My question is: What are the withdrawals like quitting "cold turkey" off 15mg time-release Morphine??
I need to know if is anything like the flu symptoms...
24 Aug 2009
Withdrawal 1- 5 days
Dosage: 60mgwere in "hell" that I can imagine. Depression, feelings of isolation, hopelessness, cannot eat, the sweats, first I'm hot- then cold- then hot again. Smoking constantly- if you are a smoker. Irritable. Impatient. Frustrated. Desperate. Cunning. Crafty. Confused. ANXIETY! ANXIETY! ANXIETY! Pacing- constantly. Restlessness. Sometimes exhausted but mostly an insomniac. Now about the ENCOURAGEMENT part: BUT- you WILL overcome!!! First day is hard. Second and third days are the hardest. Fourth and fifth day you will spend half the day on the toilet but you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Day 5 1/2 and it is pretty much out of your system. You can do this! I have done it! Actually a couple of times over the years for one reason or another with back pain or surgery. I found that walking helped me in an EXTREME way. One, it gives your mind and body something else to do besides think of "it.". Two, it speeds up your metabolism to get "it" out of your system. Sleep as long as you can. Sleeping is actually a time when your body works really hard and burns calories-expelling energy, waste and so forth out of your system. And you can burn off some of the hours whereas you would be craving if awake. Continue to MAKE YOURSELF EAT SOMETHING or your metabolism will slow down and you body may enter starvation mode-causing the withdrawal process to take even longer. Talk about it to someone. Express your feelings. Or if you have to -sit and write how you feel down. It will help you get through this! There is hope and it WILL get out of your system and you WILL feel better! Just for your own sanity DO NOT give into the tempation to "take some" to ease the withdrawal. No matter how you want to rationaize it- DON'T DO IT! You WILL have to start ALL OVER AGAIN and the day(S) of suffering that you did endure will all be for nothing. Get accountable. Give the meds to someone else that you cannot get them back from. Or destroy them. If you keep them, even just one, you will rationalize taking it during the hardest time of your withdrawal phase. Finally, there is "methadone" which to me is just another "DRUG" however it is used to wean some people successfully off of morphine and heroin. Or Suboxone- which will make you go into IMMEDIATE withdrawal and it will expel it out of your system. I do not know how long that lasts. Lastly, a drug induced coma. Possible, but not a viable option for most. It was for me. Only because an allergic reaction to morphine put me on "life-support." My family started to prepare for the worst- A FUNERAL- yeah- morphine can do that to you. So my advice!? Get off of it AS SOON AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. Remember there is hope and I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THIS! ; ) jASON
21 Oct 2009
I used to be on the fentynal (sp?) patch, which is synthetic morphine on a patch that is supposed to last three days. I read up on detoxing off of it and what I read scared me terribly. I actually ended up not having that bad of a time getting off of it. I think it was because it was time released and I slowly started keeping them on for four days instead of three, slowly reducing the amount getting into my system. Do you have a doctor that could switch you over to the morphine patch to help you easily detox? I hope so. Going through detox reminds me of being pregnant and all the stories you hear. Just remember that everyone is different and it is possible for it to be easy. I would make sure that you had plenty of anti-diarrhea medicine, maybe small doses of valium for just 5 days so you don't turn around and get physically addicted to it, and lots of movies to watch on T.V. Be prepared to have the flu and maybe have a friend around to help you out if you need it. You are lucky that you are not on that high of a dose. Stay positive, you can do it!
29 Jan 2010
I have been taking 30 mg. twice a day with break through 30mg. up to three times a day as needed from early 2005. I never abused morphine. I had a blood clot called" venous sinus thrombosis " late in 2004. I was told many,many times that my headache were from rebound headache from morphine. in 2007 I went to pain clinic for two weeks. one week was for detox. I never had any problems. I think if you over use, then you start having problems
30 Jun 2010
It feels like pure hell. A BAD, BAD case of the flu. Of course it depends on how long and how much you've been taking. The worst part of it physically is what it does to your bowls and aches in your thighs. Worst of all is what it does to your mind, paranoia, nerves, etc. But it will pass in a few days and it won't kill ya, just feels like it. Trust me... been there, done that lots of times! God bless you and hang in there!
9 Oct 2010
The main thing to keep in mind is it varies by person,age,gender,size,mg amount of drug, etc etc. There is a lot to factor in. Personally myself I've experienced morphine once in a 60mg dose. The next day upon waking I had a slight headache, but returned to feeling fine within 48 hours. Most people on here that describe it as "hell" are the ones who were using it for recreation and took more than they could handle.
