- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Oxycodone And Acetaminophen
Magnacet contains oxycodone, a powerful semi-synthetic opioid drug made from extracts of the opium poppy plant. Oxycodone and other opioids work with the nervous system to change the way the brain receives pain signals. Opioids cause other neurological effects, including sedation, relaxation and euphoria.
Doctors prescribe Magnacet to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Most patients take Magnacet as directed but some people use this drug for non-medical reasons, either to get high or to relieve pain not associated with the condition the doctor intended to treat when she wrote the prescription. About 5 million Americans use painkillers like Magnacet for non-medical reasons each year.
Anyone who uses Magnacet regularly for more than a few weeks, whether for therapeutic or non-medical reasons, can become dependent on these opioids. Approximately 2 million Americans are physically dependent on opioids such as the oxycodone in Magnacet.
The body adapts to the presence of Magnacet to the point of depending on certain levels of oxycodone to feel normal. When oxycodone levels fall drastically, the opioid-dependent body struggles to maintain chemical stability. The opioid-dependent person experiences this struggle through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Doctors refer to this as detoxification.
Magnacet detoxification causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent person. These symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose of Magnacet and continue for several days. Left uninterrupted, these symptoms fade by themselves as the body completes the detoxification process. Withdrawal symptoms do not return unless the individual returns to an opioid-dependent state.
Detoxification can also refer to the medical procedure of using drugs to control withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted detoxification is available through many inpatient and outpatient clinics.
Magnacet detoxification promotes abstinence. It not only reduces the frequency of drug abuse episodes but also decreases their severity when relapses do occur. Detoxification restores the patient’s physical health, clarifies his thought patterns and improves his social and psychological well-being. Magnacet detoxification helps patients return to work.
Magnacet detoxification is only one part of recovery from opioid dependence and, by itself, does little to change the behaviors associated with drug abuse. Patients should follow up Magnacet detoxification with rehabilitation to learn how to live a drug-free life. Magnacet detoxification helps patients remain in rehabilitation long enough to restore some of the function lost through drug dependence.
Types of Detox
Everyone experiences recovery from opioid-dependence in a different way, so no single treatment plan is appropriate for everyone. Furthermore, a person’s needs change as he progresses through the recovery process so someone may participate in several forms of treatment before achieving a drug-free state.
Of the people who need help for substance abuse, only about 10 percent receive it from a specialty clinic, such as an inpatient hospital, inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation facility or mental health centers. Others receive help from a facility without trained workers or attempt Magnacet self-detoxification.
Doctors recommend patients who take Magnacet for more than a few weeks to treat chronic pain try weaning themselves from this powerful opioids by taking smaller doses each day. Many patients are able to quit Magnacet this way but stubborn withdrawal symptoms prevent some people from tapering use.
Some try Magnacet detoxification by quitting cold turkey, or discontinuing Magnacet abruptly in hopes withstanding withdrawal symptoms long enough to complete the detoxification process. The phrase “cold turkey” refers to how the skin resembles frozen poultry during the detoxification process: pale, cold and clammy with goose bumps.
Some people use natural remedies to ease the discomfort of Magnacet detoxification, incorporating yoga, massage, acupuncture or meditation into the home treatment plan. Others use herbal remedies to ease withdrawal symptoms, such as ginger or peppermint for nausea or chamomile and cayenne for diarrhea.
Many people take a scientific approach to self-detoxification by adding prescription and non-prescription drugs to the home treatment plan. One such remedy is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for a benzodiazepine such as Xanax or Librium to calm nerves and help with sleep at night and L-Tyrosine for a burst of energy during the day. Vitamin B, supplements and hot bathes ease muscle aches while Imodium curbs diarrhea.
Medication-assisted detoxification provides maximum protection from withdrawal symptoms. Patients may participate in outpatient or inpatient care.
Patients who have been opioid-dependent for more than a year and who require little supervision may try outpatient detoxification. Patients start out on a high dose of buprenorphine and gradually reduce dosage until they receive a drug-free state.
Patients may also participate in drug replacement therapy, which uses an opioid like methadone or buprenorphine to delay the detoxification process while the patient participates in rehabilitation. Once the patient learns how to live without drugs, he weans himself from the replacement drug.
German laboratories synthesized methadone in 1939. Doctors prescribed it only as a pain reliever until 1964, when specialists 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. These patients come to an approved clinic each day to drink a beverage containing methadone.
Patients may use buprenorphine as part of drug replacement therapy or as a way for patients to wean themselves from Magnacet. Doctors start patients on doses high enough to prevent withdrawal symptom then instruct patients to take a weaker dose each time they use buprenorphine.
Buprenorphine treatment is more flexible than with methadone. Patients need to take buprenorphine only three times a week by placing a tablet under the tongue where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream.
Suboxone and Subutex
Some individuals abuse buprenorphine to get high by dissolving the tablet and injecting the drug into a vein. Drug manufacturers deter this abuse by adding naloxone to the brand name buprenorphine preparations, Suboxone and Subutex. Naloxone has little to no effect when taken as directed under the tongue but when injected into a vein, naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine to prevent the patient from feeling euphoria. Additionally, naloxone causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent person.
