I have been on hydrocodone and percocet for 6 years. I have a script from my DR., but of course, began taking more. Such as 25-30 per day. I have 3 left, so tapering is out of the question. I have to do this cold turkey. I did this once with subs, and it was horrible. I heard tabs were bad to, but did not last as long. Could you advise me on what to expect, and some ways to make it thru the physical withdrwawals. I have 3 kids, and will start a new job in 2 weeks. I have to get thru this. I am a single mom of three boys as well, so I have to be active. I know it will be hard, but please tell me some ways to ease the pain of the symptoms. Robert had a method with vitamins, and other things to help, but I forgot the name of it. You took a multiviatamin, potassium. magnesium, melatonin, vit. B-12, something for nerves. etc. Please let me know what will help and how long this will last since I must do this cold turkey. Thanks you all!
If you were taking them to relieve pain-then contact your doctor- you may get another Rx to keep from going into withdrawals which with the amt you take may be too difficult to handle without help. leg cramps, nausea, sweating, bp changes, diarrhea, weakness are all symptoms to expect. Wish you all the best and I encourage u again to contact your physician- One of the last things doctors want is for patients to have withdrawal symptoms- if you are going to try and stay off the pain meds the doc may order methadone which will prevent severe withdrawals and also helps with pain. Good luck and God bless
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, it will explain in detail what is happening to certain brain chemicals while in withdrawal. Knowledge is power! Also, please watch out for signs of clinical depression while in WD, it is common with opiate cessation.
I did it cold turkey off prescribed (never abused) Oxy and a picnic it is now, as you know already.
There is always the Suboxone or Subutex route if WD is an impossibility for you with three children and a new job. But one must taper slowly off of Subs.
If you are interested in foregoing withdrawal and want to start Suboxone, just google it, and you enter your area code for a list of prescribing docs in your area.
Best wishes to you, and if you need more help, feel free to contact me,
The method you spoke of is the Thomas Recipe. You can google it and get the directions for home detox. There are other sites as well such as:
You are on the right path and I wish you the very best. We are here to support you every step of the way, keep posting,
I wish you the very best. As sweetlemon & Laurie say, & they are very good as what to do & very wise listen so to them. I don't reccomend methadone. It is very hard to get off of. It is prescribed for pain, so there you will be trying to get off another drug. Good luck with your endeavor & that new job! Congratulations. Take good care of those precious kids...
I am on day 6 away from pills! Let me just say it is not easy cold turkey, but keep your kids in mind. You're doing it for yourself and for them. Try to find someone you confide in. Inspiration really helps, as you will become extremely emotional. What really helped me was taking a multivitamin in the morning along with lots of water throughout the day. You won't have an appetite for the first 4 days, so you need to replenish your body with Gatorade. Take Mortin for aches and pains and Immodium for diahrreah. If you are feeling the RLS, and can't keep still, try the cough syrup. It's Tussin the DX. You won't be able to sleep. I'm on day 6 and still haven't slept for more than 4 hours. Try some Melatonin, Unisom, or if you're able to get a script from a Doctor, I would suggest Xanex and Ambien. Remember that once you're done, you're free! It's like there was a haze over your life and you were missing out.
I can feel everything, smell the wonderful air, taste foods like never before and see colors so vibrantly! It's an amazing feeling when you've accomplished it. I have no feeling of wanting to be back on them at all! Just remember you're not alone, push through it and keep your mind positive. It will be so rewarding!!
o.k.fightermom of 3.
i don't know how to say this with out it being discouraging but it is allways better to get the truth than a bunch of lies.
1st off go to the website from wikihow and become a member and then go to the search and enter how to endure extreme opiate withdrawls and print it off and head to the pharmacy and get exactly what they say but go overboard on the immodium a.d. and make sure it is just that because if i remember right there is some kind of chemical agent that is helpful in detox.butt most importantly it will save your butt if you get diarrhea and then take twice as much as the box tells you to,follow the guildlines of the article and print it off about 3 times atleast,1 for the bathroom and the other for the bedroom and couch or your happy place is in that time of hell.now am going to jump forward because if you get past the second sentance than you will understand why i said discouraging, but whatever you do don't give up. i don't care what the guy says in the article about that 1 line but you can do it.
i did it cold turkey all by myself with the exception of my father stopping in once in a while to drop off some donuts and sunny d fruit drinks to prevent dehydration and keep me eating, but you are going to need a support group and not the group that put you in the predickament you are in already.
you will like to have a bunchof clean bedding and pillow cases and pillows a couple of trash cans one to get sick in and maybe an electric blanket because you will get the chills.
I FORGOT THAT YOU WILL ALSO BE A MOTHER,PLEASE FORGIVE ME.
stock up on all the prepared dinners like lunchables and if you have friends or good neighbors maybe ship the kids off to them everynight just so you can have a break because before you know it you will be getting there lunch together for school or daycare i don't know..
whatever you do make sure you have a network of people to assist you or get the oldest kid a really nice toy for the help,also help yourself by getting a bunch of movies and make sure they are comedies or action,i would refrain from scarface or war movies like i did,MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A TELEPHONE AT ALL TIMES AND A LAPTOP ALSO.
i am sorry for not having a bunch of advice besides that article but i have never had kids and i am drawing blanks.
just be strong and call friends that have allways been sober but don't even try to do to much just in case your spasms and sickness take there toll by day 8 or so and if you get the chance to enjoy any sunlight it will do your bones a world of good.
i really wish you the best and stay strong, you can do it. and think about the rewards just the money you will save will be enough to send the kids anywhere in nice clothes or buy them some quite toys.
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