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How to Quit Heroin Cold Turkey with OTC Meds
By Jorge (George) Fernandez
Get ready for the greatest battle of your life! It's time to put on the gloves and fight like youíve never fought before. And if you have any money left at all then you may want to stock up on the following items before you begin:

, is the most important element your body will ever need. You can live without food for a few days, but you canít live without water. Therefore, try to get enough bottled water for the next 7 days. Your body consists of 70% water. The less water you have in your body then the weaker you'll feel.
The more water youíre able to drink and hold down then the better your body will feel.

Also, water helps to detoxify the body and helps to regulate body temperature as well. Your muscles, especially your larger muscle groups such as your leg muscles will begin to feel much better much faster when they're hydrated with water since your muscles are made up of 75% water. Furthermore, one tall glass or bottle of cold water can energize your body within minutes. Therefore, water is the most important element your body will need during the next several days.
  Get Supplies and OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medications
  Disclaimer: Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult a physician in all matters relating to your health. Any action taken on your part in response to the information provided on this web site is at the reader's discretion.
  Imodium - The most important OTC med to get
Imodium, is an over-the-counter, anti diarrhea drug which contains Loperamide. And Loperamide is an opioid drug which helps to relieve diarrhea, stomach cramps and other withdrawal symptoms as well when taken at high dosages every 5 to 6 hours or as needed.

In fact, itís quite possible to quit heroin just by taking 24mg (12 caplets) to 30mg (15 caplets) of Imodium every 5 to 6 hours for the first 3 to 4 days along with 400mg (2 tablets) of "Tagamet" and feel quite well. (NOTE: Walmart, Sams or any generic Imodium is fine). NOTE: High dosages of Imodium may keep you slightly constipated while using it and it may be better for you and your intestines to allow yourself some bowl movements first before going high on the Imodium.
  However, suffice it to say that taking Imodium at high levels washed down by grapefruit juice, (non-concentrated), works well. Most addicts are able to find the most relief when taking 24mg to 30mg or more every 5 to 6 hours for the first 3 to 4 days and then start reducing your intake of Imodium by Day 4. And the Imodium/Tagamet combination works best. (Both are OTC meds.) The Tagamet helps the Imodium cross the blood brain barrier in the brain.

"If a person were to take 28mg's (or more) of Imodium every several hours (or as needed) then quitting heroin with OTC meds would become a lot more easier and much more bearable than quitting heroin without any OTC meds at all. And if 28mg is not enough then increase the Imodium intake to 40mg.". For example:
Day 1: You can begin to take 400mg (2 tablets) of Tagamet, followed by 24mg (12 caplets) to 30mg (15 caplets) (or even less) of Imodium every 5 to 6 or 7 to 8 hours, or as needed, all washed down with a glass of grapefruit juice. (Some people may be able to get by with smaller dosages as well. i.e. 16mg to 18mg every 10 to 12 hours or so).

Day 2: You can take 400mg of Tagamet followed by 20mg of Imodium, every 5 to 6 or 7 to 8 hours, or as needed, all washed down with a glass of grapefruit juice.

Day 3: You can take 400mg of Tagamet followed by 18mg of Imodium, washed down with grapefruit juice. (Depending on how you feel, you can stay at 24mg, 26mg or 30mg for the first 3 to 4 days or you can begin to taper down as well. That is entirely up to you.)

Day 4: You can begin to lower your Imodium dosage by half: i.e. 10mg to 15mg of Imodium yet continue with 400mg of Tagamet in order to get the best results from the low 10mg to 15mg of Imodium.

After the first 3 to 4 days the worst is over and you can begin to decrease your Imodium intake even more until you're able to come off of the Imodium completely. And with the help of other OTC meds such as Nyquil, Valerian Root capsules along with frequent hot baths throughout the day, quitting heroin cold turkey can become a lot easier than doing so without meds.
NyQuil nighttime flu medicine, (Night Nurse in the UK): Heroin withdrawal symptoms are worst than the worst flu symptoms in the world, multiplied 1000 fold.

However, taking flu medicines such as NyQuil or DayQuil every 3 to 4 hours will begin to reduce withdrawal/flu symptoms after the first few dosages. Furthermore, it may even give you a slight buzz to help reduce anxiety as well. (Benadryl also helps as well)
Valerian Root Capsules, also known as natures Valium, is an herbal supplement which can be used to relieve anxiety and restlessness. Valerian Root and Valiums seem to affect the brain in a similar manner, binding to the same receptors and having similar effects to those of valiums. Valerian Root capsules make an excellent, natural substitute for Valiums when taken in double the dosage throughout the day. (Valerian Root capsules can be purchased at Walmart. And in the UK and other countries, you should be able to get Valerian Root capsules at any local pharmacy, natural supplement or vitamin store.) 
  Do not take all these meds at once, or all at the same time. For example:
  -First, the Tagamet at 400mg (2 tablets)
-Then wait 15 to 20 minutes...
-Then the Imodium at 24mg (12 caplets) (or more)
-Wait about 30 minutes...
-Then 2 Valerian Root capsules with a tiny bit of water
-Wait 5 minutes....
-Then the Nyquil - one good shot. And no water after that for a while. Otherwise it will dilute the Nyquil. Then sit tight, or take a hot bath. Then relax in bed or on the sofa and wait for the meds to take effect.
Phenibut is a chemical (supplement) similar to a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is used for anxiety, stress, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, alcoholism and most importantly, sleeplessness. It is also used for improving memory, learning, and thinking. Phenibut helps, and is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found in most nutritional stores such as GNC and in vitamin shops, and in Walmart as well.
Anti-Nausea and upset stomach remedies: OTC (over-the-counter) medicines which may help alleviate nausea and upset stomachs are Pepto-Bismol, Maalox and Mylanta. A couple of large spoons of either one throughout the day may help. You may want to start taking these medicines before you start getting really sick in order to hold them down and relieve the nausea before it even begins.

