i've had 5 surgeries since 2008 -- 2 months ago, i had bilateral knee replacement and although i'm in pain (nothing i don't believe i can handle w/help from motrin/aleve... I HOPE) i'm down to 16mg (4 pills, script calls for 8 4mg (32mg) of hydormorphone a day, nothing else. i've been on vics./percs./ fentenal, then methodone (which took me off the fentenal) and while in the hospital was put on oxycontin & hydormorphone... my husband filled the script when i came home, i took about 7 of them, as the pain was excruciating! I have about 80 left over which will be flushed as they always frightened me... i want to move foward, not backwards... i'm so sick of medication "owning" me and am getting by... almost 4 yrs is too long... heck, 1 day is too long to waste... any suggestions, please? :)
I did a cold turkey withdrawal off of OxyContin and a picnic it is not, but it CAN be done.
Pardon me, but I want to get this straight. You are now just taking hydromorphone 16mgs a day and that is all?
Are you currently taking Oxycontin? When was your last OxyContin?
If you give me that info I may be able to help you along with others on this site. Having a hard time deciphering what you are taking now, and what you have ceased taking from the way your question is worded, no offense meant!
Hello no_oxy4me, I don't balame you for not wanting to go back down the oxycontin road. Have you talked to or explained this to your doctor at all? You may well mjay his blessing about withdrawing from these meds, but I would think you may need something for a while for the pain, the short acting one will be easier to reduce than the long acting oxycotin. You cannot break them or split them like the short acting ones. I think you should flush the oxycontin if any, & have your husband keep the hydromorphone for you. It doesn't matter what the scripts says to take. If you need one you need on to get past this operation. Oh, & the muscle relaxer is a good idea. It isn't addictive, so use it to help with the pain. The oxymorphone take only when absolutley neccesary, & as I mentioned have your husband give them to you so you are not tempted to take more than you actually need. I would flush the oxycontin & keep the oxymorphone if it were me.
At least those can be reduced by 1/2 or 1/4 a pill as long as it takes without causing withdrawal.Please let us know how you are doing & if you need more help with this. I think you will do fine myself. Just make sure you aren't cutting the oxycontin in pieces. That can be dangerous as I'm sure you already know. I personally would have or you still could get your physicain that did this surgery on board as far as your addiction problems. You may be surprised as to what he may do to help you. I wanted to let you know also that Sweet Lemon had a family outing today so that is probably the reason she hasn't responded, but she thinks, much as I do so I will take responsibility for her answer...
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