Okay, so here I go - I started with a half of pill once day and then twice a day and I think I was up to about 3 for about a year - 6 years ago. Now I take 7-8 a day of the 10s, at least for the last 2-3 years. I am so done with this! More than anything I am tired of wasting my money and arguing with dr.'s, etc. So I decided to go cold turkey. This is my first day. I went to bed last night mad that I have to even deal with this - I am so sick and tired of being bound to this addiction. Counting them out - sneaking one in my mouth - wasting my money - I am just tired of it. So I know I have the drive to quit, I am just not sure if I have the physical or really the mental strength. This is day one and I have thought about them all day long. But I did not take any. I felt okay today - but is that because they are still in my system. I took the last one about 18 hours ago. I have some body aches, more like restless legs. I am taking 800 motrin around the clock. I went to the store and got tylenol PM and Theraflu. I just feel a little uneasy - minor headache - runny nose, restless legs, some pain in my lower back. But I am trying to take it easy. What else can I do to help with the withdraw? How long will it last? Will tomorrow be worst than today? I have a 6 year old daughter - she deserves the mother I was when she was born. I have not started my day without popping a pill - this was the first morning in at least 5 years. I have tomorrow to lie around with her. but I have to go back to work on Monday. Can I do this? Has anyone done this? I plan to sit in the bath this evening and then take the tylenol pm and sleep. I keep telling myself - I have spent this amount of time and more stressing about my next refill - chasing it down - moving $ and so forth - so this time and pain is worth the fact that I will not have to go though either this moment or the other anymore.
Help with vicodin detox - withdraw?
Added 5 Dec 2010:
everyone has been so kind to send me their encouraging words. I am up - well I up a lot of the night. fyi - theraflu and tylenol pm are a joke! I am still taking the motrin - my back hurt so bad last night, I kept thinking I am going to take just a half of pill, but happy to report I did not. Am I cheating by keeping the pills? I guess I am telling myself - one, I am strong enough to fight this because I have never had pills and not taken one...but two, i am also telling myself that if the pain gets unbearable or I can't make it, then well I will give it a shot again when I have more time off from work. I do not know which one of these are my truths or a combination, but I do know that I have not flushed them yet. I am not feeling too bad mentally, it's just he back pain. If I could get that under control, I am sure I would be able to handle this. This is only day 2.
This is my third attempt at answering your question, so please forgive me if you happen to see it twice.
Please google The Thomas Recipe for a list of OTC and rx meds you will need while in withdrawal. Also google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, this explains why we feel so sh*tty mentally after the acute stage of withdrawal.
I did a cold turkey withdrawal off 160mgs of prescribed Oxy a day. And a picnic it was not, yet it CAN BE DONE. If I did it, so can you !!
I can't tell you how long your WD period will be, everyone is different, I am so hoping that yours goes by quickly and with little symptoms as possible.
My WD took a while, but I was on the med for almost ten years.
I must mention my daughter here, I got a mothers day card where she had written "welcome back Mom, I missed you"... she was referring to me being mentally GONE while on Oxy. I cried when I read that.
Your daughter will have her mother back soon, and you will have your SOUL back. Keep fighting the good fight!!
Come here often for support, you may need it. We are a bunch of nonjudgmental caring people that want to help.
I will be here if you need anything.
Wishing you only the best,
Hi forher. I take it you are doing this "forher?" A child can be a wonderful motivating factor when it comes to quitting addictions. But you must do this for yourself. Sweetlemon gave you some great advice. I have a feeling though the worst has yet to hit you. I hope I'm wrong, but usually around the 2-3 day mark is when it's bad. That's why it's so important to prepare yourself. The "Thomas Recipe" is a good place to start. To answer one of your questions, yes, sweetlemon and myself have both done this but in different ways. Unfortunately, I had a bad accident since I quit and had to resume strong pain control meds. Cold turkey (how did this term come about anyway?) is a tough route to take. SL went cold turkey and I did a slow taper. I was too scared to just jump off the opiate wagon. But as long as you have a strong will to get this done, have a few of the ingredients from the recipe, you can beat this too.
Of all the items on the list, ImodiumAD, Advil, and a mild benzo for temporary use, those are the most important. Drink as much water and gatorade as you can. You must stay hydrated and it will flush your system quicker. I know this doesn't sound tasty, but warm up 3/4 cup of cream (not milk) add one heaping tablespoon freshly ground tumeric and drink in one sitting at bedtime. This will help anxiety and even some of the pain you may experience. This is only my opinion but it has helped me. Come back and let us know how you're holding up. Is there any way you could call off work if you had to? I only ask because the next few days may be the worse part. But it's just a matter of time before you feel good again. If you could get some physical activities going, this will help heal your receptor sites and reboot your natural "feel good" endorphines. Try not to do this at bedtime as it may make it harder to sleep. Soak in hot baths for aches and chills. As sweetlemon also mentioned, suboxone is another alternative. Pattishan took that route for her addiction. She is off the subs completely and doing well. And most of all, find comfort in knowing you are not alone. This is a wonderful site to come and post your concerns, fears, any issues bothering you. The people here will help. Hang in there forher but do this for you and your health. Whatever money you spent on the pills, put away in a jar each week for the next 6-12 months. After that time, take it out and count it. I'll bet you have enough saved to treat you and your daughter to something very, very cool!
My very best to you and be strong.
This sounds so familiar - I had a torn shoulder and needed a hip and took norco for 3 years and it was all I thought about. I ended up spending hundred of dollars ordering them from the internet and I still have the idiot salepeople calling me. Just so you will know I can thankfully tell them I need no meds and please don't bother me again - it's been years since that happened. This almost put me into withdrawal just reading your writing. We so can understand and soon you will be through with it all. I had stopped the norco twice and once I didn't have any trouble - about 3 days of flu like symptoms and the last time I weaned down after my operation and I pretty much went nuts and if that happens to you please call for help.
