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Fentanyl withdrawals

CordesCCordes Posts: 1
edited 11/27/2015 - 6:26 PM in Pain Medications
I've been on fentanyl for 11 years. 100 mcg every other day I'd change my patch. One day I took a hot bath with a fresh patch on. I overdosed. I was in intensive care for 2 days. I told my doctor I wanted off. He said take off the patch and just use Hydrocodon and I would be ok. Well I went into full blown withdrawals. So off to the hospital I went again. After two days I was released with a script for fentanyl patches at various strengths to ween myself off. I'm now down to 25 mcg every three days. I've experienced tingling feet, severe anxiety, chills, and crawling skin. These symptoms are beginning to subside. I will go down to 12 mcg in three days. Then six days at 12 mcg then off. I'll make it off and I will never take another opiate type drug again. I'm seeing an excellent chiropractor who has done wonders for my pain. To all those wanting off be sure to see your doc. The withdrawals are bad but you get better and you can do it. Hang in there and remember you get better.

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  • When I stopped taking methadone and hydrocodone after 7 years, I tapered down as well. I have now been off all but "as needed" hydrocodone for 8 months but I have one remark that I wish all doctors would take to heart. I have had all kinds of bizarre health issues since stopping narcotics including a 10 lb weight gain and mood swings and sleep disturbances - on and on. Blood pressure isssues, electolyte imbalances, FATIGUE, and SO many things. Granted I am 63 but hey......

    All of my doctors just said they were "pleased that I was off of narcotics" but none of them could help me with all they weird things I experienced after going off 7 years of narcotics. It is a great sadnesss that doctors aren't much more educated on the subject of narcotic withdrawal than they are! They all know how to prescribe narcotics but none of my doctors could answer any questions or help me with all the associated crap that I went through. YES I'm very glad I got off. But com'on docs, everybody wants us to stop heavy meds but do you have ANY education on helping us through immediate and secondary withdrawal symptoms? Any understanding of what it feels like? Any desire to know?

    God bless you for making it to the other side but don't be surprised if your body becomes very angry at you in lots of small, weird ways. Hang in there. kathy
  • I am so inspired by your story. Can you tell me a little about how your pain levels changed once you were completely off narcotics? I have been looking at other ways to manage my pain, but I am likely facing another surgery in the near future. I would like to get past that and then off pain meds as soon as possible.
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