Inpatient Magnacet detoxification brings the patient to an opioid-free state. Most inpatient programs use a variety of medications to ease withdrawal symptoms to make the detoxification process easier to bare and increase the chances the individual will complete the detoxification process. For example, doctors will administer one drug to ease nausea, a second medication to calm anxiety and still another for diarrhea.
Inpatient treatment is for anyone who wants to increase his chances for successfully detoxifying his body from Magnacet. It is appropriate for anyone with a documented history of not engaging in or benefiting from less restrictive programs.
Magnacet detoxification works best in an inpatient setting for those who is at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or complications, or who has co-existing conditions that make outpatient detoxification unsafe.
Inpatient treatment is mandatory for anyone recovering from a drug overdose or who cannot receive treatment safely as an outpatient, and for those with psychiatric problems that impair the ability to participate in outpatient care. Patients with acute psychosis, depression with suicidal thoughts, or who exhibit behaviors that may pose a danger to the patient or to others must seek help in an inpatient setting.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox offers safe, complete Magnacet detoxification while the patient dozes. Rapid detox patients receive anesthesia and sedatives prior to the standard detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so that they rest in a pleasant “twilight sleep” during the detoxification process, unaware of any discomfort. Patients awaken a few hours later, refreshed and renewed.
Our detox center: Who we are and what we do
We are a fully accredited hospital, staffed by board certified anesthesiologists and other specially trained healthcare workers. Our staff has delivered compassionate care to thousands of patients for more than a decade, helping people reach an opioid-free state in a comfortable and dignified manner.
We treat our patients as humans, not as drug addicts. We believe suffering is unnecessary and can even undermine success.
We screen patients in our technically advance facility, looking for pre-existing conditions that may complicate Magnacet detoxification. We develop a detailed treatment plan based on patient’s personal needs before delivering complete Magnacet detoxification through rapid detox procedures. Once we stabilize the patient’s condition, they may choose to continue treatment in our qualified aftercare center to improve the chances for success even more.
Each form of Magnacet detoxification has its advantages and drawback. Self-detoxification is the least expensive approach to Magnacet detoxification and, without public exposure at outpatient clinics or hospital, self-detoxification offers more privacy than other forms of treatment. However, without anti-withdrawal drugs or professional guidance, self-detoxification is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms and high rates of complications including relapse.
Outpatient detoxification offers anti-withdrawal drugs to make this approach more comfortable than self-detoxification. Outpatient detoxification also usually includes counseling and professional guidance to enhance results. Unfortunately, some patients have trouble quitting the drugs supplied by outpatient clinics and remain in treatment for months or years.
Inpatient care provides maximum protection against withdrawal symptoms and complications, providing complete Magnacet detoxification. Inpatient brings the patient to an opioid-free state through the use of anti-withdrawal drugs and procedures to keep the patient comfortable. Inpatient stay requires less time than outpatient care, with 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 approach, offering complete detoxification in the shortest possible time. Rapid detox brings the patient to a drug-free state in hours rather than days or months. Rapid detox frees the patient from the uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that interfere with recovery.
Detox Possible Complications
Magnacet detoxification is not normally a life threatening procedure but withdrawal symptoms and pre-existing conditions may cause dangerous complications. Long-term or severe drug abuse increases the risk for complications that can interfere with recovery efforts.
Relapse is the chief complication associated with Magnacet detoxification. Relapse could cause an overdose, as detoxification lowers the individual’s tolerance of opioids and makes him more sensitive to their effects. Because of reduced tolerance, it is possible for someone to overdose on a weaker dose of Magnacet than he used to take before he experienced even minor withdrawal symptoms.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Without the protection of anti-withdrawal drugs or professional guidance, patients who attempt self-detoxification face an increased risk for complications. Prolonged and excessive vomiting and diarrhea may lead to dehydration. Patients may suffer aspiration, which happens when the patient vomits and inhales stomach contents. Aspiration can introduce fluid into the lungs and result in lung infections.
The detoxification process could worsen co-existing health problems or substance abuse issues; on the other hand, these problems can make withdrawal symptoms worse to increase the risk for aspiration and dehydration.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
Inadequate doses of outpatient detoxification drugs may leave the patient with residual withdrawal symptoms that could lead to complications including relapse. Outpatient detoxification may not bring patients to an opioid-free state.
Some patients become dependent on the drugs used in outpatient detoxification or maintenance treatments. While methadone brings relief to thousands of opioid-dependent people, about half of all methadone users are unable to quit this replacement drug and remain on methadone for the rest of their lives.
Methadone is not completely safe either. Methadone may cause life-threatening slowed heartbeat and breathing problems. The risk for complications is highest with the first doses of methadone, when switching from another opioid to methadone, and after dosage increases. Patients should seek help immediately if they experience trouble breathing, slow and shallow breathing or heartbeat that is fast, slow or irregular. Other signs of serious complications that require attention include extreme drowsiness and feeling faint, dizzy or confused.
