Thank you everyone for your advice and kind words of encouragement. I made it through my 1st day taking 2 pills every 8 hrs. Not exactly. Ended up taking the last 2 after 6 hrs. Now I'm making myself wait 10 hrs to get back on schedule. Sounds nuts. I think I can do it. I did have some withdrawal symptoms though which surprised me. I had alot of chills and hot flashes, sweats ? More severe than menopause so I think it was w/d. My plan is to stay on 6 pills for 4 days before I taper down again. I'll see how it goes taking this thing one day at a time. I feel so much more committed now that I am involved with posting my status. Makes me accountable. Yes I was quite angry with that Suboxone Dr but im channeling that energy into what I'm doing now. I know I am running out of resources which is making me more serious. Maybe I'm not suppose to be on sub right now ? And I don't want to go to rehab so I better get serious... Right ???
Hey there; 4 days is hardly enough as a milestone. I firmly believe gradual is the only way to go, meaning 10 days, not 4. While Norco won't send you to the crazy house, you will get sweats, chills and mood swings. So if you're a 6 a day I would go down by 1/2 a pill every 10 days. Sounds extreme but I know my stuff as I had a near fatal withdrawal outcome in 2005 and I can tell you time is the best solution when trying to make a successful landing without setback, relapse of withdrawal. Hope this helps.
You can do this, I did it after ten years of OxyContin (prescribed 180mgs) cold turkey. So, giddy up gurl, and know you've got the ovaries to get off of it.
The perspiring like Secretariat is all part of withdrawal, just keep an ice pack in the freezer and apply to the area that feels like it's melting.
Also, if you've time, google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it explains what is happening to our 'brain-soup' when opiate cessation begins. But, keep in mind IT IS NOT A LIFE SENTENCE, there are happier days ahead, and the REAL you will find her way out!!
It's my understanding that you shouldn't be on the suboxone & the norco at the same time. Please go to Pattishan61 profile in the friends category & type in her name as I have given. It wil bring her up, & read her story. She is our resident suboxone expert, & give you all the info about suboxone. She has said many times that you have to be in withdrawal for 2 days before starting the suboxone for it to work correctly, Please go & read this now, before taking anything else... Mary
You are tapering awfully fast. I would keep the taper to AT LEAST once a week, and take your time. It all depends on how much you want to submit your body to w/d, because each time you go down quickly, you will suffer w/d. Norco is a fast acting med, not a time released, so you actually have it harder to w/d. The half life is 3.8 hours, which means that half of the med is out of your system (and asking for more), after about four hours. THat is why you are suffering w/d right away. If this were a long acting med, then your body would slowly lose the craving as the half life is 12 hours or more depending on the medication. That is why it is easier to get off of a longer acting med, than a short one. You must go slowly.
Best of luck, and keep in touch!
Right mtnmama, My own tolerence with 4 sometimes 5 norco per day. Well I hardly have any wd''s . However the over all tiredness and weakness when I am out of norco sucks. I suppose thats a part of wd's.
I ask my GP if he would prescribe my norco for me because I have no car to get to a pain clinic.
Why heavens no, nor will their big clinic which I had to ride the bus to get there.
This was when I found out not one Dr in my little town or even the big city
will prescribe Norco. They write drug seeker on your chart and quickly turn you down. I wonder if I came in with my throat slashed and crawled in the building if they would give me even an aspirin?
Soo finally I found out there was a pain clinic in the big city where one had to go, with a referal mind you where one can get pain pills. Thats just the way
things are anymore .
It really blows me away when I read posts in this forum where apparently some of my fellow pain patients seem to have Dr's that aren't in a pain clinic setting
or it seems that way. Oh Whatever: saucerman :)
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