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    Old 04-27-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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    33 hours

    Vicodin: been taking 4 1o's per day for about 6 years.

    Tapered down to 1 one day and 3 the next for the last two weeks.

    Took last one 33 hours ago.

    Feeling miserable -- just took one.

    Do you think I should have tapered down more?

     
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    Old 04-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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    Re: 33 hours

    Hey everyone, sorry for my abrupt message. I probably didn't come across as a good human.

    Can anyone share a success story about tapering ?

    If you guys encourage me, I will commit to posting until resolved.

     
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    Old 04-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #3
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    Re: 33 hours

    Give yourself a pat on the back. Great start! I would have tapered down slower instead of taking them when u feel bad. I would have started by cutting one of the pills in half, then a week later take away the other half ( or 2 weeks later if needed) etc. for ex. from the 4 a day take 3 and a half for a week or so then take 3 and so on until your not taking any. Hope this helped.

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    Old 04-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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    Re: 33 hours

    fris, thx so much for your reply. i am planning to taper over the next time period. i have not yet set up schedule.

     
    Old 04-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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    Re: 33 hours

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    fris, thx so much for your reply. i am planning to taper over the next time period. i have not yet set up schedule.
    Is there a lower dose a day you can be at now without feeling bad? If so start at that dose and taper down off that instead of going back up to the 4 a day.

     
    Old 04-27-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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    Re: 33 hours

    Kenny,

    I'm not sure I understand how you tapered originally, you said you took 1 one day and 3 the next for 2 weeks...that doesn't make much sense. Usually you spread your taper over a couple of months, you do continuous gradual stepdowns until you reach a small enough dose that you can safely stop taking, for a lot of people it's around 2mg. You'll still have some wd symptoms, but not really bad ones. When your tapering or if you've finished your taper you never take extra meds because you feel bad. If you serious about quitting and you've done your taper you need to flush any remaining pills, get the temptation away from yourself.

    Now, if you decide to restart a taper, don't go back up to the full 40mgs a day, figure out how much you were taking a day when you stopped take that amount for a week then reduce it by 2mgs or 5mgs, whichever you can handle, for a week, then reduce again, etc. Once you get to the point of stopping you should be good to go. Like I said you will still have some minor withdrawal symptoms, so try to take your last dose on a Friday morning so that you'll have Friday evening and all weekend to deal with the wd issues, you won't feel great on Monday, but you should be able to make it to work or school.

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    Old 04-28-2012, 08:54 AM   #7
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    Re: 33 hours

    Frisbee, thanks ! I will go back to taper and do it right. No more than 3 today !

    Katlin, thanks ! I have read a lot on this site about tapering and will do that properly. Have many be successful with the taper route ?

    I really appreciate your support.

     
    Old 04-28-2012, 08:53 PM   #8
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    Re: 33 hours

    Kenny,

    Ok, so it sounds like your going to start at 3, 10mg pills a day and taper down from that, if I read you right? If you go down by 2mg a week that gives you a 5 week taper.

    As for the success rate, most people who taper off of narcotics do very well. Much better than those who go cold turkey. You'll still have some wd symptoms at the end, but they really shouldn't be that bad if you stay on schedule. When you get close to the end, check back here and there are many who can tell you what kind of things you should have on hand for the wd symptoms.

    Take care,

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    Old 04-29-2012, 09:21 AM   #9
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    Re: 33 hours

    katlin, thanks so much for your response. can i ask you a question? when you say taper down two milligrams per week, does that mean weak one i am at 30 and weak 2 i go to 28?

     
    Old 04-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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    Re: 33 hours

    Yes. You probably have 10mg pills, or I imagine you do. so you'll have to cut them into 1/4's a little closer to 3mg's but same principle. If you wanted you could do 5mg jumps but thats a pretty high jump.

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    Old 04-29-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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    Re: 33 hours

    I would do 5mg, but drag out taking 5mg less for a little longer so it wont be so bad.

     
    Old 04-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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    Re: 33 hours

    Thanks , Frisbee !!

    I think I get it. Move down slowly , week by week, whether one quarter or one half pill.

    My history: I have been taking 300 mg tramadol er plus 4 x 10 mg hydro's. During my initial reduction period I eliminate the tramadol !!!!

    Now with the boards help, I have a taper schedule on the hydro. I had to start at 35 miiligrams (yesterday). I am taking meds at 7 am (10), 11 am (10), 3 pm (5), 5 pm (5), and 7 pm (5).

    I think this will work !!!!

     
    Old 04-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #13
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    Re: 33 hours

    OK

    Just took mg number 30 for today. I have 5 more allowed.

    Not bad feeling bad, not feeling great. BUT,,,,,one day closer to goal !

    (I will write hoping to serve as an example of success.)

    Please tell me if responding to my own message is obnoxious and i will stop.

     
    Old 04-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #14
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    Re: 33 hours

    Not at all. Keep us updated, we like to see how you are coming along. Good luck!

     
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    Old 04-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #15
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    Re: 33 hours

    Ken,

    your not doing anything the rest of us don't do...I think we all talk to ourselves a bit!

    Are you off the Tramadol now?

    kat

     
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