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Narcotic Pain Med Withdrawl.Help!

i was invovled in a car wreck 2 years ago and my doc started perscribing me a shit load of percocet.when i say a shit load i mean overperscribed to the max.about 6 months ago i started receiving oxycontin,cause its less harmfull on the liver(no acetophetamine).i’m getting ready to stop the shit cold turkey tomorrow.i was taking 160mgs per day,i’m gearing up for the toughest battle of my life.i’ve tried to stop before but the pain amplifies,i dont know how its going to go i only hope i’m strong enough to stop.does anyone have any expierence of what i’m about to go through and how long the drawls will last?i took my last pill today and i plan on this the last good nights sleep i’ll have in a while.any help will be great on how to curb the drawls.i’ll be up alot so i’ll most likely get to know most of these threads.any help on whats coming would be great.ty

I could write you a big long post about this, but I need to know if you’re a recreational user or if you are in pain management still. PM me if you want to keep this private.

pain management.i go to the doc monthly.i really appreciate it buddy

I?ve been in your shoes man, 6 years of kodeinbased pillpopping, actually an accident in the gym (tore my right bicep) led me to it. I have been clean for 1 year and all i can say is that it will get better. I had my worst withdrawls for about 5 days, shakes, sweats, feeling sick all the time. And it took about 3 months to get 100%. Stay in there and dont whatever you do think “just one more” it will come back and bite you in the ass i promise.
Good luck man !!!

Damn supposed to be off work, but what the hell…

I’ll keep it short as I can.

You can expect the withdrawal to last anywhere from a few days to almost a month depending on how much (160 mgs not all that bad actually) and how long, and just your own level of health, etc.

Symptoms are going to be aches like a bad flu, bowel trouble for sure, shakes, sweating, maybe headaches/backaches, sleeplessness (sounds like you already know this part), and in general wanting to hang yourself from the shower curtain rod.

Many of the cases I see in here are from rec users… I’m glad that’s not you, but I hope you know what you’re doing. For example, why are you doing this? Does your doctor know what’s up? If you’re trying to wean yourself off pain meds, I applaud you, but what about the condition that made you take them in the first place?

I know that nerves sometimes get used to feeling pain even though there’s no underlying problem anymore, but I hope that you are sure about this. I don’t want you to put yourself through a week or more of hell and then have the problems from before creep back, and then when you just can’t deal with it end up going back to the pills and think that it’s you being weak or something.

Take care of yourself and good luck buddy. PM me if you want to. I gotta get home for now. I hope I helped a little bit at least.

I think you’ll just make it harder on yourself by stopping cold turkey. It would probably be easier on the body, and mind, if you were to gradually decrease the medication. Just my opinion though.

Do they have a patch for oxycontin? I had a friend who’s mother fell a great distance and shattered her humerus she was taking oxy and/or fentanil and when they started to take her off the pain meds they used a patch. I would consult your doc about this. I dont know much about opiates but I would think that methadone or something similar to it would also help in cessation.

Good luck man.

Lothario described the symptoms of withdrawl real well.
There are some new opioid receptor cleaners/blockers available. Check with your pain management phys. for them.
I’ll get back to this soon, gotta go.

hey hope you talk to your doc first.
never never go cold turkey with meds, your doctor can help you wean you off it
that will be a lot easier. you wont die,
but it will be uncomfortable and usualy
the narcotics will be out of the system
within 5-7 days. but your brain on the other hand will make it seem longer, and this is normal, again talk to your
doc about it. if this was alcohol going
cold turkey will and can kill you. good
luck!

Barton

i have to quit cold there’s no other way around it.my next appt.isn’t for 15 days.so its cold turk,i could buy them and wean myself but i’m a nonresponder to that.there’s a reason and i cant tell u but today is day 1.ty

i’ve broke down allready.i took 2 extra strenght percs.thats a far cry from where i was.the last few weeks i devoured my stash,i was upward around 300 mgs the last few weeks.160mgs is an average of the last 6 months.the percs are only 7.5mgs and i had to take 2 of em.the pain is just to intense,the tuff part about is i’m know i’m not going to be able to live without something.

the pain will allways be there so when i take something small the urge will allways be there to go overboard. oycontin isaddicting stuff,there so much stronger than oxycodone or percocet,i’m going to try and stay with a couple of percs a day and see what happens.i know alot of people who workout and take this shit recreationally,and i’d recommend to anybody who does this to try and stay with the percs because that oxy will bite u in the ass.

my real problem is i’m coming off a test cycle and i’m worried i’ll lose alot of motivation during the drawl period.it will be interesting to see how this will effect me.i appreciate all your guys info.

Hey man I know what you are going through. I have been on Norco 10’s for the last 2 years do to car wrecks and having 5 hernaited disc and a pinch nerve in my neck. I don’t take the pills everyday like I am supposed to. I am supposed to take 4 per day but I usually try to only take them every couple of days.

The thing is they really don’t get rid of the pain they just make you not really care about it as much. I think it is more mental than physical (in my case at least). My pain is cronic so I will have to deal with it for the rest of my life so I just take the pills when I can’t move or get out of bed. I have tried the Oxycotions too and I could see how you could get addictted to those pretty easily.

