Fentanyl narcotic

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How long does withdrawal last? I have been on fentanyl for about one year, 100 every 48 hrs. This was prescribed for me after my cancer surgery.
I'm not really aware of how strong fentanyl is, but isn't it a narcotic? If you have troubles going (bowels), wouldn't a narcotic make it a lot worse? I was always really constipated when I was on morphine, or percocet. I think keeping in touch with your doctor is great, and weaning down sounds like the way to go. Good for you for making the choice.
I've been on fentanyl 50mg for 7 months and I really want off of it now. I tried to just rip off the patch several months ago...very bad move. It was terrible. I've read where you could cut the patch if it was a mylan patch only. I also read where someone went from 50mg to 25 to 50 then went 25 to 50 to 25 and then 25 to 25 to 25mg as a way to work my was down on the dosage. I'm really scared.
has anyone ever tried to detox off fentanyl patches (not perscribed) im in the fourth day of the worst withdraws Ive ever had. Does anyone know how long this is supposed to last?
I have recently began using Fentanyl 50mcg/hr Transdermal Patches. Previously I had been taking 80mg of Oxycontin bid as well as 10mg of Percocet tid to control breakthrough pain. My physician at that time discontinued the Oxycontin and Percocet cold turkey. Te next month of my life was pure hell and I believe I almost died. The resulting health issues were a kidney infection; bladder infection; UTI as well as severe dehydration with associative muscle cramping. My total weight loss was 60lbs.
Im wanting to know how long you have to take Fentanyl to start having withdraws if i stopped? My doctor prescribed me the 50mcg patch in May.There was 10 total in that script.I had them filled again a few days ago and after reading everyones horror stories ive decided to stop taking it.I have used 2 more patches this month already.So ive taken them for about 6 weeks total now.I have used exactly 12 patches total.Do i have a long road ahead of me now?Im scared to death!
I didn't have any choice as I had begun experiencing serious side effects (that could have killed me) from the patch (I also was on 50mcg), so I HAD to stop cold turkey. Even though my doctor switched me to another narcotic, the withdrawal from the fentanyl was horrible. Fortunately, I was already in the hospital, so they were able to really watch me closely and give me some medications to help, but it definitely was not pleasant.
I'm curious as to what you're doing for your original pain? I was on Fentanyl, along with various narcotic breakthrough meds but felt like the Fentanyl changed me. It's hard to describe. I came off the Fentanyl easily enough since I was on the breakthrough meds. Now I'm down to 10 to 20 mg. of oxycodone every six hours. I've always wanted to come off to see where my real pain is but I think fear has kept me from trying. But I am still trying, though slowly.
He gave me the same amount i had pre Fentanyl. I assume he figured being narcotic tolerant this would not be a problem. Like i said before i was very surpised he bumped me on the doses that quickly. I never felt god on the Fentanyl but figured my body is adjusting to it. The whitdrawl were severe enough for me to go back on Fentanyl since i have some left.
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.
that it isn't working, well to make a long story short, I have been thru many narcotics, and now I have been perscribed Fentanyl, a low dose, but I don't feel that warm fuzzy feeling that I expect to get from taking a narcotic... Does that mean the medication isn't working? And the pain is not as bad, So Iguess it is working, but I don't feel that euphoria.
We have a daughter that has been smoking fentanyl patches for a long time now but yesterday we found out she was now injecting it. We haven't seen her since july, when we found out she stole from us but is living with grandparents, who are a little naive but are aware of her problems and is also wanting to help. We have tried talking with her and she has attended a few narcotic addiction classes. We are so afraid she will overdose on these, which I have seen in my profession.
I could respond that the question "Is X a narcotic?" depends on your definition of 'narcotic', since law enforcement uses one defintion (incorrectly) while the medical/pharmaceutical community uses another.
The way I see it is, if the patch takes away the pain, then use it! I wouldn't worry about getting "off" fentanyl any more than getting "off" of any other narcotic pain medication. Withdrawal is withdrawal! I'm certain the prescribing doctor can wean the patient off fentanyl using the lowest fentanyl dose, then switch to another type of narcotic that may be easier to taper off and eventually stop altogether if necessary.
No medicines worked for me when I detoxed too. Fentanyl has its own crazy symptoms. I know when I talk to ppl getting off fentanyl, they are like" you are so right about all the w/d symptoms"! If you need anything let me know! Just PM me. Me and Jacqui can help you big time! Be strong! I am praying for you!
