Opioid Tapering Bronx, NY

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The decision to taper or discontinue opioid treatment has to be discussed with your doctor. You need to decide how fast the taper should be, in order to prevent precipitating withdrawal symptoms. There is not a unique strategy for all addicts. Everybody is different, as is the level of addiction. The opioid consumption should not be stopped abruptly, unless there is an urgent need to stop therapy. Call Alcohol Treatment Center Bronx to find the best therapy for you.

Medically managed opioid tapering Bronx, NY

  • Is physiologically stable
  • Avoids the hazardous medical consequences of withdrawal
  • Experiences minimum discomfort
  • Engages in continuing care for substance abuse disorder

Tapering factors

  • The longer you’ve been on opioids, the slower the taper should be
  • If you take opioids on a non-daily basis, there is no need of tapering
  • Do not treat withdrawal symptoms with opioids or benzodiazepines
  • If the addiction is not strong, taper 20-50 percent per week
  • The rapid detoxification indicates that you need 20 percent of the previous day’s dose to prevent withdrawal symptoms
  • Take antidepressants to manage irritability and sleep disturbance
  • Clonidine 0.1 mg two or three times daily may be used to control many withdrawal symptoms, if there are no contraindications
  • Fentanyl should be rotated to a different opioid, either long-acting morphine or methadone. Once you are converted, the same guidelines will apply.

Suggested tapers for:

  • Methadone:

 Decrease dose by 20-50 percent per day until you reach 30 mg/day

 Then decrease by 5 mg/day every three to five days to 10 mg/day

 Then decrease by 2.5 mg/day every three to five days

  • Morphine:

 Decrease dose by 20-50 percent per day until you reach 45 mg/day

 Then decrease by 15 mg/day until you reach 30 mg/day

Then decrease by 10 mg/day every two to five days

  • Oxycodone:

Decrease dose by 20-50 percent per day until you reach 30 mg/day

Then decrease by 10 mg/day every two to five days

Contact our experts at Alcohol Treatment Centers Bronx to get help with tapering opioids. Call us at 212-202-5656.

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