Oxyfast Detox

Doctors prescribe Oxyfast to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxyfast contains oxycodone, a powerful opioid pain reliever. Drug manufacturers make oxycodone and other opioids from derivatives of the opium poppy plant. Purdue Pharmaceuticals makes Oxyfast in capsules or in a solution for oral use. In 2010, U.S. pharmacists dispensed 58.2 million prescriptions for Oxyfast and other drugs containing oxycodone.

Oxycodone and other opioids work with the nervous system to change the way the brain interprets pain signals. The oxycodone in Oxyfast also causes sedation, relaxation and a pleasant euphoric feeling. Oxyfast causes other neurological and physical changes that become more permanent with regular opioid use. These changes affect the way an individual thinks, feels, and behaves, often having a negative effect on his ability to work, take care of responsibilities and interact with others.

Most people use Oxyfast as directed to treat real pain cause by an illness, an invasive surgical or medical procedure, or an injury. Some use Oxyfast or other opioids for non-medical reasons either to get high or to treat a condition unrelated to the one the doctor had intended to treat when she wrote the prescription. About 5 million Americans use painkillers like the oxycodone in Oxyfast for non-medical use every year.

Anyone who uses Oxyfast regularly for more than a few weeks can become physically dependent on opioids, whether the individual uses Oxyfast for therapeutic reasons or for non-medical purposes. According to statistics cited by the Institute of Addiction Medicine, almost 2 million Americans are dependent on the oxycodone in Oxyfast and other opioids.

The human body adapts to the presence of Oxyfast and, with regular use, begins to depend on a certain level of oxycodone to feel normal - the patient becomes opioid-dependent. When opioid levels drop drastically, the opioid-dependent body struggles to regain chemical balance. Doctors refer to this as Oxyfast detoxification.

The patient experiences his body’s struggle for Oxyfast detoxification through unpleasant, flu-like withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms start a few hours after the last dose of Oxyfast and persist for five or more days. Left uninterrupted, these withdrawal symptoms fade as the body completes the Oxyfast detoxification process. Withdrawal symptoms do not return unless the individual again becomes opioid-dependent.

Oxyfast detoxification can also refer to the medical process of lowering opioid levels and addressing withdrawal symptoms to bring patients to an opioid-free state. Oxyfast detoxification can occur at home, through an outpatient clinic or in an inpatient setting.

Oxyfast detoxification brings the patient to an opioid-free state but it does not change behaviors that may lead the individual back to drug abuse. Most opioid-dependent people benefit from rehabilitation that includes counseling and behavior modification techniques that help them lead drug-free lives. Rehabilitation helps participants recognize situations that could lead to drug use and gives them the tools they need to refuse drugs when offered.

Oxyfast detoxification brings the patient to a drug-free state, which facilitates his entry into a rehabilitation program. Detoxification helps him remain in rehabilitation long enough to reverse some of the neurological and physical changes brought about by chronic drug abuse, including those cognitive, emotional and behavioral alterations that interfered with his health and his ability to work and interact with others. Oxyfast detoxification helps a patient reclaim as much of his former life as possible.

Oxyfast detoxification promotes abstinence, decreases the frequency of relapses and reduces the severity of drug use episodes when relapses do occur. Detoxification helps the patient think clearly and improves his social and psychological well-being.

Types of Detox

Each person experiences opioid dependence in his own unique way. One person may have become dependent while taking Oxyfast as directed to treat a chronic illness, for example, while another might have started using Oxyfast to get high. Everyone has slightly different needs when it comes to Oxyfast detoxification too, so no single approach to treatment is right for everyone. Some people may even participate in several types of Oxyfast detoxification before finding one that helps them complete the detoxification process and achieve an opioid-free state.

In 2011, more than 21 million Americans needed treatment for an alcohol or drug abuse problem. Just over 10 percent of these people received the help they needed from a specialty clinic, such as an inpatient hospital, outpatient rehabilitation clinic or mental health center. Everyone else engaged in self-detoxification, worked with a family physician, got treatment in an emergency room or endured Oxyfast detoxification while incarcerated in a prison or local jail.

Each form of treatment is a viable choice if it brings the patient to an opioid-free state safely. Individual needs vary between patients, with some requiring more supervision and medical assistance than others.

Self Detox

When a patient becomes opioid-dependent while taking Oxyfast to treat chronic pain, his doctor might suggest he wean himself from Oxyfast. Those who become dependent after non-medical use may be able to reach an opioid-free state by taking a smaller dose of Oxyfast each day - just enough to stop withdrawal symptoms - until he completes the detoxification process.