What process are you talking about? Withdrawing from fentanyl? I have one insight : They're all difficult to quit. I'm not meaning to sound harsh,trust me,I have compassion. Quitting anything we're addicted to is just awful. Opiates can just be stopped. It's not easy but it's done all the time. Do you have any support? Have you prepared yourself for detox? Called a doctor to help?
My mother (80 years old) has been on the Fentanyl patch for some years now for chronic back pain She has gone from 50s to 75s trying to see which one handles her pain. For a while she was on the 50s and was having break- through pain. Dr. prescribed Lortab at night. Then the Dr. moved her to 75s and also continued with the nighttime Lortab. When I visited recently(in assisted living), it appeared the nurses were dispensing the Lortab whether mom was having break-through pain or not.
I was on Fentanyl patches for about 15 months. Finally discovered the source of my pain, and it has been treated successfully. I reduced the dose over a couple of weeks and finally got off the Fentanyl about 8 days ago. I want to know if the lethargy, insomnia, muscle stiffness, restlessness and sneezing that I'm experiencing can be attributed to withdrawal after this period of time, and how long it's likely to last for. Cheers.
Just began on fentanyl patches for chronic pain. I have had radiation damage but am a cancer survivor so not bitter just tired of pain.
5/500 mg Hydrocdone a day. The pain management doctor wants me to use the 25 mcg. fentanyl patch, but my Rhumetalogist seemed to have a strong reaction to this and the pharmacy treated me as if I am a druggie when I went to pick it. I worry about taking medication, but don't know what else to do for the pain. Does anyone out there use Fentanyl? Is it as addictive as they say? Should I worry about the amount of hydrocodone I'm taking. By the way everyone acts, I feel like a druggie...
Sadly the pain never receded so my urologist sent me to a pain management doctor. She put me on the fentanyl patch with low dose vicodin for break-through pain. Then the following year I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (they think the intense long-term pain caused it) so I was also give a million different kinds of fibromyalgia and neuralgia meds to try - none of which worked out (all had major side effects). Now I use Gabapentin but it only barely makes a difference (Vitamin D works better).
I blindly went along with my doctor prescribing the Fentanyl patch along with other meds for BT pain. I realized the Fentanyl had a lot of negative things for me (like increase in sugar intake, nodding off when I stopped doing anything, no short term memory.) Do a search on Fentanyl here and see what people have gone through with it. Personally I think it should only be used for end of life pain. If you have reason to think you won't ever come off it, then it would be okay.
I have been on fentanyl for 10 years now. I have had 3 fusions from cspine to L spine. My back is really bad, then all the sudden last year i started taking nexium twice a day and that wasn't helping my stomach it would hurt terribly when i would eat and then throughtout the rest of the day it would ache under chest bone in middle of stomache. I also take percocets, neurotin, triazolam, zanaflex etc. I got really sick in February of this year.
Truthfully. I don't know how anyone can take a narcotic while on treatment. The triple therapy had me so plugged up that if I had added a narcotic to the mix, I would have exploded. That is just me of course...
This is outragous! I thought it would be crucial information for us to know though. It is really terrible what happened to this person. I do not want this to happen to any of you here so please keep this in mind. There needs to be a law requiring labeling stating that all prescribed narcotic prescriptions must be kept in their original prescribed bottles at all times!
I was lurking in the Pain Management forums and someone mentioned that they've changed the way the Fentanyl patch is manufactured. They no longer have that gel stuff on the inside that you can squeeze/suck out (so I learned when I was in rehab). They now put the Fentanyl directly into the adhesive that sticks the patch to your skin.
Is Fentanyl an opiate. My pain and swelling is so bad today, the doctor wants me on this patch.
I have been taking narcotic pain meds for 17 years.Right now I use a fentynal patch and use morphine for breakthrough pain. I hate them. Don't get me wrong I have also been through 19 surgerys also. I do not think the meds are doing anything I still have unbearable pain at times. I broke my back after surgery 17 months ago. I can only stand or walk for 3-4 minutes. I have gone to theropy over and over again. I just can not seen to recover. I want to wioe the slate clean and get off this crap...
Since you are likely dealing with chronic pain, it is important you speak to your physician regarding what medications can treat your pain and what can help you through withdrawal if you choose non-narcotic methods of treating pain. In general acute withdrawal lasts 3-4 days and is then followed by another week or so of diminishing withdrawal. Some post-acute withdrawal depression is common and may last for a few months.
Is there anything at home I can do to ease withdrawal of fentanyl? Im taking 25mgs a day and im reducing it to half that and hope to be off it in 3 days...
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