Thursday October 23rd 2014

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal from hydrocodone is difficult.

When you take away chemicals like hydrocodone from your body, chemicals that have altered your brain, you’re in for a pretty harsh reality. Your body and brain can react strongly, even violently, sometimes.  The hydrocodone withdrawal timeline of symptoms peak anywhere from 24-72 hours after last dose, but acute symptoms usually resolve without medical intervention within a week or two after detox begins.  So what can you expect as you withdraw from medications that contain hydrocodone?

When does hydrocodone withdrawal occur?

Withdrawal symptoms occur when you lower doses of hydrocodone, or stop taking hydrocodone abruptly after taking it for several weeks or more. This is because the body makes adjustments to adapt to the presence of hydrocodone over time.  And getting high on hydrocodone comes with a cost.   So if you take hydrocodone every day for a few weeks, your body gets used to the medicine. Hydrocodone bind to receptors in the brain and blocks the feeling of pain. And when hydrocodone is no longer present, you experience both the pain that you were trying to block, as well as other symptoms that the absence of hydrocodone provokes.

The good news is that slowly tapering off hydrocodone meds and slowly lowering doses may help relieve these symptoms. But what exact symptoms occur after you stop taking hydrocodone?

Symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal

The intensity and character hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are directly related the total daily dose, the interval between doses, the duration of use and the health and personality of the user. Withdrawal symptoms usually appear shortly before your next scheduled dose if you decide to stop taking hydrocodone cold turkey. Early withdrawal symptoms often include:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • watery eyes
  • yawning
  • As hydrocodone withdrawal worsens, symptoms can include
  • abnormally heightened sensitivity to pain
  • chills alternating with flushing and excessive sweating
  • cold flashes with goose bumps
  • diarrhea
  • drug craving
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • involuntary leg movements
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle and bone pain
  • nausea
  • restlessness
  • severe depression
  • tremors
  • vomiting

If you go through withdrawal are you addicted to hydrocodone?

No. Just because you go through hydrocodone does not mean that you are addicted to it.

In fact, physical dependence on opioids like hydrocodone is expected if you have been prescribed hydrocodone for more than a few weeks. But physical depedences is very different than addiction. The symptoms of hydrocodone addiction include mental compulsion to use hydrocodone, in spite negative consequences of use. In other words, hydrocodone addicts continue taking hydrocodone even in the face of problems with their health, jobs, or family life. By contrast, long-term use of hydrocodone can result in two medical conditions. Although these conditions may also be present during addiction, they are markers of physical dependence.

1. Tolerance – After time, higher doses of hydrocodone are required to get the same initial effects (pain relief).

2. Withdrawal — The body adapts to the presence of hydrocodone and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced abruptly.

Can I treat hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms?

Yes. There are medications and treatments that can assist you during hydrocodone withdrawal. Even if you are taking hydrocodone as prescribed, withdrawal from this opioid can be very difficult. This is why doctors suggest that all people withdrawing from hydrocodone do so under medical supervision. There are medications and treatments that can help make withdrawal more bearable.

If you think that you may have a problem with hydrocodone, don’t be afraid. There is help available. Please post your questions about hydrocodone detox and withdrawal here. Or maybe ask questions about potential hydrocodone addiction. We are here to help you find your answers or connect you with people who have been through hydrocodone withdrawal.

Reference sources: DEA Drug fact sheet on narcotics
Withdrawal hyperalgesia after acute opioid physical dependence in nonaddicted humans: a preliminary study.
Teen Drug Abuse [dot] Gov Facts on Opioids
Teens Drug Abuse [dot] gov Word of the Day: WITHDRAWAL

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147 Responses to “Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms
chris
4:34 pm February 7th, 2012

I have taken 2 10 mg hydrocodine every day for 2 years. I always took a half each time. I have not taken anything in over 36 hours. Should I expect withdrawals at this point? Also should I worry about liver damage?

2:12 pm February 8th, 2012

Hi Chris. Thanks for your question. Yes, you can expect withdrawal from hydrocodone if you were taking 10 mg a day. Physical dependence becomes clinically significant on hydrocodone after several weeks of continued use.

But why are you asking about liver damage?

1. Were you taking hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen? If so, elimination of acetaminophen is principally by liver metabolism. Although my reading does not indicate long term liver damage as a serious adverse side effect of taking hydrocodone over the long term.

2. Do you have risk factors for developing liver disease or have you been diagnosed with liver disease? Patients with severe hepatic disease should monitor effects of hydrocodone therapy with serial liver function tests.

Lisa
5:06 pm March 5th, 2012

I have been taking 8 tabs 7.5/500 daily for chronic pain for 9 years. Last week I cut down amount to 1 tab per 24 hr period except for yesterday, my 5th day, I took 1/2 tab. The first 3 days after my reduction was very uncomfortable but when i felt i could not deal with the discomfort any longer, i took the 1 tab that i reserved for each day. It took the edge off but i still had withdrawal symptoms. I am now on my 6th day and at the 24 hr. period since my 5th dose (1/2 tab). I seem to be doing ok so far. Some aches, a couple times had flushing and cold (goosebumps). Not as much yawning. Appetite is better. My question to you, given the scenario above, do you think I am out of the woods with a full blown withdrawal because of the way I reduced or will I go thru another phase of withdrawal? My worry is that by keeping the small amt. of medicaction in my system, then stopping cold turkey at day 6, and given the period of time I took this drug, would it put me backwards with withdrawal symptoms?
I appreciate any info. you have.

6:54 pm March 5th, 2012

Hi Lisa. Withdrawal starts as you reduce and then totally cut out opiates. Tapering like you did is good practice, but you might be in for another week, or so of discomfort. Doctors recommend that you always withdraw under medical supervision. Have you notified anyone that you are going through withdrawal?

Lisa
7:49 pm March 5th, 2012

No. I am stoic that way. It is very tough for me to admit I have this problem to a website much less my dr’s. This is why I am asking you?
Any self help or over-counter help? I’ve been taking hot jacuzzi baths, NSAIDs, Herbal Tea for warmth and cleansing, heated blankets for aches, etc.. Thank You…

10:29 am March 6th, 2012

Hi Lisa. I can appreciate your desire for privacy. But know that doctors and addiction specialists suspend judgment in cases of opiate withdrawal. And you might be able to get references to additional help if you ask your doctor. What I’m trying to say is that drug use is less and less stigmatized, especially for people who want help.

To answer your question about hydrocodone withdrawal, though….medical treatment usually involves supportive care and medications. It sounds like you are doing your best to manage and care for symptoms at home. But if you were in a detox, you could be given medications to help ease symptoms.

The most commonly used medication for opiate withdrawal is clonidine. Clonidine can reduces anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. Other medicines can treat vomiting and diarrhea.

And maybe try to call a pharmacist and describe your symptoms and condition. At least it’s still anonymous, right? Then, you can pick up come O-T-C drugs, if needed, to directly target time specific withdrawal symptoms that you are going through.

Lisa
5:38 pm March 6th, 2012

Thanks about info. I am now at 48 hour period without and i feel pretty good. Slept pretty well last night. I’m sure this will wax and wane but happy to not feel like I’m jjumping out of my skin. The metropolol i take for high blood pressure helps quite a bit with excessive heart rate. I increased my dosage and it was a godsend. Still getting some chills but I am the happiest I’ve been in a week. I do appreciate your advise and if it worsens, I will see my dr.
Wish me luck!!

8:45 am March 27th, 2012

Hi Lisa – Just checking in …. How are you doing with the withdrawal and getting/staying off hydrocodone?

Lisa
11:32 pm March 29th, 2012

I am doing very well. I have been completely free of hydrocodone for about three weeks and I am surprised how well I am doing considering the duration of time I took them. The diarrhea has taken a while to subside but all other withdrawal symptoms pretty much gone. I am making an appt. with a pain mngmnt physician to discuss alternatives for my chronic pain. Being free of narcotics has allowed me to reevaluate my pain level with clarity that I did not have during those years of narcotic use. That is the challenge ahead of me but I am just taking it day by day for now.
I thank you for checking back with me. I am sure I’ll have days I want to take them but so far, so good.

4:28 am March 30th, 2012

What a wonderful success story! I am so happy for you and interested in learning more about your non-narcotic analgesic options. And I hope that your experience can help others who are thinking about or going through the same thing. All the best!

Joyce
12:14 am April 11th, 2012

Where should I go to seek help. I have been getting mine from the streets. Iwas taking 6 7.5 a day a week ago but when the guilt set in it jumped to over 10 a day. I’m scared and I don’t want people to know.

12:52 pm April 11th, 2012

Hi Joyce. Thanks for reaching out. You don’t need to go through detox alone. In fact, there may be detox clinics near you. Please send me your zip code (via email or the contact form at the bottom of every page) and I’ll search the SAMHSA Treatment Locator database for you.

All the best,
Lee

Jayne May
11:56 am May 13th, 2012

I fear I am addicted to hydrocodone after ten years of use of medically supervised use. I didn’t know I could become addicted and asked my pain mgmt. doc and my pharmacist. Both of them indicated it was not a concern as long as I had pain and followed dosing instructions. Given the withdrawal symptoms I am having, (which are seemingly minor at this point) I think they were wrong. I quit taking the all hydrocodone cold turkey two days ago and do not have HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms that are unbearable, but my back and leg are very painful. I don’t want to take any so that I can get a better understanding of what my pain truly is, but wonder if I’d be better served tapering, rather than just stopping abruptly. I’m already two days in. My WD symptoms are yawning, increased back pain, feeling cold and diarrhea (which I have chronically, anyway.) Thank you for any responses.

4:04 pm May 14th, 2012

Hi Jayne. It sounds like you may be physically dependent on hydrocodone, which is different than addicted to it. If you are a hydrocodone addict, you will have cravings for the psycho-emotional effects of the drug when you are off it. If you need hydrocodone for pain, that’s medical need.

Also, as long as you are withdrawing under medical supervision, cold turkey is one way to do it. However, I am concerned that you may going through unnecessary difficulties, especially for your symptoms of diarrhea and general discomfort. There are medications that doctors can administer during a medical detox which might be of help to you. But I applaud your efforts nonetheless, and think that you are brave and courageous to get off the hydrocodone.

Does this help?

Jayne May
5:50 pm May 14th, 2012

Hello and thank you for your response. You are right in so much as I think I have a physical dependency and not an addiction because I do not crave the drug whatsoever.

Unfortunately, I called my PCP this morning and advised that I’d stopped taking the hydrocodone last week and had withdrawal symptoms and I asked for help. I told the Nurse practitioner when she offered only Immodium or Kaopectate that I have taken Immodium for years (for chronic diarrhea) and that I’d stopped at the pharmacy to see my friend who is a pharmacist and he told me about a drug called clonodine (clonidine) that would help me with many symptoms. The doctor would not give a prescription for it. I do not know why and the Nurse could not tell me why.

I did however get a script for an anti-diarrheal. I can’t help but feel like my doctor is punishing me. Especially because the Nurse told me that if the diarrhea doesn’t clear up in two days that I should take hydrocodone again and try to wean off of it.

I’ve just been through two pretty awful days. I won’t take hydrocodone again, EVER. I don’t care if I catch my finger in a garbage disposal.

I just hope the script for the diarrhea works, without eating, I am afraid of getting sick(er).

12:28 pm May 16th, 2012

Hi Jayne. Your doctor may hesitate to prescribe you clonidine because s/he lacks experience with the drug, not from any wrongdoing or lack on your part. Many people who undergo opiate detox and are prescribed clonidine do so in an inpatient treatment setting. So maybe your doctor does not feel comfortable prescribing clonidine in an outpatient scenario.

You are doing great! And I appreciate your resolve to not take hydrocodone again. If your symptoms continue, you might seek a second opinion or look into checking into an inpatient clinic just to get some help.

