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What Are Some Opiate Withdrawal Day 5 Symptoms?

Opiate Withdrawal Day 5 Symptoms

Here are some of the symptoms that may occur when experiencing opiate withdrawals on day 5:


  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Boredom and restlessness
  • Cravings and mood swings
  • Discomfort
  • Cognitive Disruption

Learn more about what to expect from day to day:
Timeline: Day 4  <  Day 5

Opiate Withdrawal Day 5



4 days without using opiates. Never thought you would make it, it wasn’t as hard as you thought but it also wasn’t easy. The first 4 days are usually the toughest and once you pull through you are over the hump. It is a very big step towards freedom and it will not only benefit you but also your loved ones for the rest of your life.


As your body adjusts slowly to life without opiates, most physical symptoms will have faded on day 5. Physical symptoms will be mild but psychological ones like depression, anxiety and a strong desire to return to opiates will be constant. Some people also feel remorse and shame for some things they did before while high, while some may experience lingering muscle aches and shaking. Here is what to expect on opiate withdrawal day 5.




Anxiety is one of the main symptoms that most people experience on day 5 when trying to quit. After quitting opiates, the brain halts producing sufficient levels of dopamine and serotonin (happiness triggering chemicals) which often leads to anxiety. Mild irritability and restless may also still be there.




Because you have not been taking anything substantial for the last 4 days, diarrhea tends to stop at this time mainly because you have nothing to pass. You may also experience mild shivers and abdominal cramping.


Boredom and restlessness


The ‘high’ effect associated with opiates usually fills time during the day and if it becomes a habit it is very hard to break it. This also means that without using opiates there is a time during the day that you will feel low or non-occupied and it is very hard to find other ways to utilize that time or to divert attention. Although the restlessness will be mild, many quitters still feel it on day 5 and even beyond.

Cravings and mood swings


Throughout the withdrawal process, one of the biggest challenges that quitters experience is opiate cravings. The cravings usually result in extreme agitation and anxiety. Frustration, high temper and bad mood may set in because of the cravings.


The desire for opiate use will be constant throughout the first three days. But during this situated the situation will have improved and you will experience less cravings and they won’t last long as they did on the first 3 days. And with less cravings, stress levels will fade and shortness and well as edginess will ease.



Most quitters also experience malaise or overall discomfort at this time.


Cognitive Disruption


Mental ability or concentration will continue to be a problem. Since opiates are stimulants, the body has acclimatized to work with the drugs in the brain to enhance cognitive function and enhance memory.


Alleviating opiate withdrawal day 5 symptoms


If used responsibly, some medications can help ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. The medications work by making the body think that it is still getting opiate doses. Some of the medications include:

  • Gabapentin – For muscle pain
  • Benzodiazepines – for anxiety and insomnia
  • Clonidine – calm you down
  • Loperamide HCL for diarrhea


Home Remedies:


  • Hot Bath: calms nerves, Reduces muscle aches
  • Dark Chocolate: feel good chemicals in the brain.
  • Peppermint Tea: Helps with concentration and eases stomach discomfort.
  • Gatorade: Hydration and replenishes electrolytes.
  • Water: Hydration


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