... patient just like that. his office won't even return my phone calls which quite frankly i find very unresponsible since i've been on norco 10/325 since 2007. Shouldn't it be my doctors responsibility to help me wean off this medication? I have so many concerns and questions and his office won't even return my calls. If i have to quit cold turkey, i will but what do i do when the pain persists since its chronic? I just think that after 3 years of norco, it would be best for my body to taper down instead of cold turkey. What do you think? Thank you so much
If you have a friend or family member who is a nurse or emt, see if they will act as a patient advocate for you. If you were drug screened at this doctor's office, you may have come up positive for something that you may have agreed in a pain management contract, to not take. If you took your pills in for a drug count, they may have come up short ( which makes it look like you are taking too many or selling them or giving them to others) or, if you have a pain contract and went to another doctor and got any other type or opiate, this may be the problem. I hope I am not offending you, you didn't say what type of doctor it was, or whether you signed a pain management contract, I am just speculating at some things that do happen that get people "fired," by their doctor. If you can get someone to help you by being your patient advocate, they will be able to help somewhat with doctors instructions, treatment and hospitalizations. I just mentioned this since you sound like you were either kept in the dark about your treatment, or maybe fully didn't understand how and why you were being treated with Norco. If the doctor were going to continue to treat you, and either of you thought you wanted to be off the Norco, then it would have been the doctors responsibility to instruct you on how to taper down, the way this was handled, their is some kind of problem between you and the doctor that is not in your post. See if you can find out why by having another doctor ask about it, or maybe your pharmacist can help. You will have to sign a permission waiver so the doctor or pharmacist can help find that out for you. Yes, it is better to taper, but, very difficult to do. See if you can get that advocate and sign on with a new pain management doctor and make sure you understand the contract when you sign it. Most people don't realize that getting any type of prescription pain medicine for another doctor can void that contract and make the doctor "fire" you as a patient. If you are going to possibly be in pain for a long time, make sure you listen to options in your treatment plan that the new doctor suggests ( such as physical therapy, surgery, massage) and at least try them. This makes you look like you want to get better, and not just that you want pain meds. Talk to your pharmacist for suggestions on ways to taper just in case you have to cut back until you can get in with a new doctor.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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