxification process.
Some people incorporate natural remedies to make Lynox detoxification a little easier. Many try yoga or meditation while others engage in acupuncture or massage.
Certain foods can ease symptoms associated with Lynox detoxification. Chamomile and cayenne, for example, ease diarrhea while ginger and peppermint are well-known cures for nausea.
Some people take a scientific approach to self-detoxification and use prescription and non-prescription drugs to ease withdrawal. One well-known remedy is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for a benzodiazepine like Xanax or Librium to calm anxiety and help with sleep. The Thomas Recipe suggests vitamin B6 and hot baths for muscle aches, L-Tyrosine for energy and Imodium for diarrhea.
More than 21 million people in the United States needed treatment for alcohol or drug problems in 2011. About 10 percent of those who needed help got it in a specialty facility, such as an inpatient hospital, inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation facility or mental health centers, staffed with workers who receive advanced training in Lynox detoxification procedures.
Some outpatient clinics offer Lynox detoxification. Outpatient detoxification is appropriate for those patients that have been dependent on opioids for more than a year and who require little supervision. Patients use prescription drugs at home to facilitate the detoxification process.
Other outpatients feature drug maintenance programs where patients take weak opioids to delay the detoxification process while they engage in rehabilitation. The patient weans himself from the replacement drug once he learns how to live a drug-free life.
Methadone is the first opioid replacement drug. German laboratories first synthesized methadone in 1939 as a pain reliever. In 1964, doctors developed methadone as a response to an epidemic of heroin use sweeping across New York City. The FDA approved methadone for use in the treatment of opioid dependence in 1972.
About 100,000 Americans use a methadone maintenance program to delay detoxification from heroin, OxyContin or Lynox. Methadone patients come to the methadone clinic each day to drink a beverage containing methadone.
Some drug maintenance programs use buprenorphine instead of methadone. Buprenorphine offers more flexibility than methadone because patients fill a prescription at the local pharmacy rather than going to an approved clinic.
Patients typically take buprenorphine three times a week rather than daily. A patient places a buprenorphine tablet under his tongue where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream.
Some clinics offer buprenorphine as part of outpatient detoxification. Opioid-dependent patients start out on buprenorphine doses strong enough to stop withdrawal symptoms then taper buprenorphine use by taking smaller doses each day. The goal is to bring the patient to an opioid-free state while minimizing withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone and Subutex
Some people abuse buprenorphine to get high by dissolving the tablet before injecting the drug into a vein. Drug makers deter this abuse by adding naloxone to the brand name buprenorphine preparations Suboxone and Subutex. When taken under the tongue as directed, naloxone has little to no effect. When used intravenously, naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine. Intravenous naloxone prevents the consumer from getting high and causes withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent people.
Inpatient Lynox detoxification offers the greatest degree of patient monitoring and medical control over withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment usually includes multiple non-opioid anti-withdrawal drugs to bring the patient to an opioid-free state quickly and safely. Doctors may administer one drug for diarrhea, for example, and another for nausea and a third for anxiety.
Inpatient detoxification is appropriate for anyone who desires relief from withdrawal symptoms in a safe and monitored environment. Individuals with a proven history of poor participation in treatment, or who have gained little benefit from other, less restrictive forms of treatment may respond more favorably to inpatient care.
Inpatient Lynox detoxification is recommended for those with pre-existing conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems that may cause complications or worsen withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient Lynox detoxification is necessary for anyone recovering from a drug overdose or who cannot receive treatment safely in an outpatient setting. Someone with psychiatric problems that prevent him from participating in outpatient treatment should seek inpatient care, especially those with acute psychosis or depression with suicidal thoughts. Anyone who exhibits behaviors that may cause a danger to himself or to others should be treated in an inpatient facility.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox is the most humane and efficient approach to Lynox detoxification. Rapid detox is a safe and effective procedure that quickly brings the body to an opioid-free state while the patient dozes in a comfortable “twilight sleep.” Doctors sedate and anesthetize patients before administering the standard detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so that patients have no memory of the difficult detoxification process when they awaken a few hours later.
