I want to stop taking oxycodone, but I dont know how. I am affraid to tell my Dr. that I am running out a week before because I need this drug in order to work. With out the medicine I could never work. A few months ago a new Dr. that I have will only let me take 4 per day and after being in pain management being prescribed 6 per day, I have been having trouble only taking 4 and keep running out. I dont know what to do and I have to work to make ends meet.
How do I stop taking prescription oxycodone 30.mg. 6 per day after 3 years?
Added 2 Jul 2011:
I was in pain mng. for 3 yrs. What I am finding out is that once this pill wears off I feel like crap. There has to be an alternative. I am scared of getting sick, dont know what to expect and I hear all kinds of stuff. Should I go to a methadone place? I know that my body is addicted. I am 53 yrs.old and I will be happy to get any advise right now. I will be out of meds in a couple of days.
If you are going to be out in a few days without anyway of getting a new prescription you will need to be prepared for withdrawals at least until you can get your script filled. Your body is definitely dependent on the opiate after being on it three years. To prepare for the withdrawals you can google the "Thomas recipe" for opiate withdrawals for some advice on over the counter medicines to have on hand. It also recommends the use of a benzodiazepine such as valium but that requires a prescription.
If you are wanting to continue with the opiate pain relief you might benefit from a longer acting formula of oxycodone or other opiate like morphine. There are formulas that offer around the clock relief that would not require you to take every 4 hours. You might talk to your doctor about this option at the next visit.
If you want off the oxycodone and all opiates all together then you really have three methods: cold turkey, slow taper, or using a detox type med like Suboxone or Methadone. Each of these methods have their pros and cons. If you need the pain relief you might investigate the methadone route as it will offer pain control. It is very addicting as well so take that into consideration.
I'm not totally clear from your post whether you want to be off the opiates altogether or whether you need ongoing pain control. There maybe non narcotic means of pain control. Don't know your particular situation so can't recommend anything specific but it might be worth asking the doctor about non narcotic pain control such as from non steroidal anti inflammatories or a medicine such as Lyrica for nerve pain.
Just my thoughts, we are hear for ya if you need further assistance,
I think LaurieShay is right, we need some more info before we can really help you. If you want off opiates all together, then tell your Dr. that you have built up a tolerance. He can then direct you to someone who prescribes suboxone. You can get on suboxone 24 hrs after quitting the oxycodone. Thats is what my husbands doc did. My husband felt like he had a mild flu for about 6 hours, then the suboxone took it away. If its about pain, maybe he would prescribe you tramadol or hydrocodone as breakthrough, that will get you to your next script. You are going to feel crappy one way or another..low dosing or quitting. You can make 4 work for you until you find a good PM doctor, that will work for you!! Remember the doc is working for you, ask him why you can't have the 6 oxy or give you an alternative... hope this helps, Sweetpea
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