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atothek 01-05-2013 02:48 PM

Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
I almost feel bad posting this as others have "real" addiction issues:
I have been taking Vicodin, ONLY at nights, for the past 8 years. I generally split a 10mg pill in half and take one half at about 8pm, followed by the 2nd half at 11pm. Sometimes ill take a 3rd half an hour or so later.

This began as a pain thing and now I do it to "relax" in the evening after work.

I NEVER take them during the day, nor do I have any desire to take them during the day.

I am very grateful for having not gotten addicted at a higher level but want to stop this bad habit nonetheless.

My question is: does this low of a dosage warrant a "weaning-off-period" or, can/should I just stop cold-turkey?

Thank you for reading this!

atothek 01-06-2013 11:04 AM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
anyone have any advice?

lenvegas 01-06-2013 01:22 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
Hi, my advice would be to wean off slowly. You should eliminate that third dose you take right away. You may be more psychologically addicted as well so the slower your withdrawal the better your chances are for complete success. Since you have been taking this medication for 8 years, a good withdrawal period could be a year. If at first you are curious, go cold turkey and see what you experience. Everybody is different and I have known people that just stopped, went through 3 or 4 weeks of discomfort and then they were clean, it depends on you. The only problem with a fast withdrawal period is that you may seek relief by taking a dose, thereby defeating the purpose. Take care......lenvegas

Paulos 01-11-2013 04:16 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
You alright man? You should be on Day 6 right now, I'm on Day 2 of opiate withdrawal myself... I'm sorry you're going through this, and I doubt a doctor check up is out of the question? Are you going through this cold turkey? You're not alone as I'm here with you.

atothek 01-11-2013 05:05 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
[QUOTE=Paulos;5115815]You alright man? You should be on Day 6 right now, I'm on Day 2 of opiate withdrawal myself... I'm sorry you're going through this, and I doubt a doctor check up is out of the question? Are you going through this cold turkey? You're not alone as I'm here with you.[/QUOTE]

Paulos-thank you for checking in.
I feel kind of bad taking up peoples time here as I really do not have a "bad" addiction.
I am finding it quite easy to wean off (which my doctor recommended)-and hope to be fully off of them by mid-February.

Paulos 01-13-2013 06:48 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
I pray and hope for your best results truly, as you said it may be easy that's ... that's real good news for you then- in my case it's not so simple... I have major anxiety from the withdrawal even right now, feels like I'm having a stroke ... but I'm not, ugh ... my emotions are all over and I just feel bad :(.

atothek 01-13-2013 07:25 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
[QUOTE=Paulos;5116798]I pray and hope for your best results truly, as you said it may be easy that's ... that's real good news for you then- in my case it's not so simple... I have major anxiety from the withdrawal even right now, feels like I'm having a stroke ... but I'm not, ugh ... my emotions are all over and I just feel bad :(.[/QUOTE]

Sorry to hear that brother.
Stay strong...I imagine whatever you are feeling is to be expected...and it should get easier as time passes.

rosebuddy 01-18-2013 12:02 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
read the Thomas Recipe.

manning722 01-20-2013 10:31 PM

Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice
 
I would suggest a tapering method. Your body has a dependency on this medication at night and eight years is a long time. You need to teach your body that it's ok to not rely on this med every night and that you REALLY don't need it. Start with one half less for a few days then one half more less for another few days. That is what my doctor suggested a few years agob when i was on it for a year after a car accident.


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