Re: Fentyl Patch Withdrawal
I just did a withdrawl on a 50mg patch this week after 1 year of use.
I took the patch off at 6pm Sunday. I ate the last real food that I could keep in at about 6pm Monday.
Monday night was the worst. One hour of sleep at 6am, after lying in bed all night with twitching legs, pain, nauseau, diaharrea.
I had diaharrea for the next few days - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. By Thursday I was fairly dehydrated, I could only sip water. I never could sleep more than 4 hours a night, even with prescription sleeping pills, alieve, tylenol 8 hour, cymbalta, and lyrica. Plus 2+ bottles of Keopectate.
I took showers and baths almost every 2 hours to help with the pain. Some massage. I was not able to move well enough to stretch, do yoga, or really meditate well until Friday.
It is Saturday 6pm or so now. So 6 days past the last patch. The 4+ days in between were pretty bad! Monday I was edgy, but not too bad. I would say Monday night was a 9+ on "pain". Tuesday was a 9, Wednesday an 8, Thursday an 8+, Friday a 7+. Sipped water - couldn't drink much - and ate crackers for 3 days. By Thursday I was pretty dehydrated and weak. Thursday night I was able to eat more of a "meal."
Today is the first day I am mostly functional, except for the 15+ year chronic pain I was taking the meds for. That is another story.
I was also on vicodin for 4 years, stooped that 2 weeks earlier, 9/12. If I was smarter I would have reversed the process and used the vicodin to titrate down!
Hoping to stay off, may have to go back on. Will see. I may have surgery soon.
Is she already 48-72 hours past her last dose? Has the patch been *off* for that long? If so, probably past the worst. Definitely better ways to get off than cold turkey! Titrate down slowly. Meds really are not that bad either - pain is all about compromises to find what is livable.