... I was really sick last summer and was hospitalized for over a month on a morphine pump and then sent home on Vicodin. I fairly well maintained it until about 2-3 months ago. Now I found a place online and have been taking up from 16-20 Vicodin 10mg a day. I want my life back but I am terrified of the withdraws systems and of my job finding out. What can I do to get thru the withdraws without my family and job finding out. I need a way to not feel the horror of w/d. If I go to my doctor, will he tell my other specialist doctors for my other medical condition? HELP!! I run out in 4 days
You need to make a decision. You can go cold turkey and be sick for a week to 10 days thus needing to take some time off from work. You could get more Vicodin and taper off the med over time and not have to deal with near as much withdrawals. Or you could investigate a medicine called Suboxone for opiate detox. You would have to find a doctor who prescribes this medicine and go through a program of detox. It can be a bit pricey but is worth considering. You can check out the following website to help you make a decision:
for cold turkey help there is the Thomas recipe: http://www.vicodinwithdrawal.org/alternative-medicine/thomas-recipe-opiate-detox/
you can investigate Suboxone by going to: http://www.suboxone.com/?qs=bing&s_kwcid=TC-10462-2576299208-e-225791458
on this site is a doctor locator so you can find ones near your location and call around and get prices for the program and the medication.
If you decide you want to taper off the vicodin, I would be happy to help you with a taper plan and suport you through the process.
Keep in touch,
dear patti, I feel for your addiction to vicoden. The easiest way is to slowly with draw from the drug, cut down on your dosage immediatly, I mean start limiting yourself to two vicodin at a time every 6 hours for two days and the next three days limit your self to one vicodn every 4 hours , keep that dosage until they are gone and if you fear that you are going to feel withdrawl symptoms go to a methadone clinic. I don't know where you live but most large cities have the methadone clinics, and don't abuse your methadone or what ever drug that they give you, and and don't take it as they tell you to, take only one every 6 hours and you will slowly start to feel better and not have any withdraw symptoms, but you really have to apply yourself and take the drugs like I told you , or you won't succeed. good luck
Most doctors who are licensed to write an rx for suboxone will not file insurance, but most insurance will pay for the medication. If you will go to suboxone.com and use the doctor locator service, you can obtain a list of all the doctors who are licensed to give it out in your area. Call as many as you need to to find out which one you can afford. Unless you work at a hospital, a pain management clinic, have a DOT or trucking job, most employers don't screen for suboxone and it will NOT come up positive as an opiate, it was designed specifically not to, so the doctor can check your progress. That is one of many perks for being on suboxone.
You will have to be completely opiate free and in withdrawal for around 24 hours before starting it, but within 20 to 45 minutes of your first dose, you will be out of withdrawal and 2 hours after the first dose, you will likely feel better than you have in years. When you call the doctors, ask what their induction fee is and how much the office visit fees are. Also ask how often you will be asked to schedule an appointment for a refill. All the fees associated with being on subs vary from doctor to doctor, as does the treatment. A good suboxone doctor will REQUIRE you to do the addiction therapy, and you should do it, it will greatly enhance your treatment and prevent relapse. For the money, and the time factor( as to keeping your productive and working) it is the least amount of downtime while trying to heal from your opiate dependence. Please start these calls to the subs doctors in your area tomorrow, and you will only have to suffer for 24 hours. I try to use an analogy that people can understand, so, bear with me here a bit. Short acting opiates do not need much room on the receptor sites in the brain, suboxone does, it is a huge molecule, so, if there is residual opiate on the brain receptor sites, the opiates and the suboxone will fight for the space to sit down, both knocking each other off, and keeping the other from sitting on the sites. This is known as precipitated withdrawal and it mean really really bad withdrawal. Precipitation does not only mean rain or moisture, it can mean, to drop, so, if there is opiate on the brain receptor sites, both meds will drop off and neither can sit down. If you will go to youtube.com and look up SuboxDoc and Maple2609, you can look at their informative easy to understand videos on suboxone. Both are excellent. Make sure you watch suboxodoc's 2 part video on how suboxone works. It may explain it differently to you, but you will understand and these videos answer many frequently asked questions on suboxone. You are in my Prayers, stay here and keep us updated on your progress, the other patti, pattishan61
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