Other effective OTC Anti-Nausea medications include Emetrol, Nauzene, and Dramamine, all of which can be purchased at Walmart or from your local pharmacy.
Gatorade can help restore electrolytes in your system and can be watered down as well. Taking sips of Gatorade can help you regain and sustain energy and prevent dehydration as well.

Even rinsing your mouth with Gatorade can help restore electrolytes and help you to perform better. Gatorade also contains potassium which helps to replenish potassium stores and prevent muscle cramping during walks. And best of all Gatorade taste great.  
Bread and Peanut butter: Although you might not be able to eat for the first 2 to 3 days, you might however be able to chew and swallow quarters or even half cut peanut butter sandwiches.

This is what they feed the prisoners who are going through heroin withdrawal here at the 33rd Street jail in Orlando Florida. Peanut butter sandwiches provide protein, fiber, sugar carbohydrates and increase endorphin levels as well. Peanut butter sandwiches will also provide energy for your body as well.
  NOTE: If at all possible, you may want to start taking some "Milk of Magnesia" a couple of days before starting your cold turkey detox in order to let go of some of that waste from your intestines. Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide), is a milky-white liquid medicine that is used as a hydrating laxative and relieves constipation within six hours. And doing this before quitting will reduce diarrhea when starting your cold turkey detox.

More OTC medicines and remedies are listed below. And if you have any money left at all then obtaining the items mentioned above will help you greatly when quitting heroin cold turkey.

However, even with OTC meds, vitamins and supplements, quitting heroin cold turkey will not be easy by any means and may be dangerous for some depending on your present state of health. can be done. And itís been done over and over and over again, and you can do it too! 
  Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey
I realize that quitting heroin cold turkey is easier said than done. I've been through the bone crushing pains and horrific cold chills many times. Never the less, you may want to consider quitting heroin cold turkey first, because once you're done, you're done. Thatís it. You wonít have to taper down from anything else.

NOTE: If you're going to quit Methadone, Oxycontin, or Suboxone then you may want to taper down as low as you can first. Quitting Methadone or Oxycontin cold turkey can become extremely painful and deadly as well.

When quitting Heroin cold turkey you just set a date, finish your last bag, then stop completely and to a certain degree isolate yourself from the rest of the world. And the hardest part is going through the physical withdrawal symptoms for the first 3, 4 to 5 days. But it does get easier after that.

  Withdrawals may persist to a certain degree for several days more with many users depending on how you go about quitting heroin cold turkey. If you just lie there in bed while going through withdrawal then you may never get up again. But if you do what my articles tell you to do then you will live like never before.

The mental and emotional anguish are just as bad. But if you do what my articles tell you to do then you just might make it out of this thing alive and well. And after this, you'll never be the same again. Guaranteed! 
One thing's for sure - this will be the greatest battle youíll ever go through in your life.

Youíre going to go to war against yourself, your demons, and those heroin demons as well.

So hang in there my dope brothers, and my dope sisters, for this is one battle youíll never forget. But once youíre done, and youíve won, then you can truly move on with your life, once and for all.

And once you've decided to quit heroin cold turkey then if at all possible, it would be best to tell someone such as a close family member or drug-free friend so that they can stay with you, help, and support you or at least check up on you during the first few days.

Youíll have a much better chance of conquering your heroin addiction with a 'drug-free' quitting buddy by your side. But if you donít have anyone else to help you then please let me know. Iíll do whatever I can to help, support and encourage you to ďbe strong and stay in the battleĒ. 
  But believe it or not, with or without a quitting buddy, you can still do this. If you really want it, then you can do it. And Iíll be more than happy to help you in any way that I can. So donít be afraid to reach out for help.

WARNING: Although highly unlikely, sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in extreme poor health can become fatal. Those in poor health should not try to do this alone.

WARNING #2: Pregnant women addicted to heroin should not attempt to quit heroin cold turkey as this can cause miscarriage and/or major brain damage to your unborn child and possibly even death. Please read my article, "Quitting Heroin While Pregnant" for step by step instructions on how to quit heroin while being pregnant.

Disclaimer: Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult a physician in all matters relating to your health. Any action taken on your part in response to the information provided on this web site is at the reader's discretion.

But if you've been dope sick before for 24 hours or more then don't worry, for thou shall not die.

ďHi Jorge!!! I just wanna say its day 6!!! Wow it was a struggle for me to get here cold turkey. The first five days were pure hell!! I just kept reading what u wrote and hung on for dear life. I never made it outside because of the freezing cold but did make myself do jumping jacks everyday throughout the day, you have truly saved my life thank you very very much from the bottom of my heart!!Ē GC (female)

"Thanks so much for this site man. Because this site exists. I'm 7 days clean man. And the worst is over! I owe you my life. I'll never meet you, but my life is in debt to you. Thanks man..." RF (male)

"Thank you. Your advise was the best around.. running, hot baths, suppliments! 7 days sober today! Thank you for assuring me that I was not dying. I really did question it for a few days lol.." SH (female)

And if she can do it, then you can do it too!