Jeff.
8:26 pm June 18th, 2012

I have been taking Lorcet 10 mg for 2 months straight. In the past ( 12 yrs ago) I was addicted to opiate meds. It took 8 yrs of slavery to opiates. In and out of rehabs. I had my first full check up from a legit doctor whom intern said my body is riddled with arthritis. He prescribed me Lorcet 10. I take as prescribed 3 a dy. Then noticed I was taking 4 a day. I cut that in half and have been taking 1 1/2 a day. For the last 2 weeks. The first 3 days I felt like I was losing my mind, but things have gotten better. I have about 18 pills left and would eventually like to tapper down to a half a pill for 1 week. Should I expect sever dts? I know this all to well and promised myself never to go through it again, but I am truly in pain, but scared to death of the way I might feel. Especially the anxiety. Remember 2 months as prescribed then 1xtra for about 2 weeks now one and a half till my last week then one half. I guess I should stock up on immodium and maybe a benzo? I am already taking extra vitamins b12, b complex and a multi along with protein shakes and Acari berry. What do u think will b expected?

4:59 pm June 21st, 2012

Hi Jeff. It’s hard to say what to expect during any term of opioid withdrawal. Given your experience, you know what is possible. It would be a good idea to make a plan for tapering with your prescribing doctor, and schedule some check in phone calls (at the least) when you plan to stop Lorcet completely. Medical supervision is always recommended during withdrawal, not only to monitor symptoms but also to provide necessary help, if needed. Do you have a back up plan for treating the arthritis with some other intervention?

Jodi Olesen
6:20 am June 26th, 2012

I’ve suffered from chronic low back and hip pain for more than 10 years. And, for more than 10 years I’ve been on either Lortabs or Norco’s. Predominantly, I have taken far more Norco’s due to the reduced amount of Acetaminophen. I became addicted to the Norco fairly quickly due to the amount I was prescribed and how quickly I’d build up a tolerance for them. I’ve had a total of 3 different doctors over the past 10 years. None were seen at the same time. I simply switched for one reason or another. This most current doctor I’ve seen for close to 4 years now. At one point last year, he was prescribing 280 10/325 Norco’s to me a month. Over the 4 years I’ve seen this doctor I’ve repeatedly admitted to him that I was addicted to the Norco’s.This year I decided I was ready to eliminate Norco’s altogether so as to not damage my liver. The doctor and I tried Methadone, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Morphine and Fentanyl. None of them helped the pain after the first and/or second dose. Except for the Fentanyl. I was allergic to that. As a last resort, I was sent to a neurosurgeon to explore the possibility of getting a neurostimulator implanted. I underwent a Mylogram (excruciatingly painful), a trial implant done under conscious sedation (also excruciatingly painful) and then on May 17th, I got the permanent implant (under General Anesthesia Thank God!). Since getting the permanent implant, I have learned that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. I’ve had to go to the Medtronic rep at least once a week (on Mondays only) to get adjustments made to the equipment. There have been several times when I truly was unable to use the stimulator at all. I ended up with C. Diff. after getting the permanent implant due to the antibiotic the neurosurgeon prescribed. Ultimately I spent a total of 4 days in the hospital in Isolation and was discharged still having C. Diff and feeling just as bad as I did the day I was admitted. Upon being discharged, I was given paperwork that told me to follow up with my regular doctor. So, on May 13th, that’s what I did. I had 2 complaints for him. The first was that I had recently began having horrible night sweats. I’m 45 years old and had a complete hysterectomy in 2000. I also complained that the brown liquid diarrhea was back. He said the diarhhea was because I most likely still had C. Diff and he prescribed a powder that had to be mixed quickly with a liquid and drank quickly before it turned into gelatinous goo. As for the night sweats, he said it was most likely a side effect of morphine withdrawals and that those symptoms would last about 6 weeks. He then sent me on my way and said he’d see me in September. I was confused and extremely angry. Then, on the 18th I called and left a message for my doctor saying that I was afraid I was going to run out of Norco’s before the end of the week and could he please call in a refill. I got no response until the following day after I left a second and more urgent message. The neurostimulator battery had gone dead and the recharger was not working. So, I no longer had the benefit of the stimulator to alleviate any of my chronic pain. And, now I was out of Norco altogether. The nurse called me back fairly quickly and told me that I would NOT get anymore pain meds until the 26th and that it wasn’t their problem that the stimulator was malfunctioning. That’s it. She hung up! I couldn’t believe it! Not only did my doctor NOT offer any advice or help when he claimed I was having morphine withdrawals the week before, but, now, he was allowing me to go cold turkey off of Norco’s after being on them non-stop for 10 yars! I’m still so angry that I filed a complaint with the Medical Board. My questions for you are: How much longer will I suffer these withdrawal symptoms? I’ve literally alienated every member of my family. I am not kidding when I say that I may very well be homeless before this week is over. Second, assuming I really do get my Norco’s tomorrow, I’ve contemplated not even taking them at all for fear of being cut off cold turkey again. I have barely survived this ordeal this past week I don’t think I could go through this again and survive it. What can I do to alleviate some of these issues? I’m suicidal, homicidal, I’ve quit eating and have lost over 10 pounds in just 3 days and I’m miserable. What can you tell me to help me?

7:21 pm June 26th, 2012

Hello Jodi. I am so sorry to hear about the pain that you are experiencing. Withdrawal from hydrocodone can be very unpleasant, but the worst of the symptoms don’t last much after 3 days, or so. Discomfort can linger for a week, or two. But once you reach 10-14 days, you should be feeling better.

Jodi Olesen
7:32 pm June 26th, 2012

Thank You Addiction Blog.

Jodi Olesen
11:03 am June 27th, 2012

By the way, I meant to say that I saw y current doctor on JUNE 13th, not May 13th. Sorry for the confusion.

g-baby
4:10 am July 18th, 2012

ive been snorting viks and perks for 4 months now and finally quit two days ago. ive had the craziest head pain and there not head aches..there more of a numbness feeling ..what could it be?

10:37 am July 19th, 2012

HI g-baby. Thanks for your question. It’s really best to withdraw from opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone under medical supervision so that you can tell the difference between withdrawal related symptoms and possible medical problems. I’d suggest that you check in with a medical doctor, either in an inpatient detox center or an outpatient appointment. You need to know if this is related to withdrawal, or not…and the only person who can help is a medical professional.

cm2121
1:46 am August 6th, 2012

Hi I been taking 1 yellow norco a.day.for about a year I always.take them in halfs which equal to.1 a day mattering on pain I would take a max of 2 one day.but then take maybe. A half or none the.next. How.should I taper? I have been back to a.half or.quarter.a.day.should I expect withdrawl symptoms? I.do have restless legs kind of a.weak feeling but not bad. Is this fron norcos? I did.just have.the.flu so still getting over that.

7:23 pm August 7th, 2012

Hi cm2121. Yellow NORCOs are dosed at 10/325 ratio of hydrocodone bitatrate to acetaminophen. I’d suggest that you talk with your prescribing doctor to seek advice about tapering, and to talk about cutting back to either a 7.5 or 5 mg dose of hydrocodone. You can then report the restless leg symptom and monitor your state in case there are other medications which can treat the acute withdrawal state.

Davie Green
2:12 am August 30th, 2012

Well, I have been reading your blog which has givin me a great deal of motivation. First of all I am NOT a druggy, in fact I look down on them, and suddenly found by reading your website that I had got myself into more trouble than I even imagined. I didn’t even know that Hydros were an opiate. So, I did it the hard way, cold turkey, will never forget how sick it made me. I’m on day 18 and feeling proud of myself and found out that my pharmacy had called in for a refill without me asking. YES, I made the damn mistake, I graped on and popped it down my throat. Now I feel like I’m back to square one! My physciain’s nurse send she wouldn’t refill it unless I came back to see her, every three months, but they went ahead and, no only did it, but gave me a script with a refill. ARG! I looked up some doc that helped you recover from addiction from them and he wanted $f400 for the first visit. Sorry bud

11:14 am September 1st, 2012

Hi Davie. I hear you. It sounds like you’ve become addicted to hydrocodone without meaning to! Not all addiction professionals are that expensive, and you might call back and ask about paying a sliding scale fee. Many addiction professionals and doctors can offer their services for people paying out of pocket for a fraction of the cost. Check out SAMHSA’s treatment locator here to search for addiction treatment centers in your zip code or state: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

Does that help?

Jan
2:07 am September 3rd, 2012

Hi! I have been on Hydrocodone starting this past May due an injury in my left ar.Long story short,two surgerys later I am weaning down from 5 10mg per day to TRYING 4 5 mgs per day.I have a runny nose,irritable.trouble sleeping(the cast doesn’t help much with that either)so if I add another 5 mg,I’m ok-The Prescribed and wriiten on the bottle is take one 5mg every four hours.I am TRYING to cut it down more but don’t like how I feel.
I see my Surgeon Wednesday to have my cast removed and have FULL intentions of telling I Have a Big Problem.I am either addicted or extremley dependant.I went through legit pain managment in 03-05 for the same arm and three surgerys and was on Methedone.I had NO problem weaning off the Methadone,in fact was off in less than two weeks with no ill effects.
So,what is going on NOW?What should I tell my Doctor,besides my maybe addiction?I KNOW he WILL give me more than enough to wean off as I take my pain pill bottles at every visit to show I am taking less than he prescribes.As of today I should have ran out of my last script but have over 20 left out of 40,plus 15 10mgs and over 11 demerols out of 20.I am not getting high at all,but feel so weird.Any ideas,clues or help here?Thanks,Jan

7:26 am September 3rd, 2012

Hi Jan. It sounds like you are describing hydrocodone physical dependence, which is different than addiction. You are taking hydrocodone as prescribed, and it sounds like you have no cravings for it…and are not mentally obsessing with using hydrocodone. That is good, as these are the psychological characteristics of addiction.

When you see your doctor, prepare for the visit by recording a calendar with exact dosing on exact days and list any relevant side effects for the time when you tried to cut back. This will help the doctor understand your needs. Also, ask for a tapering schedule. And ask about possible medications that can help ease hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms, such as clonidine. The symptoms that you describe seem to be related directly to the lowered doses, but you may have decrease dosage too quickly. Some doctors suggest a tapered dosing regime over the course of 3-4 weeks so that you don’t rush the process.

Do these suggestions help?

Creg
5:46 pm September 3rd, 2012

I have been on hydrocodone for almost 1 year now. I was taking 6 pills at one point for 3 days. My dose as prescribed was 1/2 to 1 every 6 hours of 10/325. I broke my back and was given these pills by my pain management Dr. Once I realized I was taking theses wrong, I went and told both my family Dr. and my pain management Dr. They put me on a tapering schedule, with Clonidine, 1mg pill every 8 hours, which I take as prescribed. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I have been taking Zoloft 100mg and Klonopin 1mg as prescribed(both pills at 7:30pm). Now, I started my tapering at 5 1/2 for 9 days, then down a 1/2 until I reach my goal to be off this. My MAIN withdrawal is anxiety. I am now on my 3rd day of 4 10/325mg and still have some panic/anxiety attacks. Is this normal while tapering of this. My family Dr. also increased my Klonopin to 1 in the A.M and 1 at 7:30PM along with increasing my Zoloft to 150mg at night. Last night was real bad for anxiety and before that on the 4 1/2 I was feeling better. Now I am not doing good.

6:02 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi Creg. Yes, anxiety is a sign of withdrawal from hydrocodone. Although it’s possible that anxiety disorder may be underlying hydrocodone use…and the hydrocodone was covering it for a while. While antidepressants like Zoloft can help, you might also ask about the possibility of taking a sedative-hypnotic benzodiazepine like Xanax for short term management of acute anxiety during withdrawal. I am interested in a medical professional opinion about Xanax during withdrawal!

You’re doing great!!!

Creg
6:20 pm September 4th, 2012

Thank you for your reply, I am scared to death of Xanax from all the bad things I have read about it. I have heard its extremely addictive. I talk to my Dr today and he wants me to keep going the way I am. I am already on Klonopin and he increased that dose a few weeks ago along with an increase of Zoloft. I will keep on the tapering of 1/2 a pill every 9 days, keep eating right ( no caffeine), and my regular walking of 2 miles a day.. I started at 5 1/2. I am down to my 4th day of 4 pills and have not had any cravings for it. I only want it to take it to make sure I don’t have any more withdrawal effects. I am constantly checking on how I feel, which is probably increasing my anxiety? What do you think about this? Thanks again, Creg.