Our detox center: Who we are and what we do
We are a fully accredited hospital staffed with board-certified anesthesiologists and other medical professionals who have received advanced training in Lynox detoxification. We have delivered compassion and effective care to thousands of patients for more than a decade. We believe in treating patients as people, not as drug addicts.
We screen patients in our state of the art facility to reveal any pre-existing conditions that may complicate the detoxification process. We provide complete detoxification before discharging patients to our aftercare facility.
Every approach to Lynox detoxification has its benefits and flaws. Self-detoxification, for example, is the least expensive approach to achieving a drug-free state but it is also more uncomfortable than using drugs to ease withdrawal.
Outpatient care offers drugs and professional guidance not included in self-detoxification; reducing the discomfort of withdrawal increases the probability the patient will remain in treatment long enough to complete the detoxification process. Outpatient care can sometimes last too long, with patients becoming dependent on replacement drugs and remaining in treatment for months or years.
Inpatient care offers the highest level of medical assistance, professional support and protection from withdrawal symptoms and complications. Inpatient Lynox detoxification quickly brings patients to an opioid-free state in a controlled environment. The average length of stay for inpatient detoxification is 4 days, compared with 197 days for medication-assisted therapy.
Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient form of Lynox detoxification, bringing the patient to an opioid-free state more quickly and painless than with any other approach to treatment. Rapid detox frees the patient from the uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that interfere with her attempts at recovery.
Those who participate in inpatient care are more likely to complete treatment. Completion rates are highest for detoxification services - about 66 percent - and lowest for outpatient treatment at about 42 percent. Only about 14 percent of those participating in outpatient medication-assisted therapy with methadone or buprenorphine complete treatment.
Detox Possible Complications
Lynox detoxification is not usually a life-threatening procedure but severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms, pre-existing conditions and co-existing substance abuse problems can cause dangerous complications that could result in fatal consequences. Pregnancy, long-term Lynox use and severe substance increase the risk for complications during Lynox detoxification.
Relapse is the primary complication associated with Lynox detoxification. Some people start using Lynox again to stop uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms while others relapse because they have not yet changed the behaviors that lead them back to drug abuse. Relapse may cause toxic overdose as the detoxification process reduces a person’s tolerance to Lynox, making him more sensitive to the effects of oxycodone. Reduced tolerance makes it possible for someone to overdose on a smaller amount of Lynox than he used to take before feeling even minor withdrawal symptoms.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Without drugs to ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms or professional monitoring to recognize and address problems when they do happen, self-detoxification may result in serious complications. Severe and prolonged vomiting and diarrhea might cause dehydration and imbalances in sodium, potassium and other electrolytes. The patient may vomit and inhale stomach contents, known as aspiration, which can result in fluid in the lungs or lung infections.
Chronic drug abuse is associated with some medical conditions, including infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDs. These illnesses can worsen withdrawal symptoms and cause other complications, especially when left undetected or untreated. Lynox detoxification can worsen these other illnesses, possibly leading to unexpected and potentially serious complications.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
Some patients grow dependent on the replacement drug and have trouble quitting methadone or buprenorphine at the appropriate time.
Methadone is now associated with a high number of overdose deaths. Prescription painkiller overdose kill more than 15,500 people every year in the United States, and nearly one-third of those overdoses included methadone. Many of these cases involved using methadone for recreational use. There is also some risk for intravenous buprenorphine abuse.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
Inpatients may experience complications associated with the drugs used in Lynox detoxification. One serious complication is withdrawal from multiple substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs during Lynox detoxification.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Rarely, patients may suffer an allergic or hypersensitive reaction to the drugs used during rapid detox. Large doses of sedatives can interfere with the patient’s breathing, pulse and blood pressure. Anesthesia may cause inflammation, bruising or infection where the needle punctures the skin.