Cold turkey

Tapering works well for most people but lingering withdrawal symptoms prevent many from quitting Oxyfast. These individuals might try quitting cold turkey, discontinuing Oxyfast abruptly in hopes of enduring withdrawal symptoms long enough to complete the detoxification process.

Natural remedies

Some try natural remedies to tame the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and use chamomile or cayenne to curb diarrhea, for example, or take ginger or peppermint to soothe nausea. Others use acupuncture, meditation, yoga, or massage to comfort the body during the Oxyfast detoxification process.

The internet features some homemade treatment plans that incorporate prescription and non-prescription drugs to ease Oxyfast detoxification. One well-known plan is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for Xanax or Librium to calm the patient and help him sleep, Imodium for diarrhea, vitamin B6 and supplements along with hot baths for muscle aches and restless leg syndrome plus L-Tyrosine for a burst of energy.

Medical Detox

Many patients respond well to medication-assisted detoxification, sometimes referred to as medical detox. Doctors prescribe opioid and non-opioid medications to control symptoms during Oxyfast detoxification. Medication-assisted detoxification can take place through an outpatient clinic or at an inpatient hospital setting.

Outpatient clinics usually provide opioid replacement drugs, such as methadone or buprenorphine, to help patients wean themselves from Oxyfast. Weak doses of these opioid drugs stop withdrawal symptoms but do not produce euphoria. The patient starts out on a high dose of the replacement drug during the induction phase then gradually reduces dosages over the course of several days during the tapering phase.


A German chemist first synthesized methadone as a pain reliever in 1939. Doctors around the world still prescribe methadone as an analgesic but, in the 1960s, doctors realized its potential as an opioid replacement drug. In 1964, doctors began using methadone to tame a heroin epidemic sweeping across New York City. The FDA approved methadone for this use in 1972.


Patients may take buprenorphine to control withdrawal symptoms during Oxyfast detoxification. The patient places a buprenorphine tablet under his tongue, where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream. While there is no set tapering schedule, some patients can complete detoxification in as little as one week, spending the first one to three days in the induction phase and tapering during days four through seven.

Suboxone and Subutex

It is possible to abuse buprenorphine to get high through intravenous administration. The individual dissolves the buprenorphine tablet before injecting it into a vein. Drug makers deter abuse by adding naloxone to the brand name buprenorphine products, Suboxone and Subutex. When taken under the tongue as directed, naloxone has little to no effect. When taken intravenously, however, naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine to prevent the consumer from getting high. Additionally, intravenous administration of naloxone causes withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent consumers.

Inpatient care typically offers safe and effective anti-withdrawal medications along with the greatest level of structure and support. During inpatient Oxyfast detoxification, patients receive Hydroxyzine or Promethazine to soothe nausea, Loperamide to stop diarrhea, and Clonidine to soothe a variety of symptoms including watery eyes, sweating and restlessness. Nurses monitor inpatients closely and respond to any complications that may develop.

Inpatient Oxyfast detoxification is helpful for anyone whose withdrawal symptoms prevent him from completing the detoxification process. Someone with a documented history of not participating in or benefiting from less restrictive forms of treatment may respond to inpatient care.

Inpatient care is appropriate for anyone at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or has an increased risk for complications during Oxyfast detoxification. Anyone with pre-existing illnesses, co-existing substance abuse problems or has struggled with chronic or severe opioid-dependence can benefit from inpatient care.

Inpatient Oxyfast detoxification is necessary for anyone recovering from an overdose or who cannot otherwise receive safe treatment in an outpatient setting. A person with serious psychiatric problems that prevent full participation at an outpatient clinic should seek inpatient care, especially someone with acute psychosis or depression with suicidal thoughts or who might pose a danger to his own safety or to the safety of others.

Rapid Opiate Detox

Most patients could benefit from rapid detox to achieve an opioid-free state. During rapid detox, doctors sedate and anesthetized the patient before administering the usual detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs. Rapid detox patients doze in a comfortable “twilight sleep” during Oxyfast detoxification, awakening a few hours later feeling refreshed and renewed.

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We are a group of board-certified anesthesiologists and other dedicated medical professionals. We have helped thousands of people complete the detoxification process and achieve a drug-free state since opening the doors of our fully accredited hospital more than a decade ago. We specialize in rapid detox procedures to help patients achieve an opioid-free state in hours instead of in days or weeks.
We treat our patients as human beings, not as drug addicts. We pre-screen patients in our accredited facility to discover any pre-existing conditions that could undermine the patient’s success. We then create an individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s personal needs. After we help patients complete Oxyfast detoxification, we stabilize their condition before inviting them to complete treatment in our quality aftercare facility.

