Friday October 31st 2014

Hydrocodone withdrawal duration

The withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone are not life-threatening, but are extremely uncomfortable and can make you want to take hydrocodone again just to stop the pain. Here, we’ll review the timeline for hydrocodone withdrawal and invite your questions at the end. Please send us your comments and feedback about hydrocodone withdrawal and we will respond personally to get you the help you need.

When do withdrawal symptoms start?

Emergence of withdrawal symptoms varies with half life of the particular opioid. Because hydrocodone is a short-acting opioid, symptoms of withdrawal tend to appear when the drug starts to leave your body and is eliminated from the blood (more on hydrocodone half life). So, withdrawal begins generally within 6-12 hours after the last dose of hydrocodone.

When does hydrocodone withdrawal peak?

Symptoms during hydrocodone detox usually peak somewhere between 24 to 72 hours after discontinuation. The intensity of the withdrawal reaction depends on the dose and speed of withdrawal. This is why short-acting opiates like hydrocodone tend to produce more intense but briefer symptoms. But keep in mind that because withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and unpredictable, it’s best to detox from hydrocodone under medical supervision. This way, you can treat possible complications and problems immediately.

When will hydrocodone withdrawal end?

Without intervention, hydrocodone withdrawal usually runs its course without much problem, and most physical symptoms disappear within days or weeks.

Hydrocodone withdrawal questions

Do you have any other questions about hydrocodone withdrawal length, duration or symptoms? Please leave them here. We’ll be happy to find you an answer or refer you to local and national resources. The first step towards getting off hydrocodone is asking more about HOW you can!

Reference sources: Harvard Medical School Treating opiate addiction, Part I: Detoxification and maintenance
American Chronic Pain Association Consumer Guide to Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment
End of Life Palliative Treatment Education Resource Center from the University of Wisconsin: Opioid withdrawal topic
Tolerance and physical dependence on pain medications from the University of Utah

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64 Responses to “Hydrocodone withdrawal duration
genrikh
10:06 pm February 12th, 2012

Sometimes I use the hydrocodone as an increasing of sleeping

pill such an ambien ; together they work good . I take it as often

as two times a week within 3 month.So far I have not any ad-

diction. Am I have any risk of it? Thank you.

12:59 pm February 14th, 2012

Hi genrikh. Thanks for your question.

Hydrocodone may be effective as a sleep aid…but it is not meant to be used to induce sleeping. Hydrocodone can slow breathing and can be very dangerous when combine with outher central nervous system depressants. When taken in combination with Ambien (zolpidem), hydrocodone has caused death in a few reported cases.

At the least, report your use of hydrocodone and Ambien to your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor may need to change the doses of these two medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Or, your doctor may recommend another medication that can be more effective for sleep.

Scottie
12:17 am April 4th, 2012

I had abused hydrocodone for 3 weeks after my shoulder surgery. I went through three scripts. I have been off of them for over 48 hours and still am going through withdrawl. How long should I expect these symptoms to last?

11:43 am April 4th, 2012

Hi Scottie. Hydrocodone withdrawal generally peaks in the first few days, but can last for a week or longer. Have you sought any medical help at a detox clinic? There are medications that can help ease withdrawal symptoms so that there is no need to go just cold turkey on your own. Plus, you can ask questions directly to experts with lots of withdrawal experience!

Joyce
12:00 am April 11th, 2012

I’ve done it again after saying never again. I went to a methadone clinic and started on a low dose and immediately dropped my dose by a milligram every week until I got down to a milligram a day. Then I quit going. The withdrawal was terrible I started drinking to try and deal with the pain and WD, well that didn’t help it just added another layer of dependence. After 5 days I went to the ER and they gave me 10 pill that start with an H. I can’t remember the name. I started playing with them again in October. It wasn’t a lot and I thought I was safe because I was unable to get them regular. Then that became an option and I’m the type the more I have the more I take. What are my options for quitting. It makes me sick to take them but the fear of WD is consuming me. I have tried to collect so low dose adivant to help me detox. But I don’t know if that would work. I have some money but not a lot. Where can I go to detox? What should my long term mission be. I’m afraid I’m going to commit suicide because the guilt is tearing me up. I have 60-80 pills now. At one point I could ween back but have been unsuccessful this time. I am scared.

1:07 pm April 11th, 2012

Hi Joyce. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the steps you are planning to take. Instead, take one step at a time.

First, for detox I can email you a list of local centers if you email or send me your zip in a contact form (at the bottom of the page). During detox a medical doctor should review suggestions and next steps for you. Maybe one of those will be a treatment or rehab center. Maybe support groups will work for you. But take that first step and get off the drugs…then you can make the next steps as they come.

james
12:43 pm April 19th, 2012

he im currently on any where from 8-20 hydrocodones a dayish if i have the money and can get them if i taper down to basically 1 or 2 a day how bad will my withdrawal symptoms be the reason i ask is i don’t want to have to miss work if possible.

