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Oxycodone - How do I stop taking Fentanyl? I have stepped down from 100mcg patches, to the lowest?
Added 24 Apr 2012:
I am now on the 12mcg. patch and need advice oh how best to step off. I have done a test run, and I can go for 60 hours on the 72 hour patch, with only experiencing minor withdrawal, after 60 hours the withdrawal is so bad I can't stand it.
I also take Oxycodone 5mg and plan to use them, as an aid in getting off the patch. I then will do a step down off of the 5mg pill. I've been taking these meds for four years and have developed an addiction to them. I don't abuse my meds. I never run out, and always only take as prescribed. I don't want to take any of the alternative medications used to break the opiate addiction, for fear of developing an addiction to the alternative. I stepped off once before and due to the need for another surgery I went back on the meds. I had only been off of them about a month before I was put back on them.
I've read that breaking the addiction to the Fentanyl is difficult, so I am wondering what anyone might have to say or suggest. any advice would be welcome !
There's a difference between dependence and addiction. Are you spending your car payment to buy Fentanyl? I hear what you're saying, buy addiction is a strong word to be used with care.
Sounds as though you are a model pain patient, which means you have a good rapport with your Dr. Why not ask him/her to help you with this? There is such a thing as a gradual step down program utilizing other drugs to help folks get all the way off something and a good Dr knows how to do this. I would point you there rather than here for the right answers and methods. Hope this helps.
I have been on 75mcg patch for about 12 years along with norco and dilaudid for chronic pancreatitis fortunately my pancreas is doing much better and my pain is pretty much gone.I started by quitting the norcos which was pretty easy and then started weening of the patch by not keeping track of when I put one on and letting my body tell me when I needed a new one by withdrawals.Im talking about a period of 3-4 years of doing that and would also use the dilaudid to ease the withdrawal.It got to the point where I was putting on a new patch maybe every 4-5 days although I wasn't keeping track then about 3 months ago I went down to 50mcg patch and that jump went well so the next month I went down to 25mcg patch.That jump was a bit harder I noticed the difference but I'm determined to get off 12 years is a long time so about a month ago 5 weeks or so I just told myself enough is enough and I just tried to get off completely.So far so good but it hasn't been easy but I haven't been totally sick either.Im having big problems with sleep like none or the little I get is for maybe an hour at a time and very restless and crawling skin and anxiety I'm trying not to substitute one drug for another but have taken Valium,Xanax ,and oxi's but not at the same time and very little and that was the first couple weeks.Im just now finally getting a little more sleep and other symptoms are getting better too and I keep telling myself I don't need it or want it anymore and determined to beat it.I never took more meds than prescribed and by literally taking years to slowly ween off has helped a lot I know it hasn't been very long but I have zero cravings so far and I'm confident I will be successful.I don't know if this is any help but I wish you all the luck and I'm a firm believer a lot of it is in the mind as well as physical and I'm trying to focus on the mind thing by just constantly telling myself I don't need it and yes I guess I can have a strong will when I put my mind to it for me it was just getting mind set that was the hard part to finally just say I'm done enough is enough and it finally is enough
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