Medications for Withdrawal Management
If you're experiencing withdrawal symptoms be sure to follow the guidance from your provider on medication utilization. Below, you'll find a recap of the common medication options for withdrawal management.
Nausea Medication: Ondansetron (Zofran) Common dose: 4mg or 8 mg every 8 hours Side effects: minimal Nausea / Other GI Side Effects Medication: Dicyclomine (Bentyl) Common dose: 20 mg four times a day Side effects: minimal
Sleep disturbance Medication: Quetiapine (Seroquel) Common dose: 25-50 mg at bedtime Side effects: Increased appetite, restless legs, dizziness, grogginess in a.m., low blood pressure Withdrawal Anxiety, Body Aches Medication: Clonidine Common dose: 0.1-0.2 mg four times a day Side effects: Low blood pressure, dizziness, sleepiness/sedation, dry mouth
Anxiety Medication: Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) Common dose: 25050 mg four times daily Side effects: Sedation, dry mouth, dizziness
Additionally, some over the counter medications may help with the following withdrawal symptoms:
Body Aches OTC Medication: Ibuprofen (Motrin) Take as directed Side effects: GI upset
Diarrhea OTC Medication: Loperamide (Imodium) Take as directed Side effects: GI upset, constipation