10:44 am April 24th, 2012

Hi James. Tapering can definitely help ease withdrawal symptoms, but the worst of symptoms usually comes in the 72 hours after you stop taking hydrocodone completely. You might want to plan this segment of the detox over the weekend and perhaps call in sick if needed. But you might also consult a doctor and seek a prescription for any of the medications which aid detox. The more prepared you are, and the more you plan for treating symptoms, I think the easier it would go.

jake
7:50 pm June 3rd, 2012

hi ive een to a clinic and detoxed ut i still feel weak and have no energy how long will this last

10:01 am June 4th, 2012

Hi Jake. Withdrawal from opioids like hydrocodone can actually take longer than just the acute phase of getting the drug out of your system. Opioids affect the opioid receptors of the central nervous system and over time, change the way that our brains work! And there is a theory of “protracted withdrawal” than manifests as depression, low energy, etc. for a period of months after you take opioids.

I’d suggest that you check in with an MD and ask about ways to support your body during this time. Look into dopamine levels, supporting your endocrine system, and get a full blood work diagnostic done. There may be physical reasons for your fatigue that can be treated.

lisa
8:55 pm July 2nd, 2012

if ive been taking 10 pills of hydocodone 10/500 for a year straight[every day] whats the best way to taper? and for how many days do you taper?
to help with the withdrawl

1:49 pm July 8th, 2012

Hello Lisa.

Safe tapering of opioids like hydrocodone generally can follow several general paths (2 to 3 week tapering regimen should be adequate in most cases but can extend to 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how your body reacts)
o Reduce the each daily dose by 10%
o Reduce the dose by 20% every 3-5 days
o Reduce the dose by 25% per week
o Avoid reducing the daily dose by > 50% at any given interval

However, you should be tapering under medical supervision, as well. So I’d suggest that you seek medical help immediately and ask for a doctor’s support during tapering and upcoming withdrawal.

Nikki
3:06 am September 19th, 2012

Hi,
I have been taking Vicodin for the past year off and on for sciatica and lower back pain, I have been going through my meds within a week and was getting help elsewhere, well kets just say I have ram out of options, I even tried telling my doc I lost my script, (which he would not fill ealry anyways) I have just started abusing them I get 90 a month and I take them all in a week and a half!! I tried telling my doc that I feel like my tolerance is getting high and he said just keep taking as you should because, he feels that the pain should be tolerable with still just taking 3 a day.. but now I am out and am detoxing cold turkey! Its day 2 and I am taking flexerall and Ibuprofen 600 mg for my pain, I tried laying on a heating pad for help but with sweating I can’t seem to do that for too long. So now I am scared that I am gonna be in pain.These withdrawal symptoms are the worst! I just want it all to stop, I hope tomorrow is better or the next day, I can’t stop sweating!! I can’t eat, I try to take immodium but now I am out and have no money to get anymore.. I know that is the least of my worries but, I am also taking dlpa to help with symptoms, but it doesn;t seem to help, I just hope this ends soon, I just want my life back its been off on and on for 2 months now… anyone out there understand where I am coming from or going through the same thing?

Jen
3:52 pm September 24th, 2012

I have been on hydrocodone for a back injury for almost 2 years and just quit by taking my last pill cut in half with 1/2 in the morning yesterday and 1/2 last night. My pain is increasing throughout my body. I have sweats and I’m shaking. It feels like my heart is racing I already started vomiting and having diarrhea. I have no insurance and no extra money to get any other medication to help with the withdrawal. How long can I expect to feel this way? Am I going to get worse? I’m at home alone taking care of my 1 year old daughter so I’m concerned if I’m going to get worse.

10:32 am September 25th, 2012

Hi Jen. Withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone tend to peak in the first three (3) days after last dose, and then decrease in intensity but can last for at least a week up to ten (10) days after last dose. Hang in there! Can someone help around the house with your daughter to give you time to take a hot bath, rest, or exercise (lightly)?

Jayson
12:54 am October 7th, 2012

I have been taking 6 hydrocodone 10.325 every day for 5 months due to a knee surgery for 2 days I took half of a pill and now in about 30 hrs of c/t my withdrawal has not been that bad will it get worse I have just had sweats and cant sleep

12:53 pm October 8th, 2012

Hi Jayson. The most uncomfortable and intense symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal occur usually in the first 72 hours after last use. It is during this time that withdrawal symptoms peaks, which include: mood changes, sweats, diarrhea, extreme drowsiness, stomach pains, and abnormal skin sensations as well as possible respiratory depression. You did good to taper your dose before cutting it out completely. What does your prescribing doctor say about withdrawal?

