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What are hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms?

Planning to detox from hydrocodone?

Can I just stop taking hydrocodone?  Yes, if you’ve just started taking it.  But for others who’ve taken hydrocodone for more than a few weeks, tapering to reduce withdrawal will help.  Know which hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms to expect during detox, and for how long. Plus a section at the end for your personal questions about hydrocodone. We answer all hydrocodone questions as promptly as we can!

Why do hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms occur?

Hydrocodone is a part of the opioid family of analgesic (painkiller) drugs. How does hydrocodone affect the nervous system?  When you take hydrocodone, it can suppress the pain receptors in the brain and slow the overall body responses. This is why when you are on hydrocodone you can no longer feel pain and/or can feel a hydrocodone high. But you also run the risk of developing a hydrocodone dependency anytime you take hydrocodone regularly for more than a couple of weeks.

When you decide to stop taking hydrocodone, you will quickly feel the withdrawals of the medication because the body is trying to rebound from the slowing in the body.  In other words, your body needs to compensate for the lack of hydrocodone and does the opposite of what occurs when on hydrocodone. So hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms occur as your brain and body seek homeostasis after you stop taking the pain killer.  In general, withdrawal symptoms are more intense when your hydrocodone prescription dosage has been high.

What are symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal?

There are a variety of symptoms you may experience withdrawing from hydrocodone. Early signs of hydrocodone withdrawal can include: runny nose, excessive sweating, shedding tears, yawning, dilated pupils, and increased temperature. Later signs of hydrocodone withdrawal include: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, a continual or recurrent inclination to evacuate the bowels, goose flesh, weakness, increased blood pressure and pulse, agitation, restlessness, and severe muscle and bone pain. The most commonly reported symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal include:

  • cold flashes with goose bumps
  • excessive yawning or sneezing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • involuntary leg movements
  • mood changes
  • muscle and bone pain
  • sweats
  • strong drug craving

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms: How long?

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can develop a few after the next expected dose, peak within 36–72 hours, and subside over 5–10 days. In fact, you can expect to feel hydrocodone withdrawal begin shortly after a missed dose. The degree and time that withdrawal takes, however, can fluctuate given your daily dose frequency and amount.

After about 2 to 3 days people report intense hydrocodone cravings. But a level of normalcy returns in about a week. However, after you have battled the physical effects hydrocodone withdrawal, you will have to deal with the psychological craving for the drug and kicking the need to take it again when stressors arrive.

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Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms treatment

How do you treat hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms? First, you need the educational, emotional the psychological support of medical professionals who know about withdrawal. And second, there are medicines that can help you during withdrawal. Here, we’ll review each of these hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms treatment individually.

1. Get medical supervision and support.

Hydrocodone is habit forming and addictive. So drug cravings make it harder to deal with withdrawal symptoms. And while hydrocodone is something you can stop cold turkey, most experts recommend that you treat withdrawal from hydrocodone under medical supervision. Why? To make sure that you have the support you need to help you to combat the withdrawal symptoms. It is also recommended that you be monitored by a physician especially if they are already in charge of your doses. By slowing tapering off hydrocodone, you can minimize the intensity and variety of withdrawal symptoms that you feel.

2. Ask about medications that treat hydrocodone withdrawal.

Withdrawal is the necessary first step to getting hydrocodone out of your body. But there is no reason that you should suffer during detox. In fact, painful withdrawal decreases likelihood that you stop taking hydrocodone in the long term. This is why doctors treat the first stage of withdrawal with medicines that address the acute detox symptoms. This type of opioid withdrawal medication treatment makes withdrawal more manageable. Doctors also offer other medications to help hydrocodone addicts manage cravings and stay off hydrocodone if needed.

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms questions

Please ask your hydrocodone questions below. We are happy to respond to you personally, and will try to answer your questions ASAP. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: Federal Bureau of Prisons: Detoxification of Chemically Dependent Inmates
Utah Department of Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Opioids
Medline Plus: Hydrocodone overdose
Daily Med FDA Drug Info: Vicodin ES
DEA Drug Fact Sheet: Hydrocodone

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290 Responses to “What are hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms?
Jake
7:30 pm September 13th, 2012

I work at a dept. store and stand on my feet many hours. As I mentioned before on a previous post I am having a hard time stopping. What can I do to get through the days I stopped using. Amodioum AD? Would advil cut the edge? I do not have insurance until Jan. Should I go to the emergency room to see if they can help me cut the dosage? What does a person with no insurance do?

1:19 pm September 16th, 2012

Hi Jake. Yes, Immodium AD can help control symptoms of diarrhea during opioid withdrawal, as can over the counter pain analgesics like ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, etc. I’d suggest that you consult with a family doctor about a tapering regimen, although the standard is to reduce doses over the course of 2-3 weeks and avoid reducing the daily dose of hydrocodone by > 50% at any given interval. You can also follow these guidelines:

Reduce each daily hydrocodone dose by 10%
Reduce the dose by 20% every 3-5 days
Reduce the dose by 25% per week

You can also call 1-800-662 HELP to ask for other treatment ideas, including possible treatment centers or outpatient clinics that work on a sliding scale fee and can help you with a lower out of pocket payment. Does this help?

D
5:59 pm May 2nd, 2013

ive been takin hydro for about 4yrs now and have decided to get off them. my prescription ran out 4days ago and am dealing with all the side affect and it suxs! im trying it on my own without other meds. I am a mother and I work what can I take or do for the energy that im lacking right now that they gave me everyday?

8:21 am May 9th, 2013

Hello D. You might want to go and see a doctor and talk about these symptoms. You may benefit from prescription anti-depressants for a while (short term, under 6 months) and seek counsel about how to treat the protracted symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Check with a general doctor who has experience working with prescription pain pill withdrawal and you’ll be feeling better in a little while!

dbr
8:33 pm July 7th, 2013

Hello, I have a concern with taking my hydro as intended. I am taking the required amount, but after reading about the drug, I am afraid of what might happen, during and after, I have dealt with drug additions in the past about 5yrs ago, but I have been sober only 3. What do you think I should do. I went to a prompt care, but I didn’t disclose that fact that I am an addict, and an alcoholic

11:15 am July 17th, 2013

Hello dbr. If you’re in recovery, the next right thing to do would be to call the prompt care clinic and give them the background information for your medical records. They can then advise you on the next best step to take.

Marcia Holson
1:30 pm November 10th, 2013

I was taking Hydrocodone 10mg/325 for about 7 weeks. I was down to 1 every 4-5 hours but did take it religiously.

I stopped taking it and with hours started to feel run down, tired and nasaous. That turned into stomach pains, sweating, headache, and exhaustion. I’m now on day 4 and am hoping it will subside. I’m wondering if it is withdrawal (I wasn’t really on them that long) or if I have the flu that just so happened to follow me stopping the Hydrocodone.

Any help is appreciated.

3:21 pm November 12th, 2013

Hi Marcia. It’s likely that these symptoms are attributed to withdrawal. Usually, it’s best to cut down by 25% each week to minimize the severity of symptoms. But if you’ve just stopped the 10 mg dosing totally, the symptoms are likely caused by hydrocodone withdrawal. To be sure, schedule an appointment with your prescribing doctor.

Cathie
3:47 pm November 29th, 2013

I have been taking Hydrocodone for about 4 years now. I had two disks replaced in my neck and then a couple years later rotator cuff repair followed by both knees being replaced. I do deal with a lot of pain on an everyday basis. I always took the medication as directed however I drink a nightly glass of wine just before taking my meds. My prescription recently ran out and I have not been able to see my dr. Last night I experienced extreme fatigue, a little nausea, coughing, some respiratory problems ( I also have Asthma). Does this sound like withdrawal ?

Aaron
6:50 pm December 3rd, 2013

Hi people. I will tell you right here and now that if your doctor is recommending Hydrocodone or any other opiate-based pain killers, try and steer clear….especially if you have a history of substance abuse. These things will make you feel great….but of course the downside is you will get hooked unless you are of strong mind against doing so. The deeper in you get, the longer and more painful the withdrawal will be.

I had been on Norco 10/325’s for about 3 years. At first I got them due to a diagnosis of transient osteoperosis of my hip. There were days I could barely walk. My primary doc referred me to both an orthopedist and a pain mgmt. doc. The pain mgmt. doc gave me the pills….and kept refilling them over and over. At first, no biggie. Stick to the prescribed dosage, pain gone, keep working, all is good. Then it stopped working as well…and stupid me…instead of talking to the doc about it….I just started taking more. Bad move. Led to a deep cycle that I didn’t think I was going to get out of. Found myself going to the ER or sending my wife to the ER to get more pills. I was up to about 12 pills a day. Ugly. But….now the good part.

When I found myself doing that, I knew it was time to stop. The cycle had reached a zenith and that wasn’t a road I was willing to continue on. That’s key….you’ve gotta make the decision 110%…no if’s, and’s, or but’s. Once I did that…I took advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to get some time off work. Ok…here we go. This is gonna blow….but let’s do it. Had the wife flush what pills I had left down the toilet and held on for dear life….lol. I did NOT have a happy Thanksgiving, but I’m happy to report that I’ve made it to day 7 and while I’m still feeling a bit run down from all the diarreha, I’m feeling much better. I’m back to work now, still taking a shot of 5-Hour Energy in the morning, but it helps. I hope I can stop that by tomorrow or the next day. We’ll see….but it does get better. I don’t know that many get as deep in as I did. If I can do it, you can too.

So, if you can avoid the pills, do so. If you want to stop, you’ll need to be strong of mind and get at least 3-4 days off of work. Those first 3-4 days will be hell, but stay the course. It doesn’t last forever. You will feel normal again….but stay committed. Also, don’t do it alone. Without my wife by my side supporting me, I would not have made it this far. You need support.

If your’re now in day 1, 2, 3….stay strong. Drink water. Eat when you can….sleep when you can. Get up and walk around even though you don’t want to. It helps. Keep your blood flowing. Keep your mind occupied. Don’t just lay around and think about how you feel. Watch some light-hearted, funny movies, or read a funny book. Don’t watch or read anything to heavy or depressing, or anything that will make you think of the pills.

If I can do it, anyone can. Stay strong. It does get better. Make the committment and do it. You’ll feel much, much better on the other side….I promise. Opiates are fool’s gold. Short term gain….long-term hell. They will take over your life – even if you’ve never been addicted and are mentally strong. I didn’t think it would happen to me. It did. It is not worth it. Take it from me.

