I was told that after weaning down from oxycodone that if you took 4mg then step down to 2 mg of dilaudid then stop the dilaudid then the WD's weren't as severe.I've stepped down to 7.5mg of oxy 3/x's /day( never abused them just took for pain and have been on 5mg perc's for 3 years prior to the oxy's). Medical detox is the best alternative I realize this fact. I do take a benzo sleeping aid every PM and am afraid I'll not be able to sleep or have a siezure( never had 1 before) if I stop the sleeping pills and oxy's at the same time.Replacing 1 opiate for another is not wise but I can't afford a medical detox and I do need fusion surgery(neck) which I can't get done.I want to see if I can live without opiates for chronic pain but think I'll still be in agony after detoxing and still need pain meds. Steriods and shots never worked for me.I really don't want SUB either because you have to detox from that too.
Hi wantshelp, Don't stop the benzo's. But taking dillaudid to WD off the oxy sort of seems like jumping into the fire from the frying pan to me. I did the cold turkey off of prescribed oxy... it wasn't fun, to say the least. Yet, the horror of WD passes. I am sure you know that already.
I wish you the best. Let us know how you are doing.
The first part of your question is no. Dilaudid is stronger than oxycodone so it makes no sense to ween down to a stronger med. Of course that is only my opinion. Secondly, percocet and oxycodone are the same thing. And if your pain is that severe, why not consult with a specialist or surgeon? Why is surgery out of the question? Have you asked your PM guy about an RFT? Radio Frequency Thermo coagulation? They have other procedures that work so much better then Epi's. Have you inquired about them? Especially the RFT's that "zap" the nerve root, killing the pain all together. I wish you the best of luck on finding the solution that works for you, and remember, benzo's are the most dangerous to detox from physically if you go cold turkey.
Take care and good luck,
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