Wendy
6:47 am October 28th, 2012

Hi, I’m an RN who got into trouble with the opiates, not just hydro, at the hospital I worked at and actually started injecting because it was “safe.” I have had addiction problems all my life, used to eat heroin and take pain pills, pretty much anything I could use to get high. I got fired from my RN job and got off the opiates, didn’t have bad withdrawals because even though I took something nearly every day, it wasn’t continuous heavy use. Then this summer, I ran across a basically limitless supply of methadone 10 mg and got myself hooked on that, taking about 120 mg a day. My source eventually dried up, and I tried to get off that, and it was the worst cold turkey I’ve ever done. I went to my MD and told her what I was doing. She prescribed me hydrocodone on a very slow taper, 10% per month. I’m doing my best to comply even though I do sometimes hoard a bit so I can actually feel the stuff.

Right now I’m taking 8 of the 10′s a day. At what daily dose do you think the withdrawals will be minimal? I need to be functional at my job (not in nursing right now), and I also have a psychiatric diagnosis that really flares with stress, i.e., withdrawal. I don’t want to put myself in a position where I feel like jumping off a cliff.

2:15 pm October 30th, 2012

Hi Wendy. Thanks for your question. And congratulations on addressing issues of addiction in your life. Do you have support for the psychological nature of addiction? As a nurse, you probably know much about withdrawal (plus, having been through it)…but you also need to address the cravings and compulsion that are behind drug use.

In terms of dosing, I’ve read that you reduce the daily dose by 10% each day, reduce by 20% every 3-5 days, reduce by 25% per week, and avoid reducing the daily dose by > 50% at any given interval. You reduce until you feel symptoms even out, and then reduce again over the period of 2-3 weeks.

Perhaps ask you doctor for a prescription for clonidine or bupropion to help manage withdrawal symptoms? Also, address the stress with some lifestyle changes. There are many alternatives to pharmaceuticals for stress.

Does that help?

Wendy
8:12 am November 9th, 2012

Thank you,

Yes, that helps. I do have psychological support through my MD, also AA and NA friends, but my husband is completely the opposite of supportive, and we will probably end up going our separate ways. Other than self-sabotage, living with this man will be my main barrier to replacing addiction with a healthy lifestyle. He’s adamant that he doesn’t need to make any changes in his life, but he’s completely neurotic about what I “might” do.

I do think I need to taper off more rapidly than my doctor is prescribing because having been on higher-dose opiates for several months now, I have been recently experiencing hallucinations, poor sleep with a lot of lucid dreaming, mood lability, and anhedonia, none of this boding well for my schizoaffective disorder. These symptoms are really bothersome and put me at high risk for ending up in a mental hospital.

As far as withdrawal symptoms, I don’t experience much with the taper I’m on, except for feeling a little clammy first thing in the morning as last night’s dose begins to wear off. Not a big problem. Clonidine and bupropion are great drugs for some of the withdrawal symptoms, and I might be able to use clonidine if/when I have symptoms if my blood pressure will tolerate it. Bupropion interacts adversely with psych meds I already take (I actually trialed it as part of my psych treatment several years ago, and it didn’t work very well for that).

I think the best solution I’ve found for stress is learning how to make and keep friends in NA. I have several buddies, and we lean on each other, keep in touch by phone, and get together regularly outside of meetings.

I would strongly recommend NA meetings to anyone who has a problem with addiction, especially if they are having difficulty getting and staying clean.

Mike
6:39 pm November 30th, 2012

First of all I can’t say enough for how awesome this website/public service is! So lets start by thanking you for doing such a great thing!

The more I read through the most the more I realize that its only a matter of weeks before you are free from the opiate prison. Weather it be the stigma… worries of getting more or the fear of WDs. That is truly inspiring!

I am now a solid month into the tapering process with today being day 0… Nothing for me! Whats freaking me out is it has been a long process with yesterday being the worst. I literally got down to 1 mil of hydro after 8 years of 6 10/325s a day. I can say I was a model patient! I never took more and was very consistent. So hopefully that will help but from what I am reading it looks like the worst is yet to come in the next 3 days even though I am at 1 mil. (approx! cutting these things in tenths is pretty difficult because of the shape!! / yeah you will need a dremol *micro blade tool and a lot of time) So it seems like 1 mil is probably just enough to keep me out of full WD? I have had all the crazy symptoms!!!! Will power!! helps a lot but really is the worst yet to come?

*When I have more time I will share my process of tapering which I think will be helpful to others!

