I just want answers how other people got off the fentanyl patch was on 75 micrograms for five years would like to hear other people's opinions without going into a rehab
This is an easy one, firstly you have to reduce to 50 micrograms per hour which will make you feel cold for four days. Get on to 50 microgram per hour Fentanyl and add a 20 microgram Buprenorphine patch (yes it seems paradoxical). After 7 days stop the Fentanyl and stay one more week on the 20 microgram per hour buprenorphine patch only. The next 2 weeks you take 10 microgram per hour patches and the last 2 weeks you take 5 microgram per hour patches; 7 days after that you are almost as good as gold. The gentlest drug withdrawal regime that I have ever encountered.
The only part I don't understand is the cruelty and the total lack of being up to date with the most current information and the effectiveness of drug withdrawal regimes. The USA seems to make it deliberately hard and cruel.
You didn't say why you want to get off of it.
Remember you have a diagnosis which required the patch.
Good for you if you think it's controllable without it. You may want to get your doctor to order a rescue dose med.
I say that because if you go into a pain crisis (not withdrawal) it takes 24 hours before you can get relief. The only option would be to go to the ER.
Stephen gave you good suggestions as far as a schedule.
The trick is NOT to rush it. Stay on the decreased dose until you feel like you are in control and then give it another week.
Remember that the blood levels stay elevated for several days before it starts to go down. Structure your life around the changes. You don't want to be working when making the changes. You will know because you know your body.
Pamper yourself with eating a healthy diet, drinking fluid and I heard orange juice can help with the withdrawal symptoms. I don't know if it's true.
Get exercise and try and lessen the stress in your life during this time.
Don't rush it!
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