I have gone down from 40mg 3Xs a day. Some days I haven't been able to get through without more Opana (not ER)--usually 10 mg. when I have severe pain. I am really scared about asking the doctor for 20mg Opana ER and 5 mg Opana ER so I can make the next decrease. I can't believe how scared this dependency has made me. I need suggestions to make the detox better. I have SO much anxiety. Should I try to take a benzo. or is there anything else that would make this detox more bearable? And, how long does it take for my own endorphins to start helping me with pain once I am off the medicine? I am scared, and need support! Thanks so much!
hey need.help, i too am on a taper off of pain medication, ive been on pain meds since 2009 now. started at vicoden 5, then 7.5, to percocet 5, then to 10, now im taking 20 mg every 5 hours. ive been tapering since 4 months now. when i began my taper i was taking about 160 mgs of percocet, im now at about 130, but at times take 150. so i am going backwards at times, its just that some days are worse then the others. my dr has me on the slowest taper to keep me from the nasty withdrawls. each week i have a reevaluation, med refill, and depending on how ive been doing and my bodys reaction we decide if a taper is in place and how much. i too want to know how long till my own bodies endorphins kick in cause what i gather is pain medication dependency kills our own. it will come back in time. i find what helps me is stretching, tokuhan patches when my body gets achey, and just getting on this site and spilling it out and asking my family here for help. we are all here to get eachother thru our times of trials. i too have the worse anxiety/panic attacks now and was given xanax .05 mg 3 times a day to prevent one from comming, but it makes me too tired so i only take it when i feel one comming on. and its a wonder pill and helps me relax in about 5 minutes. you may want to ask your dr for some for emergency uses. im gonna start a taper journal tomorrow with my new prescription so i can see my progression, and if i back slide at all, then i can go back to my journal and see what that day was like and if anything that day created more pain for me, or made my withdrawls bad. i even thought about being admitted at the hospital for a cold turkey detox, but id like to try it this way first. hope you get better, we will get thru this and i am here for you. so hang in there, be postitve and reach out for support. i hope to hear from you and how your doing
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