19 Feb 2011
Stopping morphine cold turkey is not recommended. Its best to wean off opiates so you dont feel the effects of withdrawal as bad as you would cold turkey. Detoxing feels like a bad flu with all the symptoms that accompany it. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, decreased appetite at first then your appetite increases, your energy is limited, increased irritability, inpatient, intolerant to bullshit, etc.. its not the detox that's most concerning, its staying off opiates long term that is. Getting off the opiates may be the easiest part; it's staying off it, getting proper sleep, not having the restless leg syndrome that's the hardest part. Your body knows no difference between prescription narcotics from the DR. or not. Your body is now dependent on opiates. Not addicted but dependent.
If you've been on opiates for years, it may be a little more challenging to stay off it then someone whose been on opiates for a short period. Opiates is a downer so as you detox off opiates, you'll notice your body feels like you're on an upper. You're wide awake, unable to sleep and when you do you'll wake up a few hours later. When weaning down opiates; ask your Dr. for something to help you sleep, something for your anxiety and something for your nausea. Depending on how your weaning off or stopping opiates altogether, your Dr. may prescribe something to completely help you through the withdrawal process... meaning something to help you not feel any withdrawal symptoms because you'll have no long acting or short acting morphine to help with the pain. Normally for the first 2-3 days after you stop, you wont feel any withdrawal symptoms until the 3rth or 4th day onward. It may last a week or two OR it may last a month depending on how long you've been on it.
Also, make sure you have psychological support when stopping opiates... again opiates are downers so many of your emotions have been so numb for so long and just remember what goes down must come up. So, if part of your pain is emotional you'll definitely feel that emotion come through when detoxing. That's why its best to wean down off opiates versus stopping cold turkey. Its best for your body and definitely for your mental health. So, seek mental health professional when going through detox. Yes, there's a stigma attached to a therapist but who cares, its your life not anyone elses.
Listen to your body. Be honest with yourself and be open with your Dr. If you don't feel comfortable with your Dr. get a second opinion. You are not obligated to one opinion. You want whats best for yourself in the long run. So, its not worth it to try to scam the Dr. Be true to yourself and everything will follow. You want a Dr that will listen, pay attention and give suggestions. You DONT want a Dr that will not listen, not pay attention and give suggestions only to benefit themselves. If you are not ready to stop taking opiates you have that right. Dont let your Dr. force you into doing something that would be beneficial to you in the future, NOW especially if you're not mentally ready. Remember the Dr's work for you!!
A bit long, but hope it was helpful,
13 Sep 2012
To answer your question "yes". I'm on 145mg a day due to military combat wounds, but as we speak I'm trying to detox myself at home which is safe but the VA leaves me no chose. So far so good, just really bad restless legs and body feels like flu with rapid heart betting. Good luck and be careful...
20 May 2013
I feel for anyone going thru withdrawal. The most important thing to remember is that your health comes first. Not your pride. Most people, and I mean most cannot do it by themselves. Be courageous and get to a doctor or a health clinic and tell them that you are detoxing. There are so many medications available to make the transition smoother than just fighting withdrawal on your own. And guess what, you are not the first person to admit you need help. Actually you will be amazed how many people are there to help. The odds of you being successful by yourself is so small that you will suffer for a few days and give up when your body is in excruciatingly pain. Get help and God bless
4 Jun 2013
I was on 60 mg 3 times a day. It did make me feel great physically and mentally, I like I had al life again. Then I had a relative over and caught him in my room i was gone 5 minutes. I said what are you doing in my room, he knows thats off limits and i had them hid. well the bottom line is I was missing 30. I was fortunate to have a friend that spared some 15 mg 4 days worth. I was having withdrawals from going from 60 to 15 but not so severe, The 15 mg will be a walk in the park compared to th 60 mg, Just know if you get diareah and puke it will go away within 1 or 2 days. i found the thick chocalate or srawberry ensure helps alot a lot of nutrients i felt a lil better in 2 days diareah gone in 2 days also. Have alot of tp an it realy burns.puked 1 day and it was green twice the first day im on my 3rd day.
Still have insomnia did crash alil today, Didnt want any comunication with any on not even my phone, Well feelin better just hope my relative has full 60 mg withdrawals thats 7 days of pure hell, Not even close to 15 mg or 30 for that matter especially if he abuses them. Good luck to you all . just remember treatment is thousands of dollars cold turkey is only a volume, clonipin, ativan , or zanax for ten days max. Then you will be like free and like new. I can do it so can all of you. My pain is a easy 10 at all times. So now too tell my doctor what happened I wont call the authorities. people are more important. There time will come. CARMA GETS BAD RELATIVES AND BAD COPS REMEMBER THEY STEAL AS WELL. MY UNCLE AND COUSIN ARE COPS AND VERY SICK OF THE THEFT AND CORUPTION. sorry so long god bless you all and our great america.
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