Overdose from prescription painkillers like Magnacet claim the lives of more than 15,500 Americans each year, and methadone now accounts for nearly one-third of those overdoses. The number of deaths associated with methadone overdose has skyrocketed in recent years: in 2009, there were 5.5 times as many deaths associated with methadone as there were in 1999. Many of these deaths are associated with recreational use.
Buprenorphine also carries the risk for abuse as recreational users dissolve and inject this drug intravenously.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
Inpatient Magnacet detoxification provides maximum protection against withdrawal symptoms and complications but patients may still suffer problems resulting from pre-existing conditions and withdrawal from other substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Rarely, someone can have an allergic reaction or experience complications associated with the drugs used in rapid detox procedures. Anesthesia may cause infection, swelling or bruising at the needle injection site. High doses of sedatives can complicate breathing, pulse and blood pressure.
People have been using opium products to relieve pain for centuries and scientists have been studying the effects of opioids for decades. Despite all this research and the pressing need for treatment in the United States, myths shrouding Magnacet detoxification prevent many people from getting the help they need.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Self-detoxification is just mind over matter - anyone with enough willpower can quit Magnacet.
Fact: While self-control is an important part of abstaining from drug abuse, Magnacet detoxification is an intense physiological process that causes real discomfort.
Myth: The Magnacet detoxification process should be as uncomfortable as possible to teach the patient a lesson.
Fact: Punishment is never a part of a humane treatment plan.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe are safe and effective because it uses prescription drugs to ease discomfort.
Fact: Using multiple prescription and non-prescription medications may lead to dangerous drug interactions that could complicate treatment. Only a physician has the medical education and legal power to develop a proper treatment plan and prescribe drugs.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: It is cheaper to let opioid-dependent people “dry out” in jail than to provide medical treatment.
Fact: A year of jail One year of methadone costs an average of $4,700 per patient. One year of imprisonment costs about $24,000 per person.
Myth: Methadone rots your bones and teeth.
Fact: Bone ache is a symptom of methadone withdrawal, relieved by higher doses of methadone. Like other drugs, methadone can cause a dry mouth. This promotes the growth of plaque on teeth, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Methadone consumers should use good oral hygiene practices and drink plenty of water each day.
Myth: Methadone causes weight gain.
Fact: Methadone may slow metabolism and cause urinary retention. Additionally, methadone restores a healthy appetite lost through chronic drug abuse.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Magnacet detoxification is pointless because everyone relapses eventually.
Fact: Relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma. Treatment reduces the incidence of relapses and decreases their severity when drug use episodes do occur.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Prolonged suffering is an important part of Magnacet detoxification - it serves as a deterrent to future drug abuse.
Fact: Suffering is never part of any professional treatment plan. Rapid detox offers the most humane approach to medical detoxification. Rapid detox patients enjoy a pleasant twilight sleep for a couple of hours instead of enduring endless days of painful and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that can interfere with a successful recovery.
Detox and Pregnancy
Magnacet detoxification is unsafe for pregnant women as dangerous complications may develop for the mother or the unborn child. Currently, methadone maintenance is the only approved approach to treating opioid dependence in pregnant women.
Opioid-dependent women are at higher risk for certain medical conditions that can complicate pregnancy, such as anemia, blood infections, hepatitis, heart disease, pneumonia, depression and other mood disorders. Opioid-dependence increases the risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Magnacet dependence increases the risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery; methadone reduces these complications. These complications include hemorrhage that leads to uncontrolled bleeding, irritation or separation of the tissues and membranes surrounding the baby, slowed fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion and fetal death.
Self Detox and Pregnancy
Complications make self-detoxification unsafe for both the mother and the unborn baby.
Outpatient and Pregnancy
Most outpatient clinics start pregnant women on 10 to 20 mg of methadone and increases dosages by 5 - 10 mg each day until doctors determine a safe, effective dose with a maximum of 60 mg per day. Patients come to the outpatient clinic twice a day for treatment and observation for the first two to three days then decrease visits to just once a day.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
It is more convenient and safe for some women to initiate methadone treatment in an inpatient facility where healthcare workers can properly monitor the health of the mother and unborn child. This inpatient stay typically lasts three days.
Babies born to women taking methadone during pregnancy will remain under close observation in the hospital for 72 hours after delivery. Women taking methadone may breastfeed.
Opiate detox symptoms
Magnacet detoxification symptoms usually appear in two waves, with the first set of symptoms beginning a few hours after the last dose of Magnacet. In the early stages, the patient may have trouble sleeping and feel agitated or anxious. He may have achy muscles, watery eyes, a runny nose and might sweat or yawn excessively.
Later, the patient may develop a stomachache and suffer diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. His pupils may dilate and he may get goose bumps on his skin.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Magnacet detoxification depends on personal needs. The individual should choose the least restrictive form of treatment that is still likely to provide safe and effective care. He should assess his own ability to refrain from drug abuse and choose a treatment program that reduces his potential for relapse.