Weaning Off Medication: The Important Things to Know and Do

Have you been prescribed an opiate that no longer helps you with pain and you find yourself needing to take more to get close to the same effect?

Are you experiencing problems with drowsiness, constipation, or breathing problems? Do you feel that you’ve become dependent on your drug?

Those can all be signs that it’s time to wean yourself off of your medication.

Weaning off medication is the safest way to stop taking opiates. If you think it’s time to stop taking your medicine, keep reading for important information that can help you.

Essential Tips for Weaning Off Medication 

Before you started weening yourself or a loved one off of medication, we need to stress the importance of talking to a doctor before you do anything. You shouldn’t attempt to wean yourself off medication without input from a doctor. 

There are some guides online that give people advice on weaning methods, but going off of an opiate without consulting your doctor can be dangerous.

Opiate withdrawals may not be deadly, but they can be very intense physically and mentally. You may also not know the correct dosage for successful weaning.

When you’re following your doctor’s plan, make sure you follow these tips when you’re going through a taper.

A doctor should be involved to make sure that you’re tapering at the right pace and can help you manage troublesome withdrawal symptoms. They’ll be able to give you an effective tapering schedule based on your dosage and medical history.

1. Be Honest About Use 

Before you start weaning off of medication, take some time to take note of how many opiates you’re taking each day.

The length of time it’ll take to taper off of opiates will be heavily dependent on how much you’re taking. If you over or underestimate how much you’re taking, weaning may not be as effective as you’d want it to be.

2. Take Care of Yourself

This is a time where you need to treat your body well and practice self-care. You’re going to need plenty of nutrients to stay healthy, and you’ll also want to stay hydrated. 

Unless you’re told otherwise by your doctor, you should do your best to take care of your body with plenty of water, a good diet, and light exercise. 

Light exercise can help keep you active, and it could help give a bit of a natural mood boost that can be very helpful when you’re stopping opiates.

3. Get Support

Depending on the pattern of your medication use, it’s possible that your doctor may recommend that you see a therapist or substance abuse counselor. If your doctor doesn’t recommend counseling, reaching out to others can still be helpful. 

It’s important to pay attention to your mental health when you’re tapering.

Consider talking to a friend or trusted family member about how you’re feeling.

Get Help Now

Weaning off medication with the help of a doctor can be helpful, but you may feel like you need something else to stop taking opiates for good.

We have a lot of resources available that can help you during your recovery journey.

Be sure to check out our resources page so you can find the help you need!