Cindy
3:25 pm January 21st, 2013

I have been off of hydrocodone for 5 days. I feel I have more energy and the poops have subsided, but I crave to take one. What can I do to stop this? My knee bones hurt so bad and I have tried Tylenol and Advil with no releif. any suggestions?

nisha
9:01 pm January 24th, 2013

hi i am a 23 year old mother of ome four year old daughter. i have been addicted and abusing pain killers for almost two years now. i would take abt 80mg of hydro a day or 40mg of oxycodone a day. today has been day 3 that i have quit cold turkey, however it has been the roughest day of my LIFE. i do work part time luckily im off today because i have had sever depression, vomiting, diarhea, crampds and ever since day one i havent had amy sleep. i want to go to a rehab or something but ive kept my addiction a secret so i have no one to take care of my child and i dont want to get fired from my job. i dont have a doctor i dont know what to do please help i feel like im dying!

9:46 am January 28th, 2013

Hi Nisha. It sounds like you are facing a really big decision: Let the world in on your secret so that you can help yourself and your daughter, or keep it hidden? You can call 1-800-662-HELP to talk to someone about your decision 24 hours a day. You are not alone!

I am having a very hard time
7:40 pm February 17th, 2013

I quit cold turkey after 4 years of taking hydrocodone, after 4 years i was taking about 7 watson 540s a day and it did nothing for me except keep me out of withdrawals. I had to take two at once even to feel it work anymore. My withdrawals were horrible, the only way I can explain them is hell and I wanted to die. now starting my 4th day clean I feel like the worst is over, does anyone know that had taken that much 70 mg of Hydrocodone a day, know if I have peaked?

A_Peace
3:44 pm April 3rd, 2013

I’m 25 years old and I took my last 7.5 hydrocodone on 2/16/2013. I was addicted for about 2-3 years. I am almost 2 months clean but I still have withdraw symptoms. EVERY morning I am extremely nauseous and at least once per week I have vomitting episodes which really suck. Im also still depressed and feel like I am not myself. I was lucky and was able to take about 6 weeks off from work so I could get clean (my job & no body else knew why i was really off work)…but yesterday was my first day back to work since I have been clean. That seems to be the worst place because it brings back a lot of memories of how i used to take a hydro any time a customer would upset me or when i was stressed. How much longer will i feel like this? I am ready to be the old “me” again….

7:02 am April 4th, 2013

Hello A_Peace. Maybe antidepressants can help you for a couple of months until you get back on your feet. You can talk with a family doctor or see a psychiatrist for a full mental health check-up. Depression is TOTALLY NORMAL and a part of the protracted withdrawal symptoms of withdrawal from hydrocodone. But you don’t need to suffer without help. Also, are you seeing a psychotherapist for talk therapy to support your recovery?

Barbara
3:26 pm April 28th, 2013

Ok I hear about these detox places. Is there really NONE in WI? I have searched for help for about three months. I am stoping hydrocodone after over ten years. I am doing it by myself. Any help

Jeffro
4:46 am May 1st, 2013

Starting day 5. Physical symptoms are as follows: nevousness, twitching, some minor aches, foggy head, real feeling of being detatched from myself. It also feels as though I dont recognize myself mentally, like im a stranger? Weird! I’ve had ambien to take during all this and it helped tremendously. Hopefully im on the downhill side of this misery now! Reading these posts has been a pleasure and reassuring. Thank you.

1:26 pm May 2nd, 2013

Hello Barbara. Call 1-800-662-HELP, the national drug abuse hotline run by a department within the National Institutes of Health. You can get help finding a detox center near you…

Corwin
2:13 am June 4th, 2013

I have abused hydro/acetaminophen 5-500 for about a week. Started out taking 1/1/2 eventually taking 2/1/2 (once a day). Thursday night I couldn’t fall asleep whatsoever, I wasn’t feeling specific symptoms just an overall feeling something wasn’t right so I took one dose. I stopped Friday with 1/2 before I went to a party and got mildly drunk. The next morning I had a mild hangover. Sunday I had diarrhea but that subsided on its own. Since then I have experienced fatigue, best described as a mild flu. I have been drinking a lot of Gatorade since Friday but my urine isn’t telling me I’m well hydrated. I’m also experiencing a slight tightness in my chest at times and I should also mention that I have been on Vyvanse (70mg) for the past 4 years and I do have dysthymia which has been present since I was about 14. I know I don’t need outside help as I can easily say I will never consider using Hydrocodone again and I don’t have or have ever had any drug problems. I will admit I started simply because I was curious. Today I’m mainly feeling fatigue, slight muscle aches, slight tightness in chest, and a general displeased feeling. Does anyone have any advice of things to eat, drink, do, and how long It may take until I’m back to normal. Thank You

charles hager
5:50 pm June 5th, 2013

have been reducing my dose of hydrocodone for approximatly 6 weeks now. I was taking 80 mgs a day and now am at 15 mgs a day. I continue to have pain, and other withdraw symptoms. The pain is most signifcant on my left side, acctually it’s all on my left side and in the saceral part of my back. I am also taking 100mgs of Trazadone, 10mgs of crestor, 75 mgs of plavix, 10 mgs of lisinapril, 45 mgs of protonics and 1 mg of clonazepam at bedtime, are any of these meds contraindicated with the norco (hydrocodone) ? The doctors are continuing to push anti-depressants that cause severe side effects and don’t really help. Is there something that I can do to improve, or end this pain and get on with my life? I have read that long term pain/opiate use can cause supression of the thalmus, is this true? and if so, can it be reversed,

