Posted 1/4/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)
OK...I was averaging 6 percocet (5/325) a day. I also received 15 50 mg mylon patches. I would wear a patch and then 2 days later would add another patch and then 2 days later would remove the 1st patch and then add a new one and so on. After realizing that was way too much, I detoxed once before...cold turkey, that was really bad, I didn't want to get there again. So I immidiately stopped the patches, cut my pills in half and started a tapering schedule (see below). The tapering wasn't going well until I added Excedrin. With the Excedrin every 6 hours, I feel much much better. I'm also drinking Gatorade, eating, hot showers and doing some physical work. My goals..is to have as much of the opiate out of my system by Monday AM. And even next week during a business trip, I'll still taper but have to aware of my business dealings (I can't appear to be having an issue). So here's my taper plan for 25 days but I might finish the tapering much sooner because if I can go every 6 hours now, I already eliminated a week and a half of tapering.

4-Jan 8
5-Jan 8
6-Jan 8 24
7-Jan 7
8-Jan 7
9-Jan 7
10-Jan 7
11-Jan 7 35
12-Jan 6
13-Jan 6
14-Jan 6
15-Jan 6 24
16-Jan 5
17-Jan 5
18-Jan 5
19-Jan 5 20
20-Jan 4
21-Jan 4
22-Jan 4
23-Jan 4 16
24-Jan 3
25-Jan 3
26-Jan 3 9
27-Jan 2
28-Jan 2 4
29-Jan 1 1
Posted 1/5/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -6)
Hi Everyone:

My first day was a rough one because I wanted to establish a baseline or limits to my withdrawal symptoms. Here's what I learned:

I stopped the patches (50mg Fentenel sp?) completely so I only had pills - mostly 7.5/325 percocets with some 5/325 percocets as well. I cut all pills in half.

My goal on the first day was only 1/2 pill every 3 hours; no problem at night because I couldn't sleep.

12AM - 1/2 pill
3AM - 1/2 pill (fell asleep and woke up at 630AM) - Was awake at 430 and thought I was going to come out of my skin
630 AM - 1/2 pill - Took 2 exedrin at 8AM
1245 PM - 1/2 pill - set a goal for at least 6 hours but trying to see if I could hit 8 hours - didn't make it
715PM - 1/2 pill
11PM - 1/2 pill

OK - I figuered nights were the worst for me; don't know why but they were. I also realized that I could have issues at intervals as small as 2 hours but could really push to 7 hours if needed; not pretty though and definitly cannot function. I read some more posts on tapering and based on the 5% rule, I adjusted my plan for the next 30 days. NOTE: since following this plan for Saturday, I can definitly functin with some mild withdrawal symptoms but nothing major - again, Excedrin helps but I'm careful with this as well because of the warnings for this too.

My new plan is as follows - with 1/2 pills of percocoet:

1/2 pills are total counts for the day & Minutes are intervals between dosages:

Date Day 1/2 Pills Hours Minutes
4-Jan Friday 11 2.182 131
5-Jan Saturday 11 2.182 131
6-Jan Sunday 11 2.182 131
7-Jan Monday 10 2.400 144
8-Jan Tuesday 10 2.400 144
9-Jan Wednesday 10 2.400 144
10-Jan Thursday 9 2.667 160
11-Jan Friday 9 2.667 160
12-Jan Saturday 9 2.667 160
13-Jan Sunday 9 2.667 160
14-Jan Monday 8 3.000 180
15-Jan Tuesday 8 3.000 180
16-Jan Wednesday 8 3.000 180
17-Jan Thursday 8 3.000 180
18-Jan Friday 7 3.429 206
19-Jan Saturday 7 3.429 206
20-Jan Sunday 7 3.429 206
21-Jan Monday 7 3.429 206
22-Jan Tuesday 6 4.000 240
23-Jan Wednesday 6 4.000 240
24-Jan Thursday 6 4.000 240
25-Jan Friday 5 4.800 288
26-Jan Saturday 5 4.800 288
27-Jan Sunday 5 4.800 288
28-Jan Monday 4 6.000 360
29-Jan Tuesday 4 6.000 360
30-Jan Wednesday 3 8.000 480
31-Jan Thursday 3 8.000 480
1-Feb Friday 2 12.000 720

I'm committed to this and having already tried cold turkey once before, I definitly don't want to go through that again. Also, after I finish tapering, I'll need 30 full days of nothing in my system to fully get rid of the drugs. I read somewhere that if you do need pain meds, the 2 day only & 5 day off must be rigidly followed. I do have bad pain in my knees but I think I can manage without narcotics...I'm going to try.

I also have an appt with my Pain Management physician at the end of the month and I'm going to show him my plan.

Just my observations....

Thx for reading,

Nic
Posted 1/5/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Everyone:

Ate a little bit this am; drank gatorade and now have diarrhea. Took some immodium for that and I switched the Excedrin for Aleve becuase of the amount of caffine and aspirin (think this is what was eating my stomach inside out); I'm trying to stay away from all caffine right now. Otherwise the taper seems to be working OK right now.

Thx,

Nic

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