I find it very interesting that there seems to be a big push to get people off opiates and on to the newer drugs, which are very expensive, it seems most are antidepressants, and the withdrawal symptoms are something out of a horror movie!!!!!
I have had 27 surgeries in my lifetime, only the last 6 in the last 18 months on my back, thanks to MRSA. I am now in the process of weaning myself off narcotics, Fentanyl and Dulaudid. I also take Gabapentin and Soma. I had never been drug dependent until this time. So I have accidentally thrown myself into withdrawal a couple of times, and it was terrible. However, after reading the withdrawal symptoms of the newer drugs, like Lyrica and Cymbalta, I was aghast! Brain Zaps? Are you kidding me?
It angers me that people in real need are suffering because of the new laws that have been put into place in order to push this new generation of drugs. If they think there is a drug problem now, they have another think coming.
It's hard enough coming off narcotics, but with these newer drugs, it's going to be almost impossible! And where Fentanyl is not cheap, Dulaudid is. These newer drugs are crazy expensive. The drug companies have set up ways to help offset the cost for those of us who qualify, but still, drugs that are this addicting, and this difficult to get off of, should not be on the market.
I wish, for every addicting drug, the manufacturer would have to include an info sheet of how to safely wean off the drug in question. We have enough to worry about without adding drug dependency and addiction to the list.
Just be aware of what you are prescribed. Make sure to research both the side effects and withdrawl before taking it. You have to protect yourself.