Darvocet is an opioid drug that is no longer sold in licensed markets in the United States, though it can still be found illegally. It has been banned because it has propoxyphene in it, which caused serious health problems and unexpected death in a number of cases. It is an opioid and a pain reliever.
Many people became addicted to the drug while it was being prescribed, sometimes becoming overwhelmed by its mental and physical effects. At higher dosages, the physical effects of Darvocet can cause one to feel euphoric, sleepy, or extremely comfortable.
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Mentally, Darvocet blocks natural pain receptors in the brain, which makes stopping Darvocet use an uncomfortable and painful process.
Those that are taking Darvocet now are likely to be misusing or abusing the drug since they are not able to get this prescription from a doctor.
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What Are Darvocet Withdrawal Symptoms?
As an opioid, Darvocet binds to the opioid receptors in your brain. These receptors are designed to bind with your brain’s version of opioids called endorphins. Endorphins and opioid receptors are responsible for managing your body’s pain response. When the receptors are activated, it blocks pain signals all over the body.
Opioids like Darvocet are even more powerful, so they’re useful in treating moderate to severe pain. However, your body can also grow accustomed to the drug in your system and come to rely on it. If you stop using the drug when your brain has come to rely on the chemical, your brain chemistry will be thrown off balance. This is what causes withdrawal symptoms.
Darvocet withdrawal symptoms come in stages and vary in severity. At the beginning of Darvocet withdrawal, a patient may expect to feel the following symptoms:
- Teary eyes and nose
- Aching muscles or body parts
Later, as withdrawal symptoms deepen, a patient can expect to feel the following symptoms:
- Stomach cramps
- Enlarged pupils
It should be noted that the level of intensity and the number of withdrawal symptoms will be different from patient to patient. The withdrawal experience may be shorter or longer, depending on factors like:
- Drug dosage
- How long they’ve been taking the drug
- Frequency of use
- History of addiction or relapse
- Overall health condition
- Support structure
- Polydrug use
- Dietary habits
- Taper schedule
Those with a strong addiction to Darvocet will, in general, have a harder time with symptoms and will feel them more intensely, while those with milder addictions can expect to recover more easily. Medical detox under the supervision of addiction specialists is always recommended.
What Are the Stages of the Darvocet Withdrawal Timeline?
As stated above, the timeline can vary from person to person. In addition, those with deeper addictions may have longer withdrawal timelines than those who have lesser addictions.
Nevertheless, one can expect the following general timeline during a Darvocet withdrawal period:
Day 1 – The earliest symptoms, such as agitation, anxiety, as well as tearing eyes and running nose, will begin between six and 12 hours after the last dose of Darvocet is taken. These symptoms will persist throughout much of the withdrawal period or may come and go.
Days 2-4 – This is the hardest part of the Darvocet withdrawal timeline and the period during which relapse is most tempting. Therefore, medical supervision and family support should be sought for these days in particular. Symptoms experienced include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. The patient may feel the worst during these two days, although if they can make it through, their chances of recovery improve significantly.
Days 5-7 – Symptoms should start to fade across the board nearing the end of the first week, although withdrawal can still pose a challenge for some. Mental issues, such as anxiety or depression, may persist for some time, although these problems can be treated to greater degrees with ongoing treatment at a recovery facility.
Days 8 and beyond – Physical symptoms should be minimal by this point in the withdrawal process. However, this may depend on the taper schedule. Fatigue and cravings may continue for another week or so, as well as some anxiety and depression for some people. Ongoing treatment and support are recommended.
What if I Quit Cold Turkey?
If you decide to stop using Darvocet today, you will start to experience uncomfortable symptoms within the first 24 hours. If you were used to a high dose, and you quit abruptly, you are more likely to experience more intense symptoms.
Darvocet withdrawal isn’t known to be life-threatening, even to people that quit cold turkey. However, withdrawal may trigger uncomfortable symptoms and powerful compulsions to use opioids again.
Although quitting immediately (“cold turkey”) can seem like the most straightforward method, it should be avoided.
This is because quitting cold turkey is often done without medical assistance, which can be dangerous. This could throw the body into immediate shock by withholding a drug it had come to rely on.
Opioids aren’t typically deadly, but if you have other medical complications, withdrawal could worsen them. For instance, withdrawal can cause dehydration, changes in blood pressure, and changes in your heart rate. People vulnerable to these changes, like people with heart disease, might be at risk of serious medical complications if they go through withdrawal without medical treatment.
However, relapse is more likely than life-threatening symptoms. The withdrawal comes with extremely uncomfortable symptoms and powerful drug cravings. If you are on your own, your compulsions to use may be more than you can resist. Addiction is characterized by compulsions to repeat an activity like drug use, despite harmful consequences.
Why Should I Detox?
Detoxing is the process by which the body’s physiological dependence on Darvocet is broken. The process can be unpleasant and even potentially dangerous without medical intervention.
Medical detox involves 24-hour medically managed care with the goal of keeping you safe through detox. Detox programs can also mitigate the discomfort you feel when you go through withdrawal as much as possible. If you have other medical conditions or complications, they may also be managed in detox treatment.
Detoxing via a tapering method, where a medical professional slowly lowers the amount of opioids given to a patient, trains the body to go without the drug over time. Eventually, the opioid levels reach zero, and the patient’s body learns to cope without it. This method is safer overall and makes eventual sobriety easier to maintain.
What is the Next Treatment Step?
Once detoxing is complete, treatment at a recovery facility can help instill proper habits and emotional support to ensure that relapse does not occur in the future. There are several types of rehab treatment available, depending on your preference or home life.
Residential treatment allows you to reside at a licensed facility for the duration of their treatment. During this time, emotional and physical support is made available at any time of the day. Intensive programs designed to teach healthy habits and remove psychological dependence on Darvocet are followed to prevent the chance of relapse and rebuild a patient’s self-confidence and independence. This is a great choice for those who have difficult home lives or live in areas where relapse opportunities are high.
Outpatient treatment is a good option for those who cannot afford to quit their job for some time. This allows the patient to remain living at home with their family and attend frequent meetings at the facility, where habits and treatment plans are discussed and maintained. Emotional and physical support is still available, although not to the same degree as residential treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
This is a blend of the two styles described above.
With this program, a patient is still allowed to live at home, but is required to attend more frequent meetings at the treatment center or may have medical professionals visit the patient’s home to ensure that habits and objectives are being followed and completed. This can allow the patient to keep their life outside of treatment but still, receive intense support to prevent relapsing.
Start Your Journey To Recovery Today
If you or a loved one are suffering from Darvocet addiction, please know that it’s not too late to make a change and get the help you need to start rebuilding your life. It’s a life that’s worth living to its fullest extent, and you can’t do that while still addicted to Darvocet.
Withdrawal from Darvocet may be challenging, but know that there are professionals that are ready to help treat those withdrawal symptoms and any underlying mental health issues. You do not have to face beating Darvocet addiction alone.
Please call today and allow us to help you navigate your best journey toward a full, successful, and rewarding recovery. Our staff can answer any questions or concerns you have. Let today be your first step toward a better life, addiction free.
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