ive been on the 5mg patches for back pain for 6months,but i have sleep disturbance and puritis..i have decided to stop them two days ago..am i doing myself harm... i have had shaky legs during the night..what other symptoms could i have and do i need to inform my doctor... i am still taking co-codamol 30/500
12 Feb 2012
Yes I think you should tell your Doc. Explain to him why you want to stop using it. I hope he helps you with this.
There shouldn't be much withdrawal from 5 mcg and only 6 months. That's also the lowest dose patch there is. The only kind of slow withdrawal I know of with a patch would be to use it as 1 day on, and 1 day off. After 2 weeks do 1 day on, 2 days off. On week 3 make it 1 day on, 3 days off. Do this or some variation of this. When you see you can keep leaving it off, then do so.
I'm not sure what you mean by are you doing yourself harm, what kind of harm?
12 Feb 2012
Buprenorphine is a long acting medication which means you may not feel the worst of the withdrawals for 3 to 5 days after stopping. You may experience body aches, flu-like symptoms with the restlessness. Best to inform the doc of the itching and sleep problems and maybe the doc will have a better alternative. The tramadol will help ease the withdrawal but be careful you don't take more than prescribed and be aware that it can be addictive too.
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