7:27 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi Creg. Yes, constant check-ins can increase anxiety. Have you thought about seeing a psychologist to help you manage these feelings by teaching you techniques to help you control your thoughts? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be very useful to you.

Jan
8:09 pm September 4th, 2012

Addictionn Blog.Thank You.I was very concerned about the addiction issue,but feel better now.I can not take clonidine because I have normally low BP,so that is not an option.I have my pill “list” that I use to keep track of when and how much I took,so that’s good.I will ask for a smal amount of 7.5s then to the 5s and that should taper me just fine,Again,Thank You,Jan

Creg
10:20 pm September 4th, 2012

I am seeing a CBT, unfortunately, we have only been able to meet one time. Its not his full time job and that bothers me some. I am waiting to here back from him to get an appointment set. Today, I do feel better as far as anxiety. I also noticed in my daily journal that it appears that it takes about 3 to 4 days to get used to reducing by 1/2. That is why I am keeping a journal so I can keep track of my progress.

Jan
8:54 pm September 5th, 2012

Update from Jan here.I saw my surgeon today and finally had the cast removed and was in much more pain with it off???I had already talked with Dr.M about my addiction concerns and he was EXTREMLY KIND and wrote two seperate RXs to help me wean down,explained I would have more pain and why and said to call any time if I needed help with the medication issue.I have actually been on hydrocodone for longer than I thought,but I Always took the bottles in to show I was not running out until well after the time I should have.Sometimes I should have been out and would have 10-15 pills left.Be honest with your Doc,don’t abuse your meds and most WILL willingly help you wean down.Your advice was great!!! Thank you so,so much,Jan

Cara
12:31 pm September 10th, 2012

I was wondering if you know any places in the cities in Minnesota! I have been going to a pain clinic for over a year now and been on Vic’s, oxycodone as of now and now they also put me on OxyContin! This scares me to death cause I now feel I can’t function without it and sometimes end up taking more than I should :( I have been very upfront and honest with my pain clinic, my regular dr and my husband! But I feel this is a down word spiral and I don’t like feeling withdrawals when I take to many one day and have to cut back the next couple! I am on antidepressants already so I feel I would need someplace that could help me medically with meds to get off! Any help is so needed and appreciated :)

1:53 am September 19th, 2012

Hi Cara. Thanks for writing in. You can search for local and state detox centers via the SAMHSA treatment locator. I’d suggest that you start there, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (it’s open 24 hours a day) to ask for resources in your area.

michelle
8:48 pm September 23rd, 2012

Hello, I have been taking 10-15 10/325 mg hydros for almost 2 years for recreational use. I am totally addicted. I tried to quit cold turkey and it was the worst time of my life. I felt flu like symptoms. I had chills, excessive sweating, I couldn’t sit still, the worst diarhea, and the craziest dreams. I was first introduced to them after I had a C Section and have been hooked ever since. I’ve lied and stole to support my habit. Since I have no medically validated reason to be consuming these, what do you suggest I do to get over my addiction. I miss loving life and I’ve lost my grip on reality. I need to get back being the mommy and woman I know I can be.
PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

bill
1:10 am October 2nd, 2012

I need to take 1 hydrocodine for a massive headache i’v been off every thing for 4 months. all i want take just 1 to stoop this headache.

2:00 pm October 2nd, 2012

Hi Bill. As long as it is prescribed for your headache, one single dose of hydrocodone will not create physical dependence (and then hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms) again.

Doug
8:58 pm October 3rd, 2012

I recently stopped taking hydrocodone for my bad back. I was taking as prescribed, 4 10/325′s per day for the past 5 years. I definitely had a physical dependance because the withdrawals were bad. I haven’t had a pill in almost 4 weeks.

I am taking ibuprofen as needed but it sometimes does not help enough. I still have plenty of hydrocodone on hand but I’m afraid to take it. My question is if I take only one pill (when needed for extreme pain) will I have withdrawal symptoms all over again?

1:31 pm October 4th, 2012

Hi Doug. That’s a great question! Thanks for asking it.

No, single time use of hydrocodone will NOT provoke withdrawal symptoms again. Instead, it takes 2-3 weeks of continual use for the body to become physically dependent on hydrocodone and to manifest withdrawal symptoms upon cessation.

veronica
4:15 pm October 9th, 2012

Hello I have been taking 10 mg hydrocodone for about 5 years now. I have quit once before with withdrawl symptoms lasting for about a week for me. 5 yrs ago I was prescribed 10/325 vicodin because of a miscarriage that went bad following a week later of being diagnosed with a rare tumor on my ovary which resulted of surgery to remove my right ovary and tube. After 4 months of being prescribed this medication I became addicted starting to buy them off the streets. Now here I am 5 yrs later wanting off. I know when I get through the withdrawl symptoms I will be much happier as well as feel so much better. I’m not irritated when I’m off like I am when I’m using. I don’t want to take anymore I have no desire to. The last one I took was a 7.5 last night around 8. It’s now 11 in the morning and I’m not experiencing any withdrawl symptoms except the craving and a little bit of diarrhea. Is that to say that the worst is yet to come? Or should I consider myself lucky since the past few weeks I haven’t had much hydrocodone? I hope its better for me this time around since I am set in my mind to be off..

1:30 pm October 15th, 2012

Hi Veronica. First of all, you are very brave to consider stopping hydrocodone and addressing the issues that underly the addiction. In fact, claiming your use as abuse is the first step to getting better! Now, it’s just a process of continuing to get to know yourself and to learn to cope with life using other methods. So, good for you!

Withdrawal symptoms tend to onset when you miss the next expected dose…so it’s possible that tapering has really helped you. But be wary and gentle with yourself for at least the next week. And know that protracted symptoms such as depression or low energy can persist for up to 6 months after chronic opioid use.

At this time, it might be helpful for you to consult with an addiction MD or specialist such as a counselor to set up a plan for yourself. You’ll want to check for any nutritional deficiencies that your body might have been through, and commit to either mental health treatment or support group attendance. These actions can help you stay off hydrocodone for good and to support a holistic YOU.

Does this help?

Eric
6:55 pm October 21st, 2012

Been taking 4 to 5 10.5/500 for 2 years. I have cut down to 5/500 , broke them in half for 2 days. Yesterday at 11am or about 30 hours ago was my last dose. I have a lot of the symptoms, but I don’t see any mention of fogginess. My brain feels like it’s in a jar, can’t process thoughts too well, blurred eyesight. Are these normal? Does withdrawal put any strain on heart? If someone has artery disease.
Thank you

7:18 am October 22nd, 2012

Hi Eric. Opioid withdrawal reactions are very uncomfortable but are usually not life threatening. Opioid use can slow the heart and withdrawal can increase heart rate. If you have concerns about your heart health, I’d suggest that you seek medical advice immediately.

Additionally, chronic hydrocodone use can cause molecular, cellular, and neurocircuitry changes to the brain that affect emotions
and behavior and that persist after acute withdrawal has
ended. So I would certainly consider “brain fog” to be one possible side effect as your body adjusts to its former hydrocodone-free state. You can read more about protracted symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal here: http://kap.samhsa.gov/products/manuals/advisory/pdfs/SATA_Protracted_Withdrawal.pdf

hopelessly addicted
12:11 am October 25th, 2012

Hi all, I have been battling opiates for 2 yrs now. hell i even went through rehab but fell off the wagon. i have thought about suicide but i dont wanna hurt my family or friends. I have tried to stop but it is a living hell. I want my life back and more so my self respect. I tried to get into rehabs in my area but with no insurance or money…well ya already know how that goes. if anyone could help or has sugestions please let me know. there is a sub clinic in indiana but its kinda expensive and i have read that subs are worse to detox from……..help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:47 pm October 30th, 2012

Hi hopeless. Try calling 1-800-662-HELP. This is a national drug abuse hotline and they can refer you to local services which provide sliding scale fees. You might also ask about local resources such as licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, or even doctors who specialize in treating opiate addiction. I wonder if you’ve tried support groups like SMART Recovery, or the 12 step model?

Lisa
4:39 pm October 30th, 2012

Hello. I have been taking Noroco for 3 years for cronic pain. I have been taking 2 10mg/325 every 6 hours. I called to get my refil yesterday and was abrubtly told that my Dr doesn’t think I need them anymore. I was under the impression that you should never stop taking these but be gradually weaned off of them.

For 2 days I have been shaking, my legs are killing me and I can’t sleep due to being very restless, and I ccan’t keep off the toilet.
I feel horrible and I’m wondering if this was the right thing for him to do without talking to me first and starting the weaning off process.

9:15 am November 5th, 2012

Hi Lisa. I think that your instinct is right. Weaning and tapering from Norco is certainly more humane than cold turkey withdrawal. I would suggest that you ask your doctor with an inquisitive (rather than accusative) approach for more explanation about the decision. And based on the findings, you can take action to report the physician to your state medical board, or not.

GARY
5:33 pm November 5th, 2012

Hi,

I, of course have an addictive personality and have a long history of drug abuse. I don’t know where I stand on this one though!? I was in detox for 5 days for oxycontin abuse. I came out and felt great! about a week later, the cravings got to me and I started taking Hydrocodone 10mg. 4 times a day. I even stopped that after about a week. Then I started back and began to cheat taking 5 and sometimes 6 pills a day. This has been going on for about 3 weeks. In full, I have been taking them steady for about 3 weeks. One pill no longer works and I have decided to give it up. What kind of withdrawal suffering can I expect from this if I go cold turkey? Even though, it has been only 3 weeks of steady use/abuse, would I be safer to just stop or taper off??

11:40 am November 6th, 2012

Hi Gary. Tapering off opioids generally results in less intense or severe symptoms of withdrawal. It’s always good practice to taper once you’ve established physical dependence on hydrocodone or oxycodone in order to get best results during detox. Have you talked with the clinic about a tapering regime? Ask your prescribing doctor for some help, and follow up the detox with behavioral treatments which address the underlying psycho-emotional reasons which compel your use.

GARY
3:48 pm November 6th, 2012

Thanks so much!!

I am really between a rock and a hard place. My family Dr. wants me to start the Suboxone program but I have heard bad things about it. I am not really sure why I go back on opiates again and again other than cravings. I mean bad cravings!! I had it whipped for about a week after detox and went right back on them! What an idiot!!
As it stands, I have an appointment tomorrow at the pain management clinic for a refill/visit AND today I am supposed to find out what my insurance will pay on all of it.
You may just be what I just prayed for! I asked God to show me the way to go and I would follow!!
Not trying to apply pressure here, LOL, but what are your thoughts about what I should do!? Go for the Suboxone or keep my appointment tomorrow (11-8-2012) and see about a tapering plan. Everything seems to be happening all at one time. That’s what I need! More stress and anxiety!! LOL
Hope to hear from you today and I believe God will give you the answer!!!!

Mike
9:30 pm November 12th, 2012

Hi,

I have been taking Hydrocodone Acetaminophen 5/500′s 2 at a time 4 times per day, about 40 mg per day, for almost a year after an injury. I don’t crave it, but I’m just realizing now that most likely my lack of motivation, irratability, heightened pain, and depression could very likely be due to not having it in my system or a dependancy. I’ve never been very consistent on when I take it, and looking back I’m realizing the times that I have had trouble getting motivated to do anything at all could be because my body has become dependant on either the hydrocodone or the acetaminophin. I plan to tell my doctor this week, based on my description can you please tell me your thoughts. Thank you.

