... trying to wean her off of morphine. What can I do to help her and what steps can I take to make sure she does wean herself off safely. I don't want her having any wd. Because the last time she had one she almost died(but that was from morphine). I know she may experience some wd sympthoms but, I want to try to help her go through them easy I guess. Any suggestions?
The way I would suggest is have her take smaller & smaller does until she doesn't feel dope sick when she doesn't take any,& by the way she may have felt like she was dieing from the Morphine WD but it's very unlikely she was actully dieing. I've been on morphine for over 5 yrs & there have been times I've ran out & man it feels the worst!! You can't sleep,your cold but your sweating,you get the" Jimmy legs" where you can't stop moving your legs,but as long as you don't let yourself get dehydrated & try to eat,eating isn't as important as drinking alot of water and take vitamins,it seems the drugs strip your body of them. But like I said,say she was taking 100mg a day the next try 90 & so on & so on. You don't even have to go down every day she could stay on 90 until that felt normal & then do the same thing again. If she can get some clonodine,that will lower her blood pressure. Some benzos would help to but it sounds or does have an addictive personality,so that's not good cuz than she'd end up getting hooked on those. Try what I suggested & if she can't swing it get profesional help where they might use subutex & suboxone. Good luck. Jeremy.
How old is your Mom? This is important to know, so we can understand if she can take care of herself or is she a geratric pt with a caregiver. If she is older w/ds from opiates can increase chance of death. If she is in charge of her own meds then there is nothing you can do unless she wants to quit. If she wants to quit, but there are willpower issues you can get help from a doctor that can prescribe her suboxone/subutex. This will allow her to quit using more and more opiates and stop the cycle that they create. There are many different answers for many different people talk with your mom and find out what she wants to do. Don't just let her tell you what you want to hear, find out how serious she is about quitting. Then get with your doctor and make a plan. If she tells you she can't right now, don't force her, because that won't work. Ask her to try suboxone, she will not have w/ds (atleast not bad) and her head will start to clear and she will be able to make better decisions. Hope this helps..
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