Fentanyl and hydrocodone

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I have been on hydrocodone for almost 20 years on and off. Went to the pain clinic and he put me on the Fentanyl patch 12mcg. I have so many drug allergies that the drs are limited as what they can give me. I am ok with one patch but when I put on the second patch I got chest pains, nervous, nauseated. Took second patch off felt better. Call dr next day told them what happened. He said to take up to 3 10/325 hydrocodone a day. Took one and it overdosed me. took that patch off too.
I began taking it even when I did not need it for pain and became addicted and tolerant to the medication... About 5 months ago, I got on Fentanyl Patches at 25mcg then increased it to 50, and now am on 75... I need to get off this and tried last month and I couldn't, it was too hard... My question is, what is the right way to get off of the Fentanyl without wanting to die. I am a registered nurse and am getting my nurse practitioner degree and will be done with my masters degree shortly...
Thanks for your comment. I was on 25mcg. of fentanyl and hydrocodone 7.5/300. Weaning off took a while. It has been a couple of months and I know my mental state is still not right. I feel sad, lonely. Never felt this before. I have had depression, but somehow this is different. I know I need to meditate, and get physical activity.
I found this forum and am very pleased to see all the information and support. I've been Rx'd fentanyl (50mcg's) and Hydrocodone (10/500's) for a serious back/spinal injury. I use the patches one every 2 days, as directed. They never lasted the 72 hours, so they dr's said to put one on every second day. That's where I am. Unfortunately they aren't lasting the 48 hrs and I'm getting the W/D symptoms on day 2. The hydro's resolve that, at least temporarily.
Morphine is good not only because it works, but it works great and isn't as bad for your body as lortab(hydrocodone), Percocet, Fentanyl, and all the other opiates. One thing I think is good for back pain are the lidocaine patches. They don't work for everyone and I"m not sure if they'd work for the amount of pain you're in, but I think they'd be worth a shot if you have insurance. Good Luck.. hope you get something that works for you.
I just went throug the withdrawals from Hydrocodone (Lortab) and I'm on Day 16 and so it wasn't fun and I can't imagine something worse than that. Please be careful either way! You could ask your doctor but I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain and take St. John's Wort (don't take if you are already taking a anti-depressant) and Magnesium. It has taken my fibro pain away. It actually works! (Unless it's in my head - LOL!!!) Anyway, please call your doctor right away about the rash!!!
This puts patients at risk for developing serious, and even fatal, health issues. Last year at the WAISMANN METHOD®and Domus Retreat, we treated about the same number of patients for addictions to Norco as we did for Heroin, OxyContin or methadone. Although not completely surprised, I was appalled to find out that many of these patients developed a dependency to the drug after they were given a prescription for a very small injury.
The next few weeks are going to be difficult but manageable. You are lucky that you stopped the Fentanyl and are only detoxing off of the hydrocodone! Hydro withdrawal is a lot less in severity compared to the other. Yes....start taking the suppliments immediately and try to get some mild exercise as soon as possible.
(the fent is impregnated in the plastic now instead of being an ooze you could squeeze out...) - - - or narcane is added somehoe. And many new pills and therapies are in trial and on the way.........
The withdrawl symptoms were in a word HORRIFIC. I saw my doc today and she put my on Fentanyl Transdermal System 12mcg/hr. Before I left the office she was kind enough to relieve my discomfort witha 10mg shot of morphine to cover the transition time. By the time I got the Rx filled an the patch on me ( that was about 4 hours ago ) most of the nice releive i got from the morphine was gone. I am now getting the creepy crawlers much like withdrawl and am very very cranky.
But I think the Fentanyl may be covering the hydrocodone withdrawal. Fentanyl is very strong and the withdrawals can be long and difficult. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones but it's possible that 'it just hasn't hit you yet. I found the first few drops of the Fentanyl were easy but the lower I got the harder it became. I hope you can escape them and find a way to manage your pain.
he has put me on fentanyl patches 25mcg and oxycodone 10/325 3x a day for breakthrough pain. i havnt taken any of this med. yet. i am a lil aprehensive about taking the patches. it states on the package "for use with opiod tolerant patients" im not sure but i did a lil research and most people dont make the jump from hydocodone to fentanyl. most go to morpine oxycodone etc...
Together hydrocodone and Fentanyl increase sedation. If you wish to be able to function, maybe you should use one or the other. I understand the need for something to allow us to be able to lessen the difficulty of functioning with pain. Taking those together will possibly not allow you to function at all. I checked drug interactions and there is a moderate warning as to taking them together.
I have been taking Hydrocodone or percocet off an on for a while now and finally got the point where I was needing it every day to function. I have had 5 surgeries in the past 4 years so that is part of the reason I am where I am. So, my question is about the Fentanyl. The first week I was using it, it was great. I felt better and had more energy than I have had since I don't know when. I actually could stay up until 10 at night!
My drug of choice was oxycodone but I would take any opiates I could get my hands on that were stronger than hydrocodone, and I would take hydrocodone only if there was nothing else around. This withdrawal is different though. I had been using 100mcg/h fentanyl patches for about 3 weeks straight. Then I transferred down to dilaudid and commenced with a week long taper.
