Desoxyn Withdrawal Medication and Treatment Options
People that seek help for Desoxyn withdrawal will receive services aimed at allowing the body to process and remove the substance in a supportive environment.
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Desoxyn withdrawal treatment options
Desoxyn withdrawal side effects
Detoxing from Desoxyn
Desoxyn is the brand name for a medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity.1,2 It contains methamphetamine, a stimulant.
Desoxyn increases alertness, attention, and levels of energy. But when abused, the substance can lead to addiction, tolerance, and dependence.1,2,3 Stopping Desoxyn abruptly can lead to withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be dangerous.
Professional detoxification treatment can help someone stop abusing Desoxyn while ensuring comfort and safety. Some Desoxyn withdrawal treatment programs require you to live at the center, while others allow you to visit a facility on certain days of the week. People who were prescribed the medication by a physician can also work with them to end their Desoxyn use.
No medications are approved to specifically treat stimulant dependence and withdrawal. But a healthcare provider may prescribe medications for certain symptoms, such as depression.
Detoxing cold turkey may be risky and can lead to an unpleasant withdrawal with possible medical complications that can increase the likelihood of relapse.
Treatment Options for Desoxyn
Inpatient treatment is usually the first choice to help a person quit the use of methamphetamines; however, outpatient programs are also available. People that seek help for Desoxyn withdrawal will receive services aimed at allowing the body to process and remove the substance in a safe, supportive environment.
Desoxyn withdrawal treatment options include:4,5,6
- Detox centers. These facilities supervise patients while they are going through withdrawal. They prescribe medications, if needed, and make sure the patient detoxes as comfortably as possible. Many people continue addiction recovery at an inpatient or outpatient rehab program after they complete treatment at a detox center.
- Inpatient/residential. These terms refer to any treatment that allows the person to live at the facility where they receive treatment. Inpatient settings are more restrictive than outpatient and may resemble hospital settings. After the detox period, inpatient options can last for just a few weeks or as long as a year. High-end options for inpatient detox and addiction recovery include luxury and executive
- Outpatient. Outpatient treatment allows you to attend treatment while still living at home, working, and tending to your other responsibilities. Outpatient is a frequently sought option for people with less severe addiction problems and a solid support system. The level of commitment can range from an hour a week to 5 days a week for several hours a day. Some outpatient programs may offer a supervised detox, but they do not offer 24/7 medical supervision.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat addiction to Desoxyn or other methamphetamines. Instead, healthcare providers may administer medications to treat specific withdrawal symptoms.
Some symptoms that may require medications include:6,8
- Headaches. These are common after someone stops abusing Desoxyn. They can be treated as needed with over-the-counter medications.
- Insomnia. People in Desoxyn withdrawal may experience changes in their sleep patterns – either sleeping too much or experiencing insomnia. Benadryl, Vistaril, or trazodone can be used to induce sleep.
- Depression. Sometimes, people develop severe depression during withdrawal. A medical professional may prescribe antidepressants to manage this condition.
- Agitation, paranoia, and psychosis. On occasion, people can become aggressive, violent, and psychotic during detox. A medical professional can treat these symptoms with antipsychotic medication. People with these symptoms may also be given a benzodiazepine such as diazepam.
Tapering Off Desoxyn
People who are detoxing from Desoxyn are rarely tapered off the medication, which involves slowly lowering the dose. Desoxyn withdrawal effects are not physically life-threatening,6 and there is only a singular dose of the medication on the market—making it potentially more difficult to taper.
Additionally, stimulants such as Desoxyn are often abused in binges that last for days, which makes a successful tapering strategy (which would require an average starting dose) very difficult.6,9
However, a treatment provider could still recommend a Desoxyn taper because substance abuse treatment is highly individualized. If this is the case, the person should closely follow the taper schedule outlined and prescribed by the treating professional.
Detoxing Cold Turkey at Home
Some people might forgo medical treatment for withdrawal effects such as headaches, dehydration, and insomnia. These symptoms can complicate recovery and make relapse more likely. In rare cases, stimulant withdrawal may be associated with seizures, which can be fatal if not treated.6
Certain people may also experience the onset or worsening of existing mental health problems during Desoxyn withdrawal. The most dangerous situations are severe depression or intense psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations.6,8,9
Depression can lead to suicide, especially in those with a history of significant clinical depression.6 Others may become so agitated or separated from reality by psychosis that they become aggressive during withdrawal.8,9
Someone who tries to detox at home without professional therapy or medical treatment may put themselves and the people around them at risk. Cold turkey detox should be avoided.
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. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2001). Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders: Quick Guide for Clinicians.