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Want to stop taking hydrocodone ( norco) cold turkey

After 4 surgeries and years of pain meds I am wanting to stop taking meds. I feel Like I am losing my husband and family because of these meds even though I only take 3 a day.If my husband didn't want me to work at our business until he retires and takes over I think this would be easier to tackle. I am so worried about tolerating the pain without meds but I want my old life back. I am depressed- have gained weight- have constipation and I'm now getting constant lung infections. I am basically a recluse, have trouble concentrating and have no desire to clean. I have been married for 33 years but my husband has no tolerance for drugs and he upsets me by saying I have a physical addiction which I probably do. He says that my pain receptors are off and after I quit he thinks my pain will be less. I am so scared of being in pain but I have no choice. My immune system is so low I'm sick all the time. Any suggestions as to how to make this easier would be appreciated.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    with any medication.

    But whats more important is that you contact your doctor and express how you are feeling. They should be able to come up with a safe plan on how you can reduce and potentially eliminate your pain medications.

    Just dont do it allow.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Just wanted to share with you my experience with stopping tramadol and oxycodone. I did not do it cold turkey but did a gradual decrease. My doctor told me to cut the pills in half (some pills can't be cut in half so you need to check with your doctor). Then he told me to decrease one half pill each day every month. It took a long time and each time a pill was decreased my body went through some unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, chills, diarrhea, restless legs, depression and lethargy. It was hard to do over a four month period but I was determined to do it and had made up my mind. My husband and daughter were also very supportive as some days I couldn't prepare dinner and other days was in a very grouchy mood. I couldn't have done it without them and their moral support, but we all wanted the same thing and it was a decision we made together.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/15/2014 - 7:37 AM
    I have started & stopped many medications over the years. I think it's a good idea, if you can do it safely...it gives me a better idea of my different pains & any effects the meds are having. I've always found it very EASY with my doctors help to gently & slowly titrate down. Please talk to your doctor. There's no need to suffer or endanger yourself. Doctors do this all the time & can help with any side effects.
    I stopped all medications before I became pregnant. Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Cymbalta, Lyrica, nerve meds, anti inflamatories etc. I was really surprised how easy it was. Remember it's likely that you will have increased pain levels. Finding natural alternatives before I stopped really helped me. Specialist massage & yoga therapists, airomatherapy including pain & relaxation massage oils, ice & heat etc got me through.

    I hope that this is your choice. There are a lot of negative, not necessarily accurate views of narcotics promoted by a bias media in this country. Some of us need medications to live a more productive life. If you decide that your life is better with your meds you can start again. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I do not think it is a big deal to take a few Norco 7.25 / 3.25 per day, they just help me be more active. I stopped taking them for a few weeks after the FDA Advisory Committee decided General Practitioners could not prescribe them, without withdrawal I should mention. Now they force everyone to go to "Pain Clinics". The Pain Clinics treat you like a criminal. At the Alabama Pain Physicians, I sat in a hot room for over an hour (not the waiting room), then they told me they wanted a urine sample. The lady said she would bring me some water, 20 minutes later she had not came back so I looked out the door and she was talking on an Iphone. At this point I just walked out and told them the aggravation of dealing with them is not worth it. Pretty much a case of government interference bossing people around with their own agenda. So now I will just do without it, even though it was helping me. I went through Stage 3C Colo Rectal Cancer removal (long drawn out story) and it damaged my sphincter muscles. The Hydrocodone not only helped stop pain, and make me more active, it certainly helped with my ongoing bouts of not making it to the restroom in time and having to take showers and such. Now I just take an Alieve and Antidiarrheal. The FDA Advisory committee should mind their own business, I am smart enough not to go overboard and overdose myself on Codone. That being said I will just do without it, because the aggravation of the Pain Clinics is not worth it.
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