I am taking Norco 10/325 (total 5 pills per day) for severe back pain. Eventually I would like to get off these pain medications bur fear withdrawal. What is the best way to prevent withdrawal from opioid medications? Appreciate any advise.
Added 30 Jan 2011:
Wow, What a GREAT SUPPORT TEAM! I have been on pain medications before and all the doctors want to do is dope me up but I know there are better ways to deal with pain. I have done this before but the pain I am experiencing now is rough but I don't want to become dependent on the pain pills.I will try the taper off method and MAKE it work for me but thanks team, you are the greatest.
You just asked the 20magillion dollar question!!! In my opinion (for whatever that is worth!) there IS NO WAY to prevent withdrawal.
Could you please let us know how long you've been on Norco?
I must say that my WD experience was a piece of hell, yet some people have a very easy time of it, I am hoping you do as well !!
I was prescribed 160mgs of OxyContin a day when I went cold turkey.
Perhaps a taper might be the best way to go off, a slooooooooow taper.
Wishing you the best,
Hi the Mad Man. There's a few different ways you can get off these meds. First, you can slowly reduce the meds you're on over a period of time. I believe the norco's can be cut in half. You can start by going down to 4 per day, stay there until your system totally adjusts to this dose. Then reduce again, staying on the lower dose until you completely stabilize. There's also the suboxone route which many people have tried. Be sure to start with the absolute lowest dose possible to control any wd symptoms. It's meant for short term use and should be tapered down within a month or so of induction.Or until you completely stabilize. Taking no more than a few months to complete the therapy. There's a few good sub taper programs on here. Be careful because the subs are addicting too. You could google the Thomas Recipe for Opiate withdrawal. It will guide you through the process of quitting opiates. There's cold turkey too.
But that's a tough road to go down. Many think that is a good way because it helps keep you from relapsing, remembering the horror of withdrawals. Personally, I would taper slowly off my prescribed meds. Be sure to stay well hydrated, eat well, soak in hot tubs for aches and pains, imodiumAD for any stomach issues, OTC supplements, etc. Please keep us posted and hope this goes well for you!!
best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Hi Mad Man, just wanted to say i'm in the exact same situation. Taking same strength Norcos but I'm taking 9-12 pills a day. I want off. And i'm starting today actually. I'm going cold turkey. But I suggest the taper method. If you go slow enough you should be ok. Will your pain be ok? Keep me posted because I need a friend to go through this together, cathleen
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