Aaron
7:19 pm December 3rd, 2013

Oh, and by the way…just because I’ve made it to day 7 and am starting to get beyond withdrawal, by no means am I out of the woods. Up until now I’ve not talked to my doc about the cycle because….well….I was afraid he’d cut me off. Now that I’ve made the committment and gotten through withdrawal, it’s now time to be honest with my doc. That of course is the next step…once you get to the other side and feel better, the challege is not going back. You’ll still have the pain that originally led you to the pills. You’ve gotta find another way to deal. You also have to stay strong and keep the pills out of your life for GOOD…..meaning forever. A month, 6 months….a year…..10 years? Don’t think that just cuz you’ve been clean for a long time that it can’t happen again. People who have been clean for 10+ years have fallen back in. Gotta stay careful. It sucks…but it is what it is. That’s why it’s better never to start if you can help it.

nick rebac
4:49 pm January 17th, 2014

been on hydrocodone 5/500 for 9 years, now on 5/350. what is the difference.

james
11:40 pm February 11th, 2014

i moved to a different state and have been taking narcotics as prescribed by my family dr since 1999. i only have 7 pills left. i was prescribed hydrocodone 10mg/tylenol 500mg tid prn for lumbar disc degenerative degenerative didease, a really bad right knee for which i have taken synvisc which does not last much anymore. the dr says i will need a replacement before too long. i also have have missed 2 or three doses and i can feel pain in my joints and bones. i forgot to say i have a bad back from an injury while trying to change a diaper on stroke pt by myself. should i go to an urgent care to get a few pills to hold me over. i have never abused my medication but am hurting worse by the hour. i have not have not had a pill for 12 hours. what should i do.?

10:09 am February 13th, 2014

Hi James. I’m sorry to hear of the pain that you’re experiencing. If you need to bridge the gap for the prescription, you might be able to get it filled from an urgent care doctor, but bring your documentation with you. Drug abusers frequently “doctor shop” and urgent care doctors may/may not be willing to fill your prescription. Is there a pain management clinic nearby?

Leah Webb
2:19 am March 2nd, 2014

My son is 27 and staying with me going cold turkey detoxing off Loratab and Oxycotin. he is on day 6 and feeling much better but his left arm is swelled up 3 times the size of his right arm. It has been swollen for 12 hrs now and seems to keep swelling. Should we be concerned? Thank You

10:10 am March 3rd, 2014

Hello Leah. I’d suggest that you seek medical help ASAP. Swelling is not usually associated with cases of opioid withdrawal, and you will need a medical opinion to diagnose the condition.

mayra
1:45 am March 11th, 2014

I been taking lower tabs for about 2 years and I found out I was pregnant. I want to stop taking them, I take about 10 to 15 a days. as iam trying to cut down on them so wont feel the side effect. I really want to stop. being pregnant really hard its taking all of my strength and energy. the side effects feels really awful. what should I do or what can I take plese help me.

Sasha
3:10 am March 25th, 2014

I’ve recently had a hysterectomy, 12 days post op, and was in a great deal of pain just following so I was taking the maximum dosage allowed by my dr. While I am still hurting, I am wanting to return to work. I tried to stop the meds but was having terrible pain in my legs, was overly anxious, couldn’t sleep, and was nauseated to the point of vomiting. I went ahead and took one pill just earlier but I am kind of worried that I may be having withdrawals when I don’t take it. I have been on the norco for some time for headaches as well as the pain associated with my female issues but I’ve always been on a take it when needed plan. I’ve never actually experienced this before. I texted my dr and am waiting to see what he says but I’m curious to I know what you think. Thank you.

Jessica
8:09 pm May 15th, 2014

I’ve been on and off of this drug for a few years due to injures acquired while deployed. I have stopped so many times just like that and never noticed anything. I order my meds over the phone through the VA and Im waiting to get them. I ran out four days ago. i don’t experience any side effects that are listed but I feel extremely dizzy. I’m not sure if that is just a side effect of stopping the drug or something else completely. Is it normal to be dizzy?

7:36 am May 16th, 2014

Hello Jessica. I’m not sure; I’d suggest that you record the severity, duration, and occasions of these symptoms (lightheadedness, vertigo, get real descriptive) on a calendar and present it to your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist who can take the time to explain to you possible causes and whether or not it’s related to hydrocodone withdrawal. Best to you!

Roger Ryan
7:40 pm May 22nd, 2014

My wife has been on hydrocodone for 8+ yrs. She stop 2wks ago this Thrus. she is not doing very well. When can I hope to see improvement?
Thanks
Roger

Uz
7:19 am May 28th, 2014

I was in a car accident about 7 months ago…had surgery for a broken leg three months ago and now looking at Thursday for a bone graft…a plate and acrews replaced as the one in now has broken….exploratory nerve surgery and whatever else they may do…anyhowi am pretty sure I am addicted to this hydro crap. If I Dont take it..I’m sick…headache stomach chills…sweats…pain and just feel like crap…but I have to take more it seems..I am not sure what to do as I’m sire they will pres ribe me more…to deal with the pain after surgery…

Sharon Arnett
11:53 pm June 4th, 2014

I have alot of back pain and I have been on Hydrocodone for several years. i am trying to get off of this but Iam experiencing what seems to be withdrawals like sweating and my arms and hands jerk real bad. Is that a withdrawal symptoms?

Sharon
3:08 pm June 6th, 2014

Since 2003 when I was first prescribed liquid hydrocodone after surgery I have taken it in some form in varying degrees. Not all the time until about the last three years I have taken 10/325 at least 3 a day, some days 6. I have gotten more on the side six times to get me through to my next appointment but basically I take four pills a day. I want to stop. I need to stop. How long to detox (the worst part)? How should I cut down? If I were to start today should I only take three and then how many days to cut to two then to one then to none? Please help. I am too ashamed to ask for help other than anonymously.

6:11 am June 13th, 2014

Hello Sharon. There is no shame in developing dependence on hydrocodone! This is a medical condition that doctor expect of anyone taking hydrocodone for longer than a couple of weeks.

You’ll really need to consult your prescribing MD to talk about your growing tolerance (totally expected) and your personal goals to address physical dependence. Do you want off hydrocodone completely? Do you want the medication to work more effectively? etc. The tapering plan will then be based on your personal medical history and symptoms that you track as you go.

Sharon
1:40 pm June 17th, 2014

Thanks and yes I want off completely and forever. I don’t want to talk to my physician because he knows I’m addicted to it and couldn’t care less other than to deny my prescription which I’ve learned is dangerous. The only thing he’s done for me for about three years…prescribe that and 2mg Xanax.

paula
10:26 am June 28th, 2014

I have ran out of my meds. I am currently taking hydros for my back. Had surgery April 1st, then had surgery again in may. They sent me home with hydro, but my insurance will only pay for 120 monthly. Is there any thing I can take to help me with withdrawal?

9:09 am June 30th, 2014

Hi Paula. There are many prescription drugs that are used in the treatment of opioid withdrawal, or are related to the treatment of the withdrawal symptoms. Some of them include meds such as: Robaxin, Thorazine, Catapres, Robaxin-750, Catapres-TTS, Methadose, Dolophine, Methadone Diskets… However, NONE of these are advised to, or should be taken WITHOUT the assessment and approval of healthcare practitioners.

Aimee
2:53 am July 8th, 2014

I had breast reduction surgery in 2005 because I thought that was what was causing my back problems. Come to find out I’m full arthritis in my back and in both si joints. I’m in constant pain but the pain meds. just don’t help anymore. So, my Dr. is sending me to an arthritis Dr. I’m not myself anymore and it’s effecting my family that I love so much. But I don’t want to be in this much pain at the age of 39. Please help me….

Joanne
2:40 pm July 8th, 2014

I take one half of a 10-325 hydrocodone (used to be called vicadin) every 6 hours for joint pain. I have been on this dose for a year. I find that if I go 6-8 hours without my “half” I get irritable and my blood pressure goes up. I’m 74 years old and really do well on this half dose.

Keisha
3:58 am July 15th, 2014

Hi I have been taking 1 and 1/2 hydrocodone 5-325 pills everyday for about a year. The longest I have went without the pill was about 2 weeks but someone came around with the pill and I went back on it. Now I don’t have no more pills and this is day 3. I am experiencing some of the withdrawal symptoms but the most severe is the abdominal crapping. I don’t know what to do I need some advice.

mary beth horn
5:06 pm July 15th, 2014

Had knee replacement three months ago. I was on Lortab 5-325 for over three months. My Dr. just gave me a suspension (tastes like syrup) with hydrocodone in it. I can take the liquid (4 ml) every 6-7 hours for a week, then reduce the intake to (3 ml) the next week, then reduce to (1 ml) the third week. Everyone is different, so timing can vary as can the quantity. This worked for me two years ago when I had a back surgery.

Dick
4:02 pm July 19th, 2014

I used to take hydrocodone 7.5/200ib three times a day for back pain related to spinal stenosis. That dosage lasted for 6 months when my doc started to lower the does to1/2 a 7.5 pill twice a day ad 1/2 pill if back pain wakes me up late night.
I’ve been on that regime for three years and tho low that dose manages my pain quite well although sometimes I take a couple of ib especially when stormy. A higher dose (10mg) makes me uncomfortable and nauseous.
Since this does helps me, allowing outside gardening which I love with minimal discomfort, and I am eighty should I worry about my dependance since lo dose hydrocodone does give a degree of phsical independance ?

Dick
10:35 pm July 27th, 2014

For the past 8 months have taken 3 1/2 pill size 7.5 hydrocodone/IB to ease the discomfort of spinal stenosis. Although the dose is low it takes the edge off and I have need for a higher dose. I take a half pill around 10am, 5pm (altho I skip that dose about half the time, and at 2 or 3 am when the discomfort wakes me up. My doctor monitors my prescription to 40 pills a month preferring that to 6 pills of IB.
When I stop hydro to check if I still need it I don’t have any withdrawal but need to drastically increase OTC IB.
iS THIS AN APPROPRIATE USE OF THIS PAIN KILLER?.

James C
3:18 pm August 1st, 2014

Hello, regrettably, ive been taking about 6 of 10/325 lortabs each day for the past 2 weeks for recreational use. Im trying to quit and need help with withdrawals. I have constant stomach pain for 3 days now. What can i do some one help

angela
9:51 pm August 9th, 2014

I have been taking hydro for close to 2 years and I want off of them… I take 10-325 3×a day as needed for pain.. I am not addicted to them and there are day’s that I can go without taking them….and day’s that I can just take one a day and I’m fine.
The thing is I’m moving out of state and I will loose my health ins. So there gonna cut me off and I don’t want to go through hard withdrawals…what can I do to help myself in this matter ???

9:50 am August 11th, 2014

Hi Angela. You can talk to a doctor or a pharmacist at the local pharmacy and seek advise on how to taper off of hydrocodone. They can give you guidelines, help you with the tapering schedule and give you some over-the counter medications to help your withdrawal, as well as some alternative pain relief.

Tammi Musick
3:21 pm August 26th, 2014

I had a total knee replacement 6 weeks ago and was instructed by my physician to take -1-2 hydrocodone 7.5 325 mg every 4 hours. I had extreme swelling and was up every 4 hours until until last Friday I was taking 10-14 pills a day. I was just not myself and depressed so I quit them cold turkey. This is the fifth day and I feel better but I can not get rid of a severe case of diarehha (sp). I have tried pepto bismol ,kaopectate, camomile tea rice yogart plain blueberries. I can go 12 hours over night but then it starts. It got to the point when I could not eat any food in the first couple of days that it was just water but now it is blackish green and I have absolutely no control. Is there a prescription medication I should call my doctor about or something else I can do naturally. I am getting my appetite back and can keep down solid foods. I am not having any cravings for the hydro.

kathi
6:51 am September 6th, 2014

I have been taking hydrocodone for seven years now for chronic back pain and decided to stop taking them and try other options to manage my chronic pain. My doctor has put me on tramadol 50 mg. 2 tabs every 8 hours and taper off after one week. I have been of the hydrocodone now for five days and on the new meds. I also suffer from depression and I take venlafaxine 150 mg one capsule daily. I am going through withdrawals but I can handle it. My problem is I am so depressed. I can cry at any time. I feel like I am going into a dark place. Is this normal or should I have my dr. change my meds?

