The time taken for withdrawal may vary from one patient to the other depending upon a number of factors such as:
- The time drug was abused for
- Amount of the drug taken
- Personal factors such as age, gender, weight etc
In most of the cases, the symptoms start to appear as soon as the drug is quit.
Within a few hours of last dose, withdrawal symptoms start to appear. The user feels restless and exhausted. Some of the common physical withdrawal symptoms experienced at this stage include headache, insomnia, dizziness and excessive exhaustion. Some users may also experience depression.
As the time passes, withdrawal symptoms begin to get better. After the first week, most of the physical symptoms start to fade away. However, they user may still feel exhausted and lethargic.
Insomnia kicks in and the user fails to fall asleep. He also experiences disturbed sleep and insomnia. As the effects of the drug are vanished, the user feels excessively hungry as the body tries to make up for lost nutrients and electrolytes.
By this time, most of the physical symptoms become better. However, psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression may exist. In some cases, these conditions may need proper treatment before they go away.
There can be great variations in this timeline depending upon the patient. It can serve as a guide rather than an absolute.