A post on the Forum asked about the best remedies for opioid withdrawal. I will review the medications and other treatments for opioid withdrawal that I have heard discussed by physicians or by people on the internet. Hopefully readers will leave comments about medications or approaches that they have found useful. Likewise, if you are a physician, please weigh in with the approaches that you have found to be useful.
For readers, it is very important to understand a couple things about this post. First, the medications listed here are not FDA approved for treating opioid withdrawal. They have not been systematically tested for that purpose. Most of the medications that I will list are available only by prescription— and must be taken ONLY by prescription. They all have interactions with other medications, and they all have toxicity in certain doses, and in people with certain conditions. Do NOT take them other than through guidance by your doctor. This post is intended to spark discussion with your doctor— and to help doctors learn about approaches that they have not heard about elsewhere.
I will encourage doctors or other contributors to this post to avoid discussion specific dosages. These medications must be prescribed by physicians who understand them, or who know how to become knowledgeable about them.