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my wife has cervical issues and has been taking hydrocodone 10/325 three times/day for the last 7-8 years. She prefers to cut them in half and has always taken six 5mg tablets per day. The major hospital system where her pain management office is located has decided to get out of the long term opiate prescribing business and will be issuing 30 day Rx on her next visit. Her next visit will be in May for her last Rx...she fills one later this week from her previous visit (she goes every 2 months and they give two Rx with one being post dated). So, starting soon , she should have no issue with enough pills to taper down. She just wants to go ahead and get all the way off of them to see where she stands as she can always go to a different doctor in the future if necessary.
With the new guidelines coming down in July in TN, it seems that more pain management doctors are shying away from prescribing due to the hassles and heavy abuse in our area.
on to the question...she takes 30mg per day total divided into six 5mg tablets... do y'all think that a week to 10 days reducing her intake by 5mg each interval be sufficient in keeping the withdrawal effects to a bearable minimum? She works from home on the computer
thanks for any insight