GARY
5:50 pm November 13th, 2012

I have a problem other than Hydrocodone addiction. My regular family doctor does not dispense anything to aid in withdrawals as it is a narcotic free clinic. I have already asked about it. I get my Hydrocodone from a pain management clinic and all they do is give you more drugs as well. I have been offered the Suboxone program but from what I hear, it is more trouble than it is worth, plus you can get “hooked on it as well”. I can’t afford to go cold turkey as my wife is sickly and needs me there for her. I am trying to taper off as I have been taking 40-50 mg. per day for about a month. As hard as I try to taper, I am realizing that I am an addict and “Will Power” played in an old western……Any suggestions as to where and how to get my hands on something to ease the withdrawals or input of any kind. I know the ropes too. Even after I am clean, the cravings will nag me until I break again. What I really need is prayer, if you will..We know what happens when two or more are gathered in His name! I will pray for each and everyone of you for your complete recovery. I hope you will do the same for me. Jesus is the ultimate physician and His word is true! Any prayer partners out there????

Danielle
3:52 pm November 14th, 2012

Hi,

I just wanted to let you all know that it is very possible to detox at home, not the safest choice, but some of us may not have another choice, I didnt.
I thought I’d share my thoughts in hopes of helping others. I have been on hydrocodone 350/7.5′s for 2 years and previous to that I was on 500/5′s for 2 years for chronic knee pain/knee surgery. I have always used my meds correctly as the label instructs. My doc just upped and dumped me when I moved 5 hours north and trying to find another pain management doc in my new area proved to be a pain (pun intended). The new doc decided I no longer need my meds and only wanted to give me knee shots (Which I have had, didn’t work) and put me on a medication that I am not supposed to take with current meds I’m taking. So…long story short, I walked right out of there. Making that decision with 3 pills left in my bottle was very difficult. I am now on hour 71 without a pill. Luckily, I started cutting my pills in half 2 weeks prior to having to stop. Must have knew it was coming somehow! My symptoms have been: Pain (and everywhere! Muscular and joint) Extreme shivers (freezing, no way to warm up at all), stomach cramps and diarrhea, general tired feeling (I just don’t want to move at all), headaches, restlessness at night (my hubby said I was having tremors in my sleep), shakes here and there and dizziness. Also, I am VERY moody and snap quick if something irritates me (my poor children/hubby).
What has helped me so far is: Imodium, I am allergic to NSAIDs so I am stuck taking Tylenol (which is pretty much more just for the placebo effect, trying to trick my mind that I’m taking a pain pill), I am lucky enough to have some muscle relaxers here for my muscular aches, xanax (which I already had for anxiety, but I am only taking half pills only when my anxiety gets too much…and not with the muscle relaxer!), hot showers or baths do wonders, some exercise (but that is hard to do when you hurt), reading books/watching movies, I’m not sure how G rated this board is, but there are other options too that help a lot, and the biggest help of all…SUPPORT from friends and family. I have people texting me/calling me/facebooking me every hour to check up on me and keep my mind busy. I feel that aid has been crucial for my success so far, especially since I live in an area that does not offer any narcotic/detox help, not even a group! I am hoping so much that I am over the hump, but I have a feeling I will be having many more bad days. One day at a time, right? Best of luck to all of you!

GARY
5:44 pm November 15th, 2012

God Bless You Daniell. I will be praying for you. I could use some extra prayer myself. At least we know we are far from being alone. At this point, time is my worst enemy. My wife works and I am home all day. We live in a complex where nobody speaks English. We all know that the idle mind is the devil’s playground. I really need some one just to hang out with. That would help me so much. Being 58 and all of my family is gone home to be with The Lord, makes it even harder to deal with. It seems every time I begin to “taper” there is no one around to give an “attaboy”…..That’s okay though, I know He has a plan and I won’t suffer very much longer. I am praying you don’t either!! Hang in there! There are about 7 million of us in this together!!! TTL

lucy
11:51 pm December 22nd, 2012

if i take hydrocodone four days before a surgery what could happen

jaybird742
4:11 pm December 28th, 2012

im on day 8 of norco withdrawals what am i expecting. been tired

stephen
12:39 am December 29th, 2012

I take 3-10/325 hydrocodone at one time once a day for back and leg pain. I have been taking them this way for about 2 months skipping a day here and there. Will probably take them for a couple more months. This may be a stupid question, but is this going to hurt me taking them this way?

10:45 am December 31st, 2012

Hello Stephen. You can develop physical dependence on hydrocodone even when taking the pain killer as prescribed. When you stop taking hydrocodone, be sure to look into tapering dosage before stopping completely. This is because you will probably go through withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of hydrocodone, and you can minimize severity and intensity of symptoms by cutting back slowly over time.

Daniel
1:21 pm December 31st, 2012

Hey my name is Daniel, i am looking for help to get off hydros. Unlike most here i was never prescribed hydros my dumb ass just started taking then. I take anywhere from 15-30 a day and this is the first morning of waking up without any in months. This is about to suck i believe but i really want to stop bad.

10:15 am January 1st, 2013

Hi Daniel. You can call 1-800-662-HELP for information about detox clinics and addiction treatment centers near you. If you’re ready to own your mistakes and take responsibility for your actions, help is out there.

britt
11:53 pm January 3rd, 2013

I have abused hydrocodone for the last 5 years, usually taking about 20 10mg per day. I quit 6 days ago and have no symptoms of withdrawal……although I have been waiting for them!!! How is this possible? Could they begin this long after taking last pill??

Thanks

5:33 pm January 4th, 2013

Hi Britt. Onset of withdrawal symptoms usually occurs around 3-4 hours after your next expected dose. I’d suggest that you seek medical advice ASAP to learn more about what is happening!

laura
2:26 am January 13th, 2013

Please help. I had a back injury. I am taking 1 Norco 5/325, about every12 hours. I am jittery, tired, coming apart. all i do is look to the next 12 hours to take my next 5milligrams. Am i on a high dose? i want to stop will takking 5mgs every 12 hours be bad withdrawl?

10:41 am January 14th, 2013

Hi Laura. Thanks for your message. If you need help with hydrocodone withdrawal, please look into a detox clinic. They are there to help, and can provide you with medications and support that you need.

inquiring mind
7:38 am January 15th, 2013

I have been prescribed 2- 5/325 acetaminophen pills for the last 6 months and I am coming down from them now and it has not been pleasant. But what concerns me is I have had a weird stringy diarrhea with red chunks in it. I am sorry to be so graphic, but I have just moved to Hawaii for medical reasons and do not have medical insurance but I am considering going in. Could this be some kind of cleansing effect? Or what is the best idea anyone has about this? Thank you for any response because it has been about 4 days since my last pill.

Ron
4:39 pm January 17th, 2013

Hi, I am 57 years old and have had a rough year physically. A herniated disc in my neck acted up in January because of work and I’m prescribed Lortabs. Took as prescibed and all was OK.
Then in a work related accident , I tore some ligaments in my knee in May which resulted in scope surgery. Here comes the Loratabs again. I’ve had much pain even after surgery and I spaced the meds out about 1 tab or a 1/2 tab a day to eash the pain. This went on for 5 months and then a stomach wall hernia hit me in November which too required surgery. That surgeon prescibed me the same meds 7.5/500s. I am over the the pain of the stomach surgery, but still have a little knee pain or so I am thinking just to have an excuse for the meds. I totally quit this past Sunday Jan. 13th. I am having trouble sleeping and both legs ache at night. My blood pressure is high in the mornings 150/98 but tapers off in the day. While taking these meds I dranked plenty of water through out the day and night. The thrist has subsided but now I feel an ache in my urinary tract. 4 days into quiting and I feel terrible. My question is will the above eventually stable themselves out on their on or should I see my family physician?
I really feel for all those guys on this site and what they must be going through.
Thanks for all you do.

Rick Brown
8:44 pm January 25th, 2013

Hello, I am currently going through a 1 Yr. severe injury to my leg. I have been on 60 MG of prescribed Norco for over 7 months now. My doctor just cut my 10 day 60 10 MG intake of these down to 50% over night. My body is telling me that this cut is too much too fast because I am suffering from withdrawls.

Can someone please get back to me ASAP as I do not want to go on Methadone as I hate this drug anyway but my severe pain requires it. I also don’t want wste the E.R’s time because I’m not dying…it just feels like it!

Thank you,

Rick

2:34 pm January 26th, 2013

Hi Rick, Get a second medical opinion! Opioids are to be tapered very slowly, at a rate of 10% decrease daily. Yes, follow your instincts and ask for a second opinion!

Jenny
3:38 pm January 26th, 2013

Hi,I have had chronic pain for around ten years.When I was 8 months pregnant with my 10 yr old son I slipped in the shower and broke my tailbone,then it rebroke during childbirth.I also have other injuries but this is the most painful still.I been taking opiates for 10 years,I stopped cold turkey,on the 6th day I was so dehydrated I went to the emergency room and the doctor prescribed me 5 different meds.When I went to the pharmacy they gave me a hard time because the doctor didn’t date the script and it was from a different hospital so when they called the hospital had no record of me so they denied me my meds.its been 30 days and I am in so much pain I am thinking of relapsing.I searched the doctor online and keep getting the run around.I don’t have insurance and I already owe the ER 10,000 for nothing.What are my options??

jeff
3:52 pm January 28th, 2013

Just dont mess with it unless you diffently need it. It could lead to dependence like mine first Hydrocone to methadone to oxy and roxy’s then heroin! Believe me it messed up my life for 8 whole years. I’ve been clean for 4 yrs. Feels good not to be a slave..

Michelle
4:22 am January 30th, 2013

Hello Addiction Blog,

I am on my fourth day of withdrawal from 3 years of Dr prescribed Norco. 10/325 4-6x a day. I did quit cold turkey (my choice) after weaning down to one pill a day over a period of two-three weeks.

I have went through severe w/d’s in the past from running out of my rx early, so knowing what to expect I really tried to prepare myself the best I could for the two-three weeks post quitting. I HIGHLY recommend tapering to everyone. Even if you have to hand your bottle to a very trusted person and have them dispense them to you daily, trust me it is worth it when you take that last pill. The physical pain and depression from coming straight off your “normal” dose is so much worse than a little bit of work to gradually lower a dosage.

I did a lot of research and I setup a nutritional plan for myself before quitting. I am taking a multivitamin, ibuprofen, St. Johns Wort and super B complex as supplements. Make sure you are within safe doses of all supplements as sometimes they can be hidden in other drugs & if you can please ask a Dr first. I am downing Powerade, a nutritional supplement drink (like Ensure) in the mornings and trying to get as much sunlight as I can (like natural light therapy).

Please don’t think that I am not in any pain and this is easy. I do not mean to imply that. I just keep trying one minute or hour at the time and try to think about something else. Mind over matter, don’t lay on the couch and focus on how bad it is. I know that walking to the kitchen may be a feat but a body in motion tends to stay in motion!

Day 4 and I am still alive, I am pretty damn irritated & emotional BUT i am getting my clear head back more every day.

Sorry, I was totally on a rant:
I am looking for post-quitting help. I had began to think about NA (I like meetings, I visited a couple before I quit) but I wanted to research before I commit to something. I read a post and you mentioned SMART recovery? I will Google that for sure but is there anything else you can recommend besides psychiatrists (I’m not looking for SSRI’s or etc. — Natural, Positive thinking, 12 Step etc–)

Thank You! :)

9:23 am January 30th, 2013

Hi Michelle. Post quitting help. Good for you. Here are some resources that can help:

1. SMART Recovery – Definitely recommend. They have worksheets on the their website and are a true “self-help” program. You can join in on meetings, or do the work on your own. Totally free and based on psychological treatments.

2. Counseling – Check the American Psychological Association’s website at locator[dot]apa[dot]org for a listing of nationwide psychologists. This is DEFINITELY a good idea, especially for dealing with cravings and to start to dig into the underlying issues about hydrocodone use.

3. Support groups – NA or even AA can help. Membership is free and anonymous, although the dogma can get people down. Check their websites for listings of local meetings or call their national hotlines to get connected to your state’s hotline.

4. Your friends and family – Seek support from those who love you! Do things that you’ve always wanted to do. Make dates. Get your calendar full. Go and live life!!!

Hope this helps!!!

