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Old 08-01-2007, 11:35 PM   #1
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need help getting off fioricet

Hi all....

I'm brand-new here. I'm having a major problem with fioricet. Yes, I am addicted and have been for the past 4-5 years. As with many pill addicts, it started out innocently for me - I've been getting migraines since I was 6-7 yrs old, so for most of my life I have only used it medically. But, after my divorce, I slowly started taking just a few a day (without any headache present) to ward off any potential tension/migraine headache before it started as well as just to relax.

The past 4-5 years, my problems have grown (loss of job, financial problems) as has my addiction. I use fioricet to "ease my mind" of my worries as well as for any "real" migraines I get. After trying many of the newer drugs (Imitrex, Zomig), I still find that F is the only effective drug for me.

Currently, I take 12-15 pills per day, occasionally more. I feel so stuck. How do I stop, yet still have something to take for my migraines? My doc seems to be growing increasing weary of my constant refill requests - I ONLY get the pills from him - and he now fears my refills will send up red flags to the DEA and all the 4 pharamacies I use to get the pills (I switch my refill orders among druggists so that I'm refilling too early in any one of them).

Currently, my script is for 50 tabs. Depending on the pharamacy, the bottle lists that as an 8 or 12 day supply (however, I refill after 4 days).

My doc is aware I am abusing and has tried to wean me off for the past year, but it's not working. His latest suggestion is for me to see a pharamalogical psychiatrist. I'm not sure exactly what that is, but he feels strongly this specialist can help me.

Being unemployed, I cannot afford in- or out-patient rehab. About a year ago when I first admitted my problem to him and my psychologist at the time (had to stop seeing him due to lack of money), my doc started me on Cymbalta, then Lexapro in the hopes that it will ease my anxiety as I wean off. I stuck with the anti-Ds for a while, but felt the Lexapro wasn't really helping my anxiety or depression or helping me to wean off the F's. I've decided to start the Lexapro again and it is helping my depression somewhat, but I'm STILL reaching for those 12-15 fioricet tabs daily because they are extremely effective in "making me forget" my troubles. However, at the same time, I fully realize I've made this drug the center of my world and it's ruining my life!!

I guess I'm posting this to (a) vent that I need help badly; (b) to see if anyone here has had similar trouble weaning off; and (c) to find out if anyone has been to a pharmalogical psychiatrist and what sort of success they've had.

PLEASE: any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I've read many of the threads here and elsewhere and realize what dangerous waters I am treading right now.

Thank you all and God Bless!
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:26 AM   #2
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Re: need help getting off fioricet

i would think at those high daily amounts it would really be difficult to just really navigate thru a day.unlike narcotics,fioricet is a barbitruate(a big downer) and i know it made me very very tired and just want to lie down all the time when i was placed on it for tension headaches a couple years back.while most narcorics appear to actually do the opposite in making people more functional.going off of barbs also can present possible siezure activity issues as well,if i remember right.i do think your doc has the right idea for you.you will need the help and advice of someone who is very familiar with the properties of barbs,espescially at the amounts you are taking.from what you have stated,your little world is about to kind of go out from underneath you if you don't do something positive for yourself right now.there are many other options to try and control migranes.i have had them since age 13(i am now 46)there was not anything actually availiable back then to even begin to really treat migrane,just alot of ice packs on my head and staying in my very dark bedroom til it cycled thru.midrin really works well for mine.i have been on that now since it first hit the market back when i hit around age 18.it was a flippin godsend for me and gave me my life back.

i am wondering if when you did try the other options for your migranes if they really did work for you but considering the addiction issue you told your doc that they didn't?it is just something we addicts do when we want to justify staying on our drug of choice.it may be worth it to give them a try now that you are at the point where you KNOW it is just time to do the right thing?

i am just wondering if what you have there is a true migrane type thing or just severe tension headaches.i am only wondering since nothing,i mean not even the strongest narcotics will actually work on my true migrane type headaches,they will only respond to the midrin.nothing else even works a little bit to take the edge off,only my anti migrane med.midrin is a really great 'abortive' migrane med.it gets rid of the HA and the aura that always starts the syndrome going at the very very beginning,that is when you actually take it.do you get that aura pre HA or just the sudden onset HA?

have you ever consulted with a neurologist about the nature of your headaches?ever had any brain testing done at all to really see what may be going on in there?you just need to gear the right med for the appropriate type of headache trigger.it works much more effectively.you just need to be able to actually manage your HA with something other than the fioricet in order to even begin to get off of it.but i do think your docs referral suggestion is a very good one.he/she can do the evaluation just to see what your best plan of action would be given the med you are currently addicted to.i do wish you luck with this.it is just the very first step here in getting yourself out of this self destuctive cycle.please keep me posted on how things are going for you,K?marcia

 
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