... almost 59. Back in Nov I started to wean off. I did it slowly and was off for 4 months. My mouth pain came back very bad, ended up back in. When I saw my doctor he said to stay on it. I need it for pain yet I'm still in pain but worse when off. I feel helpless , yet being on it calms me. Is anyone on it for long term with no ill effects. I know it messes with my short term memory but I really worry about long term effects.