Donna
9:58 pm September 6th, 2014

I had been on prescribed hydrocodone for several years. About 3weeks ago I decided to just stop and tapered off during one week. Most of the muscle tremors and sleeplessness is over. The diarrhea is still a problem. How much longer will I be needing Immodium. This is a concern. Thank you for listening.

Judi
2:55 pm September 10th, 2014

Ive been getting bad migraines when I started slowing down the hydrocodone. Unfortunately I may have slowed down too fast, I took my time when I went from 4 to 3 then 3 to 2 but 2 to 1 to nothing I may have done on only a day or 2. I wasnt thinking, I just wanted to get these meds out of my body. Now ive had a migraine for 3 days, feeling hot/cold every 10 min & then last night I slept almost 22 hrs but I still feel exhausted. This is horrible, when will it stop ? Also I didnt see anything about headaches, could this be something else, should I call my dr? I had a tumor removed from where my spine/brain stem meet, thats why the hydro.

3:14 pm September 10th, 2014

Hello Judi. Many hydrocodone users have reported migraines and very uncomfortable headaches as a withdrawal side effect. I’d suggest talking to your doctor about this. Your doctor can examine you and determine what’s causing the headaches. Then, he can suggest alternative ways of treating or dealing with the condition.

CJ
4:40 pm September 16th, 2014

I have discovered, after 12 years of taking pain medication only in the form of Hydrocodone as I am highly allergic to everything else, that most of the pain is in the mind. Taking them becomes a habit more then need though my body hurts very badly from a semi nearly crushing me to death. The pain is more intense when taking these meds. I tapered down from regular dosage because I had lost some of them and the pain subsided to a minimum of near tolerance until a cold front came through. Then the true pain returned several days before the front went through our state. If you truly want to get off them, don’t be afraid to but do it gradually and preferably under your doctor’s care. You will be more healthy if you can stop taking them all the time and only when pain is very bad. Hopefully I can follow my own advice as I have gained weight I never had before I started taking these things.

Mike
1:23 am September 23rd, 2014

My name is Mike and I am 51 years old. My story begins many years ago when I was prescribed Hydrocodone for chronic back pain. As the years went by my the 5mg tablets weren’t helping much so my doctor prescribed 10mg. My prescription was for 120 tablets a month, taking 4 tablets a day. After years my body wanted more….4 a day just wasn’t enough. That’s when I started buying pills off the streets, spending money I really didn’t have….lying to my wife about where I was spending the money. Everyday I was thinking about getting more money to buy more pills. I even pawned some of my prized possessions just to get more pills. I was at the point that if I didn’t take enough pills a day I would start having withdrawals. I’m ashamed to admit, but I was taking 15 to 20 Hydrocodone 10mg a day. A few weeks ago I hit rock bottom. I went to the doctor and confessed all to him and asked for help. He referred me to a substance abuse place that could help me. I made an appointment for that afternoon….and then called my wife….and confessed all to her. We cried together and thankfully she stood by my side to help me get through this mess I put myself in. We went to the appointment. A $70 co-payment and we spoke to a counselor, who recommended a doctor that could prescribe Suboxone. That would help me with the withdrawal symptoms. The only catch…..it was Wednesday and the doctor was on vacation until the following Tuesday. And, of course, I had no more pills. There was no other doctor that I could see that could help me. When we called to schedule the appointment for Tuesday we were told not to even bother because I would have gone through the withdrawals already so they wouldn’t give me the medicine. We felt scared and alone. I had to do this without the help that I’ve begged for. My wife and I took 4 days off from work and the withdrawals began. The first two days were the worst. The muscle fatigue and sleeplessness were so bad. I could barely eat . The diarrhea was horrible. I kept thinking I wouldn’t get through this, but each day I felt a little better. Today is day 11 and I’m doing so much better. I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can be happy again. Each day I feel stronger and stronger. Yesterday we picked up my last refill from the pharmacy and we flushed them down the toilet. Gone in one flush! I am writing my story to encourage people to fight hard to get your life back. When I was feeling horrible my wife would read me stories from people that had been through this. Listening to those stories encouraged me to fight. It will get better. You can do this. Best of luck to you.

Daley
8:17 pm September 23rd, 2014

I realize this is an addiction message board bu HC is not all bad as a regular pain control med. I started out with 10mg of HC three times a day as a treatment for a botched shoulder surgery. I found taking HC limited the amount of IB I had to take for my spinal stenosis. I’m 80 and have the joy of helping to care for a ten acre horse farm. My doctor really wanted me to cut down of the IB and worked with me to discover a HC dose that kept the pain edge off yet eased my need for 6 IB TABS A DAY.
For the past two years I take 3 half tabs of 7.5 HC spread throughout the day. That has made my discomfort from stenosis manageable and cut my IB tabs to 2 in the morning before I go out to work. The HC also gives me that slight lift that keeps my 80 year old ambition going. Reading this board I know that lift is what can make HC so dangerous but in my case I’m not tempted to take more than the moderate dose I take now.
The good HC is a life saver for me, helps manage my pain issues, and acts as a mild stimulate. As long as the HC is managed by my physician and doesn’t need to be increased to get the palliative effect I need that’s the good side of hydrocodone.

Cheryl
6:18 am October 5th, 2014

I’ve been on hydrocodone/acetaminaphine 5-325 1 to 2 tabs every 6 hrs as needed for chronic pain and possible fibromyalgia. I generally end up taking no more than 4 a day. I also take tramadol only at bedtime at least 6 hrs. after the hydrocodone. Recently hydrocodone has become a scheduled drug where you must have a handwritten prescription every month. My doctor lives 25 minutes away and I rarely drive anymore. He’s been my dr since I was 29 and I’m 64. He knows me well so I don’t want to change to someone closer. I will run out of hydrocodone early next week. What can I expect as far as withdrawal? I hope he will prescribe tramadol day and night since Medicare does make the price ok. Thank you in advance.

Edward of SC
10:48 pm October 5th, 2014

I have a ‘script for HC: .5/325 to take as needed for pancreatic pain. When I really hurt, I take it. A few times I’ve had to take 2.

I guess I’m one of the “Lucky” ones; while this works as a pretty good pain reliever I know the side effects are immediate; insomnia, dehydration and constipation.

When I’m going through the after effects I wonder how anyone can get addicted to this. I’ve yet to experience the “pleasant feelings I hear about this drug. But to repeat: Knowing how ONE tablet effects me, I don’t hesitate to take it when I feel the pain coming on. There’s been times I’d chew the tablet to speed up the effects. I know it’s starting to work when my head starts to hurt, but that quickly subsides.

My FNP told me that these things sell for $15 on the street for recreational purposed. I’ve discovered nothing recreational about it, A thirty day prescription (30 tablets) lasts a lot longer than 30 days. ( Long may that last!). I’ve lost many refills because the time to refill has expired.

To those wanting to stop, maybe you don’t really need them in the first place. But once you decide to stop, I suggest you do it with the assistance with your MD. And as I quit smoking over 30 years ago, I’ve an idea how you will feel. I quit smoking one hour at a time. Hopefully you can get through it for one more hour….

Edward of SC
4:14 pm October 6th, 2014

Cheryl: I hope I’m not out of order here. But if I was in your position, I’d speak with the Doc and ask him prescribe a double dose, cut the pills in half and go back after 60 days. Unethical for him to do it? Perhaps. Unlawful, then disregard my suggestion!

I’ve notice that with regards to this drug there’s at least two schools of thought. 1. This includes me – If the pain is severe and you need the drug, do not hinder access as long as you are in communication with your Doc.

The second school of thought — is you might get addicted, so don’t prescribe it. I’m not in this school and here’s why. Back in ’77 I was in a car wreck and ended up with crushed sternum, and most painful bruised ribs. (My pancreas hurts worse when it acts up) With the bruised ribs, my Doc gave me Tylenol 3. After 30 days of one every 4 – 6 hours as needed. I told the Doc I needed more. He gave me another 2 week supply and let me know he was worried about addiction. But when the pain was endurable, I still had a couple of days supply left, but no addiction.

I am reminded of a documentary on Heroin. I think it was 60 minutes and done in England some years ago. When cancer patients were given heroin, they did not get addicted, The conclusion was you don’t get addicted to medicine, but you will gat addicted to something that might not be the right med for your condition.

As for treating the pain: I can recall walking through Hospitals a few years back and hear terminal patients scream in pain. I asked the nurse why they could — or wouldn’t
do something. Their reply was they were afraid of addicting a patient — that was not going to walk out of there….

All my family and friends that “died before their time” was because of legal substances — alcohol and cigarettes.

I do know that when my pancreas was injured, and I was in the hospital for 8 days, watching the clock for the next pain med, I would’ve gladly shared a needle with a heroin addict that I knew to have Aids. It was either that or leap out of a window — head first.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m for keeping pain under control. I can get weaned off whatever it takes when the cause of the pain is treated.

I fully understand, too, where the ones worried about addiction are coming from. I saw my late sister about go mad with a broken heart when her son died from too much alcohol.

Don
4:51 pm October 8th, 2014

My wife has been on hydrocodone for a herniated disc for years. It was prescribed by her primary physician. She never had a pain management doctor. I managed her medication daily.
Now we have moved to another state and her PCP will not continue to prescribe it for her. He wants her to see a pain management doctor. We finally have an appointment to see one tomorrow. He is in a group recommended by her insurance company along with other pain management doctors and nurse practitioners. She really wants to go on a treatment plan for her condition, however she does not want to have surgery since two people we know have had surgery for this condition and are now on permanent disability. My biggest concern is how to help her in the meantime since she just went off her meds and what if the doctor doesn’t want her to have meds as part of her treatment. I hate to see her suffering. She is a good person and is open to other treatments but I can’t believe a patient who has been on meds for 10 years that are managed properly would have to go cold turkey on this. I think she needs a treatment where she can get other forms of treatment and gradually come off the meds. Please help and advise.

mason
2:10 pm October 9th, 2014

Hello, I’ve been taking hydrocodone 7.5/act everyday for a year and 2 months for an injury. Since October 6 2014, anything with hydrocodone has been upgraded to a schedule 2 drug. My doctor has cut me off without acknowledging anything about withdraws. How long will I have to deal with these withdrawals and what should I take to help with my symptoms?

Edward of SC
1:38 pm October 13th, 2014

Don: Just speaking for myself here. Maybe you’ve read my comments above. But when my PCP stops giving me what works, that is when I change Doctors. If a med has severe withdrawal symptoms and they will not treat them, then is that keeping with their oath to do no HARM?

Mason: Why has the Doc cut you off just because of a schedule change? The med is still the same, isn’t it?

mason
7:58 pm October 15th, 2014

I was see a doctor at a family clinic because my family doctor sometimes takes months to get in for an appointment. It is usually more convenient to see them because I would usually be in and out. They say that I would have to see a PA to get my prescription refilled. I’m not sure about the ranks of doctors but I guess because of the new law they’re not qualified to administer that schedule of drug, I guess? I am now a month away for my appointment with my family doctor.

carcrash0618
3:33 pm October 16th, 2014

I have been on hydrocodone for 29 years. After a car crash and going through the windshield. So, I have to get off of it. I’m scared because whenever I try to stop the feeling in my legs is crazy. I never take more than prescribed but I have taken them regularly for a long long time. I’m down to one to one and a half a day if even but my legs and the creepy feeling freaks me out. That is my biggest thing I notice when I try to not take any, the leg thing.

