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Relieve Side Effects of Opioid Use

Brianna was a 40 year old who had chronic back pain. She had back surgery and was prescribed opioids to help with pain after. The surgery helped a bit, but she was still hurting. Her surgeon soon told her she needed to find a pain management doctor to continue her painkiller prescriptions. Two years later, she was still visiting the pain management doctor on a regular basis for her prescriptions. Brianna’s life was ok, but since starting the opioids she just doesn’t feel the same. She takes several other medications daily to deal with the side-effects of the opioids such as constipation and nausea, but the worst side-effect to her is her loss of relationships. Brianna doesn’t go out as much anymore and has found herself withdrawing from her family and friends. One day, Brianna’s friend told her about epidurals and pain blockers that don’t require opioids. Brianna wanted to try this new method, but as she tried to stop taking the opioids, the withdrawal symptoms were just as bad as the side effects. Between the nausea and vomiting, she couldn’t do it. She saw no option but to stay on the pills. Thankfully, Brianna soon learned about medical detox. Within seven days, she was off opioids completely and able to try the epidural. The pain blocker worked perfectly and Brianna is now back to her social, cheerful self. She is pain free and free from constant doctors appointments and relieved of all of the terrible side effects.



Prescription opioids can be useful to manage chronic pain, but they come with risks even when used appropriately. In addition, when used too frequently, inappropriately, or without a prescription, they can also cause serious life-threatening effects. Here just a few of the risk:

Short-term effects of opioids and morphine derivatives include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Constipation
  • Unconsciousness
  • Nausea
  • Coma
  • Physical dependence and addiction.
  • Unintentional overdose and possible death

Long-Term Effects of opioids and morphine derivatives include:

  • Physical dependence and addiction
  • Unintentional overdose and death - Respiratory Depression and Failure
  • Constipation, sleep-disordered breathing, fractures, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal dysregulation
  • Tolerance can also occur, meaning that long-term users must increase their doses to achieve the same high.
  • Actual changes to the brain chemistry - brain’s perception of everything from reward to pain management becomes fundamentally distorted
  • liver damage
  • Increased risk of depression
  • Sexual dysfunction

How can you avoid these side effects?

One way to stop the side-effects is to stop opioid use. This might sound obvious, but many patients who have tried to stop on their own or follow a taper-protocol have experienced terrible withdrawal symptoms that make quitting feel like it's not an option.

Fortunately, there is a safe and easy way to quit. Through our outpatient medical detox program, patients can quit opioids in a safe, convenient, comfortable way without white-knuckling through the withdrawal symptoms on their own. Our medical detox program uses special medications to detox your brain and body, as well as comfort medications to help you relieve withdrawal symptoms.


Risks of stopping opioids abruptly include:

  • restlessness,
  • muscle and bone pain
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • cold flashes
  • goose bumps – (this is where the term “cold turkey” came from)

At Relieve Medical Detox, we not only help detox you from opioids to avoid side effects, we give you treatments to heal your body and medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms as your body heals.

Please reach out to us for additional information on our 7 day outpatient medical detox program for opioids and opiates. 

The Next Step...

If you or your loved one is ready to take the next step to be free from opioids, please call us today at 480-549-2220!

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