You can quit heroin cold turkey at home or far away from home such as in a hotel room, or in the home of a family member or friend. And if at all possible, then it would be best to get as far away from the dope spot as possible. But if you have no choice, then donít worry - do it at home, and prepare yourself for the greatest battle of your life.

Try to stack up on everything youíll need to survive for the next 7 days i.e. water, Nyquil, Valerian Root Capsules, bread, peanut butter, soup, food, bananas, vitamins, Gatorade, over the counter pharmaceutical medicines such as anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medications, good movies, etc. And you may also want to consider using music to help you get through the first 7 days.

Try not to have any cash on you and if at all possible, leave your ATM card with someone you can trust; parents, friends etcÖ This helps to avoid the temptation to go out, buy, and use.  
  Erase Your Dealers' Phone Number
Itís also important to erase your dealers' phone number from your cell phone right away along with any of your other friends who use drugs (but donít care to change). And for some of you, it would also be best to ďchange your phone number right awayĒ lest the dope-man start calling you to sell you dope and keep you hooked. (Just hearing his voice will become a great temptation.)

Once your dealer doesnít hear from you then there's a good chance that he might start calling you. And he may even show up at your door step uninvited with a free bag in hand. He needs your money to support his habit as well.

But just remember one thing Ė the dope-man, your dealer, is not your true friend. And if heís not trying to change then heís an enemy in disguise and heís there to contribute to your destruction by selling you this poison to help ruin your life. Because thatís what heroin does Ė it ruins lives and tears families apart. And your dealer is providing you with these drugs of destruction. Therefore, total and permanent separation is a must. Dump him! You wonít need him anymore. And from here on out, itís all about you, your loved ones, and quitting this drug once and for all!
  Burn your bridges! Destroy all your works, your paraphernalia, your needles, your spoon, your old cotton balls, your tie belt, your aluminum foil strips, your empty baggies, balloons, your straws, your squirt bottle, your roaches, your lighters, all of it. Destroy it all and get it out of your home right away. Burn all bridges back to that lifestyle once and for all!
  Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Heroin withdrawal symptoms can become some of the worse withdrawals an addict can experience compared to withdrawals from any other drug.

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include:
Cold chills
Leg pains
Leg kicking
Back pains
Muscle cramps
Stomach cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Shaking and trembling
Anxiety and panic attacks
Insomnia and restlessness
Loss of appetite
Watery eyes
Runny nose
Excessive yawning
and crying... crying for heroin
  Heroin addiction is both physical and psychological and can cause you to experience symptoms of schizophrenia for the first few days. But donít worry Ė for this too shall pass. And eventually, it will all fade away.

Withdrawal symptoms can begin six to eight hours after your last dose was snorted, smoked, or injected. And major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after your last dose and should begin to decrease by Day 4 or day 5, (when you follow my articles to the letter.)

However, some people may show persistent withdrawal symptoms for 7 to 10 days and go through flu-like symptoms for weeks to come, so be prepared, but don't be scared, for thou shall not die.

Those who just lie there in bed and do nothing may stay sick for weeks. You will have to help your body fight back by forcing yourself to remain active each and every day.

Again, this will be the greatest fight of your life. But if you can manage to quit heroin, then I can assure you that you can accomplish anything in life! So you may want to start planning what you're going to do with the rest of your life so that youíll know where youíre heading from here on out.
  In the Beginning
The first 3-5 days are the hardest. You may actually believe that you're going to die but again, fear not, for thou shall not die. And when you're done and have broken free from this horrific addiction, then thou shall live like never before.

Furthermore, this may be the best time for you to even quit smoking (if you desire to do so) since cigarettes will taste nasty when quitting heroin cold turkey. You may want to use this opportunity to go all the way and quit everything. (But of course, thatís up to you)

ďGoing all the wayĒ has been one of the most successful ways to quitting all drugs and staying clean for good. (Just something else to think about for now)

When quitting heroin cold turkey, you may also start to panic right from the start. Your mind will begin to instruct you on how to get your next fix. And this is where you literally tell yourself aloud to "shut up! I can do this!"

Get in front of the mirror and keep repeating to yourself out loud, "I can do this! I can do this!",Ö all day long. Then keep pressing on and keep moving forward! Youíre already crazy for doing heroin in the first place so donít be afraid to talk to yourself and encourage yourself to hang in there and stay in the battle. Take a good look in the mirror and take a moment to see what heroin has done to you, and to your life. Take a picture of yourself with your cell phone cam as a reminder this "life moment changing". That should be enough to get you moving. 
  Walk, Run or Jog for Relief
And although youíre going to feel bad during the next few days you should try to go outside and walk, run or jog. Walking helps a lot. It helps relieve leg pains, muscle pains, bone pains, anxiety and restlessness. Youíll feel much better once you get outside for a walk.

However, running and jogging helps tremendously. Running increases endorphin levels which are your brains' natural pain killers. And the more you run then the better youíll feel. So drink some water, put on your sneakers, and then start running like Rocky Balboa. And donít stop running till you canít run no more.
Youíll notice that while your running youíll hardly feel any withdrawal symptoms at all. And youíll almost feel as if you were healed!

