November 2017

Natural medicines for opioid withdrawal

With the opioid addiction epidemic in full-swing, some natural medicines are being promoted to help patients quit. Some of these products include Midatrexone Opiate Withdrawal AidNatracet Withdrawal Support, CalmSupport, and Kratom 15X. The most common ingredients in these products are kratom, kava, and passion flower. But these products have little or no evidence of benefit. Some might be unsafe. Kratom has been linked to serious adverse effects, including seizures, dependency, and death. The FDA released a public health advisory earlier this month warning consumers to avoid kratom due to its potential risks. Advise patients to steer clear of supplements claiming to help withdrawal symptoms. For more details, see our Comparative Effectiveness chart for opioid withdrawal.

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