3:51 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi carcrash0618. What kind of feeling is it? Is it tingling, restless…

Mary Ann
4:43 am October 21st, 2014

I have been taking Hydrocodone non stop for four months because of a ruptured dice in my low back. I had surgery three weeks ago. I began with a doseage of 5 mg every four hours in June and went to 7.5 mg every four hours the first of September. The surgery was a successful. My doctor didn’t give me a schedule on reduceing the drugs. On 10/14/14 I reduced the amout I was taking back to 5 mg. I did that for two days because that was all of the 5 mg dosage I had. Then on 10/16/14 I cut the 7.5 mg in half making my dose 3.75 mg taking it every five hours. However I am having difficulty dealing with the withdrawal side effects. How long can I expect them to last? Should I do something different? I have enough pills to continue this dose for a week. Thanks Mary Ann

1:54 pm October 21st, 2014

Hi Mary Ann. Going off hydrocodone is best done by tapering doses down, so you are doing the right thing. However, it’s done to lower the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and there is no way you can completely avoid them. I’d suggest you pay your doctor a visit and have him help you create a tapering schedule that will make this process more comfortable. You can also discuss other medications you can take to treat withdrawals as they occur.

Vicki
6:02 pm October 30th, 2014

I have been on hydrocodone and percocet for about 4 months straight – first for a rotator cuff surgery that I wasn’t fully healed from and then an emergency abdominal surgery. I want off the HC and two days ago decided to quit taking them and use ibuprofen. Yesterday was a great day. I had more energy than I’ve had in weeks. I had none of the “blues” and feeling like I was in a fog. Today is horrible. I can’t concentrate. I am cold, then hot, then cold. My feelings are very close to the surface. Let me say also that I never took more than was prescribed and in fact took it less often and took it only when “needed”. I have trouble sleeping and always counted on having it at bedtime but I can’t get my doctor to prescribe something to help me sleep. I have read the symptoms of withdrawal and I have about 8 out of 10 of them. I want my life back – my life as I knew it before the surgeries. My family wants me to have my life back. My granddaughter told me that my body is just mad at me for all I’ve had done to it in the last few weeks. This blog has helped me to understand that there is no shame in feeling like I’m having withdrawal to hydrocodone. I have a doctor’s appointment today. Maybe some relief will be in sight and he will give me a tapering down schedule that will lessen the symptoms I’m having. Thanks to all who have posted here. Makes me feel better that I’m not a drug addict.

Bernadette
9:59 pm October 30th, 2014

I have been on hydroco/Aceta 5-325MG Tab for 10 months know. I had back surgery in Dec. 20013. My Surgeon just told me that he can’t me any more refills . He didn’t say anything about havening withdraw. I have been taken 1/2 tab. at night for pain. well I be having withdraw?.
Thanks

kathi
11:17 pm November 1st, 2014

Hello carcrash0618. I had experienced the same problems with my legs after going off the hydrocodone that I was taking for seven years for chronic pain. My doctor prescribed me a med called gabapentin 100 mg and man it helped me. No more symptoms. This type of meds is usually prescribed to people who had restless leg symptoms and other symptoms, I checked it out on the internet. See if you primary care doctor will also give them to you. I take 2 every 8 hours and now I am pain med free and all my withdrawals symptoms are gone. I hope this comment will help you.

Edward of SC
12:10 am November 2nd, 2014

Vicki: Re the Doc that will not prescribe anything for sleep. The day my Doc tells me that, is the day I thank him/her for past service and tell them I’ll find one that will.

My problem — if one can call it a problem — is that when I need the H/C it works to relieve the pain. However, the insomnia, dehydration and constipation are after effects I deal with.

On a recent occurrence, I had to take an extra tablet to ease the pain. I passed one half gallon of urine in an 8 hour period. The next day, for my “hangover,” I took a quarter teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of sugar and one tbsp of apple cider vinegar in about 16 oz of water. I started feeling a bit better, but it took all day to get over the double dose of H/C. But easing the pain the night before, made the “hang-over” seem trivial.

Good luck and hopefully you can get the sleep you need to help you through the tough spots.

Susan
3:28 pm November 2nd, 2014

I have a severe case if osteo arthritis with some signs of RA. Recently sent to a RA Doctor because the inflamation blood levels were so high and the bonescan showed inflamed joints through out the body. In 2010 after hip replacements started on Vicodone. Started with 5/500 after a year or so another joint replacement increased to 10/325 and have been on that dosage since. I was taking 4-6 a day until I got a knee replacement two yrs. ago March. I started cutting down from 6 to 4 some days 3 a day depending on the pain and what I wanted to do. I keep active …..babysit…go to hockey games….baseball games….fish etc., The last 3 months been on two a day. I had to cut all the scrubs back and cut grass which caused a lot of back pain so for two day took 3 or 4. Then back to two. I also was put on a medicine by the RA doctor called leflunomide and have experieced some hair loss and extreme fatigue. So for 6 months have been going from 10 mg. to 20 mg. and back and forth. Then I thought it might be the vicodone so I talked with the doc and we cut it to 1 1/2 a day. Had diahrria, stomach upset and extreme fatigue. The leflunomide has helped with the pain so much that I don’t want to stop it completely but because of the hair loss and fatigue have stopped it now for the 4th day. I have been weak, depressed ad so tired. I started a part time job 4 1/2 hrs. 5 days a week about one month ago. It is a office job no physical labor computer work etc., I am tired when I get home. After a week of 1 1/2 V and no Leflunomide today I feel better. Seem to have more energy and a mood lifted a bit. I am going to try and clean. Since Friday after work I have done nothing but rest…..buy groceries which exhaused me….then slept well both nights Sat. rested all day and read …..watched TV etc., Today I am trying to figure out which med is causing the fatigue. I feel better taking two or three Vicodone a day. The doc said I may never be able to stop V as it controls the pain so I can lead a really normal life. I also get cortizone inj. for the back when needed instead of increasing the Vicodone. Actually the Vicodone doesn’t help the back pain ….and I don’t crave Vicodone. I actually forget to take it when I am having a good day. I was put out on a disability 12 yrs. ago but since being on this new RA medicine I have felt the best in 12 yrs. So ……anyone reading this if you have been on this RA medicine with small doses of Vicodone and can relate to what I am saying please give me your opinion. I also am wondering if the working is to much for my body. I live alone and have a home to take care of also. Thanks

Karen
6:17 pm November 11th, 2014

Hi! I have been on Norco for 6 yrs. ran out on Sunday. Dosage 10/325 4/day. Experiencincing all symptoms of withdrawal. Want to get off all meds im taking ( all of my docs are aware of what I take). Was tring to get off klonopin first, now sounds like it might be wiser to stop hydros. Any thoughts?

Thanks for tis web page! What a lifesaver!

Diana
8:45 am November 12th, 2014

I am 49 diabetic and have been taking hydrocodone 7.5/325 for approx a year I take approx 2-4 pills a day and been having respiratory issues could this be from the pained I been on them for approx 4 years with the last year bein on the 7.5’s any help would be appreciated

Vance
2:54 am November 14th, 2014

I had been taking hydrocodone for several weeks following cervical spine fusion surgery. I quit taking it four days ago and am now deep in the throes of withdrawal. Cold with sweats, food tastes horrible but I try to force myself to eat something anyway,muscle pain – can’t walk across the house without my legs aching and burning and severe mood swings. Should I still contact my physician?

Stephen
3:01 am November 14th, 2014

I was on Hydro for 7 years10/500 for 5 years and then 10/350, I am now off of them, more or less forced since you cannot get them anymore. I am in day 12 of being clean but still have running nose, nervous leg syndrome and diarrhea. I just wanted to say its a tough way to go but I lost my job and insurance with about 25 left. I was taking 5 a day. I believe it was gods intervention. every day I cut back by one half tab and on the last day I took a half. I spent the next 7 days up all night no sleep like a walking zombie, sleep an hour and up for 4. but I avoided calling the doctor and maybe should have to ease the withdrawal however I didn’t want to get addicted to something else. I am now in severe pain due to many joint operations and have faced the fact the this is part of getting old. I would rather be old and in pain than die from complications from this nasty stuff, at this point I may get a Medical Marijuana card.

Elizabeth
2:58 am November 17th, 2014

I was taking 24 10/350 a day! At least 6 at a time. I told a friend this was becoming a big problem and she is in charge of meds while tapering. I’m given 4 7.5s a day and this is not working. Doesn’t even take the edge off! Help!

Rose
11:35 pm November 21st, 2014

I have been taking 2-3 7.5/325 hydrocodone on a daily basis for approximately 2.5 years. I’ve told myself since I never take more than three a day that im not addicted. I know better now and have decided to quit. My question is since i don’t take many daily should i still taper off ? Its been several hours since my missed dose and im already experiencing moderate side effects. If it gets worse than this, Im nervous! Also I’ve just started Zoloft

4:22 pm November 24th, 2014

Hello Rose. And YES, tapering doses down is the right way to go with hydrocodone. It may seem as a low dose, but you’ve been taking it long enough for physical dependence to develop. You might consider consulting a medical professional for treatment of the underlying withdrawal effects.

deb
5:48 am November 28th, 2014

Due to the declassification of hydro, my idiot dr dropped me from 60mg to 30mg a day. For 3 wks now I have been going thru hell. I wound up taking an ambulance ride to the er, to be told it was anxiety. My dr said I should not be having withdrawal since I still had the drug in my system. It was thru the web that I learned I should be reduced at a slower rate. I have real pain with xrays to prove it. The dea is screwing with people’s lives. This dr needs to have her license pulled. I need serious help, she has given me none and will not return my calls,my cries for help. I don’t know where to go.

11:53 am November 28th, 2014

Hi Deb. I’m very sorry for what you are going through. Unfortunately, you are not the only one facing this problem and people nation-wide are suffering the same. You can treat this set of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms using over the counter flu and cold medications as well as prescription medications.

Propofol is used for sedation during rapid hydrocodone detoxification.Tramadol, methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are popular medications which occupy opioid receptors in the brain to either provoke orlessen severity of withdrawal symptoms. Medications like clonidine or Immodium are used treat specific hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms such as high blood pressure and diarrhea. If your doctor won’t help, see a pharmacist at the local pharmacy.

Grace
7:53 am December 10th, 2014

I’m being taken off of vicoprofen. I’ve been on it for four years of 7.5 mg and I believe it was 200 mg ibuprofen. I just started taking 3 instead of four a day and for two weeks I was okay doing that and didn’t get sick but did notice alot more pain.
Now my new prescription is 3 a day of 5 mg and its acetaminophen and not ibuprofen. I’m depressed and have very low energy and I mean so low I think I might faint. I’ve had two days now that I have been on my new prescription and both days I have had diarrhea and have gone number two atleast four times on both days. I have been drinking fluids but still feel very dizzy. I have been feeling both days like I might throw up. I’m wondering is this normal? Am I suppose to be getting diarrhea each day? And is it normal to feel like I am going to faint? Is it really 25% each week that its suppose to be cut down by? I’m worried I’m going to be a disappointment. I’m also really afraid of the idea of fainting. I need some answers, thanks!

