... 7.5's then 10's. I suffer from very severe migraines so my doc prescribes 90 tabs every 2 weeks. I go through the 90 tabs in 7 days. I want out from this addiction. I havent taken any for almost 2 days. I feel the w/d the only thing that puts me to sleep are my zanax. Help me!
if you really want to get off this drug without withdrawls you need to taper off, not go cold turkey, slow is better, i don't know how many pills you take a day lets say 12, go from 12 a day to 10 a day do that for about a week, then if you feel okay, go from 10 to 8, then see how that goes, if that is to much then go from 12 to 11, then 11 to 10, but do it in one week intervals, it will take awhile but will be worth it if you don't want to go through withdrawls.
You really have three choices: to quit cold tiurkey and suffer through the withdrawals, taper with fewer withdrawals, or investigate quitting opiates altogether with the drug Subxone.
If you really are determined then you can try the taper by reducing by one pill a day every week. So as BRR said, you are use to taking around 12 aday then reduce to 11 and stay at that dose for a week, then reduce to 10 and stay at that dose for a week, etc. Once you get to one after a week, you can cut one in half for a week and then stop. Since you are taking 10's I wouldn't reduce more than one pill evey week.
You may want to check into other meds for the migraines before you start the taper so to be prepared for one if it occurs. Have you ever tried non narcotic meds for them?
If you decide to stick with the cold turkey google the Thomas recipe for over the counter and prescription meds to help with the withrawals.
Good luck and keep posting, we are here to help!!
Have you looked into a headache clinic? They are covered by most insurances. Obviously you would have to check if yours covers it or not, but they will help you wean off the vicodin first. Then they will help you figure out your triggers and try to find a preventative. They really focus getting you off things like vicodin because of the rebound effect they have. All the literature I read on them says they wean you slowly off of the NSAIDS and narcotics all while helping to treat the root of why you have to take those meds. They are all over the country. I bet your doctor can find one near you. It may be of benefit to ask him about it. Good Luck
If you have been diagnosed with migraine headache, Vicodin is not the answer anyway. I would question the doctors advice about this. There are lots of newer drugs & some older for migraine. Heck Excedrin helps! You need to follow Brrss & laurie advice about taping to get off the vicodin. I can't imagine what the tylenol has done to your liver! Unfortuneately Excedrin also has tylenol, but it's the combo of tylenol,aspirin,& caffeine that helps the migraine. There are prescriptions too. I had migraines 24/7 for 6 weeks at a time. I know how debilitating they can be. My Rheumatologist noticed I was having something wrong & asked me what, & when I told him it was a migraine he gave me a shot of Immitrex. Less than 15 minutes, & it was gone. Everytime I had a shot , they got further apart until I no longer have them at all! To me it was a miracle drug. Good luck on the migraine front, & the vicodin withdrawal...
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