... medical conditions such as aorta dissection? I also have had several back surgeries,chronic pancreatitis, diverticulitis. I have been on percocet for 5 years and was ignorant of addiction till lately. I was perscribed by family doctor for intense back pain, but recently moved. New Dr. suggested I was addicted, not due to my fault, but didn't give any advice. I am scared to death, please help... anyone?
I would not try to go cold turkey. You can taper off the percocet reducing your dosage every week. The question that I must ask, what are you going to do for pain control if you stop the Percocet?
If you would like a taper plan, I would be happy to help you. I would need to know the quantity you take each day and how often you are use to taking.
If you taper slow, you should have little to no withdrawal and should not affect your heart.
While your body has become dependent on the medication and you would experience withdrawals if you were to go cold turkey by tapering you should be fine.
Best wishes, and keep in touch,
Are you sure you are addicted or are you just drug dependent. There is a difference and sometimes even Drs dont know the difference. Any time a person takes an opioid drug for a length of time, as you have, they will get dependence and feel withdrawals when the drug is stopped. This does not mean you are addicted. Addiction is a behavior disorder and usually you will see impaired control over the use of the drug, cravings, using the medicine for the "high" not pain, continuing to escalate the dose and/or use the drug in spite of harm etc. These are the signs of addiction. Have you lost control over the drug and are unable to stick to your dosing schedule or is your Dr only going by the fact that you have withdrawals when you stop taking the drug? You should definitely not try to stop cold turkey! If you dont feel like you have the signs of addiction that I mentioned then you should consult a Dr who specializes in treating pain. They will know the difference in addiction and dependence. If you do think you are addicted then you might want to consult an addiction specialist to help you or as Laurie suggested, you could try to taper yourself first then go to an addiction specialist if you are unable to taper on your own.
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