3:31 pm December 16th, 2014

Hello Grace. Have you told this to your prescribing doctor? You might need to be taken off the first medication at a slower pace, or a dose adjustment on the new med. The symptoms you describe need doctor’s attention. Hope you feel better soon.

Diana
6:54 pm December 16th, 2014

This is the worst experience ever…PCP won’t give me anymore…cut from 120 month to 60 s month overnight..of course ran out and she will not re-fill! The shakiness/rapid heart rate/ High blood pressure…diareha/vomiting..how can this be safe?? Never mind the extreme agitation…I think the DEA has really screwed up on this one…I can see future lawsuits due to this…my issue..live in rural area…no pain management centers or addiction centers closer than 2 hours. Went to a mental health center yesterday/they did a intake and then proceed to tell me their MD who is only one who can prescribe a optional med cannot get me in for two 1/2 weeks…….by then I won’t need it! This site is helping some to know others are going though this also..but seriously it scares me what I feel and am going though..What happens next???

David
1:55 am December 19th, 2014

I started my withdrawals off hydro on Wednesday and after one day I feel a lot better. I was taking 60 mg of hydro a day for 2 years straight. This isn’t my first rodeo either and each time I’ve withdrawn I’ve had different intensity levels of the withdrawals. What I’ve learned is you cannot feel sorry for yourself. 70% of ur symptoms will be intensified by your mind. I have 2 young boys that help me keep my mind off of it and I would HIGHLY recommend that u NOT do this alone. U will need someone to talk to through it all. Set up support systems for yourself (i.e. at work). Write down everything u want to do when ur clean. Look forward to being clean. One thing that has helped me a lot iis taking HOT baths with Epsom salt. Do it twice a day, once before you go to sleep so ur muscles will be relaxed. The salt will also speed up the detox process for ur body. Drink lots of water and THINK POSITIVE! it will all be worth it. After day 3 you will look back and smile. Good luck!

misty
4:48 pm December 29th, 2014

I have been taking hydrocodone for 5 years. I was up to 5 a day when my insurance changed and I could no longer afford a pain management doctor. I managed to go down to 1 1/2 a day after my first month but I wasn’t able to go at all this month. I’ve been without it completely for 9 days and have developed severe headaches and nausea. I take muscle relaxors for muscle spasms but it doesn’t help with the tension headaches. I work in a job that is physically demanding sometimes and managing the pain so I can work is really hard. I know I’ll never be fully pain free. Even 5 a day didn’t stop the pain, just dulled it to where I could function. Are the headaches the last leg to withdraws? What can I do now to relieve the pain since ibuprofen and aspirin don’t help to take the edge off? How do I handle the mental cravings? Over a week into my body releasing the toxins and im still in hell. Any advice would be great.

Paul
11:43 pm January 4th, 2015

Started w/ one a day in 93. Now I take two in the morning and two at night. I stay sleepy all the time and I think I can just stop taking them. What do you think? (10-375 hydrocodone)

5:36 pm January 14th, 2015

Hello Paul. I wouldn’t suggest an abrupt cessation of hydrocodone after taking the medication for such a long time and in such doses. It won’t be pleasant or safe. My advise is to consult a doctor, get a tapering schedule and slowly reduce doses. You may feel some withdrawal symptoms, but they won’t be as severe as the symptoms from quitting cold turkey, plus they can be medically managed.

harva
4:12 am January 16th, 2015

Dec. 31 I had complete him replacement surgery and quit taking hydrocodone the morning of the 14th day. Will the length of my withdrawal be less than someone who has used it for say, a month? Thanks,

12:03 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Harva. Yes, if you only took it for two weeks and as prescribed your withdrawal symptoms should be mild. Maybe some fatigue, shifts in energy, changes in sleep patterns, but you’ll be back to normal very quickly.

Patrick
3:17 am January 21st, 2015

I have been on 40 – 60 mg daily of hydrocodone for 1.5 years. Today is day 5 off the medication cold turkey. I did not taper my meds. I am not (and have not) experienced depression, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, goose bumps, chills, or any leg cramps. I do have more pain than usual in my neck and back (but it is manageable with OTC pain relievers), but I do have the diarrhea.
From everything I have read, I thought I would be in real bad shape at this point.
Am I one of the lucky ones? Or am I just waiting to experience the worst?

Mayport
8:14 pm January 26th, 2015

Hey, I’ve taken 40-50 mg a day for five years. I took 50 mg. Saturday and 10 mg. yesterday.. My eyes are blurry and watering, nose running, severe insomnia and my legs are sore. I have a prescrption for valium also I just got (have not filled it yet) but I want to get off all of this crap. My girlfriend got off drugs using suboxone. There are still some strips cut in thin little pieces left. I took my last pill almost exactly 24 hours ago. i’ve been sleeping from 5AM to about 1:30PM for about two weeks, If I can get back on schedule soon, I’ll still have a job but I have not been able to work for two weeks

Alison
7:50 pm February 3rd, 2015

Do tremors occur with hydrocodone withdrawal. If they do how long do they last? Do they increase with activity

11:29 am February 4th, 2015

Hello Alison. Yes, tremors are one of the symptoms of any opiate withdrawal, including hydrocodone. They are felt mostly in the hands, although they can be evident in other parts of your body. Try using hot baths or showers and a heating pad or hot water bottle, and also ibuprofen or naproxen for pain.

Alison
3:41 pm February 4th, 2015

Do tremors occur with hydrocodone withdrawal? If so how long do they last?

George
8:05 am February 9th, 2015

I am detoxing myself from HC 10 by stopping to use it for the past 5 days. I have been on doctor prescribed pain meds for 6 years after having prostate cancer radiation totally botched. I am now in pain hell, and I do mean hell with terrible pain all throughout my body. Please respond if you have had this symptom and tell me if is ever stops??
Thanks in advance

Mike
4:38 am February 25th, 2015

I need help but don’t know where to turn… I’ve gotten myself into this cycle of abuse and it’s ruining my life… every week I tell myself I’m done but keep going back and it has put me thousands of dollars in debt… I can’t let this ruin my life and it will take years to undo the damage I’ve done… any advice or help is appreciated

Tailor
2:48 am March 10th, 2015

I have developed a dependancy after after sustaining a shoulder injury and have undergone surgery a little less than a week ago. I know I need pain relief while recoverimg from surgery but also know after recovering I will have withdrawals. I’ve been taking the hydrocodone for over a month awaiting surgery and have a minimum of 3 weeks of pain left according to the orthopedic surgeon who is caring for my injury. Who should I speak to about tapering off? The orthopedist or my regular primary care physician? I went a day without the medication and began experiencing symptoms of withrawal about 8 or 10 hours after my last dose.

John
8:53 pm March 10th, 2015

Trying to do this alone. Any advice? No one knows so can’t really talk to anyone.

5:12 pm March 16th, 2015

Hi John. Acute withdrawal from hydrocodone symptoms can peak at 72 hours after last dose and continue to affect you for a couple of weeks. These period is followed by flu-like symptoms.
1. You can treat these symptoms using over the counter flu and cold medications as well as prescription medications. Tramadol, methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are popular medications which occupy opioid receptors in the brain to either provoke or lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
2. Medications like clonidine or Immodium are used treat specific hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms such as high blood pressure and diarrhea.
3. Short acting sleep aids, acupuncture or other alternatives that aim to promote sleep can help.
4. Methadone or buprenorphine replacement treatments are also possible (if prescribed by a doctor).
4. Lifestyle changes for sleep problems are often beneficial. Engaging in physical and mental exercises which promote positive emotional states can reduce stress and nervousness.
5. Learning new behaviors and habits through congitive-behavioral therapy can help you cope with life without hydrocodone.

I hope this can help you get through. Good luck, John!

kathy
1:23 am March 19th, 2015

I have taken hydrocodone off and on for years, as I have a bad back. However, I never take more than 2 per day to help me sleep. Would I still suffer withdrawal symptons?

12:43 pm March 19th, 2015

Hi Kathy. It’s a very individual matter. But I think that you most probably will experience some withdrawal effects and discomfort.

Deanna Fisher
2:12 am March 26th, 2015

I have been taking 60mg of 10/325 Hydrocodone for 2 1/2 years. what is the safest way to get off of it? Why and How?
Thanks for the help. Scared!

Deanna Fisher
2:13 am March 26th, 2015

Forgot to say this…as prescribed, for chronic pain.

jeff
3:24 am April 2nd, 2015

what kind of medicines can I get for the withdrawals I have been on norco10/325 for 9years all of a sudden you cant get them now please help I am in severe pain from withdrawls last time that I had any has been 7 days.

1:45 pm April 6th, 2015

Hi Jeff. What are the symptoms you are experiencing? You can go to the local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist for some general over-the-counter medicines that treat the specific effects you are feeling.

jeff
5:24 pm April 7th, 2015

stomach pain diaherria weakness no energy depressed etc. how long does this last its been 9 days today. thank you

RAE
7:41 am April 9th, 2015

smoked meth for the first time this pass Monday I have a mouth and urine test do onfriday will it still show after 4 days

tara
6:45 am April 11th, 2015

I have been on hydrocodone for 1 month. Will I have withdrawals?

2:46 pm April 11th, 2015

Hi Tara. One month is enough time to form physical dependence on a medication. Of course, it depends on the frequency and amount of hydrocodone you were taking. So, the severity and duration of withdrawals can vary from person to person. The withdrawal symptoms will be significantly milder if you do a slow and gradual taper of your current doses.

Sherri W
1:02 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi my name is Sherry. I don’t have a need to be prescribed Hydrogodone but yet I’ve been on it for 5 years. The Dr kept writing it and I kept taking it. I own and operate my own store and on Sunday I took my last pill. Since I own and operate my own store, the dr visit and the cost of the pills were not fitting in with what direction I want to take my store. So I took the last pill. I was doing 10 pills a day 10/325 and I need to be more alert then what I feel when I take the pills. It’s now Wednesday morning. I started to read some blogs. There is one story on here that helped me get out of bed. His or her name is Aaron. I read all your stories and all contributed a “get up and move” in my mind. The withdrawals haven’t been to bad. The worst I feel is RLS. Day 3 now and my lower back hurts. I’m exhausted but if I keep telling myself I’m going to be healthy not only for me but for my two kids who are 18 and 21. No one knows. All I can say is thank you. If you keep telling yourself you will get through this, you will improve health wise and you will feel better then the detox won’t be so bad. IT’s true that detox symptoms will vary. I took the pills as pleasure, no surgery or need for them. Day 3 I’m tired but I actually feel alert. I’m thinking more positive and well the dr well that’s ajoke. I called his office to find out what to expect and he had a staff member call me and advised me to go to a urgent care center if I had problems. That right there showed me he didn’t care about me, he’s upset that he won’t get the $140 a month dr visit from me since I had no insurance. All I want to say is if you really want to change the addictive life and live happier then try to quit. I pray this 3rd day for me gets better and I can stay out of bed.

