Chills or cold flashes with goose bumps (" cold turkey ") alternating with flushing (hot flashes), kicking movements of the legs ("kicking the habit"  ) and excessive sweating are also characteristic symptoms.  Severe pains in the bones and muscles of the back and extremities occur, as do muscle spasms. At any point during this process, a suitable narcotic can be administered that will dramatically reverse the withdrawal symptoms. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 h and 96 h after the last dose and subside after about 8 to 12 days. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health is very rarely fatal. Morphine withdrawal is considered less dangerous than alcohol, barbiturate, or benzodiazepine withdrawal.  
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