Best of luck to you. the methodone doesn’t sound like a bad idea. From what i have heard they make you not want any codine for up to 36 hours off of only one pill. Good luck and surround yourself with people that will support you with you goal and explore all of the options you have with you dr.

i’m hurtin fellas,about 30 mg today and i still can only sleep for about 3 hours.dont ever get on this shit cause coming off is so terrible.it wouldnt be so bad if you could sleep,u can count on sleeping for about 3 hours when your most tired and u would give anything for a dose.it just helps writing about it during my toughest time,nights are the worst.

Hold on to your ass coming off of opiates after a long time of heavy use. The headache alone will have you crawling to the medicine cabinet. I can’t stress enough what a bad idea cold turkey is, but from what I can tell your also jacked up on test. or were. This probably means there is more than just opiates and hormones coursing through your blood. I not saying I know for sure, but people in your situation tend to enjoy a rainbow of chemical alterations. I personally have no objections to any of it, but addiction is a bitch.

Seeing a specialist on the matter would be the wisest thing to do, because they could help you ease off and eventually quit, with out the agony and the high risk of failure. If you are serious about quitting by yourself. I have a couple of ideas. It’s not the only way but it is a less painful way. It may sound a little funny but switch to barbiturate based pain meds. This will ease the pain of opiate withdrawal while providing pain relief, and the much desired buzz. While barbiturates are also addictive, they are not near as much so. This makes quitting barbiturates much easier, along with the fact that there is little if any appreciable withdrawal. So it breaks down to stepping out of the addiction rather than plain dropping it.

More than any method, it really takes dedication and self-control. Addiction is a life time problem, and most people are addicted to something destructive. All of it is chemically related. Behavior releases chemicals that are pleasurable, people get addicted to that. Drugs are pretty obviously chemical addictions. Foods are chemical addictions. Egos, co-dependence, what ever, is a chemical dependence. Much of it is associated with anxiety relief…Sorry, babbling. What my point of this paragraph is, is to not beat yourself up about it. Just make a decision and do it.

Good luck to you…I would recommend a detox program in your area…your doctor can refer you to one, if you have medical insurance, it will likely cover the detox program. I would also recommend involving your doctor. Prolly the best is to taper off…cold turkey is not the safest way to go. But I would recommend withdrawl utilizing professional assistance and guideance.

i cant ever tell my doc,EVER!cause ive abused em doesn’t mean i need to quit taking them.its oxycontin,thats the shit that’ll bite ya.percocet and oxycodone are fine,there so much less of a pill than the contins.i just have to be strong and limit myself.ive been doing good this week.

i dropped my milligrams down to 40 per day.from here its down to 20 and i’m going to stay there.i was upward around 300 last week.even with 40 millies per day,this weeks been terrible.it would be allright if i could sleep.i dont have a job i have to go to so i can put up with it through the day it just the nights that’re bad.you can be as tired as you’ve been in your whole life and still not be able to sleep,your hands,feet,and back will just ache.when i get the mgs down in my body there gonna be there to stay.

i’ve almost made it and my main reason for this thread is to warn everyone about the government heroin and letting yourself get to where its really gonna hurt.i appreciate the info everybody,stay strong.

1 more thing

rehabs for QUITERS!and i’m not a quiter.

I’m calling bullshit. If not drink lots and lots and lots of water. When you get done drinking water then go drink some more water. If you aren’t ready to come clean to those who can help you about your problem then in my experience you aren’t ready to be clean (period)

call it what u will,my problem is i’d smoke the shit out of em.yes smoke,i’ve been currently taking my meds like there intended.it has done me alot better and most of the replies i made were when i couldnt sleep.hurtin sick.so until you know what its like to walk in my shoes call it what you will.i appreciate all the info i get.

you think i posted these for the hell of it!

[quote]mark lonnie jr wrote:
i’ve broke down allready.i took 2 extra strenght percs.thats a far cry from where i was.the last few weeks i devoured my stash,i was upward around 300 mgs the last few weeks.160mgs is an average of the last 6 months.the percs are only 7.5mgs and i had to take 2 of em.the pain is just to intense,the tuff part about is i’m know i’m not going to be able to live without something.

the pain will allways be there so when i take something small the urge will allways be there to go overboard. oycontin isaddicting stuff,there so much stronger than oxycodone or percocet,i’m going to try and stay with a couple of percs a day and see what happens.i know alot of people who workout and take this shit recreationally,and i’d recommend to anybody who does this to try and stay with the percs because that oxy will bite u in the ass.[/quote]

Yea, and I know people who go to ‘meth’ clinics to get ‘clean’ off heroin. Substitution my friend is just as bad!

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my real problem is i’m coming off a test cycle and i’m worried i’ll lose alot of motivation during the drawl period.it will be interesting to see how this will effect me.i appreciate all your guys info.[/quote]

Dude, I"m sorry to say, but you ARE an addict. The only people who would really know this by reading what you wrote are other addicts, which I am. I’m in recovery, however, and have been clean for almost 5 yrs. Denial and substitution are our worst tools as addicts, trust me, I know.