Over The Counter Medicine Detox

Can You Quit Over The Counter Medicine Cold Turkey?

It is not recommended to quit over the counter medicines cold turkey. Stopping these medications cold-turkey may intensify the symptoms and make it difficult for you to cope. Medical intervention can help you to detox from OTC drugs and get you back to feeling like yourself once again.

Types of OTC Medicines include:

Cough syrup, pain killers, sleep aids, diet pills, allergy medicine

OTC Medicine Withdrawal Symptoms

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While addictions don’t often occur with OTC drugs, it is possible to become dependent with prolonged abuse. If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms in between doses, this may be a sign that an addiction has taken hold.

Some of the symptoms of OTC medicine withdrawal can include:

Confusion or brain fog
Mood swings
Aggressive or hostile behavior
Severe depression
Sleeping too much

Detoxing Off OTC Medicines

Stages Of Detox

At Peaks Recovery, our medical detox stages can look like this:

Stages of detox 1


Within the first 24 hours of admission, you will meet with our primary care physician and psychiatrist for a health and physical screening and full psychiatric evaluation.

Stages of Detox 2


To address any primary drug and alcohol substance use disorder; including any underlying mental health concerns requires medical stabilization to ensure every patient’s safety and well-being so that they can focus on their recovery goals.

Stages of detox 3


Medical Detox addresses the acute physiological and psychiatric concerns. Like the removal of a cast, the real rehabilitation begins after medical detox.

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Therapy After Our Colorado Drug & Alcohol Detox Center

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol is the first step toward recovery. However, the evidence is clear that the longer a person distances themselves from their last use of drugs and alcohol, the greater chance of recovery. At Peaks Recovery Centers, the next step in our recovery process is transitioning into our residential inpatient rehab.


Peaks Recovery Centers exclusive approach to inpatient treatment empowers men and women to leave drugs and alcohol behind them. Whether you are looking for alcohol rehab, drug rehab, our rehab program helps individuals learn and invest in new life practices, therefore they can restore and reclaim their lives.

If you are interested in Peaks Recovery Centers for yourself or a loved one, please don’t hesitate to call or fill out our form today.

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