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Has anyone just lived regular life through Op w/d?
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    super_mom is offline Junior Member
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    Default Has anyone just lived regular life through Op w/d?

    I just cannot take time off as most of the experienced posters and articles suggest, either from my family or my work, but it looks like I will be starting a cold turkey w/d on Monday unless I want to deal with trying to get a referral to the pain management doc and starting a slower taper, which I worry is just going to be harder for me to maintain than simply quitting.

    I am looking at and planning to use the Thomas recipe, but still it looks like most people I read are not working, taking days or weeks off to accomplish this. I need to find a way to stay somewhat normal...am I stupid to be doing cold turkey for this reason?

    The doc that was prescribing my hydrocodone 10/325 did prescribe Clonidine because I told them that I really want to be off of them. He gave me a taper dosage of one tab twice a day for 7 days, then 1/2 tab twice day for 7 days, then stop. Uhhh, going from, say, 8-10 tabs a day to one twice a day in an attempt to taper doesn't seem to make good sense to me and, of course, I have gone through them faster than I should, but still nowhere near what I was taking and I feel okay, just need to take more like 3-4 a day or so at least for now and I know that if I was going to do that, I would have to establish with the pain med doc to taper, etc.

    If it were do-able, I'd just as soon be done after these are gone and move on, but can I live my life somewhat normally while I do it?

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    super_mom is offline Junior Member
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    Also want to add the other medications that I am on/have access to:

    Ambien as needed for sleep
    Xanax as needed for anxiety
    Celexa 40 every day
    Wellbutrin 150 every day
    Verapamil -blood pressure med every day -when I started having the chronic pain in November 11, which is what led to me being rx'd hydros (long story), my blood pressure was dangerously, dangerously high.

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    super_mom is offline Junior Member
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    Anyone have any input on this at all?

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    Robert_325 is offline Retired
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    Quote Originally Posted by super_mom View Post
    Anyone have any input on this at all?



    You should do a much slower taper or you'll be feeling the w/d symptoms which will zero out the effects of a few of your other meds. If you taper that fast you'll get sick for sure.

    If you had a different taper plan would your dr give you meds you required to taper in a proper manner? God bless.
    I am not a dr. My statements are based on years of experience and related education. Consult with the professional of your choice regarding matters of concern.

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