Hi rda! I'm on the 50mcg patch. Yeah, cutting it would be a very, very bad thing! Indeed, a deadly thing. I cannot tolerate a higher # that 50mcg. I get bad reactions. I am also on oxycodone. One thing. If you can get some Clonodine, do so. In a higher dose it is a blood pressure drug. On a tiny 1mg dose it increases the effects of narcotics. It also helps you sleep and it helps with withdrawal.
I stopped my patches 2-3 months ago. I left a patch on for 5-6 days, so I was still getting a tiny dose. I could not sleep, and felt a bit anxious, but it wasn't horrible; besides the no sleeping thing. The clinic gave me clonidine to increase the narcotic effect. I looked it up online and saw it helps with withdrawals too. BTW, I did not tell them I stopped the patch, which could be dangerous. I had to stop to make sure I could. I have a need to make sure I'm not totally dependant on drugs, so I test once in awhile. I'm not recommending this BTW. It's only me. I also didn't think it was helping me anymore, because my pain level was so high.
Anyway. The Clonidine took away the insomnia immediately. I still had the little bit of anxiousness during the day, but I just had to diddle my legs all day, if you know what I mean. I didn't have the freaking out anxiety. My pain level soared though. After a few weeks, trying to get by on the oxycodone and baclofen (muscle relaxer), I ahd to go back to the patches. The pain was way too much to handle.
I AM NOT recommending doing this. But if you're determinded to do it. Be careful. Have patches on hand in case you cna't take it. Your PC should eb able to give you more while you wait for a pain clinic appt. All the best!
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