Re: Withdrawal symptoms when reducing MS Contin?
Hey Jounny, Like MH said, good for you. There is nothing wrong with checking to see where you are pan wise from time to time and if you do it slow enough and gradually enough, you willeither find you can step down to a certain point and the no more or continue to step down. Once you reach 15 mgs 3 times a day and there is no rush to get there, 3-4 weeks is great, you can probably switch to something as simple as a short acting med like Norco 10 or 5 mg percs and continue on in small increments. It's normal for pain to increase, to expereince depression, but if you can control the nausea and shakes you have half the battle won. Very few docs really spend a lot of time discontinueing meds or working closely with patients, they have all their owther ones screaming how they can't live without an increase which puts you desire to decrease on the back burner as far as his help goes.
The one chang I would make is to try to use your nightime dose as the last dose you decrease, you need to sleep and the more you get the better off you would be. I would start with the mid day dose, wait a week then the morning and then the evening, but that's just my opinion and my pain patterns through the day.
Good luck Dave