Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms. Quitting The Plant Safely

Last Updated: April 30, 2020

Anyone planning to stop taking the Mitragyna speciosa products or who is already going through kratom withdrawal should know what to expect along this process and what are the best ways to stop kratom. The first thing to do is seek kratom withdrawal help from the local healthcare providers or ask a doctor, who can advise on the best way to stop.

How To Stop Using Kratom

The reasons why people want to stop Mitragyna speciosa, as well as the uses for kratom vary. However, no matter what the reason for using the drug is, those who plan on quitting kratom should know that there are two ways of doing this: abrupt and gradual discontinuation of the plant.

Quitting Kratom Cold Turkey

When it comes to getting off kratom, stopping cold turkey is the fastest, but also the hardest and the most painful way. This method implies stopping at once, and if the individual has developed a dependence on the plant’s components, the brain will suffer a rebound effect, trying to restore the balance fast, causing withdrawal symptoms.

In other words, for a dependent person, getting off kratom abruptly will definitely lead to withdrawal symptoms because the body tries to adapt to normal functioning after stopping the drug. These symptoms often are severe enough to make the living uncomfortable.

Many choose to stop cold turkey, fearing that kratom on drug test will show positive results. Although the drug will not be detected on the standard drug tests, there are a few kratom alkaloids which can be detected in some blood and urine tests. There is no silver bullet for quitting kratom easily. Still, abrupt discontinuation is not the best option.

Tapering Off Kratom

Tapering off means a gradual reduction of the doses so that the brain has time to adjust to this change. The individual should also be ready to experience mental and physical discomfort and intense craving during this process. Still, the symptoms of kratom withdrawal are much lighter and often do not interfere with daily tasks or absent at all. For those who use the most potent kratom strains, reducing the dosage gradually would be the most optimal way. 

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Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

Because Mitragyna speciosa has similar effects as opioids, it can quickly cause dependence. This means that when trying to stop the drug, the user will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms, but none of them are life-threatening.

The intensity and duration of the symptoms of kratom withdrawal depend on many factors such as the length and amount of drug use and if the individual has a history of substance abuse.

Physiological Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • nausea
  • body pains and aches
  • abdominal pain
  • tremors
  • sweating
  • decreased appetite
  • fever
  • hot flashes
  • diarrhea vomiting
  • muscle spasms
  • headaches
  • insomnia

Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • cravings
  • anger
  • tension
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • depression

How Long Does Kratom Withdrawal Last?

Factors Affecting Withdrawal Duration

There are several factors that affect the kratom withdrawal duration, and they include:

  • age
  • frequency of intake
  • period of usage
  • dosage
  • potency of strain (the strongest kratom capsules last longer)
  • individual’s metabolism
  • overall health condition of a person
  • presence of mental health problems
  • concomitant use of other drugs
  • dietary habits
  • history of addiction, abuse, or relapse

kratom withdrawal timeline

Kratom Withdrawal Timeline

Day 1. The first symptoms usually appear in 10-12 hours after stopping Mitragyna speciosa. Their intensity varies from mild to severe and can include nausea, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, and depression.

Day 2-3. The second and third days of kratom comedown are the most intense, with symptoms felt the most severe. Cravings will become intense, and at this stage, professional support and assistance are highly recommended. Some of the symptoms that the individual might experience include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, body aches, mood swings, and cravings.

Day 4-6. During this period, the symptoms of kratom withdrawal gradually start to become less intense. The physical symptoms will be bearable, but the psychological ones will continue for some time. Depression and cravings might still persist.

Day 7 and beyond. At this stage, most of the physical symptoms are gone, but the psychological ones are still expected to linger. Therefore, it is advised that the treatment phase of sobriety to be continued under professional guidance, even if the detox process has been completed, to avoid the possible relapse.

What Helps With Kratom Withdrawal?

Below, there are some tips on how to ease kratom withdrawal.

Healthy Diet And Vitamins

During the kratom detox, the body might experience nutritional deficiencies, such as calcium, potassium, or magnesium, which can worsen pain and muscle spasms. A healthy and light diet will improve this nutritional imbalance, and taking multivitamin supplements would help ease the symptoms and speed up the recovery.

Drink Water

Two of the kratom withdrawal symptoms, which can make the body dehydrated are diarrhea and excessive sweating. That is why drinking lots of fluids can prevent dehydration side effects. Besides water, one can also drink sports drinks and coconut water to restore electrolytes.

Hot Baths

Hot baths can improve headaches, muscle pain, back pain, and even help a person sleep. Adding salts and essentials oils will help soothe sore muscles. Do not take hot baths during fever episodes.

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OTC Medication

Some over-the-counter medication can also help with kratom withdrawal symptoms. Imodium can help in case of diarrhea, while topical analgesics, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help in muscle pains and aches. Melatonin and Valerian root are natural sleep supplements that can help with insomnia. However, it is better to get a doctor’s consultation before taking any medications to ensure their efficacy and safety in every specific case.


Some people can find withdrawal from kratom overwhelming. That is why distractions such as hobbies and other entertainment activities can prove relief from light withdrawal symptoms. These activities not only help the individual keep their mind busy and away from the process but also helps in the release of endorphins. Watching comedies, reading books, spending time with friends, and doing hobbies are some of the distractions that may work.

Talk To A Doctor

Regardless of the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, a physician’s consultation is the first thing to do. A doctor can offer a value kratom withdrawal help, explaining the individual the entire process, what they should expect, and what to do to ease the symptoms. Also, a doctor can prescribe medication that is only available with a prescription.

Withdrawal With Professional Help

No matter if one uses the cold-turkey method or tapers kratom detox, for some people the withdrawal symptoms are just too much. In such cases, asking for professional help can make a huge difference.

There are many professional detox facilities and specialized drug rehab centers that can help those dealing with withdrawal and addiction. The addiction treatment programs there have been specifically designed to help the individual cope with acute kratom withdrawal symptoms and help them stay sober after stopping the drug. There are numerous such clinics in the states where kratom is legal. That’s why check the local hotlines and seek professional help.

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Published on: April 30th, 2020

Updated on: April 30th, 2020

About Author

Peter J. Grinspoon, MD

Dr. Peter Grinspoon is an experienced physician with long-term clinical practice experience. As a former analgesic addict, Dr. Grinspoon knows precisely how important it is to provide patients with effective treatment and support. Medical writing for him is the way to communicate with people and inform them about their health.


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