What are the Signs & Symptoms of the Different Prescription Drug Withdrawals?
Symptoms of Prescription Opioid Withdrawal
Flu-like symptoms, such as night sweats, body tremors, watery eyes and a runny nose, profuse yawning, sleep-related issues, gastrointestinal problems like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and intense anxiety. Medical detox is necessary because the intense cravings associated with opioid withdrawal often lead individuals back to active use before the detox process is complete.
Symptoms of Prescription Stimulant Withdrawal
Excessive fatigue and drowsiness, increased appetite, general feelings of physical discomfort, intense and persistent headaches, profuse sweating and body tremors. The psychological symptoms of stimulant withdrawal – such as anxiety, panic attacks and an overall depressed mood – are typically more severe than the physical symptoms.
Symptoms of Prescription Depressant or Tranquilizer Withdrawal
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, intense muscle cramping and body aches, increased body temperature, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and heart palpitations and seizure. These symptoms can be life-threatening if not professionally treated in a medical detox setting.
Which Prescription Drug Withdrawals Are Fatal?
The symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal can be fatal if left untreated. Even those who have been misusing a benzodiazepine medication like Xanax, Valium of Klonopin for a short period of time can experience severe and potentially life-threatening physical symptoms, including heart attacks and seizures. While the symptoms associated with opioid and stimulant withdrawal are not typically life-threatening, the physical symptoms can be harshly uncomfortable, and the psychological symptoms can lead to serious complications. Regardless of which type of prescription drug you were using, a short stay in an inpatient detox center is always a good idea.