Carolyn
9:45 pm June 15th, 2013

My husband has been taking a compounded version of hydrocodone for the past several years. (5-Back Surgeries – extensive nerve damage- 20 years) When our insurance no longer supported the compounded his treating physician prescribed Oxy Codone. At that point we realized that we had an addition problem. My husband has decided to forgo all Opiate or Narcotic pain medicine; our goal is not to be dependent on these drugs.

We are working with the physician to step down the dosage, 40-30-20. Is there anything we can do to lessen the withdrawal systems, without adding other Narcotic or Mood altering drugs.

Our current work schedules do not allow for substantial down time to seek treatment at a facility.

Thank you

2:05 pm June 17th, 2013

Hi Carolyn. Withdrawal responds best to tapering, as you are planning. I’d also suggest you consult a pharmacist to learn more about OTC pain aids that can help, as well as home remedies people use during withdrawal. Hot baths, showers, and massages can ease the flu like symptoms. But time is what is really needed.

Eldene Mohl
2:45 pm July 14th, 2013

I was put on Hydrocodone following hip surgery. I have an intolerance for codeine. Was not told that I was put on this drug. I took a minimal amount for a three week period following the surgery and then started tapering off. As I began to taper off, I experienced involuntary muscle twitching, extreme agitation and sleeplessness, plus other symptoms that appear on the withdrawal list. I finished the last tapered dose two weeks ago and still am experiencing the same symptoms, most prominently, the muscle twitching and extreme sleeplessness. How long does this or should this last?

12:52 pm July 16th, 2013

Hello Eldene. Have you spoken with and reported these symptoms to your prescribing doctor?

chris
6:18 am July 17th, 2013

Hello. I’ve been taking norcos for 7 years now. I realized I.was hooked after about 4 years. Ive been off yellows for 7 days now with taking suboxane.3 days to help with withdrawals. I’m trying to hang in there but I feel helpless like my wds will never end. When will I feel better and like the old me?

10:57 am July 17th, 2013

Hello Chris. Hang in there! The longer you take opioids, the more severe and intense the withdrawal symptoms. Speak with your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist for suggestions on how to treat symptoms, and arrange for support from family, friends, or a psychologist/licensed counselor. You don’t need to white knuckle it alone!

chris
4:29 pm July 17th, 2013

Thank you for responding. I woke up this morning feeling scummy like I’ve been feeling everyday now, no sleep losing will. I’m 23 yrs old and get prescribed 210 10/325s a month. It makes it that much harder just stopping knowing that they’re always around the corner. I’m trying to hang in there but reading that the withdrawals can last months?? I don’t know.if I.can do that, even though I know I should. Lord help me….

Marilyn
3:24 am November 22nd, 2013

I’ve been on hydrocodone for 7 years to control a chronic pain problem. My doctor suggested that it’s time to try withdrawing. We discussed it and decided to try reducing the hydrocodone pills gradually over time. We’re selecting a few pills and substituting 1 regular Tylenol for each. After all, all the newer hydrocodone pills have the exact same 325mg as a single regular strength Tylenol.
So that’s what I’m doing now. The first 4 days all I wanted to do was sleep. The pain is reducing, but not as low as before…. time will tell.

BTW – PLEASE, if you are taking more than 12 of the new or 8 of the old pills get your LIVER checked (it’s a blood test). High doses of Tylenol (acetamenaphen) have been found to destroy your liver, possibly even kill you. It’s a side effect of hydrocodone I rarely see discussed, but it’s in many scientific research papers. I take Milk Thistle for my liver, but there’s only a little solid research showing that it does help.

Maria
3:17 pm November 28th, 2013

I’ve been taking hydrocodones for about a year an a half now, and I’ve recently stopped taking them, I’m on my 4th day and still feel weird, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, i get headaches and I also have diarrhea. I believe I’m pasted the chills and cold sweats… How much longer will this last??
I wanna feel better, I have two kids I need to be sober for, please help!

julie
1:51 am November 29th, 2013

I am on day 2 and i hope the worst is gone plus im 8 weeks preggo! No turning back now! I dont feel too bad just take a soma to sleep and feel aggravated at times during the day…my advice is to ween urself off!!!!! And dont take weeks to do it!!!! Good luck!!! Hang in there this is temporary!!!!!!!!! Please do it! Dont give in!

