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What are some detox medications?

Are they safe, and are they necessary? Will I be administered medications in detox?

Detox, whether it is from alcohol or drugs, is the process of eliminating the toxic chemicals that have collected in your system from your substance use as well as limiting the dangers of coming off those drugs. Suddenly quitting substance use can cause the body to react and go through withdrawal. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms that will vary depending on the substance use type, the amount of the substance used, the frequency that the substance is used and how long the substance has been used. To ease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, medical detox enlists the help of some detox medications.

Medications used during the detox process can help alleviate physical withdrawal symptoms. For example during alcohol detox, some individuals may experience certain physical symptoms such as fever, nausea and vomiting, headache, fatigue, insomnia, sweating and seizures; and they may also experience psychological symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, confusion and hallucinations.

Some detox medications used throughout the process are formulated to address certain withdrawal use as anxiety and seizures. The most commonly used detox medications are librium, valium, serax, tranxene and valrelease; all of which are part of the benzo family of drugs. Benzos affect the central nervous system to control seizures and to decrease anxiety. Individuals may be given a benzo during the detox process and after the withdrawal period has passed, they would possibly stop taking the drugs. In some cases, some patients have continued taking some medication after the detox for a little longer period.

Methadone, suboxone and subutex are some other detox medications. These drugs are all part of the opiate family of narcotics that include vicodin, morphine and oxycontin. Originally intended as a long term drug replacement method for detox; each of these work on the central nervous system to block the opioid receptors that block pain. However, research shows that some individuals start taking methadone or suboxone and the never stop taking it. Further, if you decide that you want to quit taking methadone, suboxone or subutex, you may experience withdrawal symptoms and possibly for a longer period of time.

IV therapy medical detox is generally seen as the best method for detox. IV therapy medical detox is administered under the supervision of a physician and implemented through intravenous therapy which makes it possible for the medication to be changed as withdrawal symptoms change and allows for an immediate effect, which ensures the patient's comfort and makes it possible for them to complete the detox process. In most upscale facilities patients are able to detox in a private room. It's important to make sure the facility you enter for detox is using safe precautions. The best detox will monitor your progress constantly ensuring your are safely detoxing from substance.

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