Sherri W
12:48 pm April 16th, 2015

It’s day 4… Yesterday I was able to get out of bed. I washed all my bedding and went outside and sat in the sun. It helped a lot!! True I have restless nights of sleep still but I got up this morning and gave all the glory to God. Yes I orayed and asked God to please heal me through this and help me. Prayers work. I’m testimony to that. I had people praying for me. I begged God to forgive me for damaging my body, his body… Please keep praying to get through the detox. Don’t give up. It’s day 4 for me and I’m up!! I’m anxious to go to work. I’m excited to be the person I was before using. It’s not easy but you must push yourself. Every time your mind says lay down in bed you say no I’m going to do something today. Watch some comedy TV shows, read a good book wash cloths do something. Don’t give in…. The devil will keep attacking you to say call your dr get a new RX but don’t do it… I didn’t need the pills it was my own stupidity to just take the pills for no reason. I had no pain. I had no surgery I had no need for them. But if I can do this u too can do this. Get up and give thanks!!

Sherri W
1:19 pm April 18th, 2015

It’s Saturday (6 days clean) and I owe all my healing to God! I didn’t have half of the hell mentioned in others stories . I was on my knees asking God to heal me, remove the desire, anoint me with the blood of Jesus from my head to the soles of my feet… Prayer works if you believe! I’m out of bed, I’m laughing and having fun with the people in my life. I hold a conversation and actually listen now. I’m more focused to my surroundings. I don’t find the need to have to keep writing every thought down on a piece of paper so I don’t forget it. I remember things more clearly. It’s not easy but I’m telling you once you do set your mind to be clean you will make it happen, because you control the thoughts, not the pills. I’m sitting on my porch having a cup of coffee and enjoying the fresh air. Do I crave? Yes but only for a moment because I change my thoughts and think positive and the crave is gone. Yesterday I didn’t have one thought of it except in the morning. I’m assuming because that’s when I would pop 5 in one hour. But I’m learning and you too can do this. It’s not a way to live being messed up and destroying our organs with this stuff. It’s not worth it especially since I want to be here for my kids…

Sherri W
1:27 am April 21st, 2015

If you are reading this to get encouraged and to take the first step let me tell you it’s so much better when you get past the first few days. I’m on day 8 and I went to work full of life today. I got tired around 3 but I kept busy and the feeling went away. It’s ok and it’s the right choice. You have to clean your body not only for you, but for your kids if you have kids. Just know each day you keep telling yourself you will be here each day to see a smile and give thanks to God each morning you wake up.

Janice
5:35 pm April 21st, 2015

I fell 5 weeks ago and broke my knee cap. My doctor prescribed percocet 7.5/325 and I took about 3 every 24 hours. At three weeks I ask him to give me some hydrocondone so I could cutting back. He gave me 7.5/325. I continued to take 3-4 in 24 hours. I began waking up at night feeling like my skin was crawling, nauseated and severe abdominal pain. I took Zofran and my hydrocodone and after about 30-45 minutes, I was feeling normal again. That scared me so the next morning I started taking one half of the pill. I now am taking 1/2 tablet about 3-4 times a day. I still wake up feeling a little nausea so I take the pill and it takes longer but I finally feel better. Now I am worried because I don’t know where to go from here. I planned to reduce the 1/2 tablet but it is difficult to cut it that small. Not sure what to do next. I go back to my doctor in two weeks and he is going to take off my knee brace and let me go back to work on light duty. I can not be taking any pain medication while working. I am trying to stretch out my time in taking my pain med.but after about 5-6 hours, I began to feel the need to take the hydrocodone. Where do I go from here. My knee still hurts at times and all I can take is tylenol and it does not help that much. I have taken both percocet and hydrocodone many times in my life short times when I have needed it and never remember having a time like this trying to stop it. I plan to tell my doctor in 2 weeks if I am still struggling with this but just wondered if you could help me because I would love to be off this by the time I go back to the doctor.
Thanks,
Janice

Joey
1:42 am April 28th, 2015

Hi I’ve been taking hrdrocodone for pain for close to a year now. But the last 6 month consistently taking 5 to 6 Norco 5/325 daily. I am down to 2 at a time every 24 hours. I did go 29 hours without a dose yesterday and only experience mild back soreness and a little restless. Can you tell me if I make the transition. To cold turkey from here will my withdrawls be very bad? Keep in mind I’m at 2 at a time once a day for the 3rd day now. Please help I’m scared of the withdrawl symptoms and I want to get off this crap because it is highly addictive and that’s not a road I want to go down. Thanks!

chris
2:47 am May 7th, 2015

I broke my back and both my knees on November 16 of 2009 I have had back surgery from c7 to t9 vertebrae I compressed my body 60 percent I now have 6 bulging discs in lower back I have been on Lortab and got switched to Norco 10 they prescribe me 180 a month and in 2 and a half weeks I am out insane but true I am back working and hurt even more but when I’m out I can’t get mativated my legs are so tired no energy nothing so of course I go buy them on the streets I want to stop is there a home type remidy I can do to feel motivated and have the energy I use to have naturally before the pills I don’t want to substitute one depending for another from the doctors please any advice will be thankful

Nancy
4:12 pm May 7th, 2015

I need to know if I have become addicted to these drugs…
I only took this med at night if my leg started to hurt. But I have started to shake and can not think right. Doctors say I have stress and just give me more meds, but I hate taking all this stuff. I have never felt this way before. I just got this new job and I can not loose it, because I have not other source of income. Do I have stress? Or am I addicted to the meds I have been taking. I have stop taking all of them since Tuesday night. I had to have a colonastopy on Wed so I was not suppose to take anything. But This feeling has been going on for about a month now. I also have started to itch in different places…

Joyce
6:51 pm May 7th, 2015

i have had several back surgeries and been on narco for 6 years they have now put me on morphin and I do not want to do this any more. I’m sick all time and they say my leg and back pain is from authoridis but all I do is keep taking more drugs I’m tired of them and want off.

Michelle
6:26 pm May 8th, 2015

Hello, I found out I was pregnant at 19 weeks and I was taking 2-3 norco 10s a day. I then tapered off of them at 24 weeks. I am wondering will my baby still have withdrawals if I stopped using at 24 weeks

4:04 pm May 11th, 2015

Hi Michelle. As the medication is cleared from your system, it is cleared from your baby’s system too. So, s/he should be safe from withdrawal symptoms at birth. You can talk over the details with your gynaecologist to get ready for possible risks when you get into labor.

Nicki
9:27 pm May 12th, 2015

I have been on Hydrocodone 7.5/325, 4 times a day for several years. I want off of them! Please tell me what to expect and how long I will have to put up with this withdrawal. I have already cut back the last two weeks to two a day.

Kevin
7:26 pm May 13th, 2015

I did so good for a long time…. eating norco or vicodins whenever I got them, and never seeming to have withdrawals… but now, I am dying of the withdrawal symptoms. I think I will leave work early, and go lay on a bed. My back hurts so bad, intestine issues, chills, sweats, aches, pains and I am so run down. I’m thinkin’ I may pass the next time someone offers me some :(

2:21 pm May 14th, 2015

Hi Nicki. Check this article to get a better understanding of the hydrocodone withdrawal timeline: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-hydrocodone-withdrawal-last/. Hope it can prepare you and get you informed on what to expect.

Nicki
5:42 pm May 14th, 2015

Thanks Ivana. I’m already having withdrawal and it is NOT fun. Three days without any.

11:21 am May 15th, 2015

That’s a tuff period, Nicki. You can treat the set of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms using over the counter flu and cold medications as well as prescription medications. Medications like clonidine or Immodium are used treat specific symptoms such as high blood pressure and diarrhea. For insomnia and sleep problems try short acting sleep aids, acupuncture or other alternatives that aim to promote sleep. To deal with psychological effects, talk to your doctor. S/he may put you on opiate substitution therapy and suggest psychotherapy or counseling. Stay strong, Nicki. And keep yourself well hydrated and nourished.

Nicki
5:18 pm May 15th, 2015

I can handle everything except I am exhausted! I have to work and I don’t have any energy at all. I feel like I could sleep for a month. That is the hardest thing about withdrawal symptoms. I am drinking so much water that I get sick to my stomach. I’m so tired right now and I want to go home and lay down but I can’t. I’m laying off of soda, sugar and breads thinking that will help. I am trying and I can make it if the energy comes back. That’s why I wanted off them. I realized I wasn’t taking them for pain anymore (fibro) and I was taking them for the energy they gave me. I had to admit to myself I am addicted. Can you tell me anything else to do for energy? Will it ever get better? Thank you so much.

kay
1:49 pm May 23rd, 2015

I know that this is a low dose that I have tapered to. But I’m still so sick with constant headaches. I’ve been tapering 1/2 of 5/325 to get off hydrocodone for 3 wks. For 6 days I’m down 2 1/2 a.m. and 1/2pm. My doctor ordered after this week (tomorrow) drop it to one 1/2 once a day. But I’m still sick and intolerable @ this weeks taper. I have read to possible reduce .25 a week. Any help is appreciated. It seems impossible & not worth it. Thank u!

Debbi
2:11 pm May 27th, 2015

my fiancé is detoxing off of 6 months of taking hydrocodone. We are gradually decreasing the dose & length between doses. He is still suffering the pain in the leg symptoms extremely bad as we lessen the dose. Is there anything I can do
To help this? Please if you have any ideas, let’s know.

2:48 pm May 27th, 2015

Hi Debbi. Everyone reacts differently during withdrawal. However, gradually reducing doses significantly lowers the intensity of symptoms you experience. Things that help are staying away from caffeine, alcohol and nicotine; stretching, taking hot or cold baths, applying hot or cold packs to the affected area, massages of the legs; exercise and relaxation techniques; putting folded heavy blankets on top of legs; putting on tight pressure socks. Also, ask a doctor or a pharmacist about medications that may be useful for stopping restless legs effects.

Diana
3:32 pm May 28th, 2015

My 77 year old mother has to use hydrocodone for her osteoarthritis. She also has gastroparesis and has terrible nausea symptoms with this. She usually runs out of her pain meds before time to renew them. Then of course, she starts symptoms of withdrawal. Severe nausea, vomiting, leg pain and dizziness. I think some of this is from the gastroparesis too. She has had to go to the emergency room several times. But after a recent stay in the hospital and nursing home for physical therapy, she does not want to go. Just need some suggestions on how I may be able to help her. I am her only living child. She has been told by a doctor that she will always have to take pain medication. Thank you for any info you could provide.

Amy
2:52 am May 29th, 2015

I have been taking 3 to 5 10/325 norco for back injuries for 12 years. I am pregnant and decided to quit. I have drunk a gallon of water a day for the past week. It’s now Thursday on Monday cut dosage to 1 and 1/2 Tuesday 1 Wednesday 1/2. Am now 15 hours in and symptoms are unbelievably mild only slight chills when craving gets bad I just tell myself no. Good luck everyone.

Patrick
2:39 am June 1st, 2015

Hi. I was taking about 20-25 Mil gram a day. I stopped taking hydrocodone cold turkey. I’m in my seventh day. The first few days felt very fatigue. I really didn’t have a lot of the systems mentioned. At this time I have no energy to do anything, and I’m somewhat depressed. Im I still going through withdrawal? If so, how long will this last. By the way, I’ve been taking this dosage for over a year.

