I would LOVE to stop the Fentanyl patch since I am playing with Lyrica to find the right dose to relieve ALL my pain. The Lyrica is working. I asked how to stop the patch and was told to just to stop using it since I am also taking Oxycodone. I am down to the 25 mg patch. Is this the right way to do it?
Don't stop taking it. Your MD shouldn't have told you to stop without tapering down. I've worked in the medical field for 12 years and not once have I seen a physician or provider tell a patient to stop a medication that has to be tapered. Since you're already on the oxycodone you're still going to have withdrawals from the fentanyl. If you change your patch every 3 days, try to change it every 4 days for a couple cycles. Or you can ask to go down to the lowest dose, which is 12.5mcg and see if they'll rx it for you to change every 2 days. That's half the dose you're on. You'll still have withdrawal symptoms but it won't be as horrendous as stopping it without tapering down. Shame on your MD. I myself am tapering down. I just had back surgery and have been on fentanyl for years... so long that I'm on 100mcg every 2 days. I'm now tapering down to 75mcg. With my dr we made a plan to stay on this dose for 2 months and then go down to 50 for 2 months and so on.. It really depends on how long you've been taking it. If you've been on it for longer than a month you (if I were you) should ask about going down to a lower dose for the next month so you don't have withdrawals as bad. This is my personal opinion from experience, and is not professional advice in any way, shape or form.
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