The chills and those bone crushing leg pains will disappear while youíre running as if it was a miracle. But you canít run forever so youíll want to take short brakes to catch your breathe.

And if you go out running at night time then be sure you take your identification card with you. If someone sees you running down the block in the middle of the night then theyíre bound to call the cops on you. Then you'll have a lot of explaining to do to the cops.

If you start running and jogging during the first 7-14 days, then I promise you; you will begin to feel so much better, and so much faster than if you were just to stay home, lie in bed, and wither away. So if at all possible, the best thing to do is to get up, get dressed, drink water, and force yourself to start running as if your life depended on it. Do everything you can to increase endorphin levels and decrease pain, and in time, you will begin to feel better.
Someone says, ďHow in the world do you expect me to go out for a long fast walk, jog or run when I just finished throwing up and crawled back into bed and feel sick like a dog?Ē

Good question - now here's one for you: If you just finished throwing up and started crawling back to bed, and while you were crawling on the floor you found a $20 bill, (and your cell phone was cut off), what would you do? You know very well what you would do.

You would become the happiest man or woman alive and within seconds. You would stop crying and you would force yourself to get up, get dressed and run right through the door like the incredible hulk on the run.

You wouldn't even brush your teeth. You would just take off like a rocket straight to the dope-spot and nothing could stop you. And miraculously, within minutes, you would start to feel better 'walking and running fast', knowing that even after an hours walk to the dope spot you were going to be healed.

You may have to make a stop along the way to throw up on the side walk or hit the 7-11 bathrooms to deal with the diarrhea. But you would just do it, get it over with, and continue on, walking and running through rain, sleet, or snow to complete your mission just to get cured. No matter what, nothing would stop you. 
In the same sense, if you want to feel better, then youíll have to use that same motivation to force yourself to get up, get dressed, drink some water and take a long fast walk, jog or run. Youíll have to convince yourself with the 'thought' of, "if I force myself to get up and start walking, then I will feel better". Then you'll do it, and within minutes, you will begin to feel better. And if it's too cold outside then go to the gym and run, or to the mall and walk around the mall just to walk and see people.

If something is going to make you feel better, (other than heroin), then do it. Force yourself to get up and head out the door and start walking, jogging or running for relief. You WILL feel better and begin to recuperate much, much faster. And if you canít run or jog then at least go for a long fast walk as walking will help tremendously. But don't just take my word for it. Read what these x-heroin addicts had to say about running, waking and getting active:

" staying inside. been using the treadmill too. it really does help. running may be the last thing a junkie feels like doing when withdrawring but u just have to take those first five steps (which are always the hardest) to feel better.... this is the best ive ever done on my own and feel like i have worked too hard to just give up,..." NP (male)

"Thank you for the advice. I took a walk. the bath helped a TON. I even kept down a glass of watered down gatoraid!! :) .Now if I could only sleep :( Thanks again. It helps to e able to talk to someone..." MP (female)

"..i walked a mile... and i didnt sit down or stop - darn exhausted now!! every day is getting bettter...i am very much hoping to be back to reasonable fitness and possible running and cycling again within 3 weeks - today was the first sign that my body is recovering and i went to a meeting yesterday...." SW (female)

".... As the days gone on been feelin better well i started feelin better after a long walk followed by a hot bath. Lol it really helps my legs.. hoping to get some good few hours sleep tonight. Wish me luck lol. Thank again". SM(male)

"Jorge, I think i have mad it through the worst of it. With your help i have made it. The cravings are still bad but i would expect that. Getting out and walking has really helped the muscle and boned pain plus it helps me clear my head. sleep is coming slow but sure. Thanks for being there for me!!" CK (female)

"i like your article. iv just got clean of 2mg of subutex, im at day 7... what you say about music is true. i run daily....anyway i just wanted to say, yours is probably the best advise for people who want to get clean that iv seen.... its good to be back man...." PC (male)

"Hi Jorge thanks for your quick reply & support! i'm still clean still.... feel a million times better. I'm running twice a day listenen to Rocky album feel's like im sweating it out and feel better for it mentaly. Your website has been talk of the week and a massive massive help to me i really think i've cracked it, i'm there, no turning back for me now...Once again a big thanks to you! best wishes..." SP (male)

And if you're able to get outside, then walk, run or jog. Because if they can do it, then you can do it too!
  Take Hot Baths for Instant Relief
And after you're done walking, jogging or running, youíll want to take as many hot baths (not showers, but baths) as you can.

The best thing to do to feel instant relief is to fill up your tub up with hot, hot water and then stay there until the water warms down, and then fill it up once again with hot, hot water and stay there for as long as you possibly can.

Relaxing in the hot tub filled with hot, hot water throughout the day, several times per day, for the first week will bring tremendous relief, almost instantly. Guaranteed!

Long hot baths are much more effective than hot showers. And adding Epsom Salt to your baths can also help as well.
  The increase in ionic strength prevents some of the temporary skin wrinkling ("pruning") which is caused by prolonged immersion under water. It can also be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation if diarrhea begins to irritate the skin.
  Wear Warm Clothing to Keep Warm
Wear warm clothing when youíre out and about and even while indoors. Youíll be sweating a lot but donít let that trouble you. Itís necessary to sweat all those toxins from your body. But if it gets too bad then you may want to put some baby powder on yourself and on your bed. Make sure you have extra clean bed sheets as well as you will be changing the bed sheets frequently.

