Fentanyl taper

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From my experience, and what I've been told by my doc, it's when you get down to the really low dosages that the withdrawal gets quite severe (ie - when you start reducing off of the Percocet once you're done with the Fentanyl). If I were you, I would get off of the Fentanyl first and while doing so start with the other pain management options (ie -- TENS). You have only been taking it since November, so your withdrawal shouldn't be as severe as someone who has been taking it longer-term.
Any narcotic should, if possible, be slowly tapered as physical withdrawal is quite unpleasant. I did a fast taper that was not supervised by my doctor and it was less than ideal. Fentanyl can be a bit harder than Percocet, Vicodin, etc. Drinking lots of water is essential as it is really easy to get dehydrated. You can taper from the Fentanyl down and then cross over to a different immediate release narcotic and then taper down from that. Are you taking anything else?
i have been using fentanyl patches for six months, will i have withdraw symptoms if i quit using them because the high price increase?
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.
I'm trying to taper Fentanyl & Vicoprofen 7.5 . Would Suboxone be the easier way out or is this combo not that bad. Would be great to hear back from somebody.
I am wondering if anyone on high doses of fentanyl 175mcg for extreme pain has died going cold turkey and this doesn't mean the side effects which are like death so i have read. Or has anyone who used fentanyl for extreme pain committed suicide due to the withdrawal.
Hello! I been over on the Painmngmt. mainly but have a question regarding Fentanyl i hope someone can help me with. I'm currently weaning down on Fentanyl 25mcg. This is my 5th day and my schedule looks like this. 1st keep 2 25mcg patches on for 3days. Next put 2 25mcg keep those on for 3days. Next put 1 25mcg and leave that on for 3 days and the last put1 25mcg patch on and leave on for 3days. After this i'm done. I was started on 25mcg and went quickly up to 100mcg whithin 4weeks.
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...
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. I think it seems like most people have issues with anxiety, sleeplessness, etc.
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.
) I tapered and sometimes tapered too quickly. Especially with Fentanyl, the idea is to do a very slow taper and let your body adjust. I did have rebound pain but I managed it with other things. I was in and out of withdrawal for a long time (but I was on a lot of meds for nearly 5 years.) Most of the time i manage my pain without narcotics. Right now I have to make a decision on going on a long-acting one again, and i'm resistant to it because I know how hard it was to come off.
How long does it take for a 100mcg Fentanyl patch to get out of your system for a drug test?
They gave me instructions on how to taper the Dilaudid and after a few weeks, each time I renewed the Fentanyl patches they started giving me weaker patches. I would have mild withdrawal symptoms for a couple of days then I would feel fine. It took 3v months for me to detoxify from the narcotics and boy was I glad when I did! I felt much more energetic and cheerful and had a new lease on life. I would hate to go through that again, to be honest.
Feeling weird weird on these and thinking it's just the start up feelings from the Fentanyl. I'm also on on Celexa and that apparently is not a good combo. So i asked the Doc to get off the Fentanyl and he said OK and gave me my normal dose of Vicoprofen. Of course i'm having big time whidrawls from not being on the Fentanyl. So my question is what do i need to overlap 75mcg off fentanyl?. do i need to go to Percocet or something else to not have the whidrawls coming back ?.
I read about this and remember when I quit Fentanyl. Fentanyl did me so much damage, it almost killed me. I went cold turkey which is difficult but worth the result. Keeping you mind strong that you need to get control of you mind and body and not the drugs is the most important focus. You will feel much better once the drug is out of you system and you will be able to think clearer. Keep the advise mentioned here and stay on top of vitamins.
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 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.
I take the medication as prescribed but I now believe I am being prescribed too much. My psychiatrist suggested going on methadone to help the taper from fentanyl. He said that since it has a longer half-life it is easier to taper from and that the methadone taper will create less withdrawals. I don't know if I agree with my psychiatrist. Everything I have read about methadone says that it is the hardest opiate to come off of.
Hi I posted about wanting to go to rehab to detox from pain meds because I'm tired of living in a fog. I finally talked to my doctor today and she wants me to taper off of fentanyl first then we will deal with the Percocet's. She going to send me to pain specialist and physical therapy to help with my back and neck pain. Well I'm wondering about withdrawls from going from the 50 patch to 25. Will it be really bad or will the percocets help with those withdrawals.
A true taper should be very slow with Fentanyl. It is harder to come off than most other meds. I tapered and then jumped to oxycodone and tapered from that. If you feel crappy, ask to slow the taper down. The lower you go the more you feel it. The Thomas rexipe will help and there's lots of things to help your symptoms. When you feel symptoms, post and people will tell you what will help. It's worth coming off.
So my plan is to stop the fentanyl which I only use for a week or two a month til I get my script. And taper one a day of the hydro til I can get down to 10 a day and then do it by a half a day day til I can get to my 3 a day like prescribed. Do u think I will have severe withdrawls? I had them so bad in august! I have never felt so terrible in my life! And I work 6 days a week and have 2 small kids so I cant b sick! So please any advice would help!
And this cold turkey stuff, why put yourself through that? Taper, taper, taper. By the way, Paxil doesn't require increased dosages to work, though it can stop working at some point.
Hi & Welcome, I am sure the withdrawal is difficult, especially with Fentanyl. I need to suggest that you speak with your prescribing physician and be honest, let him/her know what is going on with you and tell them that you want to be off of the medication. Perhaps they can suggest a proper taper schedule and that may include a different medication. Glad you found your way here.
My suboxone taper was somewhat aggressive. I was on an 8 day taper. With that all considered, aside from the increase in my MS symptoms, I as feeling better within 2-3 weeks. I hope this helps a little.
I am officially sick of the whole thing. My Dr. Gave me an Rx for 50 mcg to start a taper and some oxymorphone to help with breakthrough pain. For reasons with insurance, i haven't been able to get the patches filled. I haven't had a patch for 5 days but the Opana has kept the withdrawal hell at bay. Now, the Opana is running out. I can get the Duragesic filled. But...I have been off fentanyl for 5 days. I know that I'm in withdrawal but it has been very subtle.
I have been on 100 mcg of fentanyl for 8 years and want off. Twenty patches a month! I want off I want to live again not just exist. Help me.
about what you are experiencing as they have meds that can help to stabilize you through the taper.. being emotional is very much normal in a taper and ct our emotions come exploding out as they have been smothered by the opiates.. hot baths and showers will help along with walking if you can.. any kind of movement helps. I would like to wish you well and hope you stick around as many of us are willing to offer support as you get yourself off these..
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