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Overview

Withdrawal Symptoms: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

There are no synonyms to withdrawal symptoms.

How is the treatment done?

Withdrawal symptoms generally arise due to the absence of a drug. This could be drugs like marijuana, LSD, or simpler forms of pain relievers or antidepressants. These could also include alcohol. The individual depends highly on these drugs to carry out day to day functions. The absence of these drugs makes the individual’s routine haywire and cause him or her to show signs of withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms include goosebumps, anxiety, common sweating, vomiting and muscle pain.

Withdrawal symptoms occur because the body is desensitized to the intake of drugs for a long time. If the body senses a minimisation or absence of that drug intake, the adaptation takes time causing the person to feel woozy. The nerve receptors in the brain become accustomed to this type of dependency and the absence makes the receptors respond in a severe way causing symptoms that would mentally and physically harm the patient.

Individuals generally become dependant on the drug or alcohol to relieve themselves of stress or pain. In most cases, the individuals do not even realise that they are dependant on the drugs and alcohol in the first place, which leads to withdrawal symptoms later to combat the loss.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Withdrawal symptoms can be treated with ease. The physician might require the patient’s medical history and also ask about the drug usage.A urine sample or blood test might be taken to check the same.

Mil symptoms of withdrawal can be treated with aspirin, acetaminophen and inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. This can be accompanied by proper hours of rest. Being in a controlled environment would help the patient to control his or her symptoms.

Severe cases of withdrawal would require the patient to be hospitalised. Medications can also be used in an inpatient setting, generally known as clonidine. This medicine is effective and reduces the symptoms by 50 to 75%.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Anyone going through withdrawal symptoms can undergo treatment. In case of babies, the doctor would be strictly supervising the infant at all times.

Are there any side effects?

There are no restrictions for treating withdrawal symptoms.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no side effects for treating withdrawal symptoms.

How long does it take to recover?

The patient is required to rest properly and maintain himself or herself in a controlled environment by all means.

The individual has to learn to stay without drugs or alcohol. Dependency on the same cannot be repeated and it would be advisable to stay away from substance abuse in the first place.

Constant follow-ups with the doctor should be maintained by the patient to keep himself or herself in check and note the pace of progress.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

It takes about a month or two to recover from withdrawal symptoms.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

In India, the price for treatment of withdrawal symptoms range from Rs. 500 to Rs, 2, 500 depending upon the severity of the issue.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment are not permanent as these symptoms can arise again, in contact with the drugs.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 500 - Rs. 2,500.

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Popular Questions & Answers

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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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