Fever can be a withdrawal symptom in people who are dependent on various substances, or even after a period of heavy substance use. The fever symptoms can be mild to severe. Although mild fever can accompany a variety of substance withdrawal syndromes and is usually self-limiting, fever can also be part of a particularly dangerous type of alcohol withdrawal.
What is fever
Body temperature varies from individual to individual and depends on factors such as time of day and menstrual cycle. Generally, a temperature of 37.2 to 37.5 ° C in adults is considered a fever.If you.
Additional symptoms of fever
The following symptoms may occur with a fever:
- Loss of appetite
- a headache
- Achy muscles
Fever on withdrawal
Doctors take withdrawal fever very seriously, and the detox involves a thorough examination of all fevers to make sure they are not the result of an underlying infection that should be treated immediately.
Drug users can be more susceptible to infection for a variety of reasons, and both drug effects and withdrawal symptoms can mask the need for urgent treatment for another condition. .If you
Treatment at home
To monitor and manage your withdrawal fever at home:If you.
- Take your temperature and write it down. Avoid smoking or hot liquids for 15 to 30 minutes before taking your temperature.
- Although recommendations vary, generally taking the correct dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen if your temperature is above 38.5 ° C.
- Do not use pain relievers that contain codeine or any other opiate or opioid during withdrawal
- A lukewarm bath or sponge bath can help lower your body temperature, but don’t use cold or frozen water as shaking increases your internal body temperature.
- Remove layers of clothing. Do not bundle up even if you feel cold or shivering.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, popsicles, and clear soup.
When to seek help
See a doctor immediately if:
- Your temperature is above 40 ° C and does not drop within an hour of home treatment.
- Your fever lasts more than 24 hours.
- You have a serious medical condition such as a heart problem, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV, or cystic fibrosis.
- You have confusion or a fever attack...
Symptoms of addiction
Symptoms of alcohol or substance use disorders can include:If you.
- Not being able to use the substance after trying
- Spending money that you cannot afford on substance
- Participate in activities that you normally would not do to preserve the substance, such as: B. steal
- They have a strong desire to use the substance regularly, whether daily or several times a day
- Experience strong cravings for the substance
- Focus more and more on preserving and using the substance
- Make sure that you are adequately supplied with the substance
- Driving or other activities that could result in injury while under the influence of the substance
- Impairment of your work, school or personal life due to substance use
- Developing a tolerance for the fabric so that more of it is needed to achieve the same effect
- A decrease in your personal hygiene or grooming due to increased substance use
- Not having as much energy or participating in as many activities as before
A word from Verywell
If you want to stop taking addictive substances or alcohol, talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Treatments can help you manage the withdrawal process more safely and minimize the risk of future relapse. If you stop taking the drug under the supervision of your doctor, you can be closely monitored.
Your doctor may also recommend using medications such as methadone or buprenorphine to minimize treatment for your withdrawal symptoms. Such drugs often allow people to gradually stop using substances, reduce drug cravings, and decrease the likelihood of relapse. Psychological treatments can also be helpful for long-term recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use or addiction, contact the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) helpline at 1-800-662-4357 Information about support and treatment facilities in your area.
Additional mental health resources can be found in our National Helpline Database.