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Going off morphine sulfate

After 14 years of pain management. I am going to attempt to cut back or go off Morphine sulfate. I now take 60 in the am and 30 in the pm. I also have roxi to handle,the break through pain. Any advice would be appreciated. First time post for this old gal.


  • Max said:
    After 14 years of pain management. I am going to attempt to cut back or go off Morphine sulfate. I now take 60 in the am and 30 in the pm. I also have roxi to handle,the break through pain. Any advice would be appreciated. First time post for this old gal.
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  • If you are going off you need to do the last part very slowly. I would go to your GP and ask him/her to make up a program for you. If you have money I wouldn't try to come off that much alone. If they have a drug rehab clinic that is private I'd go in for as much time as it takes. They will be able to give you medications to make it bearable. What does your GP think? I have spoken to my GP and he thinks I should book into a clinic which I will do when my spine pain is under control.

    They will normally give you valium to make it not so intense. Especially over that many years your body will have chemically changed and become so accustomed to the morphine. It has to chemically change back to normal after a lot of years I honestly think it will be too hard to do by yourself, but if you are you will need someone with you. The other thing is your spine pain might come back as well so you may have to stay on a lesser dose.

    I tried to look after someone at home who was trying to withdraw herself and in the end had to put her in a clinic. She had such a hard time I found her wandering down the middle of main road at night in her nightie not knowing where she was. She was such a mess I couldn't look after her, The clinic was great, in Australia they are free. They can taper you off in the correct amounts in a clinic.
  • not trying to be nosy Max, but is this just you personally wanting to quit taking opiates due to personal reasons or has something changed physically where you think either a lower dose or maybe none is needed anymore. I would guess that's a long time to be taking the same opiate without maybe some kind of tolerance (but I don't really know)

    either way, good luck and I hope it all works out for you

    Max, up until this past August, I was taking 30mg 3 times per day with 10mg oxycodone 3 per day for breakthrough...I had
    been doing that for the past 4 years before cutting down to 15mg ms contin 3 times/day with the same # of oxycodone.
    With my spinal conditions, I could not get down any further and still have a somewhat decent day. I guess I have adjusted to the lower amount, but at times it does not seem to be quite enough. But, I also need to try and stay as low as possible for as long as possible since I've got 20 more years to go with it before I kick the bucket

    I probably reduced too quickly and felt that fact...I went from 30mg X 3/day to 15mg X 2/day for two weeks then 15mg X 1 for a week, and it sucked...I obviously didn't croak, but it was not fun...and I was still taking the oxycodone

    I would talk with your pain management doctor to have him help you taper and all should be fine

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