Despite decades of medical research and clinical experience with real patients, myths shrouding Lynox detoxification prevent some people from getting the help they need to overcome opioid dependence. Learning the truth about Lynox detoxification not only facilitates rehabilitation but also improves the patient’s experience during the detoxification process.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Self-detoxification is easy - anyone can do it.
Fact: Lynox detoxification is an intense physiological process that responds well to medical treatment. While many people can overcome opioid dependence at home without the help of anti-withdrawal drugs and professional guidance, others benefit from professional medical care.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe are safe because they use a combination of prescription and non-prescription drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Fact: Combining prescription and non-prescription drugs may result in dangerous drug interactions or unexpected results.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: It is cheaper to throw opioid-dependent people in prison to “dry out” than it would be to treat them.
Fact: A year of methadone costs about $4,700 per patient while a year of incarceration runs about $24,000 per prisoner.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Treatment for opioid dependence is useless - everyone relapses back to Lynox abuse even with treatment.
Fact: Even with treatment, relapse rates for drug addiction are 40 to 60 percent. This is similar to other chronic diseases, such as diabetes. In fact, relapse rates for drug addiction are better than for high blood pressure or asthma.
Myth: Spending money on Lynox detoxification and treatment is like throwing money down a hole.
Fact: For every dollar spent, a community can expect to save between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Add in savings to the healthcare system and these savings skyrocket to $12 gained for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Discomfort and humiliation are important parts of treatment for opioid dependence, as they serve as a deterrent to future drug abuse.
Fact: Pain and suffering are never part of any humane treatment plan. In fact, patients have a better chance of completing the detoxification process when they are free from oppressive withdrawal symptoms. Rapid detox is the most humane and effective approach to Lynox detoxification, improving the outcome for thousands of people each year.
Myth: Medical detoxification is a lengthy process that takes days or weeks to complete
Fact: Rapid detox provides complete detoxification in one to two hours.
Detox and Pregnancy
Lynox detoxification is unsafe for pregnant women. Methadone is currently the only approved approach to treating opioid dependence in pregnant women.
Opioid-dependent woman are at higher risk for certain medical disorders that could complicate detoxification and pregnancy, including anemia, blood infections, heart disease, hepatitis, pneumonia and depression or other mental disorders. Opioid dependence may cause gestational diabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly during pregnancy. Opioid dependence puts women at higher risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases.
Dependence on Lynox increases the risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery, such as hemorrhage and uncontrolled bleeding, separation or inflammation of the tissues surrounding the baby, slowed 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
Pregnant women may participate in outpatient methadone maintenance. Outpatient clinics typically start a pregnant woman on 10 mg to 20 mg of methadone on the first morning and ask her to return to the clinic that evening, where doctors adjust the next morning’s dose based on the woman’s response to treatment. She visits the clinic twice a day until her healthcare providers determine the most effective and safe dose for her, usually within 48 to 72 hours of the first dose.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
An opioid-dependent woman may choose to begin treatment in an inpatient hospital setting where physicians can properly evaluate and monitor her condition as she begins methadone treatment. This inpatient stay typically lasts three days and often includes monitoring of fetal movement to determine the baby’s response to treatment.
Opiate detox symptoms
Lynox detoxification causes symptoms that often appear in two waves. Initially, the patient may feel anxious and agitated, and have trouble sleeping. He may have achy muscles, watery eyes, a runny nose and sweat or yawn excessively. Later, the individual may have stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. He may have dilated pupils and goose bumps. These symptoms fade after a few days and do not return unless the individual relapses to an opioid-dependent state.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Lynox detoxification depends mostly on the patient’s personal needs. She should choose the least restrictive setting that is still likely to provide safe and effective care. She should assess her own ability to refrain from drug use and refuse drugs when offered, and choose a method of treatment that best reflects her capabilities. She should choose the form of treatment that she feels most comfortable participating in and one that she believes will provide the most benefit to her.
Please contact us for more information on what form of Lynox detoxification might be right for you or your loved one.
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