Wesley
5:29 pm January 31st, 2013

After reading a new post I am certain that I am truly addicted to hydrocodone. I have taken anywhere between 3-9 loratab 10′s for 22 months. The longest i have been off them is 3 days, with unbearable pain and urges. Three weeks ago i decided to try methadone, i have heard that they prevent urges for up to 48 hrs. at first i took 2, then moved up to 4 a day. Then after going through this with loratabs i decided that it is time to quit for good. It is now thursday, and last friday i took my normal 4, then i went almost 72 hours without them, i cut my next dose down by half. I took two sunday night at 11:30 pm. Then another 48 hrs i cut it down by half again, taking 1 on tuesday. I was very surprised, though the WD’s were not fun they were still bearable unlike when i was on tabs, last night was the first night i had trouble sleeping. I slept a total of 2 hours, and at 4 am (almost another 48 hrs) i cut down by half again and took half of one. It helped a little. that is where i am at now. i currently have half of a methadone left, and no matter what i will not get any more. Besides the physical discomfort, my main problem is the urge to go by some and let the pain be over. its been miserable for 5 days. and I plan on sticking with it with everything i have untill it is over. A, for my wife and son, B, for myself and career. MY question however is: When will i have my life back? When will I be able to through a day without thirsting for opiods and without the physical symptoms. I want to no longer itch for them. How much longer in hell do i have?

8:58 am February 1st, 2013

Hello Wesley. The cravings that you describe are totally typical of opioid withdrawal. It takes days, weeks or even months for the cravings to ease and treatment usually includes some kind of opioid substitution therapy (like buprenorphine or methadone) or behavioral treatments. Seek help from a psychologist or psychiatrist to address the mental obsession issues and you can feel better quicker.

CJ
9:26 pm February 1st, 2013

Ive been on 30-50mg for the past 3-4 years. Its time to stop, My question is I dont get a buzz at all anymore & they dont work for pain anymore. If i cut my dose in half for a week then cut that in half etc. Will I be able to work & how bad will WD be? Does the Thomas recipe work? I have a bottle of xanax they gave me when mom passed away. Take them to sleep im just worried about work. You say 2 weeks and its over with? Im sure the mental part will last much longer but I really do want off. Id check into rehab if I had the money but… What does the hospital do if i go & tell them my problem?

Marian
12:49 am February 2nd, 2013

I co not want to detox off my Norcos 10/325. I take two a day and 1 10 mg valium that I also do not want to be detoxed off of. It has worked to 12 years. “If its not broke don’t fix it”. However my doctor is tryomg to get me to go to steroid/cortizone injections and I and my family are not comfortable with that since I am doing so well on my medications. Can the doctor make me change what I am presently on?

Kesa
9:38 am February 3rd, 2013

A friend of mine suffered a major injury and was referred the workmans comp doctor, let call him the spine snake and after years of seeing ( and that was literally all he did not once did thisdrdo✌him g? And the serttlemet came thru this dr would not renews his prescription my friends has had withdrawals terrible is this illiegal

2:49 pm February 4th, 2013

Hello Marian. A doctor has the obligation to prescribe what s/he thinks best for a patient. But you can always seek a second opinion or another doctor who diagnoses and prescribes differently.

ricky
10:44 pm February 5th, 2013

i have taken norcos 10/325 for about 3 years at very high doses some days(15-20) and minimal doses(1-2) others.. i took 5 on thursday, 3 on friday, and 2 on saturday.. i have already had the allergies and fever and anxiety(which is the worse experiance out of all of the symptoms). i did take 1 5/325 norco monday evening, do you think the one 5 will cause the withdrawals again. or do you think the 1 pill just took the edge off? and mind you that one 5mg norco is going to do nothing for me, but i still took it too try and take the edge off and i guess it did, i just wanna make sure the physical withdrawals dont get bad again off of that one 5.

2:20 pm February 11th, 2013

Hello ricky.

Self-dosing for pain and withdrawal can be tricky. I’d suggest that you bring these questions to your prescribing doctor and try to work out a regular dosing regimen. Normalizing your intake will make withdrawal less likely, and can regulate pain at the same time.

Barbara
5:18 am February 12th, 2013

Is there any pain medication that does not include itching and some rash as side effects??

9:48 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Barbara, Opiate or opioid pain medications may provoke this reaction in the skin. These include both generic and name brand medications which contain tramadol, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Before starting a new course of anything, consult first with a prescribing physician to weigh your options and to report the side effects. You can also report the adverse side effects to the FDA on their Safety Watch website.

Also, I’d suggest that you consult with your local pharmacist and see if there may be some over the counter pain options that can help you address pain.

patsy ellis
1:17 am February 17th, 2013

is it necessary to go to hospital thru withdrawals?

1:43 pm February 18th, 2013

Hi Patsy. No, you are not required to be hospitalized during hydrocodone withdrawal. However, you should seek help from your prescribing doctor and ask for a tapering schedule. This is the #1 way to help yourself prevent intense or severe symptoms of withdrawal. Additionally, you can consult with your doctor about at-home treatment for hydrocodone withdrawal and schedule phone call check ins. However, if you are extremely dependent on hydrocodone (physical dependence) or have developed an addiction, an in patient detox clinic may be the best option. Inpatient treatment during hydrocodone withdrawal can be supportive in terms of prescribing medications as well as psycho-emotional support to prevent relapse.

Fran
6:13 pm February 28th, 2013

My mother is 92 year old and has been on Hydroca APAP 10/325 for 10 years. She now lives with me and we decided to go off the drug when she developed a stomach bug over a month ago. I read about the withdrawals and she has experienced most of them. It has been 14 days and the pain in her stomach and back go so severe I took her to the doctor. He has since run all kinds of tests and she is currently hospitalized for additional tests. I told him about going off the hydrocodone. Since they are finding nothing they are thinking that maybe it is still withdrawals and suggested that at 92 she may need to go back on them. Why would we want to do that at this point? Is that the only way we can get her back to good health? She has lost a lot of weight because of loss of appetite and I have given her pedialite to keep her dydrated. Any thoughts?

Pat Goebel
5:57 am March 10th, 2013

I have been taking hydrocodone 10/325 for about 4years now. I take an average of three a day and have taken as many as six under extreme pain and have cut down to two for some extended time. The pills have the effect of giving me energy for a long time but are now starting to tire me. I try to cut down to get off them and I have terrible symptoms, running nose, watery eyes, irritable and a lot of other things. I will be 70 this July and I need to get off these…what is the best way?

2:08 pm March 11th, 2013

Hi Pat. First, consult with your prescribing doctor. Also, talk with your pharmacist. Get a tapering plan. Ask about clonidine. Once you are down to almost 0 mg hydrocodone a day, the withdrawal symptoms are much less severe. Then, plan to rest during the detox. And get supportive aids such as NSAIDs, heating pads, gels, massage, etc. to support the aches and pains. You’ll get through hydrocodone withdrawal as long as it’s well planned and medically supervised.

kristina
2:38 pm March 12th, 2013

i have been taking approx 40 mg of hydrocodone for 8 months. prescribed my PM. An addicted fam member stole the rest of my script, not due for refil for another week. i am so scared as i have 2 small kids and work full time. how long after my last dose will it get bad? i had the last full dose, 10mg, at 8 pm last night.. and half of a 5mg at 10am this morn.

Linda
1:38 pm September 5th, 2013

I have decided to stop taking my Norco. I was taking 10/325 – 8 pills a day for 2 years & it needs to stop.

I took my last pill yesterday at 12 noon.

I already feel anxious – and it is only 18 hours. I usually take 2 as soon as I wake up.

Should I be worried??

Ashley
4:19 am September 10th, 2013

I am 41 12yrs ago I had C3 thr C6 fused with titanium plating and screws which made matters worse caused nerve damage now nerve pain in arm and headaches muscle spasm etc. Just when though all was under control off all pain meds for yrs back working L4-L5 exploded is how doctor put shattered he said had discectomy/lamenectomy disc fragments landed and crushed l4-5 and s1 nerve root and cause drop foot made neck problem a joke pain irrectractable constant been back on pain med for 3yrs only norco 10/325 with neck was on avinza 90 3 times a day as well as forgot but patches etc but anyway question is 3yrs norcos 4 times day 10s now im getting extreme sweating and mood swings feel sick why and what is doctor going to do? need help cant live like this on but not sure what to do without oct 28 1pm have surgury date for neuro stimulator implant for lower problem which hope buys me 10 yrs or more anyone have problem like this not addicted atleast psyc but not saying physical because know physically I prob am but what now?

Melissa
3:25 pm October 27th, 2013

I have been on Lortab 10′s and Oxycodone for 2 years now. I will get a script for 120 lortabs and 90 oxy’s per month. I still ended up going to the streets to buy them. My oxys would be gone in a period of a week. The Lortabs would last maybe a week and a half. I was taking up to 20 pills a day. My body built a resistance to the meds. I thought they were doing me some good for the pain that I have from my 6 bulging disc that I have in my lower back. I tried to come off of them on my own and ended up sick. I still used the drugs. I would go to the dr. to get injections in my back and neck once a month in hopes of getting more from the Dr. One Monday morning in the shower I broke down and said to my self that I can’t live like this anymore. I decided to do something about it. I done some research online and found out that the Hospital in my own town has a detox unit. I called them and gave them my insurance information over the phone. They told me that my deductible was $1,000 and I needed to have that before I could come in for help. I talked to my boss at work and he didn’t hesitate to write the check for a grand. He said all the pay back that I needed to do was to get off of these things and stay off. I called my husband and asked him if he could do without me for 7 days. He was floored! He knew that I had a problem, but he just didn’t know how bad. I was spending $180 3 times a week for a couple of weeks that I didn’t have any left from my scripts. I would even go to the dentist to get them. And I Don’t have a tooth in my head! But my dentures was rubbing and all I had to do is ask for something for pain…..well, there is 15 or 20 more pills that I don’t have to buy. Those would be gone in a day’s time. I had a friend that would give me 20 out of her 30 pills each month and she didn’t charge me. I knew on the 17th that I had a for sure hook-up for some pills. But the other times, I ended up giving my money to another “friend” for my fix. He got 120 a month and I would end up buying them from him for $7 or $8 a piece. He started out at $5 for a while and he went up when he noticed that I was hooked. I thought I had to have them. Hell, I was paying this mans bills every month! $180 a day and 3 days a week for 2 weeks. I started adding this up and said Hell NAW! He even found friends of his own that would have them and I would end up buying them also. I really thought this man was my friend, but I have now realized that he was just using me because I was addicted. Well, on a Monday morning 3 weeks ago, I broke down while I was in the shower…. I told myself that I couldn’t live this way anymore. I made my decision at that point and time to get some help. I took that first step. It was hard, but I felt like it had to be done. When I called my husband and told him that I was going into the hospital for detox, he didn’t really know how to take it. He is my world and he thought that he had failed me because he couldn’t help me get off of these. I told him that he hasn’t failed me at all, that it was me that was failing US. I couldn’t do that anymore. I love my husband with all my heart, soul, body and mind. We are one together. I was at work when I decided to go to the hospital. I went home that afternoon and packed my stuff for the hospital. My husband and I went out to eat and he then took me to the hospital. I didn’t know what to expect. But I aced it. I am now 20 days clean. I still have my days, but I have a lot of folks that support me and I manage to get through it. I am so Blessed to have the folks around me that loves me for better or worse. I am still going to aftercare and I am going to find a N/A group to go to. My neurologist told me that I needed to be on Suboxone. I done research and found out that it is another narcotic. I just detoxed from a narcotic…..why would I go to another narcotic? I made the decision to not get on Suboxone. and I think that I made the right decision. I had the tremors really bad after my second week and my doctor gave me Klonipin once at night. I know it is a benzoid, but I couldn’t handle the tremors. I couldn’t write. Now, that I am on klonipin, neurotin and relefen I am doing great. My body still thinks that I have the tabs because I still get that high feeling. I just ride with it because I know that I haven’t done anything to make that high. It’s really weird. I hope this post helps someone make it through the withdrawl of opiods. You just have to have determination and the will to do it. You CAN do it. Hugs to all and God Bless!!