I am extremely greatful for my family and husband, who are very helpful. I have been on hydrocodone for over a year straight, and it just doesn't work anymore. I am talking to my doctor today, so this information will really help me with that conversation.
Getting it cleared from your body will depend on your percentage of body fat, your metabolic rate, and the ability of your liver to break down the fentanyl. I would imagine that fentanyl could be found in your body for a month or so after stopping it, but the last couple weeks it would be in very low concentrations-- too low to measure by the standard urine tests out there, and too low to have much of an affect on you. OK... hallmark of addiction...
I am tapering off fentanyl patches after being on them since 2002. I am determined to get off this medication. I have been stabilized on a 50 mcg dose every 72 hrs for a few years. Over the last 4 months I have been able to decrease my dose to 12 mcg ever 72 hrs. I am concerned about my heart rate. My normal pulse is anywhere from 65 to 72. Last Monday nite i took off my patch for 24 hours and my heart rate on Tues nite went up to 112.
it says hydrocodone gel, and you rub it on your wrist..i told my sister the same thing..I can't find it anywhere on the internet..And i felt bad becasue she is 15 and hurting so bad..They did call her in some liquid so she is doing better today...But i made sure i read the instructions and it was pure hydrocodone gel..NEVER hear of that..
I can barely move a muscle without breaking out into the kind of sweat that soaks your hair and runs down your face. I've been on hydrocodone for a few years and it did not have this effect on me in the beginning...I was wondering if my liver is pitching a fit or something. I was afraid to ask my doctor because I seem to sense that doctors these days are ultra sensitive to drug seeking behaviors and I didn't want him to think that I am abusing the med (because I'm not). Please help me...
My experience was with fentanyl and oxycodone, the W/D flu on steriods lasted about 10 days for me, then the PAWS hit. I'd like to say that I'm over it but with fentanyl it can take up to a year. I know that it wont be so bad for you but the worse part will be for another 10 days or so, then it will taper off. The funny thing is that after you weather through all that you can actually feel yourself coming back, it's a strange feeling.
It must have been INCREDIBLY high. I'm on Fentanyl and have been for a year and intend to be on it for the rest of my life. I KNOW that it's NOT going to kill me and that's why I'm curious. I HOPE you won't mind telling me. I'm wondering if they just didn't WANT you to have it. I'm on 87 mcg's. I was on 125 mcg's after my hip Surgery in September and I'm tapering back down to, probably 50mcg's now that the Surgery is over. :) By the way, I'm 64 years old.
I worked with this broken back for five years while steadily increasing my dose to 10mg/650 X 8 pills a day. At one point I was actually on fentanyl 100 patches along with the eight hydrocodone pills each day. All under the watchful eye of my doctor. In September 2007 I decided it was time for surgery and fixed the problem. My pain was even worse after. About two years ago I decided enough was enough.
I wouldnt change drs-if you like and have a good relationship with him-to just find another and switch to a higher dose of hydrocodone if what you are on now is working for you. I also do not think that the 7.5mg comes in anything with a lower tylenol dosage than 750mg.The 10mg comes in 325 tylenol also.If you like your doc and have a good open relationship talk with him and see about the 5/325 or call the pharm and ask if they still have it as an option and ask him to switch you.
i have been on hydros ,oxys, and fentanyl patches 100 mg help~i thought i was strong but this is aliving hell ok ~i have been taking these for my back but i am sick of feeling this way i want to feel normal again and not worry about the pain i have 800 mg ibs for pain i have been clean for two days i am so sick hot and cold flashes dont feel well almost like the flu how long will this process take? what can i do to make it easier?
This includes drugs such as tramadol (Ultracet and Ultram) codeine (Tylenol #3, #4), Darvocet, Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab and derivatives), Oxycodone (Endocet, Percocet, Oxycontin), Morphine, Demerol. Fentanyl, and Dilaudud. There are many other opiates not listed, so if you don’t see it listed, you can still use these suggestions if it’s an opiate based addiction. None of these apply to benzodiazepine based addictions. These addictions should never be dealt with by going cold turkey.
I am 55 almost 56 yr old female and I have lived on hydrocodone 10 and 15 mgs for the last year.. I have 4 left in my pocket and can get no more until next friday... Please help me... I am scared to death.. No one but my doctor knows I take these but I can't imagine getting up in the morning without them. My knees and hips hurt me so bad but I am taking 30-40 a day and I know I am addicted... What am I facing here? Can I do it alone?
The goal of a medication is to reduce your pain enough so that you can function more and do more for yourself, and friends and family. If the hydrocodone left you suffering in pain most of the time and unable to do things, the fentanyl should definitely be much stronger and should help you have a more normal life. On the flip side, you don't want to be so drugged that you don't do anything either.
I have been on opiates since 2003 for Sciatic nerve impingement (Piriformis Syndrom) and RSD/CRPS. I will be ripping off my last 50mcg patch 6-10-2013 . I have 200 Hydrocodone 7.5-500 T's I am hoping to taper off by using the Hydrocodones. I am very afraid. Because I've had 2 very severe heart attacks back to back. C.O.P.D . Peripheral Neuropathy. Also, would Neurontin help withdrawal?
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