A chemical that the body produces, called noradrenaline, is largely responsible for physical withdrawal symptoms. Lofexidine (which has the trade name Britlofex) is a drug that reduces the effect of the excess noradrenaline that is in your system during a detox.
It isn’t an opiate and its only function is to prevent the action of extra noradrenaline in your system. This means that you can’t get dependent on it in the same way as you can with opiates, but it also means that you will get none of the psychological effects of an opiate during the detox.
Lofexidine can be taken as part of an inpatient detox programme or at home.
A lofexidine detox is much more likely to be successful if you:
You should also take care when you get up out of a chair or bed or out of a bath as lofexidine can lower your blood pressure and make you feel faint.