Bob
5:57 pm November 30th, 2013

Can one of the symptoms of withdrawal be sleepiness. I want to sleep all the time.

5:30 pm December 1st, 2013

Hello Bob. Yes, extreme fatigue is both an acute and a protracted symptom of hydrocodone or opioid withdrawal. In other words, fatigue can happen in the 7-10 days during acute detox and can persist for weeks to months after withdrawal.

Dee
2:35 pm December 6th, 2013

I have been taking Lortab 5/500 for 5 years for Back problems and Migraine Headaches. Would normally take 6 a day which was prescribed. I decided to stop taking them three weeks ago today. I went through the withdrawals but after 6 days I was feeling a lot better. It was difficult but I made it. Not sure if I have an addiction as I don’t think about taking them. I have a bottle of them in my medicine cabinet. My question is about vision problems. Ever since I stopped taking them I have has blurred vision. Is this normal and when will it get better? Also, I’ve had increased heart rate since stopping them. How long will this last? Thanks a bunch.

9:17 am December 12th, 2013

Hello Dee. I’d suggest that you schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor. You’ll need a medical opinion to determine which of these symptoms is caused by acute or protracted withdrawal and which may be caused by other conditions. Best of luck to you!

Chrissy
4:54 pm January 16th, 2014

Hey I been taking hydros pretty regularly for the last 4 yrs the last 2 it’s gotten worse and especially the last yr it started getting really bad all my money went to them it was taken more and more for me to get that feeling I liked today is day 9 without any the first 5 days or so was bad but now I am feeling a lot better is it normal for my appetite to pick up cause I been eating a lot I know I lost weight and look like a tooth pick lol I want to gain and look better :) I still get the urge to have the hydros but I know I don’t need them and can’t afford them I put my mind to it and I know anyone can do it if you have mind set on it just would like to know all the after effects thanks

kim
6:04 pm February 3rd, 2014

I have had chronic pain for 14 yrs. due to an accident, 2 back surgeries. my dr retired so I got a new one that took me off hydrocodon cold turkey. Is this normal practice with out telling the patient that is what she is doing?

Tracy
7:55 pm February 19th, 2014

Hello My name is Tracy and I have been taking loritab first 10 mg twice daily and now I went down to 7.5 once or twice daily for around two months due to an injury. I no longer have pain that requires this I could get by with OTC pain meds but I am a nervous wreck that I will have bad withdrawls as I am a business owner and mom and dont have 24 hours let alone weeks to lay in bed sick. My husband’ brother takes suboxone and thinks I should do that to get off but I am scared of replacing one with another I know nothing about. Can I do this comfortably on my own or do I need help. My husband think I will be fine as I only take one or two a day never more. What do you think? Also I was given xanax for anxiety and have been taking that at night (it makes me too tired to take in the am as prescribed) I want off of this too it only mildly helps with the anxiety and I feel terrible about myself taking two diff types of narcotics. I feel like a drug addict and I never wanted that for myself. Help what should I do?

Tracy
2:15 pm February 20th, 2014

I have been taking 7.5 Loritab for about 2 months twice daily max usually its once a day. What can I expect for withdrawls? I own my own business and have three kids so I am scared that I will be stuck in the bed which I cant afford and I want off this stuff I think an OTC pain med will work just fine now but I am scared to just stop taking them and the Dr is no help he has not returned my call for two days now :(

drakee
7:51 pm May 2nd, 2014

Help!! Ive run out of hydrocodone. .ive been taking 6a day for 3months. I cant lwt my family know..what can i get from the drugstore to curtail this? I have to work

Charlie Bradley
11:29 am May 5th, 2014

What meds is there that you can take to make you feel better I get so depressed cant eat ,no entergy and start hurting all over

Mary
8:02 pm May 8th, 2014

I had failed major back surgery which involved 8 vertebrae, two rods and 16 screws, a couple of screws broke on the bottom left allowing the rod to curve & leaving me mainly in a wheelchair. My meds have changed alot over time but for sometime now I have been taking hydrocod-APAP 10/325 1-1 1/2 x every 8-10 hours, lyrica 100 mg x2 daily and methocarbamol 750 mg. x2 daily. We now have a new person at the dr. office who is an APN, FNP-BC whatever all that means but she is taking me off the hydrocod and put me on oxycontin 20 mg. every 12 hours and I am having problems. A PA tried me on 30 mg. oxycontin once and I zoned out on that so I dont know what the symptoms from being taken off one may be as opposed to the symptoms of the new is. Can you help me any ?

fangy
7:59 am May 18th, 2014

I need to find a Dr that will write because my last Dr retired and I’m tired of being in continuous pain in oklahoma City oklahoma any help i would forever be thankfull!!!

1:17 pm May 19th, 2014

Hello fangy. You can find a pain management specialist by looking through the membership directories of national associations related to pain treatment. Here are a few:

http://apps.painmed.org/Default.aspx?TabID=388
http://health.usnews.com/doctors/location-index/pain-management-specialists

Gina
1:29 pm June 26th, 2014

Hi, I have been taking Norco 10/325 for almost 5 years and I got up to 6 a day. Some days the level of my pain got so bad I would take more. A few years ago I lost my mom, my best friend and grandma. All within a year and I got so depressed I started taking them to stop my depression. (I was abusing them bad, but I got that under control for the most part) Found out I was expecting about a month and a half ago, so got down to 3 pills a day and was starting to get ready for 2. I lost the baby… I started taking 6 again, I even took 15 plus a few times in the weeks to come because I’m an idiot, but guess what just found out I am already pregnant again! I am not going to beat myself up, I should’ve gotten off completely by now and if I would’ve been doing that instead of feeling sorry for myself I would be off. I cant do anything now, I started taking 3 for the next couple days and I also am taking Ativan to cut the edge off a half of a pill. I hope to quit the Norco in 2 weeks. Please advise me! I would love your input…

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
7:45 am June 27th, 2014

Congratulations Gina! That’s wonderful news! At this point in time, and considering your state, I’d suggest it’s best to consult a doctor that can check your blood work and assess your physical condition to help create a tapering schedule and give you some useful advise about what you can do, what to expect…perhaps your doctor can advise you around some diet changes and vitamin supplements. Wish you all the best!

jen
9:11 pm June 27th, 2014

I was a recovering addict. I’ve been taking two 10mg norcos a day for 8 days. Will i have withdraws if i stop now?

Samantha
12:06 am June 30th, 2014

My dr. prescribed me 10/35 mg of norco 6 x per day for over 10 years. I have severe neck pain due to work and auto accidents. My pain fluctuates…sometimes it’s extreme and nothing makes it better. Taking more meds only makes me feel sick. The last time I was at my dr. I told her I was doing better and was able to take less. She cut me to 120 per month instead of 180 per month. This last month was terrible for me and I went over the amount 6 days prior to my dr. appt. I sent in for a refill request. I got a call from the office staff that has no medical training questioning me why I was asking for a refill. She said the doc. already prescribed you med. She went on to drill me how many I take a day. Told her it depends on the day. She said what do you mean it depends on the day. I said, some days are worse then others. She said, you still aren’t answering my question. I again said it depends on the day! Then she reply’s I’ll speak to the dr. about this and hung up on me!!!! Next day she calls back and said Dr. said no, she won’t provide me anything till I see her next week.

The dr. knows she has been prescribing me the same dosage for over ten years and I have never asked for more or have ever ran out. I feel like I am being punished for being honest with my doc. and that she doesn’t care about my well being because she knows I can’t see her for a week. I have no insurance. This dr. is my worker’s comp dr.

Not to mention feeling horrible I am outraged at the receptionist. She has no medical training and has no right to ask me any question about my condition and meds, let alone judge me for it. Huge HIPP VIOLATION!!! She should be fired!!!

deborah
4:56 pm July 1st, 2014

i have been with a pain doc and have had Percocets for years and recently i had to have surgery for an amputated finger after agun shot wound. my surgeon wants to give me meds for pain but my pain doc said he would handle my pain. he is not helping me but i was told my surgeon has priority since he just did my surgery for upto 90 days. is this true im desperate

Anita
5:43 pm July 6th, 2014

I’m having withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone I took for three weeks for knee replacement pain. What can I take to help reduce these? It’s Sunday and I can’t reach my doctor.

Dave
6:53 pm July 9th, 2014

I’ve been highly addicted to hydrocodone and alcohol for 6 years now….Prescribed for 5 years and always combined with alcohol.
It started with 10 mg/hydrocodone 500/acemetaphine, 3 times daily for 4 years. Alcohol 12-15 beers daily. Alcohol would increase the feel and I would forget all the pain and also forget the problems of life.
I work in construction and have for over 25 years. The pounding has taken its toll from pushing myself for years. I function quite well with this but it does affect some things, especially now as it takes long to crawl out of bed and down my 15mg of hydrocodone, sometimes 975 acemetaphine, sometimes 1475 when I take a Tylenol with them and now I do that amount 3-4 times daily; and of course my alcohol at 12-15 daily starting early in the morning cause I can’t get going really good until the combo affect.
I blow through my prescription in 15 days and of course have an overpriced side hook up to continue to get to the next prescription all while struggling with bills.
I have three beautiful young kids and would do anything for them but yet I drowned myself daily and cannot move without my pain killers and alcohol.
I also am affected with an impending divorce,missing not being with my awesome kids nightly ,and a wife that has has decided to be with a coworker (again) which definitely makes me drown more.
Would love to quit and don’t see how cause when I am out like today I don’t even want to move from the bed.
I’m at a loss as I feel I need it all to function but know its been a long time since I’ve been sober for an extended time and dream of the days I felt good and sober which in reality is probably over 30 years as I am we’ll into my 40′s. I wish to find the most affective way to quit it all while still being available to work and be with kids, coaching their teams, and not feeling the massive withdrawal affects I do bad chills…poor eyesight…massive pain throughout body,over emotional ,crying at the slightest thoughts or even TV shows I wouldn’t normally.
Please give me a way to do it slowly!!!!!
Only happy when I’m high but want to be when I’m sober, so I can be sober!

Chrissy :)
5:23 pm July 15th, 2014

Geesh were do I start I am 31 years old I was prescribed Vicodin 90 count 5/500 when they still had those for several different medical issues none of them severe but the pain was always there. I got a 90 count which for awhile lasted me sometimes even Rolling over to the next month. About a year later I started to notice I was running out before the next refill taking more then required and not because I wanted to but because they started to wear off faster. At that time I should of let me
Doctor know I was experiencing withdrawl when I ran out and nipped that in the bud right then and there. Well the years went by and all of a sudden I am an addict my 90 day supply ran out in 3 days I was looking on the streets had several different connects and was spending money I knew damn well I didn’t have. It was bad :( but I am so very thankful I stayed with norco 10/325 altho I was taking over 30 a day I never took them the wrong way never went the cheaper route and did heroin I thank God everyday for that. Well a few weeks ago a friends daughter told me about methadone now before that I read up on everything that had to do with quitting and I tired the natural way the vitamins etc but my body and the pills are so intertwined the withdrawals always won and I would just pop a few norco and id be fine sad horrible cycle. Well she told me about this program and I was scared at first because of what I had read but I was at
My wits end my life was beyond bad so I said hey I will go and I am so happy I did it saved me! Lord Jesus I feel free I am at 40mg and the only
Withdrawl I feel is sweating :) I can sleep! I don’t have that horrible feeling of moving those weird body spasms now I can up my dose so I won’t swear but I want to taper off this med and it’s going to take time and that’s ok it took me years to get here so I know it’s going to take time to get better. So for anyone looking for help just try methadone it’s worth it yes some people think you trading one med
For another but your trading your lifestyle for one dose a day! Getting your life back no more
Pills so more money!