10:34 am June 1st, 2015

Hi Patrick. It will take a while before your energy levels even out and you start feeling like your old self. The first few days are usually the worst, then things tend to get better. I believe you are lucky, since hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are much worse for most patients who’ve been taking the medication long-term and quit cold turkey. If you are having trouble sleeping, short-acting sleep aids, acupuncture or other alternatives that aim to promote sleep can help. Engaging in physical and mental exercises which promote positive emotional states can reduce fatigue, stress and nervousness. Also, keep yourself well hydrated, eat whole and healthy foods, and try multivitamin supplements to boost your energy.

Raymond
11:47 am June 1st, 2015

are suicidal urges part of withdrawal signs

12:24 pm June 3rd, 2015

Hi Raymond. Yes, some people withdrawing from hydrocodone do report experiencing suicidal thoughts and ideation. Report this one and any other side effects you may be feeling to your doctor, so they can be managed appropriately on time.

Tony
6:01 pm June 10th, 2015

Ivana,
Please help me. I am an alcoholic (12-20 light beers a day morning to night) 56 yrs. old. Never actually get drunk. Very stressful period of my life. I also take 35-40MG Hydro for diabetic nerve pain (and I am sure some attributed to the alcohol). I was totally clean about 6 months ago from all, but the stress of poverty has brought me back into this addictive pattern. I have never had too much trouble with the alcohol withdrawal in the past. A few valium, a few days I am good to go. 7 years ago I cold turkeyed off of 80mg Hydro and 90 mg. morphine XR a day. HELL! But I did it. I have kept myself below 40mg Hydro for 6 mos. I am a pro realtor and have 2 commercial deals in escrow that would totally turn my life around, but the stress is unbearable. Even using this much, I can only sleep 3-4 hours at a time. That is why I use just to feel normal. Should I quit the alcohol or Hydro first? Both at once? I want to be clean again as I was last November. Felt great and I seriously regret using again. I live alone and have NO support except my faith. A few valium left. I am an anxiety ridden nervous wreck at this time and fear that withdrawals will amplify during the most important time in my life. Should I wait for the deals to go through, thus relieving some financial stress, or bite the bullet? You are blessed in helping so many out of thyese predicaments and your reply would sincerely be appreciated.

5:09 pm June 12th, 2015

Hello Diana. If she over-uses her prescriptions it is illegal because she’s using more than prescribed. Then, she runs out and stops cold turkey. I believe the side-effects she’s feeling are mainly withdrawal due to the abrupt cessation. If she won’t stay in a nursing home, you will need to manage her medications and keep track, so that she’s not taking more than advised by a doctor.

Cold turkey
2:08 am June 13th, 2015

This was the last straw for me. I just took the bottle out of my other MED’s , my stomach was first to go , then the seasonal allergies & an the cold was there but , they couldn’t find it until I inadvertently couched some of it up … 21 day’s w/t out an I’m throwing away the prescription I just had sent to me. This was a little bruttal , an I’m not going bk!

Sleepless
9:18 am June 13th, 2015

I was in a car accident 10 days ago. My hand was crushed in the accident, and I bad reconstructive surgery done to repair the 8 broken bones in it. The dr. Prescribed hydrocodone to take pre and post surgery. I was told to take 1-2 tablets as needed. I was taking 1.5 because it seemed to manage the pain well. For the last two days, I’ve inly taken one. Today, I’ve had a low level of pain, so I haven’t taken one. Right now, I can’t sleep and feel so restless. I feel like I just want to crawl out of my skin. Can you develop and dependency and experience withdrawal if you’ve only been taking them for 10 days? Thanks.

Sam
3:13 pm June 13th, 2015

i stopped taking hydrocone about 2 months ago, had been on it for about 15 yrs.. Have lost 50 lbs., is this common, or is something else going on?

farmgirl54
1:51 am June 16th, 2015

Can a low grade temperature be a symptom of withdrawal?

Danielle
2:51 am June 18th, 2015

HI, I’ve been taking norco 10 for about a year. I’ve only taken 1 to 3 a day I’m down to 1 a day now. I don’t know what to expect for my withdraws. Do i need to go to the doctor? How long is the withdraw symptoms? I have a special needs daughter that I have to tend to in just want to be ok for her.. I started taking them because I’ve had a lot off tooth problems but now I’ve taken care of all that I just need to get off this crap. Amy advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks k you..danielle

3:41 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi Danielle. Yes, seeking doctor’s help can help you get prepared for the detox period, so you’ll know what to expect and what to do. Acute withdrawal from hydrocodone symptoms can peak at 72 hours after last dose and continue to affect you for a couple of weeks. The best was to withdraw from hydrocodone is to have doses of hydrocodone tapered under the observation of a doctor over the course of several weeks. This method allows your body to compensate and slowly regain normalcy. It also minimizes the severity and intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Tapering may not eliminate symptoms completely, but will keep you functioning to be able to take care of your daughter.

6:25 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi Sleepless. What you describe sounds like hydrocodone withdrawal, but even if it is, after such a low-dose and short-term use symptoms should subside in a very short period of time. In the mean time, you can use some general over-the-counter sleep aids to help you.

6:36 pm June 18th, 2015

Congratulations Cold turkey! I’m so glad it’s all over and in the past for you! I hope your motivation and commitment can inspire others to put an end to their hydrocodone dependence and/or addiction.

James
6:57 am June 23rd, 2015

having been taking 2 to 4 pills/day of 10mg/325mg hyd/acetaminophen for 7 yrs, I stopped gradually but had no withdrawal symptoms. Could this mean the generic “Norco” of the Rx’d Vicodin is not as effective? A poor substitute?

Angie
11:04 pm June 30th, 2015

I’m a nurse that has been taking Norco 10 on and off for some reason for a neck injury. I know I could lose my job and it is probably illegal but I started taking IV dilaudud from the hospital… I was able to get away with it bc my pts were prescribed it and if I “didn’t” use it I would ” waste ” it with another nurse. It started as 2mg I would inject once or twice a day. I’ve been doing it for about 3 monthes… Knowing it is wrong and trying to stop. But now I’m up to about 15-20 mg/day…with maybe a day or two off when I’m not at work and don’t have access. Those days I’m miserable. Last night I went thru a traumatic experience,.. Despite injecting the dilaudud that day….I started having severe flu like symptoms… Chill and whole body shivering followed by a very high fever. My boyfriend wanted to take me to the ER but I refused…he doesn’t know. I called in sick to work today and tomorrow and have a doc appt tomorrow. I know I’m going thru withdrawal but afraid to tell anyone. What can I do? I know I need to stop or it is going to kill me.

tee
6:39 pm July 1st, 2015

I usually take 5-6 lortabs a day I haven’t had any in about a week am really tired my breast hurt I do have diarrhea can I be pregnant are is dis withdrawal

Geriatric Junkie
4:49 am July 2nd, 2015

I am a 71 y/o woman and have been taking prescribed hydrocodone/acetaminophen 325 for chronic back pain and pain from severe arthritis in my knee for the past year or more. I strictly take it only at night, 1.5 tablets, so that I can sleep pain-free. I am starting to become concerned about dependency even from this relatively small dose, because when I run out (within several days at the end of the 30-day script) I’ve been experiencing sleeplessness (even with 3 mg Lunesta), body aches, stomach issues and agitation. Also adding to the sleeplessness is the inability to stop my legs from demanding to be moved from one position to another on a constant basis. In addition, the efficacy of the dose seems to be less and less over time. Is this dependency? Is this withdrawal? Even from such a limited dosage? From what I read here, it certainly does seem like it. Without it, my life is unlivable because of the pain. My state recently approved medical Marijuana usage, and I find that cannabis does, in fact, help more than the hydrocodone. What to do, what to do. Life is tough for old ladies falling apart by degrees.

5:07 pm July 3rd, 2015

Hi Angie. You probably don’t want to read this, but you need to go to the hospital. Stopping cold turkey on your own will leave you in bed and in terrible shape. Go to that doctor’s appointment and follow your doctor’s guidelines on how to treat and ease withdrawal symptoms.

robert usnc vet
12:58 am July 4th, 2015

wow thanks for the blog , I have been on hydro for about 3 years along with gabapentin for my nerve damage and back pain . thanks to the new federal guidelines on hydro it has been a job filling prescriptions with the va primary care providers and now this holiday weekend they screwed up and didn’t get mine filled on the hydro I ran out yesterday and am already feeling the down side of it . I didn’t really know what I was fixing to go thru so started searching . I’m 60 and a pretty tough old man . at least I know now that I’m not going to flop around on the floor like a fish lol thanks again for the informative site. and I may take this ride right on off the drugs . I haven’t felt like myself in a long time .

Judy
6:37 am July 4th, 2015

I am trying again to get off hydrocodone the drug I thing the devil made have been on it maybe yr and half friendly DR did not tell me how hard it would be to quit.I started out taking 40mgs got down to 30mg a day then 20mg was not to bad but now the last month to go im climbing walls scared to tell DR so I guess I will like everyone else on here suffer I have been praying a lot and taking sleeping pill so get though the night im down to 15mg a day 2,5 in the morning and 2.5 at dinner and 5mg at bed time so I will keep doing this for few more weeks. Then I will do 10 mgs a day problem is cutting the pill now to get right mg they are 10mg all I can afford to buy but lord willing I will figure this out my birthday is early September this would be my own greatest present thanks for being here and listening take care

C Borne
7:13 pm July 5th, 2015

I know of an retired military person receiving hydrocodone pain meds for over 6 month. He had a several back injury and surgery 6 months ago, Is that unusual, and how can he ween off this meds, he has missed 2 days an experiencing irritability, increased back pain and chills? Is there help for veterans who are addicted to pain meds?
Help!

Joseph
4:08 am July 11th, 2015

I was wondering if anyone could answer this question I have not seen it on any of the blogs it seems that after 10 years of hydrocodone use prescribed by Dr. I was wondering if anyone could answer this question I have not seen it on any of the blogs it seems that after 10 years of hydrocodone use prescribed by Dr. that after the taper program was complaining that I continue to have severe cramps or shinsplints or making and pains in my lower legs I’m wondering if this is part of it with drawl or part of some other symptom I may have I am 71 years old and have been on hydrocodone 7.5 for 10 years I believe I have beat the hydrocodone addiction but I don’t know about that withdrawaldoes anyone have any ideas.
Thank you in advance.

Joseph
4:25 am July 11th, 2015

I was wondering if anyone could answer this question I have not seen it on any of the blogs it seems that after 10 years of hydrocodone 7.5 4-5 a day prescribed by Dr. that after the taper program was completed that I continue to have severe cramps or what some call shinsplints or ache and pains in my lower legs I’m wondering if this is part of the withdrawl or part of some other symptom I may have I am 71 years old and have been on hydrocodone 7.5 for 10 years I believe I have beat the hydrocodone addiction but I don’t know about that withdrawal does anyone have any ideas. Thank you in advance.

