What drugs help with OxyContin addiction?
Q: What drugs help with OxyContin addiction?
A: Although this question can take a whole book to answer, the short answer is that there are only two opioids that are approved for the treatment of OxyContin or other opioid addiction and two non-opioids used during OxyContin addiction treatment. Although these medication may not necessarily affect OxyContin withdrawal duration, they can help ease withdrawal symptoms and are a much more humane option than cold turkey off oxycodone.
Opioid medications for OxyContin addiction
1. Methadone – Methadone must be prescribed by a fully licensed Opioid Treatment Program. Methadone is used to treat addiction because it helps relieves symptoms associated with withdrawal from opiates, blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates and can relieve the craving for opiates that leads to relapse.
2. Buprenorphine – Better known as Suboxone, buprenorphine hcl can be prescribed by physicians with a special DEA license. Buprenorphine works by blocking the effects of opiates while offering opiate-like effects that appear likely to support abstinence from Oxy’s than a non-opiate or opiate antagonist.
Non-opioid medications to treat OxyContin addiction
3. Clonidine – Besides being a blood pressure medication, Clonidine also blocks many opioid withdrawal symptoms regulated by the autonomic nervous system: sweating, goose bumps, chills, nausea, and diarrhea.
4. Naltrexone – Naltrexone is an oral opioid blocker that can be started after you are through the opioid withdrawal, and provides a safety net because it blocks opioid effect if the patient does relapse on opioids. Naltrexone does not lessen cravings or have any opioid effect itself. This medication is now available in sustained release, once monthly injections.