6C43.4/F11.3 Opioid withdrawal



Opioid withdrawal is caused by the sudden discontinuation of opioids, which are drugs that bind to the opioid receptors in the brain to produce a sense of euphoria and pain relief. The withdrawal is caused by the body adjusting to the absence of the drug, resulting in a variety of physical and psychological symptoms.


Opioid withdrawal can be diagnosed based on a physical examination and medical history, including a detailed review of the patient’s opioid use. Urine tests and other laboratory tests may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis of opioid withdrawal includes other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as alcohol withdrawal, delirium tremens, and panic disorder.


Treatment of opioid withdrawal typically involves medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. These medications help to reduce cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Counseling and behavioral therapies are also important components of treatment.


The prognosis of opioid withdrawal depends on the severity of the symptoms and the length of time the patient has been using opioids. With proper treatment, most patients can expect to make a good recovery. However, relapse is common, so continued monitoring and support are important.

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