Maria
6:34 pm December 1st, 2013

I’m on day 7 and feel much much better, I’m catching up on my sleep, and eating a little bit more everyday…. I never knew this would ever happen to me, it’s my third time trying to stop, so I really hope that this is it and I don’t give in anymore… The first 4 days where hell to me, but after that everything started to feel somewhat okay.
I’m doing this cold turkey maybe that’s the reason I can’t seem to stop shaking my legs, I just hope that, that does not stay we me!!

Jeremiah36
7:01 am April 1st, 2014

Yeah its horrible but not unbearable i been on and off for a few years started out buying 5 maybe 10 and that would last all week loved the high but with anything tolerance built up had to take more and more and really didn’t even feel the high anymore……ive had days without but only a few here and there…..and damn all the pain you weren’t feeling will be felt back,legs,neck the whole 9 yards but the 1st day is the worst by day 3 you will feel alot better than the 1st but drink energy drinks and take aleve + lots of water and gatorade for (potassium) and magnesiun supplement diarrhea sucks ass but by day 4 and on gets easier…. and after 7 days all the major symptoms are pretty much gone….craving the DRUG doesn’t……listen to music watch movie’s or whatever it is and actually smoking weed helped me tremendously……HOPE THIS HELPS everyone is different YOUR NOT GONNA DIE. ITS A PROCESS

Shiena
6:53 pm April 8th, 2014

I have been taking hydrocodone for over a yr and I half 7.5/325 I really want to get off of them they are over taking my life an first my prescription was four a day but gradually became 9 to 10 a d

James Brown
7:08 pm June 1st, 2014

I’ve been prescribed 20 mg hydro/day. Problem is I’ve been using about 55 mg/day for 3 days. I have about 10 pills left but I can’t stop myself. I’m worried I’ll take these in about 2 days and be in bad withdrawal. Thoughts on what I should do? I do have severe back pain and headaches so that complicates the problem. I need some treatment for that. I have a heavy opiate tolerance from use years ago and I really want the doc to give me a stronger dose. I could manage that ok.

Kindns
2:51 am June 8th, 2014

Ok…so I’ve been on hydrocodone for 20 yrs.
I had cancer in 1994, and developed horrible full body pain during chemo, that was diagnosed as Fibromyalgia in 1996. I’ve never felt addicted. I usually take 10 or 20 mgs a day, although my prescription allows me up to 80 mgs. Over the past couple of years, there has been a change and increase in my pain levels. I had a positive ANA test for the first time…but have so far not been able to find a Rheumatologist who will accept my Insurance and do the search for what type of autoimmune response my body is having. Here’s the thing. The way opinions and social/political pressure around pain meds is going, pretty much every doctor I see now for answers about any changes in pain and digestive issues, simply blames the hydrocodone Everything wrong with me, is now somehow caused by the medicine I take to try and live through whatever it is that is happening to me. I don’t have any mental attachment to pain killers, I wish I didn’t need to take them. I kind of have the opposite response I would expect if addiction were the cause of the problems. My symptoms do seem to be similiar to withdrawl symptoms, only they get worse if I increase my dosage, not better. I’m not sure what is happening, but it seems that the only way I am going to be taken seriously is if I stop taking pain meds completely…which scares me because the pain I take them for is pretty severe on it’s own. Here is my actual question. I’ve read here that the worst of withdrawal pain, will be over in 72 hrs to a week…but how long will it take in a doctors mind, to stop dismissing my ailments as related to hydrocodone use? How long, in a doctors mind, will I have to suffer the original pain the medication was prescribed for in order to have those worsening symptoms be addressed as something other than a result of hydrocodone addiction?

Karen
7:03 pm June 14th, 2014

I just had knee replacement a month ago. I was sent home with OxyContin, hydrocodone, and lyrica. Off the OxyContin the first week but on the lyrica and hydrocodone until three days ago. I have lost almost 20 lbs because I’ve completely lost my appetite in the month that I’ve been on this stuff. I did cold turkey. Highly don’t recommend it. I had all the withdrawal symptoms but I’m on my way to feeling a bit better but I’m wondering because of the short amount of time I was on these drugs if it will take as long to recover. I’m supposed to return to work next week but I feel so weak from not eating I’m not sure if I’ll be able to. Just would like some reassurance that this is almost over.

