I have been off opiates for 7 weeks now. I was on?Norco, about 8 to 9 a day for almost 2 years. I still feel like crap. Hot cold flushes, no energy, really sensitive skin, etc. how long will this last? And is this normal to still feel this way 7 weeks clean??? I am so very tired of it all. Please help. Thank you
First let me say welcome if you are new.
You are almost out of the woods! I went cold turkey off prescribed OxyContin, and I know EXACTLY how you feel. This too shall pass. Keep up the fight, because one can become a veritable zombie on opiates.
I kept a withdrawal journal of the fun I had, and when I read it now (over one year clean) it is funny! You will look back on this time and laugh one day.
May I ask if you have chronic pain? Or were you using recreationally?
And if it is not too intrusive, were you ingesting them or snorting them?
I only ask because we can better answer your question with that info.
I am an open book about my WD, and if you need help, I am here.
Best of luck to you,
Sweetpea has some great suggestions Jake. Some of these lingering effects may also be the result of the Norco's hiding an underlying problem to begin with. May I ask your age? Sometimes the sensitive skin may be the result of some nerve issues/damage. If you can get to a doctor and have a general check up, make sure everything else is ok. If the physical tests out good, I would really try to find some excellent OTC supplements, soak in hot baths, and push some physical activities. Also if you could get in to a swimming program. It's easy on your system and will help build some muscle back. It's all about letting your receptor sites heal and the "natural" endorphines rebooting. Before you started the Norco's, were you active and pain free?
It's true about N/A or other support groups being helpful. It will help you understand addiction and keep you from relapsing. If you really don't want to do this, at least post here so the members can pull together and come up with some more ideas for you.
Hang in there. It will get better!
Hey Jake I totally get what you are going through. I know people have suggested the thomas recipe and I have to say I have felt ALOT better since I went a bought the suggested vitamins on that recipe. Another thing I strongly recommend is "Restful Legs" made by Hyland's. Its a completely natural tablet you dissolve and i noticed a difference almost immediately. I got it at Wal Mart. Some of those symptoms are just going to have to run their course as awful as that is. I went off percs and loratab a few years ago after taking them about 4 years and it took about 2 months to feel totally normal. Now im struggling the withdrawals after completing suboxone treatment. You'd think I wouldn't be having these problems. Anyway, stay strong! 7 weeks is amazing. You can do this and trust me all of us here know exactly what you are going through.
I suppose I've come here looking for advice/support as well. Lurking the forums here is very encouraging - I just want to say thank you.
I took Norco 10/325 recreationally for like 2 years, but would go weeks if not a month without them. I figured since I could do that I wasn't addicted. Sure enough, it hit me like a freight train soon after that. So for the past year or so I've been taking 4-5 a day, tried to quit, twice - went through full-blown WD's for a week, twice - but still no luck, I caved every time. A friend gave me a couple Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (stupid, I know), I took about 1mg once sometimes twice a day for two weeks. They seemed okay at first, but upon tapering a little then totally stopping, I was back in full-blown WD's - this time from the Bupe (I posted recently on the Suboxone WD Forum).
After TWO WEEKS of virtually zero improvement, I thought "forget it, I'd rather go through Norc WD's than this, they're so much quicker", so I jumped back on Norco for roughly 2 1/2 weeks - 2-3/day (Also stupid, I know). I'm a songwriter/musician, and the second I started seeing my work suffer - I became so angry and fed up with taking pills/letting them run my life, I flushed ten down the toilet on a whim. I'm out, and this time it's war.
So now, here we are. I've been clean for 8 days, and things are starting to become clear again. I'm through the worst of the physical WD symptoms (which I can attribute largely to swimming, L-Tyrosine, B6, St. John's Wort, Melatonin, and various other herbs), and I'm starting to feel a little again. Last night was my first reasonable sleep, which was a massive relief. I just need to know how long this malaise will last... I'm so out of sorts and I'm still feeling somewhat "numb" and just indifferent toward everything. Things are DEFINITELY improving, I don't have much of a craving, but it just feels like it's taking longer than any other time I've tried quitting. Is it the Norc/Bupe combo that's making me feel this way? I need to get back normal ASAP so I can get back to work, and time is of the essence. I'm so mad at myself for letting it get this far, it's all my fault and it's my mess to clean up, but it's on - I'm going to do it.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a timeline or advice on how to lift my spirits/promote endorphin production? I'm over being in this funk. Any help would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks so much.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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