Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms

About Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Codeine withdrawal symptoms can really hurt. There is no need to suffer by yourself, however. There are facilities that can help you take control of your life once again. With the help of trained professionals, you can overcome the withdrawal symptoms of codeine. Call Indianapolis Drug Treatment Centers at (877) 804-1531 to review your treatment options and locate a rehab facility.


Opioids include drugs like heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Painkillers that can be prescribed by a physician include morphine, codeine, oxycodone (marketed as OxyContin), and hydrocodone (Vicodin). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overdose deaths have been increasing in heroin users since 2007. Just because something is prescribed as a physician does not make it ok to abuse.

These medications are normally safe when prescribed by a doctor and taken over a short period of time only. But because of the fact that opiates produce a sense of euphoria in addition to pain relief, it is common for people to abuse the drug. If you knowingly take a prescription in a manner other than how it was prescribed, then you are abusing the drug.

Even when used properly, opiate use can lead to overdose and even death. An overdose, if caught in time, can be reversed by administration of the drug naloxone if it is given right away.

Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Signs of codeine withdrawal include the following:

  • Aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Mood swings
  • Sweating
  • Headaches

Codeine withdrawal symptoms will vary by the individual depending upon how severe their addiction is. Additionally, the severity and duration of the withdrawals in general will be dictated by the individual. Codeine is not as addictive a substance as hydrocodone or oxycodone but they are habit-forming none-the-less. While withdrawal symptoms of codeine may be moderate in severity, they may feel very intense. By getting professional help in a detox center, you will be kept as comfortable as possible.

People going through detox will oftentimes become dangerously dehydrated. This is another good reason to check into a detox center. The worst physical symptoms will last about a week. The psychological symptoms, however, can last several weeks – or even months - after detox.


  • Days 1 – 4: The first four days are the most painful as this is the period during which symptoms peak. Muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, nausea, insomnia, restless legs, headache. It is crucial to have support during this time so as not to return to using to ease the pain.
  • Days 5 – 6: Most of the physical symptoms will begin to subside during this phase. Depression and other psychological symptoms will begin to manifest during this time. The person going through detox may be experiencing dehydration by this point due to vomiting, sweating, and diarrhea during the beginning phase of detox.
  • Days 8 – 30: Most people will begin feeling better after this time, however, depression will persist for a while longer. Drug cravings and depression may remain for months after someone gets clean.

Once a detox program is completed, it is recommended the addict stay in treatment for as long as needed. This will improve the chances for success after rehab. Do not struggle with the signs of codeine withdrawal alone. The professionals at these facilities are well-trained and know how to set you up for success.

If you or a loved one is suffering from codeine withdrawal symptoms or exhibiting signs of codeine withdrawal, please call Indianapolis Drug Treatment Centers at (877) 804-1531. The trained staff can help you locate a rehab facility near you that can help prepare you for life after rehab.




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