Detox Comparisons

Every approach to Oxyfast detoxification has its advantages and drawbacks but it is often helpful to compare the various forms of detoxification.

Without anti-withdrawal drugs or the expense of professional guidance, self-detoxification is the least expensive approach to Oxyfast detoxification and does bring the patient to an opioid-free state in a week or two. However, the absence of anti-withdrawal drugs and professional guidance increases the risk for uncontrolled side effects resulting in dangerous complications.

Outpatient treatment addresses withdrawal symptoms and provides professional supervision but a patient could have trouble quitting the replacement drug and remain in an opioid-dependent state for months or years. The average length of stay for detoxification is 4 days, compared with 197 days for medication-assisted therapy.

Inpatient care provides the greatest protection from withdrawal symptoms and complications, which improves detoxification completion rates. 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.

As compared with all other forms of Oxyfast detoxification, rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach. Rapid detox offers complete detoxification in a matter of hours, not days or months. Rapid detox patients experience very little discomfort so they are most likely to complete treatment when compared to participants of other programs.

Detox Possible Complications

Oxyfast detoxification is not normally a life-threatening process but severe withdrawal symptoms, pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, acute or chronic Oxyfast dependence, and co-existing substance abuse problems can result in dangerous complications.

The primary complication associated with all forms of Oxyfast detoxification is relapse, which always returns the patient to an opioid-dependent state. The patient may relapse to Oxyfast to stop uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms or he may return to Oxyfast abuse sometime after completing the detoxification process.

Relapse increases the risk for suffering a fatal overdose. The detoxification process reduces the patient’s tolerance of Oxyfast, making him more sensitive to the effects of oxycodone. Oxyfast detoxification makes it possible for the patient to overdose on a weaker dose than he used to take before experiencing minor withdrawal symptoms for even a short time. Overdose from Oxyfast and other opioid analgesics killed 14,800 Americans in 2008, claiming more lives than overdose from cocaine and heroin combined.

Self Detox Possible Complications

Uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms caused by self-detoxification may complicate the detoxification process. Without anti-withdrawal drugs or professional support, extreme and prolonged vomiting or diarrhea can cause dehydration or imbalances in electrolytes, such as dangerously low potassium and sodium levels.

The Oxyfast detoxification process and its associated withdrawal symptoms may worsen previously undiagnosed health conditions caused by drug abuse. Without screening and proper medical care, a worsened ailment can cause unexpected and potentially serious complications. For example, Oxyfast detoxification may increase blood pressure, heart rate and sweating, which can worsen some heart conditions. Withdrawal also causes anxiety that can aggravate pre-existing anxiety disorders. Detoxification can cause the return of pain in patients who take Oxyfast to treat a chronic pain condition.

Outpatient Care Possible Complications

Many patients have trouble quitting replacement drugs, remaining on methadone or buprenorphine for months or years before reaching an opioid-free state. Some people remain on methadone for the rest of their lives.

Methadone is not entirely safe either. Even though methadone sales represent only about 2 percent of the prescription painkiller market, this drug accounts for about a third of all opioid deaths. The number of fatal methadone overdoses is on the rise; in 2009, there were 5.5 times as many deaths associated with methadone as there were in 1999. Most of these cases involved methadone abuse and combining methadone with other drugs. Buprenorphine also carries an associated risk for intravenous abuse.

Inpatient Detox Possible Complications

While inpatient care provides the greatest protection against withdrawal symptoms and complications, withdrawal from multiple substances can interfere with Oxyfast detoxification, especially withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives, and anti-anxiety drugs.

A patient may suffer an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to the drugs used during inpatient Oxyfast detoxification.

Rapid Detox Possible Complications

Rarely, a patient may suffer an allergic reaction or problems relating to the drugs used in rapid detox procedures. Strong doses of sedatives can cause problems with breathing, blood pressure and pulse. A patient may experience bruising, swelling or infection at the anesthesia injection site.

Detox Myths

Medical researchers and detoxification specialists have unearthed a mountain of information about opioid dependence and detoxification but myths surrounding drug abuse and recovery prevent many people from getting the help they need to lead a drug-free live. Learning the facts about Oxyfast detoxification improves the individual’s chances of completing the detoxification process in a safe and efficient way.

Self Detox Myths

Myth: Self-detoxification is just a matter of discipline - anyone can do it if he has enough willpower.
Fact: Self-control is an important part of abstaining from drug use, but Oxyfast detoxification is an intense physiological that causes actual symptoms that can result in serious complications.