Dees52
4:44 am June 19th, 2014

My New Pain Doctor has taken me off Norco that I have been on over 7 years.my last does was 13 hours ago. I was asleep then suddenly woke up can not go back to sleep feel like my skin is crawling, Itchy and hyper feeling are these the start of withdrawal syptoms?

tipp
8:04 pm July 15th, 2014

first of all I would like to thank this support group for every thing that they have done for me the past week or so and if you’re reading this then you’re ready to start from scratch meaning to live a life everyday without that medicine that you’re putting in your mouth.. I have a broken neck then also I have had to have ac-section Gold bladder taking out when my stomach went septic on me none of which is caused from that pain medicine but really help me to get to kno it more clear on the past few years. first yes do not take thiem unless you have to second if you’re reading this you probably already have do not blame anyone at all not even yourself about this.. stuff happens in life regardless if you were looking for or not but you’re on the right path you’re looking into getting rid of something that is going to harm you In the end .. I am on day 7 without taking not one of them I have tried to quit several times before only in the same day to take it again. I know that the second third fourth and fifth day are going to be the hardest of your whole entire life.. there’s no ways to say it in it easy form to you. but for me my family my children looking in their eyes knowing that I was doing it for them and having a really good support person beside me my husband helped me more than anything in the world every person is different every lifestyle is different everyday choices we make are different from each others so I don’t know if this will help anyone out there but it’s true I have 4 kids I have a husband I have a life I had problems I have pain not only meaning medical issues emotional problems too I’m taking them help me get rid of a lot of that but continuing taking them was going to take Wayne my life I ended up in heart failure 32 years old not knowing if my four children were going to have a mother anymore was my awakening that’s why I decided to quit you have to find a reason why you want to quick and you have to said over and over until you start believing it in your heart mind body soul and understand even at the worst times, look at the mirror and say it again.. the things that help me was having a good pain reliever beside you meaning over the counter something that it’s not addictive I took tylenol one time I try to take no products in but it was NOT a good result and then at night I also took tylenol PM and the first 3 days yes you do have cold like symptoms but easy up on the cold medicine if you happen to get some it makes your stomach hurt worse oh and of course imodium that’s going to be your best friend for a while get used to it I know this its going to get better it got better on the fourth day for me.. and please whatever you do once you make it just keep reminding yourself why you quit them and never put them back in your mouth I only hope this helps someone out there..

manda
12:11 am July 17th, 2014

I started detox from hydrocodone at home. Went about 4 days. The wd pretty much stopped other than minor depression. NO ENERGY, mental. Not much physical anymore. Then on 4th day I used and used day 5. Nothing on day 6, and used again day 7..its now day 8 and I havent used.. but waiting for wd to kick in. Its now been 22 hrs since last dose. Any on been thru the on off on such short period time. When is this wd gomma start again and im um able to function? ?

Kody
3:04 am July 21st, 2014

I’ve been taking norco 7.5 over 2 years. I consumed 1 or 2 a day. But found myself getting addicted and decided to quit. I withdrawld on day 3 and went in and got help. I was prescribed lanzepam and worked very well. I’m going on week 3 now and feel better. But my stomach is always nausea and hands sweating, head foggy at times. I’ve cut back on lanzepam every other day. I’m confused. Is this normal? My energy level is great in the mornings. But evenings I’m just really sick. Nausea. Kicks in. No appetite.

Charles
5:44 am July 28th, 2014

Thank you but i have one question i had been addicted to norcos for about 1 and 1/2 years and its been a lil over a month should i still be having withdrawal symptoms such as loss of appitatite blurred vision and crazy thoughts

mike
2:21 am July 30th, 2014

Hi :) i was taking hydrocodone 10mg tabs. My routine was 50-70mg between 1pm and 6pm, then anywhere from 80-130mg between 8pm and 1:30am. I did this for about 6 years. I know i was taking a lot and i shouldn’t be expecting to feel 100% so soon, but i detoxed 1 week ago and i am completely past the physical withdrawal symptoms, besides a bit of shakiness. What i am wondering is how do i get past the anxiety that seems to come on out of nowhere and last for anywhere from 10-30 minutes. I truly have 0 desire to take Vicodin anymore, its just i can’t seem to get past the anxiety. I have a friend who gave me a Xanax 5mg which helped, but obviously I’m quite apprehensive to keep taking them. My resolve is such that i detoxed at home, alone, with Vicodin laying all over the place, so i really am not going to relapse, so i wanna know what i can do to help in any way. I should mention that i also ended a 7 year relationship this same week, and besides that i haven’t really changed anything. I still go to work and go home, the 2 places i would use, so the only thing i have changed is not having Vicodin. I know it seems like i should simply change my routine but I’m not in a position to do that quite yet. Any knowledgeable insight will be immensely appreciated. I also have strong support from my family (with whom i work), so maybe try to sit down and just talk to them? Like maybe getting stuff just out in the open? It’s like the 2 biggest parts of me are gone so suddenly, so it caused a lot of stress. Any help is appreciated :)

lisa
9:40 am August 21st, 2014

I am on methidone and xanax, I have tried to get help, my dad recently tried to refinance our home, take a loan, and he was denied because I was gonna go to freshstart in California, I live in michigan, but its 33,000 dollars, we dont have the money, everyone shot him down on loans, I called everywhere and noone takes my insurance. I guess im defeated