Question
8:34 pm July 18th, 2014

Hi. I have been on norco 10/325 3x a day for over a year post ACDF C5/6. I have never taken more then prescribed, well my spine surgeon has dropped my insurance and after a few months they usally made me come in to get a new script, last time it cost me 250 dollars because the insurance issues. So they gave me a number of another doctor who I called and made an appointment for 8/18. Well my meds run out on 7/20 and they wont refill it unless I come in. So starting monday i will be going from 3 a day to none, my question is what should I expect. I only take it for the pain i still have not for fun. I called my primary to see if he would give me the script for a month but he said he couldnt and that the original spine doctor should give it to me even though they dont take my insurance. Am I going to have withdrawl sysmptoms?

Dawnya
5:50 am July 19th, 2014

I have been dealing with a basic opiate addiction for almost two years now. I was first using opiate pills. I tried to get off of them by going to a methadone clinic. Unfortunately the methadone clinic is too far away and does not accept any (including mine) health insurance. The gas money and the price of going was costing me almost $1000 a month which is basically what I was spending on the drugs to begin with. When I expressed to the clinic that I wanted to taper off of the methadone because I could not afford it anymore they did begin the taper from 60mg dropping me 10mg a week, and because I have the worst luck in the world when I finally got down to 10mg for the week, I was in a very bad car accident and the methadone clinic kicked me out for missing a couple of days. Methadone clinics work a certain way and are kinda strict. I was paying $15 a day for my “dose” as they call it and $20 a day in gas to get there and get back home. And you have to be there every single day except Sundays. They will let you take your Sunday “dose” home. If you miss a day they can kick you out. I actually missed a couple of days from the car accident being so severe. I was not getting high or taking any medication on the days I missed I just was extremely sore and had no transportation to get there and back. When I realized that they would not take me back my addiction started again. This might just be justification but I needed something from being so sore from the accident and I was beginning to start having withdraw symptoms. I am sick and tired of being addicted to this drug and am more then ready to quit. Im at the point where the only thing holding me back from quitting cold turkey is the fear of withdraw for two weeks and the fact that I have children to care for and would not be able to if I were that sick for that long. I was wondering if a hospital might admit me for 4 days to a week so I could be quickly tapered off of the drugs but also be monitored by doctors while doing so. I have tried to just slow down on my own at home and I just get entirely too sick and can not do it alone. But I absolutely do want to be done with this nonsense and am at the point where I’m desperate. I am just terrified of the withdraw symptoms and would feel much more comfortable knowing that I’m in the hands of doctors and nurses while going through something so painful and scary.

Carol
4:09 am July 20th, 2014

Due to sever PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease, bad circulation in the legs) I have been on Hydrocodone 10.350 for the last 2 years. I was also on Fenenal patches 75 mg. I had to have my leg amputated last year and stayed on these drugs for several months after the surgery. I managed to get off the patch but stayed with the hydrocodone. Last month I was no longer in any pain and felt I did not need them any longer. I contacted my doctor and started to taper off them very slowly. I went from 4 a day to 1/2 a pill 4 times a day. The next week when my refill was due I went to 5′s. I took 1/2 of them 4 times a day for a week then I started to cut the 1/2′s in half and took that 4 times a day then went to 3 times a day then to twice a day then once a day from 3 days then stopped it all. I was also given Clonidine to help with the withdrawal issues. I still had some withdrawals but not as bad as they could have been. It has been a week now since my last dose. I still get the runny nose and nervous once or twice a day. I am feeling so much better and looking forward to a more energy and sharper mind. I am starting to realize how foggy my mind was all that time. So good to feel my normal self emerging again.

Getting off can be done. You just need to do it slowly. If you can be under a doctors care all the better. I was lucky. I was not addicted to the pills just physically dependent. Good luck to all of you trying! You can do it!

Kris
7:45 pm July 20th, 2014

I am so glad to find a recent blog on this topic.

Kris
5:29 pm July 21st, 2014

Trying to wean off hydrocodone, but struggling. Been on it for 5 years and have decided I’d rather manage pain without the use of drugs. Hydrocodone makes me irritable, depressed, lazy anti-social and yet I still take it and can’t wait for my next dose.

Freddy G
3:42 pm July 26th, 2014

I been taking hydrocodone 10/325 for 3yrs and it doesn’t help pain any longer just keeps me from feeling like I’m gonna die. I have steal parts in neck where three vertabra are fused. I now have another disc about gone in neck and three in back. I want to stop meds for awhile so they will work better. What do I do? I do not want to take anything stronger.

Joan
10:25 pm July 26th, 2014

I have been going to a pain mgmt. center for a neck injured during an assault and robbery at work for 12 years now. Highest dosage of hydrocodone was at four tabs of 10/325 a day . I would break them in half but still ended up taking a total of four a day . I didn’t abuse but would take sooner than the 6 hours at times from not keeping a vigil on how I was taking them . I would basically take them when I felt my body needing them . At the end of 30 days there were times I was short a few days because of the way I was taking them . Deciding after getting a toothache that was not made better by my use of hydrocodone that the meds were no longer useful and those aches and pains I felt in the AM were not just from old age ( I am now 61 ) but mini withdrawals . I decided to talk to my doc about stopping them all together . He gave me less pills to start out with in an attempt to taper my usage.. I ended up in a tailspin thinking that something else was going on with my as I couldn’t breathe properly nor swallow right and , of course , ended up anxious because of the condition .After Barium Swallows , scoping of my esophagus , a biopsy of my throat , Cat scans and MRIs of my brain , esophageal motility studies and the lastest torture , the BRAVO pH monitor that was attached to my esophagus all to help determine what was causing my incredibly disabling illness of the breathing /swallowing problem . Headaches were so bad that at one point they put me in the hospital because they thought I had had a stroke. After all these tests ( many which were straws that the doctors were grabbing at as they really didn’t listen to what I was saying about my symptoms ) I do believe it is all hydrocodone related . I believe that I am having both withdrawal for taking less ( down to a max of 3 10/325 a day ) and having symptoms from the use of the drug itself as I have tried increasing it back to what I was taking only to still have problems. My question is where do I go to find a doctor that knows anything about hydrocodone side effects AND hydrocodone withdrawal ? I have mentioned about hydrocodone to EVERY doctor I have seen ( gastro , ENT , neurologist , GP , the hospitalist , even a psychiatrist that I saw briefly , and I mean briefly , as seeing a doctor today esp ecially when you are in the hospital is like speed dating they are so in and out ) and all just blew it off as I wasn’t abusing or taking that much . What is ” that much ” if your body develops a sensitivity to a drug .. and at the same time my body is rebelling because I am taking less.
I have missed my daughter’s wedding because I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s fun ( yes, it is that bad ) I live to get through the day and pray to get through the night . I am scared to take any other drugs as it seems that my body is having problems with a lot of drugs that I used to be ok with such as my blood pressure meds .
I guess asking what kind of doctor to go to and wanting to know how rare is it for someone to develop breathing /swallowing problems after using this drug for 12 years ? May life is destroyed as I no longer can even read to my grandbabies or sing to them ( shortness of breath , too ) Worst is not knowing what is happening and the anxiety that results. Now my doc put me on Lorazepam which is yet another drug to have to deal with withdrawal . I am alone trying to deal with this as I wouldn’t know who to even ask . That’s why I came to you . Please , please help me .

courtney
4:43 am July 27th, 2014

Hi everyone, I’ve been reading through the posts from everyone and I think I’m starting to realize I might be addicted to norco myself, a few years ago I was prescribed vicodin 60 pills a month 5/500, for migranes, it was the only thing that would take the edge off . But then I noticed that this medicine made me feel like I had energy and I felt so positive when I took them so it became more of a self medicating thing since I have always struggled with depression. For the first time I felt great. I had this prescription for 6 months. And it lasted me about 8 months, but then last October I decided I was going to go back to the dr for my migranes and now I have back pain, major back pain, she gave me 45 a month for 6 months 5/325 norco. But when I went to go see her in june she up’d me to 80 a month. But my presc. Is for 120 4xs for six months and Its been a month so I can get my next refill if I want but ive only got like 15 pills left. Ive been taking 4 /6 pills at a time. And I feel like crap if I dont take the pills. I dont even want to take them but its like if I dont then I can get nothing accomplished.im afraid to go get my next refill because im afraid I will over dose because I took six at once the other night and it was like nothing. Please tell me what I should do. Thanks.

Hayes
10:58 pm July 30th, 2014

If I have stopped but on the 3rd day I take some 7.5s does this start the withdrawal process all the way over? And if I wanted to take them on occasion with no withdrawal how long do I wait till I can use recreationally?

Darlene
7:01 am August 1st, 2014

i just had a very nasty infection under my arm that had to be lanced. i do not take pain pills maybe every once in a while and i have taken Tramadol but script expires before i use the bottle. but in reading the blog here which has been most helpful to me. i believe between the six hour doses i experience uncontrollable shivering which i gather is a withdrawal symptoms do not take the pill early as i personally think that might lead to more problems. i have taken just three this last one only after trying Tramadol which did not work and after that medicine had left my body. Truly the shivering was awful. i took the pill at 2:30 am and have just now stopped the shivering. i am so glad to know what this is and i will be careful not to stop it cold turkey thank you for this wonderful blob

oralia
5:26 pm August 1st, 2014

I have been taking hydrocodone for about 1 year but just for the past 3 months taking it on a daily basis up to 4 pills a day10/325. I feel i am addicted to it….I have to drink it daily…..and now I have a right lower back pain could it be my kidneys…I need help please I am clueless I also feel I am misusing hydrocodone and fell im addicted to it…

Vanessa
4:38 am August 14th, 2014

i have been taking hydrocodone for 5 years and I wanted to stop myself completely im at the 48-72 hour mark and during the day I have minor aches and stomach hurting I cant sleep much ive been tossing and turning and cant seem to get in a good enough position im having the hot and cold sweats and chills and goosebumps and I feel very weak what can I take to ease the symotoms of withdraw someoplease give me some ideas ive tried nyqil and hot baths not working,,,,

Vanessa
4:45 am August 14th, 2014

I really wish some one was on here that was like chat ive read all your messages, im telling you I felt like all you guys did at the beginning I took them bc they made me have energy no pain etc,, than it increased over the years I woke up one day and decided im done im tired of being tired I was constipated tired barely wanted to do anything etc,, finally three days ago I looked at myself and I remembered why I started taking them and now why I feel so lousy I want all this over no more meds im tired of living behind the meds no one knows about my issue around me bc im functional but just in days I already feel some better but not much bc im still going through the body withdraws I dropped almost anything I picked up an I could barely move around help me please anyone that can give me options to reduce withdraw process please

Mary
3:33 pm August 18th, 2014

August 18, 2014 11:30 am
Hi my name is Mary and I had been on morphine sulfate 30mg TID for 3 yrs, and I am having a very hard time weaning off from it, but I did that, and now I had only 1/2 tab of a 15mg tablet left and waited 2 days without any of the medication at all, just tramadol that my pain dr prescribed to get off of these bc i told them i wanted to wean off gradually because trying to quit cold turkey 5 times in the previous month did not work for me. I end up with a sever hig blood pressure headache and sever electric shock like chills so bad that my body will not warm itself. What do i do now. I am completely oout of medication and hurting with headache and high blood pressure. It pounds and pounds.

Mary
3:36 pm August 18th, 2014

I have a call in to that pain clinic dr now, an will ask for clonidine only, bc i think that might help?…I really do not know what to do. I also have severe asthma and take theophylline daily, 300mg po TID. I cannot afford another out of pocket visit to them as it is $165.00 and I am now not working. I lost my job of 12.5 yrs 2 months ago due to other reasons. Bad management which was new. Please help me. I do not know how to handle this to be out of the hight blood pressure and short of breath problem : it gets super super bad. Thank you!