If necessary, then you may want to get a small space heater and stay close to it in order to keep you warm. You can pick up a small space heater at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or online store as well.

By day 5 youíll start to notice the withdrawal symptoms decreasing. And by day 7 you will start feeling stronger and restless but you will still feel withdrawals. But that also depends on your health, and how much heroin you've been using daily before you quit. People who shoot up several bags per day have a much harder time quitting than people who snort or smoke a couple of bags per day.
  How to Deal with Withdrawals
Cold chills, shivering, shaking and tremors: Youíre going to feel ice cold chills during withdrawal. Most people feel that this is the worse part after the bone crushing leg pains. It's worst than having the worst flu in the world multiplied 1000 fold. Youíll even get goose bumps on your body. But hot baths and running will help take those cold chills away.

The chills will be very strong at the beginning but after a few days they'll start to decrease and even go away, but only for a short time. They'll come back again. The chills will come and go during the day and all through the night. But again, hot baths and running will bring great relief.

By day 8 you may still have the chills but they'll be mild and less painful compared to the first few days. And youíll have more time of relief in between those chills. It could be 1 cold chilling episode every 5 to 10 minutes but they will decrease and will go away as the days go by.

To deal with the cold chills: Spend the first 3-4 days relaxing in a bath tub filled with HOT HOT water for as long as you possibly can. Hot baths are much more effective than hot showers. You can actually get through the worse part of the withdrawals by staying in your tub filled with hot hot water for 30 minute periods throughout the day and the night.

Of course, youíll need to get out every once in a while but then get back in and stay there. Keep your fingers and toes raised above the water (if you can) to avoid wrinkling and pruning skin. You can even bring your TV, or radio into your bathroom, stay there, and relax for a while.

If at all possible, you may want to join a gym that has a sauna available. Then visit the sauna at least 1 time per day and stay in there until you canít take it any longer. This will help expel toxins and some of the heroin which has attached itself to your fatty tissues. And itís better to sweat it all out in the sauna than in your bed later on in the evening. The sauna will also bring relief and alleviate some of the withdrawals symptoms as well. Itís also a good way to make time go by faster. Make sure that you are well hydrated with water, Gatorade (watered down recommended) or any type of sports drink containing electrolytes.

To deal with cold chills:
Take long fast walks, jogs or runs
Wear warm clothing at all times
Sit next to a portable heater
Sit in the sun
Take hot baths
Eat packages of hot chicken soup
Drink Tylenol tea for fevers/flu or any flu/fever teas
Take Robitussin Cough Gels (60mg to 90mg)
Take Imodium at 20mg to 30mg every 5 to 6 hours
Take Nyquil every 3 to 4 hours. (Night Nurse in the UK)
Take long hot hot baths (not showers, but baths) throughout the day
  How to Deal with Leg Pains, Bone Pains and Restless Legs:
When going through withdrawal, youíll experience severe pain in your bones and muscles, especially in your legs. For some this is the worse part of withdrawals. But whatever you do, try not to punch your legs with your fist. Instead, massage them heavily or have someone massage them for you.

Stretch your quads hard, repeatedly and leave them in the stretched position for 30 seconds, rest and then repeat. And if at all possible, find some stairs and walk up and down those stairs until you get tired, (yet taking breaks in between).

You can apply some heating creams, heating pads, and take strong muscle relaxers as well. You can find all kinds of heating and pain relief creams at Walmart. You can also take Ibuprofen and/or Motrin at the highest milligram. But donít worry. These bone pains and muscle cramps will decrease in time when accompanied by walking, running and exercise; possibly 7-10 days or less.

NOTE: High levels of Imodium also helps to relieve restless legs.

To relieve leg pains, bone pains, and muscle aches:
Massage you legs heavily
Take Hyland's Restful Legs at 2 to 3 times the recommended dosage
Apply Bengay, or other muscle heat and pain relief creams
Drink plenty of water to keep your bones and muscles hydrated
Take Ibuprofen or Motrin at the highest milligram
Robitussin Cough Gels (60mg to 90mg) helps alleviate RLS
Take Aleve Naproxen Sodium Caplets at 500mg every 4-5 hours
Take Imodium at 20mg, 28mg to 30mg's
Take frequent hot baths
Take long fast walks 3-4 times per day
Walk up and down stairs
Do squats until you get tired
Keep moving, stretching and flexing your quads
Run. Run. Run
Hyland's Restful Legs is a safe, natural and highly effective product that helps to relieve restless legs when taken at double or 3 times the recommended dosage. Hyland's Restful Legs quick-dissolving tablets provide relief for the uncontrollable urge to move your legs and has no known negative drug interactions. Restful Legs is gentle, safe and effective and consists of all natural active ingredients.
Hyland's Restful Legs temporarily relieves symptoms of the compelling urge to jerk or move legs to relieve sensations of itching, tingling, crawling, and restlessness of legs.

Active Ingredients | Purposes:
Arsenicum Album 12X HPUS: creeping, crawling itch
Lycopodium 6X HPUS: restless legs while lying down
Pulsatilla 6X HPUS: constant urge to move legs
Rhus Toxicodendron 6X HPUS: restless legs, better with activity
Sulphur 6X HPUS: itching, tingling, and urge to move legs
Zincum Metallicum 12X HPUS: twitching and jerking of legs while sitting     
  Hyland's Restful Legs can be purchased at Walmart for $6.95 and can be found in your local pharmacy.

