been on and off for a year. i have the endocet now. just want to take the endocet to ween myself off this addiction. can it work? and what intake to use, and for how long? any other suggestions on how to get back to normal without proffessional help? feel athritis like symptoms while trying to sleep, constipation, stomach pain, and a very low energy level if not taking something. and before this problem was i very healthy high energy person... working 55-65 hrs a week for 15 years. i know its this dependency that has messed me up in all these areas in my life. how can i use this to rehabilitate myself? just want to smoothly recover and get back to normal
Endocet [brand name from Endo Pharmaceuticals] contains 10 mg of oxycodone and 325 mg of Tylenol [hence the 10 and the 325]. Oxycodone is the active ingredient in Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Roxicodone, and other brand names. So... NO! You are still taking a [strong] painkiller. You either have to quit cold turkey; taper off, or switch to a maintenance drug (e.g., methadone, Suboxone, Subutex); which is primarily for the woes of addiction, or go to a pain management clinic, where you will be maintained on an opioid drug for chronic pain.
If you are constipated when not taking your Endocet; this is a separate issue, as opioids [including Endocet] often cause constipation, and one of the symptoms’ of opioid withdrawal IS diarrhea.
Also, IF you do stop taking your current meds, you WILL have to deal with your current physical dependence. You would do well to speak with a physician you trust and respect; or someone knowledgeable about addiction. There are no shortcuts. Once you are opioid-free, you can reevaluate whether or not being on painkillers outweighs the pain from your ongoing medical condition, or is itself a worse problem. Good luck!
- Endocet Information for Consumers
- Endocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Endocet (detailed)
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