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Off opiates. Anxious, high craving, sleeplessness, legs twitching. Help?

Not sure if this common question you get, but I just came off opiates today after a surgery I had last month and my anxiety is through the roof. I was taking 6 10/325mg Norcos a day and quit because I don t need them anymore. The rest of the medication I threw away. Do you know of any remedies I can use to combat the following: Anxiety Craving (I am actually craving more norco which is my biggest concern) Sleeping: not sleeping very well, my legs and arms twitch and move Blood Pressure: It fluctuates quite a bit through out the day Is there anything that I can do to relieve me of these symptoms? My Doctor is on vacation for 4 weeks so I am in tough spot. Of course with Christmas coming up, I want to level headed and not shaking and twitching, plus I want to be in a normal happy mood for my kids.
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic Public Forum

Your current symptoms appear due to anxiety to me. In opiate withdrawal person use to have more severe pain complaints.

Common symptoms of anxiety which may or may not be present in your case: nervousness, restlessness, mild irritability, excessive worry regarding own health, tremor, muscle spasm, heaviness in body, easy fatigability, headache, sleep disturbance, palpitation and dry mouth.

So, treatment of anxiety will help you. Same time it is better to meet psychiatrist for evaluation of anxiety/opioid withdrawal and prescription of medicine.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Wish you Good Health.

Dr. Ashish Mittal
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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