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What Are the Effects of Meperidine Withdrawal?

What Are the Effects of Meperidine Withdrawal?

Withdrawal is a set of predictable symptoms that occur after abrupt discontinuation of Meperidine. If you stop a dose after repeated long use, there will be withdrawal symptoms of varying severity. Symptoms may be physical or psychological. Withdrawal is a sign of physical dependence. To combat this, learn more about Meperidine withdrawal and what can help mitigate symptoms.

Why Withdrawal Happens

Meperidine withdrawal happens when the brain adjusts to the depressant effects by increasing stimulant effects. This is to ensure the heart continues beating and you continue to breathe. As time passes, those who become dependent find Meperidine makes them feel ‘normal.’ When it is taken away, it takes time for the body to balance out. As the drug leaves the system, it will start producing underlying stimulant functions that have kept it in balance. These sensations may be physical or psychological. While they are not usually life-threatening, most experts recommend a person seek medical supervision during withdrawal to help pave the way for successful detox and minimize discomfort.

Main Withdrawal Symptoms

The main symptoms of withdrawal can include many things. Some or all may occur, not all at once, but over the course of days following cessation of the drug entering the system:

  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Goosebumps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
Psychological symptoms may also occur, including:
  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Drug cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Psychosis

Withdrawal Timeline

The typical timeline for withdrawal includes several days of experiencing detox with the following in mind:

  • 24 hours into detox, the symptoms typically kick in after last dose. Then starts anxiety and irritability, shaking, and other effects which lessen with time
  • Days 2 through 5 start to show peak symptoms characterized by headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. The body is working to release toxins from the body which may also cause mood swings and depression. This paranoid thinking and mental fog may become overwhelming and lead to relapse or other issues, so it is essential to be with medical professionals who can support withdrawal.
  • Days 6 through 14 offer more relief as acute detox subsides and the worst is behind. Symptoms will vary in length and intensity during this time and slowly fade.
  • Day 15 and beyond marks the start of symptoms subsiding. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as sleep problems or mood disorders may persist in the weeks and months ahead. It is helpful to check in with a doctor to see how to support this transition.

Medications may be prescribed to help mitigate symptoms including tapering off Meperidine. Antidepressants, Benzos, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone and other medications may be prescribed. The biggest barrier to seeking help is fear of withdrawal. Don’t let it stop you if you are struggling with addiction. Symptoms can be supported with the help of medical professionals in a safe environment and, within a few days to a week you will be feeling much better, and stronger, each day as you step forward into recovery.

Recovery is not supposed to be easy. You did not become addicted in a day, you will not enter recovery with just one day. It takes small steps, each day, to move forward. That is why we are here to partner with you on the journey. Let our experts and professionals help you detox and recover from addiction and support your recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401