For a drug as powerful as heroin, certain withdrawal symptoms should be expected. According to the Mayo Clinic these symptoms may include but not be limited to:

  • Anxiety, fatigue, sweating, vomiting, depression, seizures, and hallucinations.
  • Loss of appetite, night sweats, restlessness, shakiness, weakness, clammy skin, craving, feeling cold, or sweating.
  • Whole body muscle aches, excessive hunger, lethargy, loss of appetite, night sweats, restlessness, shakiness, weakness, clammy skin, craving, feeling cold, or sweating.

One could also have gastrointestinal issues such as:

  • Gagging
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach cramps

Behavioral symptoms from heroin withdrawal can include:

  • Agitation
  • Crying
  • Excitability
  • Irritability
  • Self-harm

The psychological symptoms can include:

  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Hallucination
  • Paranoia
  • Severe anxiety

Sleep issues include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Sleepiness
  • Sleeping difficulty

Cognitive issues are as well part of heroin withdrawal. They include:

  • Disorientation
  • Mental confusion
  • Racing thoughts
  • Slowness in activity

Mood symptoms of heroin withdrawal are:

  • Boredom
  • Feeling detached from self
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Nervousness

Other symptoms of heroin withdrawal include congestion or runny nose and dilated pupils or watery eyes. Additional symptoms are seizures, sensitivity to pain, slurred speech, teeth chattering, tingling feet, trembling, or tremors.

Physically, long-term heroin addicts in withdrawal can appear thin and unhealthy. They may also have problems with mobility and project an overall sense of confusion. More often than not, long-term addicts in withdrawal are malnourished, which is caused by an inadequate diet or failing to eat at all.

In some cases of long-term heroin abuse can occur as few as six hours after an addict’s last fix.

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