I'm helping my wife get off vicodin. She's currently taking 10-13 (10/325 mg tabs) a day. She wants to do this at home. She's very scared of the W/D's. Any suggestions? She wants to get off them ASAP, but isn't sure shecan handle cold turkey.
22 Jun 2007
:)The amount she is taking is large from a medical stand point but its not uncommon for it to be even higher. A little over a year ago I quit Vicodin 10/325. I was taking 25-30 a day. I quit cold turkey. I ended up going to the hospital on the 3rd day because I just couldn't stand it anymore. When I told them what I took they were not even surprised. They said the withdrawals I was going through was NOTHING! Believe me I felt as If I was going to die. So anyway enough rambling:p Tapering is the best way to go. Please try to avoid her going through cold turkey. You can drop 1/2-1 pill per dose every week until shes done. If that is not possible there is Suboxone. It will help her wean off the things. suboxone.com is the website, it has a DR locater on it. Hope this helps you. Just try to be as supportive as you can for your wife. Sounds like she really needs you right now. Take care and check back and let us know how its going... krissy:)
23 Jun 2007
If you can control the pills then she stands a good chance at being successful.The important thing here is to do it slowly.Drop her a couple pills a week or two.This should take a minimumof 6 months if you want to do it right.What usually happens is people come down to quickly and their brains aren't producing enough endorphins do to the chemical changes from the addiction.This is why you have to wean down slowly and eat a high protien diet for energy.Make sure she gets out for a walk in the morning and again after supper asd walking really helps produce endorphins.Good luck and remember to go slooow... Dave
23 Jun 2007
Suboxone would be an exellent way to go.It will take away her cravings for the vicodin and all the withdrawls.At the same time because she's not abusing her brain will begin to revert back to a somewhat normal state.Also she will have the energy she will need to get things going in her life.Opiate assited treatment is making huge gains in the medical community, something that methadone has done for over 40 years but for some reason it carries many stigma's.Anyway, I would definately go with that.The other Dave can tell you about suboxone as he is taking right now... Good luck... Dave
25 Jun 2007
Fast Vicodin Tapers, usually end with relapse. It is only human to want a fast taper, but please listen to the experience of others - they almost always backfire.
The purpose of this article is to educate. This article does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is not a substitute for examination, testing, diagnosis and treatment, by a qualified, licensed health care professional.
Suboxone is very safe and only about 30 percent as addictive as heroin and 10 percent as addictive as methadone. Many Suboxone patients have posted on other forums, concerning an inability to taper off the last 2 milligrams of Suboxone. Our clinical experience, at Florida Detox, is that the underlying attention deficit disorders, depression, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, pain and other issues driving Vicodin dependency, often need to be treated, before patients can become totally opiate free.
Frequently, prolonged constipation, secondary to vicodin, also needs to be treated.
Magnesium and Vitamin C supplementation can usually reduce or eliminate constipation. Vitamin C supplementation can also help protect the liver from acetaminophen toxicity.
Suboxone or other Buprenorphrine medication can successfully treat mild to moderate pain.
Hormonal deficiencies are also common, in Vicodin patients and often require treatment, for a successful detox. An advantage of Suboxone or other Buprenorphrine medications is that they only produce about 10 percent of the testosterone depletion of heroin, methadone and other opiates. Even female Vicodin patients can become testosterone depleted.
Your wife may also want to have her hearing tested, since published research indicates Vicodin can cause sensorineural hearing loss. It is uncertain whether Vicodin or Oxycontin caused Rush Limbaugh to lose hearing.
Research Director, Florida Detox
25 Jun 2007
Go to an outpatient program and get her on suboxone. It is a wonder drug. Withdrawl technically lasts inly 2-3 days, but she will feel *ty for about 3 weeks. Tons and tons of water, benadryl when she is anxious or can't sleep, and suboxone. If you can afford it, rapid detox in a hospital setting is the best, but very expensive. No matter what either will help her and when she is off for good she will feel so good she will never want to go back.
26 Jun 2007
when ur body is aching, sitz baths help the sore muscles, ibuprophen 600's, valium to calm nerves, sleep better, a dr. may prescribe meds to help with the withdrawls, i hear a lot of different kinds., my detox center was valium, ibuprophen and clondadine 4xs a day for 2 days then 3xs a day then 2xs then off. Water water water, sleep when u can, eat when u can and stay safe
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