Myth: Home remedies are safe as long as they incorporate prescription and non-prescription drugs to cover withdrawal symptoms.
Fact: Only a doctor has the medical education and legal power to prescribe safe, effective drugs for Oxyfast detoxification. Combining prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause dangerous drug interactions.

Outpatient Detox Myths

Myth: It is more cost-effective to throw drug addicts in prison than to provide treatment.
Fact: A year of methadone treatment costs about $4,700 per patient while that same year of imprisonment runs about $24,000 per prisoner.

Myth: Scientists originally names methadone after Adolf Hitler.
Fact: One brand name preparation of methadone, Dolophine, combines the Latin word for pain - dolor - with the French word for end, fin.

Myth: Methadone rots your bones.
Fact: Inadequate methadone doses may cause bone ache, a symptom of methadone withdrawal.

Inpatient Detox Myths

Myth: Opioid dependence is hopeless - everyone always relapses.
Fact: Relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma.

Myth: Communities cannot afford drug treatment programs at this time.
Fact: Drug treatment actually saves money in the community. For every dollar they spend on drug treatment, a community saves $4 to $7 in reduced crime rates and associated criminal justice costs. Factor in healthcare costs associated with drug abuse and these savings rise to $12 gained for every dollar spent.

Rapid Detox Myths

Myth: The pain and humiliation associated with Oxyfast detoxification is necessary to teach the patient a lesson about abusing drugs. This discomfort serves as a reminder to avoid drug use in the future.
Fact: Suffering is never an appropriate part of any humane treatment plan. In fact, the uncomfortable and demoralizing aspects of Oxyfast detoxification actually prevent some patients from completing the process. Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach to medical detoxification in that it facilitates the detoxification process, bringing patients to an opioid-free state quickly and without any unnecessary discomfort.

Myth: It takes days or weeks to complete Oxyfast detoxification and achieve an opioid-free state.
Fact: Rapid detox brings the patient to an opioid-free state in one to two hours.

Detox and Pregnancy
Opioid-dependent women are at higher risk for certain medical conditions than are non-dependent women. Drug abuse increases the chances a woman will suffer anemia, blood infections, problems with her heart, mood disorders including depression, hepatitis, and pneumonia. Drug abuse places a woman at increased risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Dependence on Oxyfast or other opioids increases the risk for gestational diabetes, or blood sugar levels that fluctuate wildly during pregnancy.

These conditions increase the risk a woman will experience complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The mother may hemorrhage and suffer uncontrolled bleeding, or experience inflammation or separation of the tissues shared by the mother and unborn baby, slow fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion and fetal death. Methadone reduces these complications and is currently the only approved approach for treating Oxyfast dependence in pregnant women.
A baby born to a woman who uses Oxyfast or other opioids during pregnancy may suffer from low birth weight, seizures, breathing problems, feeding difficulties or withdrawal symptoms during the first weeks or months of life. These babies may die. Hospitals will keep babies born to women taking methadone during pregnancy for 72 hours after delivery for close observation.

Self Detox and Pregnancy

Self-detoxification during pregnancy may not be safe, as opioid dependence can cause complications for both mother and baby during pregnancy, labor and delivery. A pregnant woman should discuss a methadone maintenance program with her doctor.

Outpatient and Pregnancy

A pregnant woman can start methadone maintenance through an outpatient clinic. The physician will start the woman on a low dose of methadone, usually 10 to 20 mg, and increase dosages slowly until finding a dose that safely stops her withdrawal symptoms. Some women will need stronger doses to cover withdrawal symptoms towards the end of her pregnancy. Maximum dose of methadone is 60 mg.

Inpatient and Pregnancy

Pregnant women should start methadone treatments as an inpatient, where doctors can adjust dosages careful while nurses monitor the health of the mother and unborn baby. Most hospitals use fetal movement monitoring equipment to determine the baby’s response to treatment. The woman can expect to stay in the hospital for around three days.

Opiate detox symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms associated with Oxyfast detoxification usually appear in two waves, with the first set of symptoms beginning a few hours after the last dose. At first, the patient will feel agitated and anxious, and he may have trouble sleeping. His eyes may be watery and his nose runny. He may complain of muscle aches and seem to be sweating or yawning excessively.

Later, the patient develops stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. His pupils may enlarge and he might have goose bumps on his skin. These symptoms fade as the patient completes Oxyfast detoxification and do not return.

What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Oxyfast detoxification depends on individual needs. The person should assess his own ability to cooperate with treatment and refrain from drug abuse, and choose the form of treatment that provides the structure and support that best reflects the individual’s capabilities. He should opt for whatever treatment approach offers the most flexibility, yet is still likely to bring the patient to an opioid-free state in a safe and effective manner.



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