Physical Side Effects to Expect During Opioid Withdrawal

When recovering from opioid addiction, it is normal to experience multiple side effects as you undergo the process. Side effects can range from physical to emotional, and despite affecting your everyday routines, there are many ways to deal with them. At the end of the day, you are on the way to recovery and we want to get you there in the most comfortable way possible.

Keep reading to learn about some of the most common physical side effects you might encounter during suboxone treatment, as well as ways to make them be less intimidating.




Dealing with nausea can be quite frustrating, however, there are many ways in which you can diminish this side effect and feel a lot more at ease when dealing with suboxone treatment. For example, there are many foods that, if avoided, can help you reduce the severity of nausea you are experiencing. These include greasy foods, dairy, and others. Additionally, your doctor can prescribe medicine that can help decrease the intensity of nausea you might encounter, but it is recommended to rely on a professional for appropriate prescriptions for your case.




Another physical effect you will encounter, but definitely control, is abnormal fatigue. Contrary to the side effect of insomnia (you can find more information on how to treat it here,) feeling more tired than usual is also normal. It is recommended to avoid the consumption of caffeinated products to try to mitigate this fatigue, and instead focus on keeping your body energized and following a busy routine in order to avoid excess fatigue.




Many patients have noticed the appearance of excessive sweating when undergoing suboxone treatment. This can be uncomfortable as you will notice it immediately, but again, it is easily controllable. Other than, of course, using specialty antiperspirants such as deodorants and lotions, you can practice different at home activities that will assist with reducing the excess sweat. Common practices include bathing multiple times a day, avoiding the use of rough materials in shoes and clothing, and spending a couple of hours barefoot (remember: let your feet breathe!).




It is also common to start noticing lacrimation during opioid withdrawal. Essentially, your eyes will water constantly, which is something unusual prior to treatment. This can easily be treated through eye drop prescription, special antibiotics, or at-home remedies such as placing warm, wet towels on your eyes a couple of times during the day. Lacrimation is just another typical side effect you’ll experience during your journey to recovery.


Get Help With Opioid Addiction

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, reach out to our experts at Serenity Oaks, San Antonio’s premier opioid addiction treatment center and suboxone clinic. Start your journey toward long-term recovery! Get more information by calling us at 210-549-4333 or filling out our online contact form.


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