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Withdrawing from fentanyl

CindyinCRCCindyinCR Posts: 3
edited 04/08/2015 - 8:09 AM in Pain Medications

I suffer from intense low back and sciatica pain and am trying to get my medications to be something I can live with.

I tried Lyrica for nerve pain, but had an allegic reaction. I was also on hydrocodone for awhile, but when it wasn't covering the pain my Ortho physician put me on fentanyl. It didn't work at 25mcgs, so he increased my dose to 50mcgs every 48 hours. Then I tried neurontin and it changed everything. My pain went from an 8 to a 3. So now I want to try to get off fentanyl.

I am here looking for ideas on tapering fentanyl. My doctor is pretty willing to do whatever I want, except give me any type of morphine pills (I live in Costa Rica and they do not prescribe opiate pills - except codeine).

So given that I am on 50mcgs every 48 hours. Do you suggest that I go to 25mcgs every 48? Should I expect this drop to be difficult?

After that how long should I stay on 25mcgs before I quit totally? Would it be good to use 25s for more days (I read 10 days!) vs. cold turkey?

Thank you for input on any part of this note.

DDD, bulge at C3-C7, L1-S1, hernia T11-T12, L5-S1, piriformis syndrome


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