The opioid crisis has been pushed into the limelight because of the horrible statistics of addiction and overdose. Finding a way to combat the epidemic that opiates have created has created an urgency to find solutions to make lasting results. There is no quick fix for the substance abuse that has become so widespread, although lawmakers and advocates alike are trying like crazy to find something to make a huge dent in the dire straits that opioids have caused.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently approved a medication to battle against the destruction that opiates create. This pharmaceutical drug is not a treatment for an opioid abuse disorder but is used to taper the symptoms someone is feeling when they are withdrawing off narcotics. Lucemyra is a drug that has been used in the United Kingdom for over two decades that is used for reducing the severity of the withdrawals that someone experiences when they come off opioids.
One of the best reasons to use Lucemyra is to help someone who will not even try to get off drugs because they are scared of what will happen to them when they stop using opiates. Most people that are addicted to opioids, get dope sick rather quickly when they do not get their fix which can become rather uncomfortable and torturous. Sometimes in a few hours the indicators of withdrawal can crop up and manifest through stomach cramps, anxiety, pounding chest, and many other symptoms that are painful. With a doctor’s prescription, someone that needs help getting off of opioids can use Lucemyra to diminish their withdrawal symptoms by slowly narrowing out the opioids that they are taking so they can give their body a chance to adjust without having any discomfort along the way.
Lucemyra was intended to be used as a medication for hypertension. Lofexidine hydrochloride, Lucemyra’s pharmaceutical name, reduces the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine that increases heart rate and blood pressure. In the UK, scientists determined that norepinephrine was also instrumental in helping with someone that needs assistance in decreasing their withdrawal symptoms from opioids.
In March, the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 11 to 1 to recommend Lucemyra for mitigating opioid withdrawal symptoms. At this point, whatever the country can to do to try and fight against opioids should be given a chance. The use of a non-opioid drug to ease off opioids may be the thing to help those in need to try something different.
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