Does Kratom Work for Opioid Withdrawal?

April 11, 2023

Kratom is thought to fit into opioid receptors—the brain and spinal cord receptors acted upon by opioids such as morphine, heroin, and opium. It is used in non-medical settings to treat pain, and in some people it induces feelings of euphoria.

Is kratom safe?

There is a mistaken belief that kratom is harmless because it comes from a plant. Opium, too, comes from a plant, the poppy, and it is far from harmless. Kratom has no FDA-approved use, and using it to treat addiction to other drugs without medical supervision is not safe. This drug is manufactured without FDA supervision, some batches have been found to be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, and the dose varies greatly.

What side effects does Kratom cause?

  • Addiction
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itchiness
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Increased urination
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Liver toxicity
  • Seizures

The bottom line

Kratom is best avoided for opioid withdrawal as well as for any other use.

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