You will know because you will call anyone you know who has a pill and ask for it "for your cousin" and you will convince yourself that you 'have a new pain" and you will take anything you can get your hands on that you even think will make you 'feel better". But I am terminally unique so that probably won't happen to you. I ended up at a hospital after ingesting 50 fiorinal and I have no clue - the end was a little bottle of wine which of course was my drug of choice. Ended up in the bottle after all that and I just tapered too fast. Withdrawal is so much more serious than we know. The brain is screaming for the drug and convinces itself that it is killing itself without the drug. Keep your wits about you and think of it as a mean ugly gremlin on your shoulder telling you to do bad things. TELL IT TO GO AWAY . Your daughter is more important and this will just be a matter of days and you will make it. She will be there waiting for you and "she will" know the difference, believe me, kids are so smart. She is young so you have alot of time ahead to be a 'normal' mother (whatever that is)!! We are all rooting for you.
As for remedies, I was always a martyr and pretty much wallowing in self pity and just suffereed with nothing because I will get addicted to a piece of bread if it makes me feel 'better'. I took a dramamine once and I felt so good I got 4 packs of it and gobbled it up in 2 days - it never did work the same as that first time but I heard voices. I have made it and my children have had their mother and I am now working with my son who got the dam disease and was lucky enough to snap out of it fast but it is deadlier than a car wreck and you are smart to stop now. Please keep us posted and we will help you in any way - and hopefully more good info than just silly stories like this but it's what always helped me is knowing that someone else lived thru it and came out alive. Too, watch Dr. Drew's Rehab - the rich people all go thru the same puking mess we do - that's heartening!! You have a choice and be proud of yourself that you made the right one- keep telling yourself it will be over soon and kiss your daughter everytime you think about the pills.
Well I made through my first day at work with no vic's in a few years! I did take 1 tylenol 3 at noon and 1 more at 3. Nothing else. It did not make me feel happy, but it helped with the back pain. took motrin around the clock and tonight I am doing the theraflu and tylenl pm again. I just want a goodnight's rest - which I have not had since thursday night. it is funny how your body adjusts to even the time of the dosage - i tried to take nothing until it was just unbearable - and it became unbearable at the time that I usually take the most vic's - and now it's evening, when I am pretty light weight with it anyway and I feel great. I read my daughter a book and we laughed.
still winded and feeling sluggish - my trick at work was lots of caffeine and every time i felt like I could not take it - I walked outside in the freezing weather and blasted my favorite song on my ipod and drank a red bull or epresso - so I felt better and the caffeine helped too!!! So I am a bit concerned because I only have 1 tylenol 3 left and then 1 750 vic and lots of 10s. But I do not want to take the vic's at all too scared it will put me right back at square one... hopefully I will not need anything tomorrow or maybe I can get by on 1 telenol 3 and nothing after that... I kept telling myself today that tomorrow will be better than today. I am anxious to get to the point that I do not need anything! I know i is early in my recovery process - but I have given this all so much thought and i have wanted to do this for so long... but was terrified of the detox. it was not pleasant, but I survived. I am just not sure if this is long term yet - I will know I have made the first step towards the real end of this addiction when I don't need anything to get through the day - no tylenol3, no motrin, nothing to help me sleep at night but a half of glass of wine! maybe it will take a couple of weeks to get there - I do not know, but for anyone who might read this - I am encouraged and you should be too! This is a great place to come adn vent and share - Thanks to everyone that encouraged me. at the end of the day, I am only scared that this is not the end... that I will be right back at 7-8 a day - at least now I know I do not "need" them to survive!!!
You know when people become addicted they just dont realize how much of our life has been eaten up you feel like noone without it. Your resources get shorter and shorter fewer people are around for you or wanna help its cause they really cant help you. Never just stopped and looked in the mirror when i was getting f**ked up when i did the sight was hard to take. The whole time your in denial that you could survive without finally when your tired of the everyday stuggle you really dont know where to begin and where you left off. It feels like ive been cheated of my childhood cause of drugs i would love to know how it feels to enjoy being in my husbands arms everynight instead of staying up all night helping yourself helping others my world has revolved around drugs and pills as long as i can remember.
My christmas present this year is a refill on my meds to myself sad huh? I feel tired old hurt sad just plain ugly inside and out it hurts me too watch my own sister go through withdrawls because i turned her on to them 6 years ago. I got a call from her babys daddy he was screaming at me "why michelle why wont she function why wont she take care of our baby WHY" what do i say i f**ked up i know i should have known better now my sister wont even take care of my 8 mo old nephew when she doesnt have pain meds. Addiction is too serious for me and im not a serious person i love to laugh and enjoy life hard to do when you cant see what your doing to yourself. When a doctor explains what pain meds can do they call it a mask a mask indeed we are all wearing masks with painted happy faces on the outside but inside that mask is a scared innocent child that wants to come out and play be happy and endure life to its fullest. Have you ever watched your kids play and say to yourself damn i wish i could do that i wish i had that energy we are only holding ourselves back from that energy from being able to do that and more. Take this chance on with full force throw the junk in the toilet give yourself and your little girl a chance while you can to get out of all that she needs you mommy. Your strength and energy comes from your little girl when you look at her could you even imagine telling her mommy is addicted to narcotics never not in a million years and she doesnt know that thats whats so great about innocence she doesnt know mommy make it better for her thats up to you.
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