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Opium Withdrawal

Opium withdrawalOpium is a naturally occurring substance found in the seeds of the opium poppy. Opium is not a prescribed medication, but morphine and codeine are. Heroin is also derived from opium. Between the prescribed and recreational use of opium and its derivatives, there is a strong possibility for a person to become addicted.

The three most common methods of using opium are smoking, eating, or drinking it. When smoked, opium works the fastest because the opiate chemicals are inhaled into the lungs, absorbed quickly by the blood vessels, and sent to the brain. When eaten or consumed in a liquid, the opium must pass through the stomach, intestines, and liver. This process of digestion actually weakens the drug before it gets absorbed by the bloodstream and its effects reach the brain.

Opium Side Effects

Opium and any of its derivatives may cause side effects, including:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Slowed breathing
  • Tremors
  • Vision changes

Allergic reactions to any legal or illegal drug require immediate medical attention and may include:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue

Opium Withdrawal

When a person uses opium, they experience a rush of pleasure, followed by an extended period of relaxation, freedom from anxiety, and the relief of physical pain. Because of these desired effects, it is often difficult to discontinue the use of the drug. However, continued use of opium leads to tolerance and dependency. Tolerance to the current level of the drug means that a person needs to take more to receive the desired effects, while dependency means that the person feels that using the drug is required.

When a person chooses to withdrawal from opium, they can expect to experience any of the following symptoms for at least three to five days:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Muscle pains
  • Involuntary motion
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Opium Addiction Help

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