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mtgman
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   Posted 10/30/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
just wondering...what's the highest dose of oxycodone any of you have been/are on? 
for those of you who were on a high dose but are off how long did it take you to ween yourself off?
how hard was it?

mrsm123
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   Posted 10/31/2011 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on oxycodone , both oxycodone and Oxycontin before they changed to the new formula. While it helped relieve the pain, I found that I was at a much higher dose before taking it too long and wanted to switch to something at a much lower dose.
I tapered myself off, over a month's time- I don't, however recommend doing that for anyone else. I strongly encourage anyone wanting to taper off any long term pain medication, or any medication for that matter, to discuss it with their physician before tapering.
I was taking a bit over 360 mg total in combined doses of immediate and long acting versions,  a day.
By the end of about the third week, I was off it completely. It was not difficult, nor that uncomfortable. I did experience some very mild withdrawal symptoms, yawning and occassional sweating but nothing severe or alarming.
I think that if you go into tapering with the mindset that it is not going to be that unpleasant and you have the mindset that it is going to get you to your goal, it is much easier to get through. A proper taper, done correctly should leave you with minimal symptoms of withdrawal if you have any at all, which is why I strongly encourage someone wanting to taper to discuss your plans with your doctor and ask for his/her guidance.
Sandi

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   Posted 10/31/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mtgman~

Please do take it slow when tapering off of this type of medication. When I asked my doctor about reducing he felt comfortable with me going down about 10 mg/month. It might seem slow but it also took a while to go Up to your current dosage. It can be dangerous to your system to go too fast, regardless of any discomfort. Best thing I can suggest is go by your own doctor's suggestions.

Good luck,
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bayoub2
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   Posted 11/1/2011 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking oxycodone, not even that high several years back and my doctor died..noone wanted to take his patients they were all so crowded already, so I was forced into a cold turkey withdrawal. I laid on the bathroom floor for a long time, hubby would take me to er, I said no-they treat you like a junkie around here...It took 7-8 days, 3 days of pure hell before II could eat and drink and keep it down

Learn from me and not the hard way....do it slowly like Chutz said.

Good luck
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/1/2011 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking 30mg oxycontin every 8 hrs and 5mg oxycodone 3xday. When I decided to switch to tramadol instead of narcotics my pm doctor had me taper 10mg per month switching from every 8 hrs to every 12 hrs when I felt comfortable. It took 3 months but was relatively painless. Definately go slow. When on the narcotics I would get withdrawl symptoms even if I was 2 hrs late taking a dose.
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bayoub2
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   Posted 11/1/2011 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Me also Jag...sometimes I wake in the middle of the night (well,3 or 4) and having light withdrawal (that squirmy-wormy feeling in legs and arms) because I had taken my last pill of day a little early(or bad pain day)...wow y'alls slow w/d tells me why I was so sick.. I am now on hydrocodone and if I take a dose late, no biggy....but oxy was a whole different story

Good luck mtgman
Maggie
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mrsm123
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   Posted 11/1/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
That was one of the reasons that I wanted to go off oxycontin and oxycodone, was the "creepy crawlies" that would come on with taking oxycontin. If you were so much as an hour late taking it, it would seem that withdrawal symptoms would set in. I also found that unlike some of the other narcotic pain meds, after a relatively short time of being on a particular dose, it would need to be adjusted upward to give the same pain relief. I did some reading and it seemed to be a common occurance with oxycontin. All of that contributed to wanting to be off it and use some other type of pain medication instead.
I totally agree with consulting with your doctor about a proper taper. One that is done correctly should not cause much in the way of withdrawal symptoms at all. And having your doctor supervise a taper allows you to adjust the rate of the taper if it seems to be going too fast.
Most withdrawal is not dangerous unless you have some underlying medical conditions, for the rest of us, the worst of withdrawal symptoms peak at 3 days, and get much better from there on out.
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mtgman
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   Posted 11/1/2011 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks all! i know i'm in for a rough time when i'm ready...i have pretty bad withdrawal when i go without my meds for 12 hrs...i had lythtripsy a couple of weeks ago and couldn't take oxy for about 13 hrs...i started sweating and my body was achy and i was stretching all around...i sweat right through my surgical gown and bed sheets- it was insane! they called the anestisiologist in and he gave me a shot to calm me down real fast...it was horrible! he knew exactly what i was going through and was really cool. i'm going to have to take it real slow. i got my refill today and talked with a different doc at the pain clinic- she's going to do accupuncture on me next month- no more co-pay or anything...should be pretty cool.
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Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2 years...it's been one heck of a ride!

mrsm123
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   Posted 11/1/2011 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Mtgman,
I found that cutting my doses when I was on higher amounts of Oxycodone was much easier than it was when I was finally at the lower doses. It seemed like my body didn't "miss" the amounts of medication that was reduced, so it was easier to do bigger drops down in dosage at the higher amounts of it. I am not sure that I am making much sense, I am tired tonight and not explaining myself well.
Anyway, I hope that the tapering goes smoothly. Just remember the end of the 2nd day and the third day are the worst, then it does start getting better. Cooler showers help with the hot flashes, over the counter anti diarreheals help with the stomache and bowel issues, and melatonin helps with sleeping if that becomes a problem.
You can do this.......
Sandi
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Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

mtgman
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   Posted 11/4/2011 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks! i'll keep you all posted when i'm ready and start, have a great weekend.
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2 years...it's been one heck of a ride!

painsick7805
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   Posted 11/7/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it slow. you know your body better than any one. I have tried a couple times to come off the meds cold turkey just to find myself throwing up and wishing i was dead. I finaly talked to the doctor he said if i want off the high doses it is a long process of reducing and leveling off. Take it slow is all i can say and dont feel alone.  The hotflashes and aches and of course the diarea is the worst part.

sore42long
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   Posted 11/9/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Iam happy I read this !I just went to my dr last week I told her Iwant to reduce my meds,to 2 20mg pills of oxycotin aday from 3or4.my dr. agreed! Ihad surgery 5weeks ago I'm still in so much pain but in another area?I'm feeling so frusterated,thinking Ishould reconsider cutting back if I'm still in so much pain!
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