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Is it normal to have loose watery stool while going through opiate withdrawal?

Apr 2014
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Is yellow loose watery stool normal while going through opiate withdrawal and when will it subside?
Posted Thu, 2 Jan 2014 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Diarrhea is side effect of sudden opioid withdrawl Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing to XXXXXXX It is good that you have stopped taking Vicodin. Diarrhea is a common side effect of opioid withdrawal. It occurs if opioids are stopped suddenly after chronic use for long time. You don't worry.It will settle in 2-3 weeks.It varies from patient to patient. At present you can take tablet loperamide thrice daily.It is very helpful in non infective diarrhea and acts by reducing gastrointestinal motility.It blocks opioid receptors in intestines. Additionally you can take oral rehydration solution and take plenty of fluids,friut juice etc.It will help in maintaining electrolyte balance. If you have any other problems you can consult your doctor. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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