Hmm... That's a tough one. I know of one solution, Buprenorphine. It can be prescribed for pain, but it also is used for bodies that are dependent on opiates to break that need for them. Once on Buprenorphine, it's fairly easy to gradually reduce the dosage until you either reach a pain threshold or can stop taking it completely. It worked great for me, and I was taking very high levels of opiates. When they started me on Buprenorphine at the equivalent dose, I said WOAH way too strong and cut it in half. That was a testament alone right there. Good luck!
Meggie is right... it's difficult with a patch.
The recommendation would be to switch to Methadone or MS Contin CR. The doctor can do the taper easier with oral meds.
You can get him to decrease the dose of the patches but you don't have the flexibility as above.
If doing it on your own...
You could wait for the old one to fall off. The older they are the less medication will be in the reservoir of the patch.
Do NOT cut patches in half. It causes the absorption rate to be uncontrolled. It will dump too much into your bloodstream at once.
I suggest you do #1 under doctor's control.
I'm sure you can do it but you may not be as successful.
The best mental attitude is not to rush. Go slowly over a longer period. Keep busy so you are not focused on it.
Best wishes to you. I AM sure you can do it.
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