I have been on Percocet 10/325 for approx 16 months now for back and neck pain. Had lower back surgery which failed and even though I have insurance I get the run around about not enough documentation so there for I am stuck going to pain management and prescribed the Percocets. I only take as directed 1 pill 4 times a day but have recently tried to take less and that is where I need help. Withdraw symptoms are harsh. I just want my life back. Wish I would have never had surgery and just lived with the pain but I listened to my doctors and this is where I am at. I have noticed lately I am depressed and feel like a prisoner in my own home. I have tried antidepressants before and they are hard for me to take. Have had doctors tell me to apply for disability but they just don’t understand that I can’t afford the cost of living on what I would get. Ok I feel like I am rambling and sorry for that... just want off the pain meds and need advise please. Thanks for anything that can give me insight on what to expect and how to come home from these pills.
I'm so sorry you're going through this, and can imagine how rough it must be for you. The only way I can see you getting off of the pain meds is through a very slow withdrawal process. You may have tried before to eliminate an entire pill, which may have been too much, too fast. Possibly invest in a pill splitter, cut one of your four pills into fourths, and bite the last fourth into half with your teeth. Stay on that regimen for a week or two before you eliminate that fourth entirely. Then proceed with the next quarter by doing the same thing. While you're doing this, stretch and move your body a little bit, because stiffness is going to cause you immobilization and pain, while movement will relieve your pain, despite feeling the contrary. The entire process is going to take you quite a long time, but if this is what you want, then it's a worthwhile endeavor. I wish you the best of luck. Stay in touch and let us know how you're doing, OK?
First I wanna say you can do it it will uncomfortable but it can be done. My question to you why do you want to stop is it because you are no longer in pain or because you don't like the side effects their is other pain medications you can try.
Yes definitely tapering off is the best way to go you will have mild withdrawals symptoms but it can be done. Stay positive get sun and also take over the counter Ibeprofen that will help with aches. And stay hydrated as well
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