NOTE: For best results, take Hyland's Restful Legs quick-dissolving tablets at double or 3 times the recommended dosage.
  How to Deal with Runny Nose and Watery Eyes:
Keep some tissues with you at all times to blow your nose and wipe away the tears. (Use hand sanitizer as well) If you need to stay alert during the day then you may want to take some Benadryl or Dayquil during the day and then take Nyquil at night.

It should be noted that taking extra strength Nyquil every 3 to 4 hours in conjunction with 1 to 2 Valerian Root Capsules can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and anxiety as well.

To treat runny nose and watering eyes:
Take Nyquil or Dayquil every 4 to 5 hours
Take allergy medicine such as Benadryl
Blow your nose with soft tissue frequently
Drink Tylenol tea packets for flu and fevers
Chew maximum strength Halls cough drops
Chew Vitamin C chewable tablets throughout the day
  How to Deal with Loss of Appetite:
You wonít feel like eating anything for the first few days and thatís ok but you need to drink water and eat 1 slice of bread with peanut butter, 1 to 2 hard boiled eggs, or small portions of chicken soup cups from 7-11. Theyíre cheap, quick and easy to make and taste great as well. Youíll need to have something in your system in order to sustain yourself.

Half or quarter pieces of peanut butter sandwiches may be your best bet as this will deliver both carbohydrates and protein into your system. And they taste great too. Peanut butter sandwiches are what they feed the prisoners when theyíre going through heroin withdrawals because they're easy to eat and provide energy for the body. And the protein from the peanut butter helps to raise endorphin (feel good) levels as well. Itís safe and effective survival food.

Try to drink as much water as you can along with Gatorade throughout the day. And since your body is made up of 70% water, then water will be the most important element your body will need over the next few days. Your body needs water. And the more water you drink then the better youíll feel.

To treat loss of appetite:
Eat, or at least try to eat lightly
Eat half or quarter pieces of peanut butter sandwiches
Eat 1 to 2 slices of toast with butter or 1 to 2 hard boiled eggs
Eat portions of cups/packages of hot chicken soup
Eat 1/2 of a banana for potassium
Eat bran crackers with jelly
Eat small pieces of French or Italian bread with butter
  How to Deal with Insomnia and Sleeplessness:
Most likely you wonít be able to get any sleep for the first 3 to 4 days. You may however, be able to get 30 minute naps here and there. Sleep will come. Your body will crash. But for now, just get it whenever you can. And while youíre in bed, you may start sweating profusely so make sure you have extra clean bed sheets on hand and baby powder to put on yourself, on your bed and on the mattress as well. However, sleeplessness will be the least of your concerns. You can use that time to read my website over and over again and start thinking and planning on what you're going to do with the rest of your life.

You can also take extra strength Nyquil with Valerian Root capsules which works as a natural sleeping aid. You can also take Valerian Root capsules during the day and night to help calm your nerves and relieve anxiety.

Taking Melatonin, which is a hormone that helps to regulate sleep, can also help you fall a sleep or at least relieve anxiety.

Sleeplessness is all part of the withdrawals and everyone has to go through it for the first few days. But again, donít worry. Sleep will come. And eventually, your body will crash and you will get sleep. But in the mean time, just get it whenever you can. And as mentioned above, you can also try taking Phenibut.
Phenibut is a chemical (supplement) similar to a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is used for anxiety, stress, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, alcoholism and most importantly, sleeplessness. It is also used for improving memory, learning, and thinking. Phenibut helps, and is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found in most nutritional stores such as GNC and in vitamin shops, and in Walmart as well.
  Bring the TV into your bedroom. Watching funny movies or sitcoms like Friends, My Name is Earl, and the Big Bang Theory can help you make it through the night. Time goes by faster when you're watching TV sitcoms since they run in increments of 30 minutes. Or, just lie on your bed for 30 minutes thinking about your life and what itís going to be like after being free from heroin.

To treat insomnia and sleeplessness:
Take Melatonin
Take Phenibut
Take Valerian Root capsules
Take Sominex
Nyquil ZZZ
Take extra strength Nyquil night time medicine every 3-4 hours
For UK residents: Take Night Nurse every 3-4 hours
Keep telling yourself that this will all be over with soon
Get sleep whenever you can get it
  How to Deal with Nausea and Vomiting:
Not everyone vomits. And not everyone has to vomit. If you can go to your local pharmacy and buy some over the counter anti-vomiting/anti-nausea medicine along with Imodium AD and start taking it before you get really sick then you just might be able to skip the nausea and vomiting part. But you have to start taking it before you get really sick in order to prevent the nausea and vomiting from happening.

Taking Imodium AD, (an over the counter opioid medication), at high levels every 5 to 6 hours (or as needed) can help with nausea and vomiting and other withdrawals symptoms. But again, you have to start taking it before you get really sick in order to prevent the nausea and vomiting before it happens.