Nory
1:14 am August 21st, 2014

Been taking norco for a year 1 pill a day 5/325 am I gonna have bad withdrawals I was told I have a fatty liver I believe that is what caused it so medically I need to be off of them

Ken
3:01 pm August 21st, 2014

I have been taking 4-5 10/325 tabs for about 4 years now for prevention of rib pain. I have recently had a real problem with ringing in my ears . Can this cause this??

chris
10:10 pm August 24th, 2014

Hi. Just looking for advice I guess. I was addicted to hydro about 5 years ago. A girls I work with gave me about 13 325mg pills. I started just taking one and went up to 2 a day and yesterday afternoon took my last one. I feel pretty bad today. Can get out of bed w such body aches. Do u think it will get much worse w only being on them a short time ? I have to work tomorrow.. and im worried now

George Floyd
5:28 pm September 4th, 2014

about 25 weeks ago I had a fusion on my lower back. 6 screws 4 rods and a scar about 8 to 10 inches long. After the surgery I was on a morphine pump. one of those you can push the button I think every 10 minutes I think. It was when ever the light came back on. At first I did not know what it was. The nurse came in and told me. I then knew what it was because my wife had one for her ACL surgery. She pushed it as much as she could. I thought ho hell this is just wonderful? Well I did not use it much. I looked at it as well if I have pain I will use it. What I was having is just stiffness in my lower back. That was no big deal, I have had that for over a year. The 1nd day all the doctors came in about 30 minutes apart. The 2nd day the 2nd doctor came in and asked about the pump? He asked me if I was using it? I said, well that is for pain right. He said yes. I said I am all ready on hydrocodone /acetaminophen 5-325 and cyclobenzaprine 10mg pills. I have used the pump for some pain but I don’t have that much pain. He then said, you have not use it very much. I told him I have used it about 4 times and I don’t see any difference, so no, I don’t use it much. They took of off the pump that afternoon after using it only 4 times. That crap sure cost a lot for only using it 4 times. Well by the 3rd day I had every thing that was attached to me gone. I was time to go home. I was sure STIFF al hell but not much pain. So I had me a walker to get around the house and things went not to bad. The pills lasted me about 20 days so at about 18 dayd I called my doctor and got the nurse and it was time for my check up so that worked out good and got a refill on my drugs. One thing thing on my new drugs, these were Now 10-325T. I had 5-325 so I called and asked why they were 10s and not 5s. NOT the doctor but the nurse told me because I hade the cramping when I was getting low on the drugs I had “she” bumped up my drugs to the 10s. ??? So I stayed on these till about a month and thought I would cut back my 3 times a day to 2. Boy ho boy was that not a smart thing to do. The cramping got real bad so I went back to 3 times a day. I finally cut back my meds in the 4 month to 2 times a day and was fine. On the 19th week I looked and I had 2 days left of my drugs. I called the doctor and his office told me that my doctors nurse was in clinic and was not at the office. I told this lady I would run out of my meds on Sunday and this was a 3 day weekend and I would run out of them. I don’t think that would be a good thing. This (#$#@) told me that I should have called earlier if I was going to run out of my meds. I said, well that did not happen and I am still going to run out of my meds, so I need then refilled. This (*#*#) told me to call back on Tuesday to get my refills. So now I will be out on Saturday night, all of Sunday and Monday, and get them some time on Tuesday. Wonderful. Well I started to look up what was or might happen with no drugs and from 2 times a day to nothing. At first it was ok. Then on Sunday night I had some milled cramping in my gut, not to bad. I had decided that what I had read about this drug and what the doctor DID NOT tell me about this drug, I was not going to take it any more. Something like 24 weeks was long enough. I was not going to get addicted to this crap. But then the left leg from the nee down to my foot was ok during the day but at night it was like a leg waking up from falling to sleep and waking up at that point where if you move your leg, it is painful as hell. I was getting about 1 1/2 hours a sleep a night. yes the insomnia, restlessness, involuntary leg movements, chills alternating with flushing and some sweating and these dreams I am having are NUTS. If I watch TV and their is a movie I watch, when I do get to sleep, I dream of that movie and I am in it and can’t get out. This has been going on for 4 or 5 days. The worst one was I was back at work at the prison and we were having a riot. That scared the crap out of me. End of Story. My question is how long is this going to take before I am back to some thing like normal. Help. Not going nuts but you never know?????

Malia
11:56 pm September 4th, 2014

Hi, any info would be so appreciated. I’ve been taking Norco and Percocet for herniated cervical discs for over a year and then had knee surgery 6 weeks ago after an injury. I weaned down to 1 and a half pills a day with no problems but all of the sudden the last 10 days have been horrible. I wake up after only a few hours of sleep, am agitated and my legs hurt. I feel sick to my stomach and have diarrhea. I try to hold off as long as I can and usually take one norco or half a Percocet about 6 am and within half hour feel better. By mid to late afternoon the symptoms are back. I’ll take half a Percocet, be ok until bedtime. Symptoms begin about 9 pr 10 but I take a Klonopin and able to sleep about 5 hours. I wake up and start all over. I was taking about 4 a day and now that I’m at 1 and a half feel I won’t be able to cut down to much less. My doctor thinks taking this small amount is not addiction or dependence, that I must still need it for knee pain( I do have pain after work, on my feet all day in a kitchen). Is waking up feeling like that addiction? I want to stop the opiates to assess my real pain and not feel awful in the morning. Thanks for any input!

George
5:37 pm September 11th, 2014

well its been about 11 days of no hydrocodone /acetaminophen 10-325. the withdraws were bad at first with my left leg acting like it was asleep and wakening up to the part with the needles in my lower leg that kept me from getting a good night of sleep. I was getting about 1 1/2 hr and getting up for an 1 1/2 hr then trying to go back to sleep. It did not work very good. after a few days I went to my doctor and she gave me some Tramadol 50mg pills. Its working good. I hope I am finished with withdraws from that other stuff. All this from back surgery. a fusion of 3 of my vertebra. 6 screws 4 rods and now its 22 weeks later and I am NOT walking better. My doctor is concerned about that I am not healing better. That makes me feel better, He is “concerned” that I am not getting better. Its $180,000 later and I cant use my rowing machine MY DOCTOR said I could use “after” I get the surgery. Wonder just how long after I am going to half to wait ? any one out their had a fusion on the lower back with 6 screws and rods. How long did it take to get back to some what normal. The way I walk now is not normal, and my lower back is all ways stiff like a board. any advice on how I can get better??

Donna R
5:13 am September 16th, 2014

This Thru, my PCP IS CUTTING back my Norco 10-325, eight a day to 6. I’ve been using 8 for 3 years! I have Multiple Sclerosis, T.H.R. in left hip, Right hip cracked in 5 places in 2011-no surgery upon my request ; livi in rehab 2 mo. Broken left humerus 2003. MRI’s reveal all my spinal disc affected in different ways.My back, across my waist is constant pain standing. I had 2 more refills of 8 a day, and my Dr said to try to start cutting back, and I have. tried, but I have pain in so many places, I have been adding Naproxen to help a little, but. my Neuro, doesn’t like me taking them. I’m really stressed about my Thur vist, which will startmy new dosage. I’m out of remission w/ my M.S. I was in intensive care, not expected to live, dx w/ pneumonia. . Now falling alot again, and don’t know how I’m going to handle only 6 a day, at this stage of my life. I’m 64, but. Have always looked and felt 10 yrs younger; and told that by alot of people. What can I do to cut down on my pain and anxiety? Please help!! Thank you

Kristi
3:05 am October 1st, 2014

Hello –

I write this post with a great deal of shame and embarrassment – but since the responses I’ve seen here have been very kind of non-judgmental, I could really use some advice and positive reinforcement. So, any input that can be provided would be extremely beneficial.

A few years ago, I started taking hydrocodone occasionally for headaches and frequent muscle and bone discomfort that I was experiencing. My mother has an Rx for 10/500 Lortab, and offered me some to help. She was strictly thinking of my well-being as all mothers do, and was not aware that she should not offer up her medication to anyone. I began taking them only when needed – but as time evolved, I would at times take one just to take one – and when I ran out, I would ask her for more (which she was glad to provide).

This has been a very rough year for me, as I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had a kidney removed in a very painful procedure. As a result, I’ve received various Rx’s from both my urologist and GP for the associated pain from the surgery (which was in February), as well as headaches that I seem to experience fairly regularly. Since I only have one kidney now, I’ve been told be to careful with the anti-inflammatory meds (which is why my GP gave me the Rx for Norco rather than telling me to rely on Advil or Aleve). My last prescription was a month ago for 40 10/325 Norco, and I’ve been taking 2 a day even though I was not necessarily experiencing pain – so at this point, they are gone.

Here’s the embarrassing part. When my own prescriptions have run out, I’ve taken some from my Mom without her knowledge. She doesn’t take them often and hasn’t discovered yet that any are missing, but at some point I’m sure she will. I keep swearing to myself that I won’t do it again, and yet I do whenever I’m about to run out. I have gone a few days without them and experienced extreme anxiety, as well as other withdrawal symptoms (most notably, diarrhea). I want so badly to remove them from my life, and at this point I know that I’m exhibiting classic addictive behavior.

I’m a successful professional, but all of the developments this year (the surgery, my Dad’s passing, and loss of my job due to facility relocation), have made me turn to the pills for comfort. I used to be extremely physically active and want to resume a regular exercise routine, but so far have not felt motivated to do so. While I’m only taking a couple of Norco’s a day, I do feel that I can’t function without them. I’m still able to do everything I normally do as long as I’m taking them (including some very stressful job interviews in recent weeks), and need to retain at least some energy while trying to get this problem under control.

I want more than anything to remove these from my life, but I don’t feel comfortable discussing this with my doctor. I even lied to him at one point about them being stolen, and he gave me another Rx without hesitation – so I don’t want to betray his trust anymore than I already have. I’ve been sitting here all night thinking about what a horrible person I am, and that’s getting to me more now than anything else…but I’m terribly afraid of the physical and emotional withdrawals when I stop taking the pills.

If anyone can please tell me the best way to handle this to clean out both my body and my conscience from what this drug has done to me, I would be so sincerely grateful. I want to minimize the impact so that I can move on as quickly as possible, before I spiral any further into something that could potentially rob my self-control more than it already has.

Thanks so very much!

ashley101
1:34 am October 3rd, 2014

Im only 23and just recently stop taking 10mg norcos&i just wanna be able to get through this all its been very hard i was on these pills for 3 years taking 3 day i just want the anexity&depression not to over take me

Scared
4:35 pm October 8th, 2014

Good old FDA changed labels on Qualitest Norco and I have been taking it for a disease since 1999. It’s on back order until Monday or Tuesday. I regularly take 2 once a day. Can I take 1/2 in moring and 1/2 in evening to stop withdraws??? All the pharmacies in my county are out. What are we suppose to do? At least we should of gotten a warning!!!

Mandy
6:50 am October 14th, 2014

Can u see if there r any detox centers In my area?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
7:17 am October 14th, 2014

Hello Mandy. Try the following treatment locators:
http://addictionblog.org/find-treatment/
http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

jeremy
12:00 am October 16th, 2014

My dr switched me from narco to Tylenol 3 today I am a heavy user of hydrocodone, up to 200mg a day im so ready to be done with hydrocodone im scared of withdrawal should I expect withdrawal while taking Tylenol 3?

Sara
7:17 pm October 18th, 2014

I have taken hydros, roxy, Vicodin, basically anything I could get for 6 months straight now. My tolerance was up to about only 40mg a day. I haven’t eaten a pain pill in ten days. But I have no energy still!!! However I’m coming off a 14 day prednisone treatment also. I just want to take one 10mg pill or half to help with the pain and no energy but I’m afraid if I do it’ll start my wd symptoms over. Will it??

Ann
12:46 am October 19th, 2014

My best friend has been on 150 mg a day of oxycodon 30mg she went to the hospital. They reduced her to 5mg four times a day. She’s is anorexic she went through having withdraws. She doesn’t eat she’s been in massive confusion. After a day or two she got a little better. The doctors released her she was giving 7.5 milligrams twice a day. Its been 9 days now and she’s back in the hospital after 3 and she’s very confused she doesn’t know the year she doesn’t know what’s happening to her she doesn’t even know her name. Does anyone know if this could happen because of how sad she was withdrawn

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