PCP Abuse Withdrawal

PCP Abuse Withdrawal

Although use of PCP in humans has never been approved as a result of the numerous side-effects that can be experienced, there are still many people who are addicted to this substance. In the few places where it is manufactured for legal purposes, it is meant solely for use in veterinary medicine. Nonetheless, there are underground and uncontrolled laboratories involved in the manufacture of the drug and in supplying it to street peddlers.

Extended consumption of the drug leads to addiction which comes with withdrawal effects when the user wants to stop using the substance. The following are some of the main symptoms that patients experience when they want to quit their abuse of PCP.

A strong craving for the drugs is the initial symptom to be expected. The onset of cravings is dependent on several factors such as the method by which PCP was ingested, the amount taken and the general tolerance level of the addict. The cravings can start to be felt between 4th and 48th hours depending on the patient.

Patients may experience severe abdominal pain that makes them to feel like taking more PCP to ease it. The drug has a direct effect on the nervous system as it makes the muscles relax thereby making the tissue incapable of preventing injury to the abdominal region especially if the addict is involved in strenuous work. On the other hand, the pain could also have been caused by physical injury inflicted when the patient was under the influence and therefore incapable of feeling the pain until the effects of the PCP had subsided.

PCP induces tranquility, a sense of calm and a generally relaxed mood. When abuse of the substance ends, anxiety, depression and stress begins to set in. Patients will seem disturbed and dissatisfied with life making them vulnerable to a relapse. Disturbed sleep patterns are also common in many patients; insomnia during the night and excessive sleeping during the day. The eyes may look bloodshot and puffy during the day as a result of this. Some patients can even fall asleep in the middle of a conversation or while standing.

The general health of an individual is also affected. Weight loss is among the most common symptoms to appear in a patient. Patients suffer from nausea and vomiting which affects the efficiency of their metabolism.  Mild tremors may also be experienced.

Withdrawal effects may also include fever, rapid pulse and palpitations. As the effects of the reduction in the levels of the drug in the body, the relaxation of the muscles starts to go away thereby making them rapidly operational. The palpitations may cause hypertension and fever leads to profuse sweating.

Addicts are characterized by unstable gait. Staggering is one of the main symptoms that can be seen in recovering patients. Joint and muscle pain are common in many patients, too. There is a possibility that the pain may be coming from injuries that were sustained when the patient was under the influence of PCP and did not feel the effects.

In extreme cases, the patients are affected by such severe problems as hallucinations, seizures, convulsions and intense headaches. Memory loss may also occur.