To treat nausea and vomiting:
Start taking Imodium AD at high dosages before the nausea begins
Take Dramamine at double the recommended dosage before the nausea begins
Ginger Tea and Ginger capsules can also help relieve nausea
Take 2 Alka Seltzers
Go outside for some fresh air
Eat a few crackers
More OTC Anti-nausea remedies include: Pepto-Bismol, Maalox, Mylanta, Emetrol, and Nauzene, all of which can be purchased at your local pharmacy or Walmart.
  Visit your local pharmacy, purchase some anti-nausea/anti-vomiting medicine and Imodium AD and start taking them before you get real sick.
  How to Deal with Diarrhea and Stomach Cramps:
Taking Imodium at high doses will eliminate diarrhea greatly. But believe it or not, when quitting heroin, diarrhea is not such a bad thing at first. The heroin in your system has had you constipated all this time and now is the best time to cleanse your intestines from all that toxic waste. This is a good thing, and you need to see it as such.

So the best thing you can do for your body is to allow yourself to go through the diarrhea for the first 24 hours or more in order to get rid of as much toxic waste as possible. The less waste you have in your body then the better your body will feel. However, once you feel that most of your solid waste is gone then youíll need to drink as much water as you can to prevent dehydration and then restore electrolytes by taking sips of Gatorade throughout the day.

So before you quit heroin, you may want to visit your local pharmacy and purchase some OTC (over-the-counter) anti diarrhea medicine or caplets but donít start taking them till the end of Day 1 or day 2. But, if you have to work or have other obligations then you may want to start taking the anti-diarrhea caplets (at double the dosage) before you get sick in order to help prevent the diarrhea from happening.

To treat diarrhea and stomach cramps:
Take Imodium at high dosages (20mg to 30mg every 5 to 6 hours or as needed)
Drink Pepto-Bismol
Drink water to avoid dehydration
Take sips of Gatorade to restore electrolytes
Eat a Banana
Take Motrin at the highest milligrams
Take over the counter anti-diarrhea pills or formula and start taking them by the end of Day 1 or Day 2. (But if you have to work then take the anti-diarrhea pills before you get sick in order to prevent diarrhea from taking place.)
  How to Deal with Depression:
For the first several days, youíre going to feel depressed and crying off and on. But donít worry, this is only temporary, and in time will fade away. But in the mean time, try to watch some funny movies or sitcoms on TV such as Friends and My Name is Earl. Listen to good, clean music. But whatever you do, donít let yourself get depressed. Instead, get happy and excited knowing that finally youíre going to kick this nasty heroin habit once and for all. And when itís all over with, you'll be like a whole new person freed from the heroin slavery system. So donít worry, be happy :) youíre about to begin a whole new life.

To treat depression:
Take Niacin (a form of vitamin B) at 3000mg's per day. (Available at Wal-Mart)
Take St Johns Wart. (Available at Wal-Mart)
Take DHEA which is also administered in detox centers to decrease depression
Watch funny TV sitcoms such as Friends and My Name is Earl
Think positive. Don't' think about heroin
Think about what your life will be like when youíre finally free from heroin
Keep telling yourself, ďI can do this!Ē and stay positive
Try not to be alone for too long. Try to be around other drug-free people. Invite them to your home
When youíre home alone then keep yourself busy by cleaning your house
Go out for many long fast walks in the park or anywhere for that matter
Go outside without sunglasses. Let the sunlight come in through your eyes
You may want to consider listening to uplifting, good, clean, decent music.
Most of today's' music causes people to go into great depression without them even realizing that itís the music thatís causing them to be depressed. And the end result is drug addiction.

Itís not just the lyrics which come right out and instruct you to live loose and use drugs; itís the music and the energy behind the music as well.

Some songs 'appear' to sound and feel good at first yet in reality consist of notes, tones, keys and pitches which break musical principles causing the brain to fall into a depressed state of mind without the listener even realizing what is happening to them.
Those musical notes, tones, keys and pitches hit specific neurotransmitters in the brain which cause depression to occur. And the effects are almost instant and long lasting as well.
And continuous listening to such music will cause continual depression which is why so many young people today turn to drugs, not just because they're programmed to, but also as a means of escape from their depressed and messed up lives.

Furthermore, most popular music today, particularly rap and hip hop music, was made to corrupt and destroy this generation and send you on a downward spiral in every way possible. Wherever that music is played, the energy, and the carriers for that energy become present almost immediately, causing the listener to begin to transform into what that music represents.

The music of today's generation was purposely designed and created to bring you to where you're at now. And people wonder why they have such messed up lives and messed up children. It's the music! But most people donít even realize this. We are the product of a messed up society. This society is the equivalent of the factory. And the tools and machinery being used to form and shape our lives are TV, movies and music.

Good music gives ďlifeĒ while bad music brings death, destruction and even chaos into ones life. And if you donít believe that then all you have to do is look at our younger generation today. They're all going down hill faster than ever before and at a much younger age as well. And behind it all is Ďthe power of musicí.

And this is coming from someone who grew up on Ice Cube, Ice T, Too Short, Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, NWA, and all the rest of them. Most of today's TV stars and big-name rappers are being rewarded with fame, fortune, and the pleasures of this world to corrupt, pervert, desensitize, and eventually destroy you from the inside out. And they get paid to do this. The more people they corrupt, then the more they get paid.

Furthermore, bad music draws in that negative energy and bad influence which keeps you down, while 'good music', put forth by 'good people' can help drive that negative energy away and draw positive energy into your life. Uplifting music will lift you up, build you up, and help you greatly in so many ways, while going through withdrawals, and even more so afterwards as well.

