Hi guys/gals,ive been taking oxycodone/oxycontin,up to 200mgs a day for 1 year 10 months.i fractured 4 ribs and hurt my back in a car accident almost 2 yrs ago and ever since ive been on the oxys,started off with perks and now im taking the oxys.long story short i want off and the dr/pain specialist said shes going to put me on this patch called BUTREN OR BUTREX for w/d.i dont want to wait till Jan so im going to try to STOP tommorrow,my family dr gave me ativan and clonidine,i start work Nov 27th,will clonidine and ativan help?ohh he also gave me 14 klonopin.thanks.
Please Google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal for a list of over the counter meds and supplements that will help with the individual symptoms of WD. Can you not get on subutex/suboxone without waiting until January. One caveat, if you need any type of surgery, even dental, have this done BEFORE you get on the patch or subutex or suboxone as it is going to block opiate based pain killers. You sure aren't alone in this. I got you on my Prayer list too. If you want to see some videos about suboxone/subutex, go to YouTube.com and look up SuboxDoc ( dr jeffrey junig, a psychiatrist who lost his anesthesia license and went on suboxone) and Maple2609, a young patient who really understands and explains the reason for suboxone very well.
I did a cold turkey withdrawal off prescribed OxyContin just over a year ago, and I took it for a LOT longer than you've been on opiates. It isn't easy, yet I am hoping that you will have an easy time of it. You've not been on the stuff for that long.
Like patti said, do the thomas recipe. The rx meds you mentioned will help.
If possible, try to walk as much as you can, that will help get your natural endorphines going. Please google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it explains in detail what happens to certain brain chemicals when opiate cessation begins.
If you find yourself depressed (I doubt you will) don't do the "guy" thing and just ignore it, talk to your doc. Depression is common when one stops opiate pain meds.
Hope all goes well for you, and keep us posted, we care,
This is what i found--- its very new.
July 8, 2010 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a once-weekly buprenorphine transdermal system (Butrans; Purdue Pharma LP) for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for an extended period. The patches will be available in 5, 10, and 20 μg/hour strengths.
Buprenorphine is a schedule III controlled substance with partial agonist activity at the μ-opioid receptor and competitive antagonist activity at the kappa opioid receptor. The patch represents a new formulation for the opioid, which previously was available as an intramuscular/intravenous injection (Buprenex; Reckitt Benkiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc) for the relief of moderate to severe pain.
I so hope everything goes well for you. If after trying everything you and patti stated and you still don't feel like you can work by the 27th, see if your doc will give you some tramadol for a bit. It will help with whdls and pain. I have used it in the past for both. Tramadol can be addictive if abused, but it is not an opiate or a controlled substance.
If the name of the patch is Butrans, guess who the manufacturer is? Yep, the hair that bit us to begin with, none other than, Purdue Pharma. If this is the patch you'll be starting with, it is an opoid drug for moderate to severe pain just like the Fentanyl patch. Personnally, I've never tried it, so can't judge the differences. I'd love to hear from you or others how well it works for them & especially if they've used the Fentanyl patch & can let me know which one might work better.
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