Please help if anyone has withdrawn from oxycontin ?

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sore42long
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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Well good news I no longer have anypain from the TOS,I say the surgery worked for me!Now after 2yrs of taking oxycontin 20mg 3or 4 aday.I have slowly been cutting back I'm now taking one 20mg pill every 24hrs,not working well Iend up taking it 19hrs .Ihave been in heavy withdrawl ,eyes tearing up ,headache no energy ,fever ect.I feel like Iwish Icould crawl out of my body!I think I have ahead cold?So Ireally want off the pain meds ,will help my IBS! Ifeel because I'm on the 12hrs oxy that most of the time Iam in withdrawl?I called my pharmacy to inform them my plan to get off the oxy,they havenot phoned back yet!I belive Iam also depressed ,Iam happy in time Iwill be fine ,the surgery went so well,it has been atough recovery but coming off oxy has been hell for me .Has anyone stopped oxy and had trouble getting off ?Thanks for any advice .From michele

CoralToe
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   Posted 12/5/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Every time I have had to taper one of my ER meds (for whatever reason) my doc always wants to just cut out a whole pill - which never works for me. Instead I usually try to reason with her, and ask for the same total dose spilt up...in other words, if you are down to 1 20mg pill a day, ask if you can take 10mg every 12 hours instead of 20mgs every 24 hrs. Once they see the logic the doc usually agrees with me :)

NiNi53
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   Posted 12/5/2011 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am so sorry for your problems, any narcotic med that anyone has been for any lenght of time, you will go thru withdrawal.
 
I was on 140 10mg methadone pills a day.  This was prescribed by my gp at the time.  He got a new job in 2006, (Ihad been going to him for1998), Anyway he left me 3 written scripts so I had time to find a pm doc.  The first doc I saw said not a chance I will prescribe that much for you, and he didnt. He prescribed 140 10mg for 1 month, thats a large cut believe me.  I went through withdrawal for about 4-5 weeks, it was no where near as bad as having nothing, but it was very unpleasant.
 
So please go slow, it will help, and always under the care of your doctor, thats very important.
 
Good luck and take care of yourself,
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

mtgman
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   Posted 12/5/2011 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there.  i'm taking 15 mg oxycodone x 6 a day.  i have not tapered but i have run low a few times toward the end of the month and tried really hard to conserve to make it through...i would sweat, get hot then cold hot then cold...felt like i had a bad flu.  my arms and legs were twitchy--felt like i consdtantly had to move and stretch them...it was horrible.  i found that if i could try to stay busy it would help a little- not much but anything was a plus...i tried warm showers.  xanax would also help a tiny bit...good luck with getting all the way off the pills--- do it slowly.  I can't wait until the day when i don't need them anymore.  i have crohn's disease and the past 2+ years have been terrile with the pain- i've had the stupid disease for 20 years but the pain is a new symptom...take care!

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/6/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
When I weaned off of oxycontin 30mg 3xday, I did it with my doctors help. She lowered my script to 20mg 3xday and when I felt able after a couple weeks I changed to 2xday. The next month she scripted me 10mg pills 2xday and through that month I lowered to 1xday then to none. I also had 5mg oxycodone to take if I started feeling withdraw too badly. It took 3 months to get off the oxycontin but it went fairly smoothly and I haven't used any narcotics for over a year.

Good Luck but definately get your doctor involved. I think lowering your dosage slowly is better than just not taking as many pills of the same dosage. When I was taking the oxycontin on a regular basis if I was even a couple of hours late I would notice withdraw symptoms.
---Jag---


DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3 & L-3/4, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

NiNi53
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   Posted 12/6/2011 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am sorry to have to tell you this,but under a doctors care, all you can do is ride it out.  No matter what the narcotic medicine is prescribed, if you suddenly stop, you will go thru withdrawal, I am not sure, but I dont think there is a difference in what you are taking and the withdrawal, its all the same hell.
 
Please be under a doctors care, this can be serious.  There are a few things that might make you a little more comfortable, warm baths, eat oatmeal, valarien root is very good, it can be bought at a herb store, and I dont mean illegal herb store.  The one we have around here called "Smile Herb Shop" is wonderful and the people there will try to help you no matter what your problem is, and they dont judge.  Anyway, thats here in Maryland so.
 
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/6/2011 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
 
       Good morning Michele!
 
             I have suffered some form of withdrawal before, but in no way severe...just the begining stages of it, especially if I missed my dose by 3 to 4 hrs. (happens if you fall asleep through your scheduled dose)
 
     I really have to agree with Jag on this, and you certianlly should have your Dr involved in this with you. The only thing I would add to this, is that you can also drop down to the oxycodone (Percocet) level of 5mg to get you even lower, and you get closer to weaning completely off of the pain med's.
 
       Congrat's..on the success of the surgery to rid you of the TOS pain! Let us know how your doing, and when you have gotten completely off of them.
 
       Take care,
 
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sore42long
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   Posted 12/7/2011 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responces,as it turned out I am now back on two pills aday,also my dr.and pharmacist have a plan for me to change pain meds and go off slowly.Its amazing the difference one extra pill aday makes.I sure know Iwas going about stopping pain meds the way wrong way!Iam still sore in my chest area from the surgery,yet most of the otherpain is gone.Inever expected it to take so long to recover from surgery.Take care

mtgman
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
NiNi53= what does oatmeal do?
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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!

stingray
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   Posted 12/8/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sore42long
Glad to hear your managing to get off your pain meds. As others have said. being under a doctors care is the best way. I was going to suggest that maybe you could switch over to oxycodone which is the short acting version of Oxycontin. This would give you better control because of the much short duration of the pills and allow you to have more control of how much you take and when. Glad to hear you have things worked out. Best of luck and take care.
Stingray
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression, Left foot problems...foot growing in length and big toe growing out sideways, Osteoporosis,11 surgeries total..right foot twice, right knee 3 times, right elbow, throat/neck, spinal fusion, left elbow, left knee, currently deciding on whether to have surgery on left foot.
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   Posted 12/8/2011 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
some clonidine pref. Catapres patches 1-5 on at a time and a potent benzo like Klonopin and Trazadone or Amitriptyline at bedtime. Advil or naproxen can help muscle aches. some helpful non-med things are: D or DL-Phenylalanine, L-Tryptophan or 5-HTP, GABA, Taurine, L-Theanine, an Amino-acid complex, multi-vitamin and mineral, calcium and magnesium, B-Complex 50-100mg 3 times a day, extra B5 Pantothenic Acid, Inositol( with GABA and amino acids)(niacinamide and B6 with L-Tryptophan and Taurine and GABA), Omega-3, Bromelain( an enzyme from pinnapple that is anti-inflammatory, SAMe, protein,. OTC meds: Benadryl or Bonine or both, epsom salt baths. Herbs: Valerian root, Passionflower, Catnip (has mild narcotic effect), Scullcap, Lemon Balm, Hops, Chamomile, Ginseng, Rhodiola ROSEA Root, Siberian Eleuthero. some of the herbs have a GABA antagonist effect like Benzodiazepines. some other meds that can help are Seroquel, Tramadol, Suboxone ( oxycodone is a tough opiate to D/C, it is a good one for a replacement opioid to taper. they use combos like Tramadol and Phenobarbitol and Clonidine and Trazadone or Pamelor or Remeron for sleep. a couple days of Suboxone taper and it would blow your mind how good it works, Subutex is a different version.
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