Elaine
5:07 am September 19th, 2014

My pain management doctor wants to wean me off MS Contin 30 mg 3/day and norco 10 5/day. So far for the last 2 weeks I’ve decreased the MS Contin to 2/day and norco 4/day. Physically I’m looking forward to the next dose, but managed to do this. Mentally does not seem an issue either. I’m scheduled for a drug delivery system soon implant with MS delivered into my spine. I’ve had 5 surgeries latest spinal fusion L3-S-1 due to spinal stenosis and compression nerve so long that my right leg is so weak with continued numbness in my thigh groin and horrible spasms behind my right leg. I’ve had to retire from my work of 20+years to deal with all this since 2011. Will this drug delivery system really help control my pain so that I can return to work and play golf again?

Willi
12:40 am September 30th, 2014

I have had spinal surgery 5 times and use about 30 mg of hydrocodone each day and have for several years. I do not abuse my meds but I am fully aware that I am addicted. I want to get off this medicine but I don’t know how. Please help me.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:36 am September 30th, 2014

Hello Willi. You can see your prescribing doctor, he/she can help you create a tapering schedule that you’ll be most comfortable with. This will lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Your doc can also monitor your health state while you are tapering doses down, and take necessary actions.

robert
12:45 pm October 2nd, 2014

I have been detoxing for 2 months taking a couple in between for tooth issues.Does that mean the detox will last longer because of use

Hope
2:16 pm October 9th, 2014

Hey… Ive been taking Hydrocodone for a little over 3 years. I stopped on Monday and am feeling the fatigue and no energy. And now am feeling the restlessness. Which is very uncomfortable. Ive been taking tylenol 500 x2 every 6 hours along with klonopin 1 mg 2 times a day. I am not very strong willed and want to feel normal. But honestly couldnt tell you what that would be for me with out taking hydrocodone everyday. I have decided that this past tuesday it was no longer my life. Which I do have health issues that causes me to need them but not everyday as I was taking them. I feel alright but am scared of whats to come. Am I at my peak? Will things get worse? Thank you

Hope
2:18 pm October 9th, 2014

Cont.. Monday was my last day. So clean since Tuesday

Sarah
12:37 am October 10th, 2014

I have had three surgeries in the last 90 days (well, one was oral surgery). I had an appendectomy, a hysterectomy, cysts removed from my ovaries, fallopian tubes removed. I had a terrible summer, surgery, pain meds, more surgery, more pain meds. Then when my OB and I had me on a weaning schedule, I got a toothache and ended up having oral surgery on three teeth. Now, I am detoxing. I am weaning pretty harshly, considering how much meds I had to take. I have taken ALL of them since May- Oxycodone, Morphine, dilaudid, hydrocodone. I am 20 hours from my last dose and I am doing the best I can. I know what to expect. When I was 27-38, I was prescribed pain medication through a pain clinic (well, several) and I came off of methadone and oxycodone, at the same time, through weaning, on my own. This can be done, but I disagree with slow weaning. It just prolongs the inevitable. If you can stomach it, wean down over a week. Sounds harsh, but I am doing it right now. I will take 5 mg at bedtime, just so I can maybe sleep an hour. I went from taking 30 mgs of hydrocodone 4 times a day last week, to 2 10 mgs, then 2 7.5′s, then to 5′s. I have 7.5′s cut in half, waiting for the next two days. This is a process. It gets better. If it makes anyone feel better, last time, I came out the other side and lost 80 pounds. I took that energy put towards endless pill taking to working out and eating right. My blood pressure went from high to low. You can do it, I can do it. My symptoms as I write this are mental confusion, weird skin sensations, headache, a vibrating feeling, and some stomach cramping. It’s all managed by sitting here, listening to my music, and playing word games. KEEP YOUR MIND OCCUPIED. Its literally the most important thing. This will keep depression at bay. Good luck to all!

jennifer
11:00 am October 14th, 2014

I have been on hydrocodone 10s for a year and 2 months. My dr just straight took me off of them. Im severaly hurting in my legs, hips, back. Sever headache, crying alot no appetite. Just a lot of pain. What do I need to do?

9:23 am October 16th, 2014

Hi Jennifer. How many days have passed since you’re no longer on Hydrocodone? You can finds some information here: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/hydrocodone-withdrawal-treatment-how-to-treat-hydrocodone-withdrawal/
Also, go to the pharmacy and ask for some OTC medications that can treat the symptoms you’re experincing.

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