Please note: I'm not saying that all rap music or all rock music or all pop music is bad. In fact there's a lot of real good music out there. But good, clean, uplifting music is hard to find these days. And music is a major key and can become one of the greatest sources for positive energy to help you get through the withdrawals and possibly even change your life. Yes, the right kind of music can actually change your life!

Therefore, you may want to consider the following: Try listening to clean, decent, positive music for a change - no rap, no hip hop, no R&B, no reggaeton, no house, no techno, no trance, no metal, no rock, no classic rock - just some good, clean, positive music such as oldies, 50's 60's, country, inspirational music, the Rocky theme songs, Gonna Fly Now; 70's (but not classic rock), 80ís, softies, Motown, disco etc... and then see, hear, and feel the difference for yourself.
Changing the type of music you listen to can change your life. And as the old saying goes; "you are what you eat", the same is true of music. You become what you listen to.

"Thus, what you listen to, literally forms what you become." LDA

Good, clean, decent music is hard to swallow at first, just like good, healthy food is hard to enjoy when youíve been used to eating junk food all your life. But in time, youíll get used to it and quite possibly enjoy it. Good music can lift you up and help make you happy and soothes the soul as well. And you're going to need all the help you can get.

So now you know, and ďknowing is half the battleĒ. And if you like your music loud then you may want to consider investing your dope money on a good set of computer speakers to hear and appreciate the sound of good, clean music at high volumes. And if your heart is open then it just might change your life. But of course, that's up to you. All of this, is all up to you. But believe it or not, music is much more powerful than what you might think.

  Supplies to Buy Before Quitting Heroin
  Before you get ready to quit heroin cold turkey, and put yourself on lock-down, try your best to obtain some of the following products if you have the money to do so:
Buy enough Imodium for 1 week
Buy Tagamet (or any generic acid reducer)
Buy a couple of bottles of extra strength Nyquil (UK: Night Nurse)
Buy Valerian Root capsules to help relieve anxiety and restlessness
Buy some Ibuprofen, and/or any kind of pain relievers
Buy melatonin to help you get at least a 1 hour of sleep
Buy OTC (over-the-counter) Anti-nausea medicine
Buy antibiotic ointment/Neosporin & Vitamin E solution to help heal track marks
Buy enough drinking water for 7 days or more
Buy Gatorade for carbohydrates and restoration of electrolytes
Buy clear soda: Ginger ale, Sprite or 7up to help settle your stomach
Buy bread, peanut butter, crackers, eggs, yogurt, bananas, etc...
Buy cup packages of chicken noodle soup (different flavors)
Buy a new or used portable space heater to sit and sleep next to
Buy baby powder to absorb the sweat/moisture from your body and your bed
Buy or rent Rocky ll DVD for inspiration and motivation. Get it on eBay,, or
  Vitamins to Help with Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms:
L-Tyrosine (500 mg caps)
Niacin, which is a form of vitamin B (3000mgís per day for depression)
Vitamin B6 capsules
Vitamin C Chewables
Tribulus which enhances testosterone levels naturally (for men)
Wide-spectrum mineral supplement containing Zinc, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium
  Most Important OTC Meds and Supplies to Have:
Imodium (or generic Imodium)
Tagamet (or generic acid reducer)
Nyquil (or Robitussin Cough Gels) 
Valerian Root Capsules
Ibuprofen (or Aleve)
Peanut Butter
(You can buy everything at Walmart real cheap)
Keep a calendar on the wall and mark off the days with a check mark as the days go by. i.e. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, all the way to day 40!

So how do you quit heroin cold turkey? You just do it!

Prepare yourself to quit and then do it! Give it your best shot!!
  Take action!
Burn your bridges. Destroy your needles, your spoon, your cotton balls, your tie belt, your aluminum foil strips, your empty baggies, balloons, your straw, your lighters, all of it. Destroy it all and throw it all away. Burn your bridges! And then do it! There's no retreat and no turning back!

Summons up everything you have left within you, grind your teeth, growl at yourself and then start the battle and fight this thing with all your might, all your heart, and all your soul. Your life depends on it. Your future is at stake. You must win this battle or die!

Yes - it's do or die my friend. It's quit heroin or die trying. And I can assure you that this will be the greatest battle of your life. But the life long rewards of freedom from heroin slavery are far greater than the temporary suffering you'll experience during the next several days. I haven't touched heroin in over 20 years. And I will never touch that or any other drug ever again.
And I want you to be free too! I want you to know what it's like to wake up and feel your normal body once again without the need of any drugs. No more being sick, no more cold chills, no more leg pains - no more nothing.

ÖJust pure appreciation from finally being freed from this heroin slavery madness once and for all. That day will come sooner than you think if you get up and do it now!

And believe it or not, you can do this! I swear you can!

You know what you gotta do. And all you gotta do now is just do it! Win this fight, and turn your life around!

Now,... repeat after me:

"I'm gonna do this... And this time, I'm gonna win."

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  How to quit heroin with the help of Suboxone  
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  Quitting heroin
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  Quitting heroin for men   
  How to beat cravings
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  If at first you don't succeed - try try again  
  How to stay clean
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  Staying clean with Vivitrol Naltrexone  
  How to change and change your life  
  How to fix your life pt.1 finances, work, housing  
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How to Quit Heroin in Rehab
Quitting Heroin by Relocating
Quitting Heroin While Pregnant
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