Leigh
5:51 pm July 12th, 2015

I’ve been on two hydrocodone 10/325’s every 6 hours for years due to pain from ankylosing spondylitis. I forgot to refill it and couldn’t reach my doctor before he closed for the weekend (that was 2 days ago) so I’ve been detoxing this weekend. I’ve always taken my medication as prescribed and I had no idea I was physically addicted so badly. I also have Addison’s Disease–can the withdrawal symptoms cause me to have an addisonian crisis? I seem to be past the worst of the withdrawals, the first night was the worst. I was sleepwalking all night and my husband said I tried to climb out the window (we live on the ground floor). Now I just have nausea, headaches, fatigue and a lot of pain. I see my doctor in a few days, but now that I’m off of this stuff I’m not sure I really want to start taking it again. But then what do I do about the pain? Help please.

Cindy
4:51 pm July 13th, 2015

Would like to know if only taking ONE 5/325 tab a day along with my Motrin over a1-2 yr time and now going without could cause the withdrawal symptoms others have described on here, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, headache etc.?? Am a mom with a 21 yr old quad CP special needs son and have broken my own body down from the lifting and carrying of him. The pain is chronic and intense but I don’t want to take these pills for rest of my life. Thank you.

Tammy
3:23 pm July 17th, 2015

I cut my dosage down and now I’m getting a zapping feeling.

Margaret
7:52 pm July 21st, 2015

I am 84 y.o. female having osteoarthritis,osteoporosis,sciatica pain. I’ve been taking HC for about 2 years. 5mg 3x daily. I do not take this amount.. Sometimes only one or two, but at night I sometimes take two tabs for sciatica pain. If I’m feeling good, I might not take it at all. Is at these times that I start having multiple bowel movements which progress into very soft stools. I noticed that this was connected with HC, and would get better after a dose. What is the best way to withdraw. My doctor does not believe I take enough HC to be addicted. so he is no help.

DeAnna
9:52 am July 27th, 2015

ive been on pain medication for 14 years, I was on 3 10mgs hydrocodone a day & 3 5mgs methadone a day. Non of them stopped my pain so I come off the methadone boy that was hell. I reduced the 10mg hydrocodone to 7.5mgs twice a day 1 in morning and 1 at supper time. They don’t stop my pain just eases it. If the pain gets so bad I can’t stand it anymore I don’t take more hydrocodone i just lay down and that eases the pain some. My pain is weight bearing, The more I set upright the worse the pain gets, I broke my back 40 years ago and have been in pain every senice, I have 4 old fracture 6 bulging discs, 30% deterioration of the vertebrae and spinal stenosis and arthritis and fibromyalgia, bone spurs, scoliosis. I’ve never abused my medication. I’ve only took as directed and I have never craved them or been high off them nor want to be. I’ve never bought any off the streets. Because I take them as prescribed does that still mean I’m addicted to them? I don’t want to be on them but If I come off them I’m afraid my Disability will stop because I’m not following doctors orders. I don’t work and can’t because of the pain And mental disorder. I’m very limited to what I can do and don’t leave my house unless I have to. I also have PTSD, bipolar II, depression, General anxiety disorder, and trimmers and I take medication for them also. Do you have any advice you can help me with?

george
12:36 am July 28th, 2015

Been taking 10-325 hydrocodon 2-3 times a day for 2 years.Due to acupuncture I have stopped the med.5 daYs ago. Feel no craving, sneezing, leg twitches, weakness, not sleeping as well as usual. What more can I expect. Is it dangerous to stop taking the drug. I’m 70 yrs. Old, have high blood pressure 155/ 90.

Charlotte
11:01 am July 30th, 2015

Since I stopped taking hydrocodone I have been agitated and irritable what can I do

Mike
3:49 am August 1st, 2015

Hydrocodone withdrawal questions. I took 150+ mg/day for years. Cold turkey for 16 days. Urologist gave me tramadol for prostate pain last week, knowing my story. Prostate pain started 3 weeks ago while I was still using though. Maybe cold turkey was dumb, I don’t know. I know now that tramadol is bad too, but I’m using it for real pain, for once :). Main wd symptoms are sore/ heavy lower legs and fatigue.

Jessica
6:25 am August 1st, 2015

Migraines aren’t listed as a withdrawal symptom… could that be a possible symptom? I was prescribed Norco until my gallbladder removal in 2 weeks and I’m struggling severely if i miss a dose. I’ve tried to take as little as possible, but I ache all over, my right eye tears up like I’m crying and I get terrible migraines and feel like I’m going to throw up. I’ve been taking 5mg when I wake up and 10mg at night. I get symptoms all day and every morning when I wake up. I’ve been thinking about 5mg in am, 5mg at noon, 5mg at night to try to even it out so I won’t be as sick.

ron
11:51 pm August 2nd, 2015

how long dose the dirriea last

5:13 pm August 6th, 2015

Hi Jessica. Not all symptoms could be listed here, but yes, migraines are a possible side effect of withdrawal. Tell your doctor about all the symptoms you are experiencing, or ask a pharmacist to suggest a short-term over-the-counter medication that will help you with the migraines.

Chris
11:16 pm August 12th, 2015

i recently took Hydrocodone 7.5/200 ibuprofen for five days at about 100 mg a day. How long are the effects or detox after being on it for five days?

Chris
8:03 pm August 14th, 2015

I just stopped taking Hydrocodone 10 mg 2 at a time 5-6 times a day after shoulder surgery. I only took them for 5 days but I’m on day four without and have all the symptoms of detox. The RLS is the worst! Is it common to go through withdrawal after five days and how long does it last? Thanks for any help!

Kim
3:20 am August 19th, 2015

I know I’ve been through withdrawal but that’s the least of my worries. I deal with chronic pain 24/7. When I am out of my meds I dread the intense pain and I feel like I’m going crazy. How can I overcome this never-ending battle? The medication helps but it’s just awful when I’m out cause I’m literally worthless. I can’t work. I can hardly get out of bed and it’s a battle to just shower. Help! I’m tired of being dependant on a pill! This is not a life anyone wants to live. If I can’t work and do for my kids then what am I good for? I’m tired. Sick and tired of this vicious cycle. And the withdrawal doesn’t help. HELP!!!!

Rachel
11:39 am August 24th, 2015

I have a close family member who is desperate to kick his hydrocodone habit. He has Medicaid through the state but no private insurance. There’s a methadone clinic close by would this be a good option for him? He’s also been taking oxycodone in high doses. So I’m very worried for him. Any advice?

Amanda
5:54 pm August 27th, 2015

I have been taking hydrocodone for 10 years for neck and back pain and decided it was time to stop. I never took a whole pill at a time it was always half and would take no more than 2 a day. I took my last half on tuesday. The symptoms I have had are cold chills and sweats. Do you think the symptoms will get any worse and how long do you think they will last?

John
4:43 pm August 29th, 2015

I am having hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms for 10 days I.e. diarrhea, and restless legs which keeps me awake. It is difficult to go through as you know. How can I go thru detox gradually. Why is it important to stop using hydro one? I am 83 years old. I have had a right and left knee and hip replacements. Thank you for your response.

Leonard
11:40 pm August 30th, 2015

i have been taking Norco 10/325 for several years. I usually take no more than two tablets each day about twelve hours apart. I take each one with an extra strength Tylenol. Is the amount I take considered to be a high daily dosage and should I expect the withdrawal to be long and difficult?

4:06 pm August 31st, 2015

Hello John. Did you reduce the doses slowly or stop taking hydrocodone abruptly? Please inform your doctor about the withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing so you can both find the best way for you to manage these symptoms and detox safely.

Jill
5:22 am September 9th, 2015

If you are struggling with withdrawl…I used immodium to help with a prescribed hydro problem. I took it as prescribed and was not abusing the script however due to 3 herniated disks I was on the script for over a year at 4 10/325 pills a day. My tolerance began to increase, mood swings set in and do did the pain, in an effort to relearn my body I decided to toss my script, withdrawl set in within 8 hours and for me it was intolerable, shakes, vomiting, runs, I almost went to the ER, I had my husband do a google search, we found lots of info on immodium for withdrawl symptoms. It saved my life! It doesn’t work for everyone but it is worth a try, it does take about 6 hrs to set in so if you can time the immodium to coincide with your last pill, maybe an hour after your last pill, it should curb the worst of the symptoms if you got it bad like I did. Hope that helps. Ps. I used generic immodium and it works just as well, we call it lopes for it’s generic name.

sandra
2:05 pm September 10th, 2015

I had hip replacement. Been taking hydrocodone 5 before and after surgery. I’m well now so cutting back and I’m sick, sick with diarrhea. What do I do?

T Carey
5:07 pm September 10th, 2015

28 days home from hospital abdominal surgery and have taken HYDROCODONE 7.5/325 APAP 64 tablets. I was without pills for 3 days over holiday and frightened because pain escalated and my reaction just felt so out of chatacter for me now I worry about drug dependence. A 4-pound tumor was removed, low-grade cancer and lots of dilaudid given in hospital.

I have 24 pills left and wonder if I should just taper down over the next few weeks….currently taking 1-1/2 pills in three doses in 24 hours.

Marie
12:30 am September 11th, 2015

i have taken 18 Hydrocodone/ACETA 5-325 mg & stopped after 2weeks. What can I expect about withdrawal symptoms?

Quincy
11:40 am September 16th, 2015

Do hydrocodone cause all types of muscle Cramping, Legs, Arms,Foot,Hands,Jaw &other parts of the Body. Thank you

Quincy
11:46 am September 16th, 2015

Ps Is Muscle Cramps apart of Withdrawal from Hydrocodene Symtoms? Thank You

Quincy
9:29 am September 22nd, 2015

Do Hydrocodone cause muscle cramps during Withdrawal Symtoms 10-325,Legs,Arms,Hands, Foot,Jaw etc. Thanks

Crystal
10:34 am September 30th, 2015

Hi my boyfriend has been a addicted to hydros for more than 15 years. Tho we’ve been together only a year. I’m not even sure how many he takes a day but he constantly lying about where the money goes and how much he gets. I’ve asked him to stop plenty of times and he says he tries and is doing so slowly but it’s the same routine over and over lies! On Sunday he went to jail and last night he called telling me how bad he is detoxing, this is the first time he openly said he’s “addicted” I’m not sure how to come about in helping him stay off them and if and when he gets out will he be able to stray away from them. The people I know he gets it from I’ve tried “scaring” them away but he always seems to fund someone who don’t care or respect that I’m trying to help him get off them. Guess I’m saying is I’m about ready to give up and walk away because he’s been to jail before (6months) & he started up again (before me) I know when he’s on them and especially when he’s not, he gets violent with me and starts accusing me of cheating or does whatever to point focus on me.. I don’t know how much more I can take and I don’t want to walk away knowing I’m literally the only one who is there for him. A little advice would help or any would be greatly appreciated

steven
4:55 pm October 1st, 2015

I’ve been taken hydrocodon-acetaminophn for 3 months and stop cold turkey . I’ve had some side effects can’t sleep feel like I have the flu. Do you think i am in danger? When will I be back to normal?

Dianna
8:37 pm October 1st, 2015

Ibroke my hip, fell from my horse. Had surgury. Its 4 months now and I only take one vicodin at 750-325 a day at night. I take some times 2 extrastrength tylenol during the day to help with pain so I wont get too heavy into vicodin. I started taking the withdrawal ease because I noticed if I dont take my one vicodin I get chills, or goosebumps, restlessness, and anxiety. also hot flashes. How long will it take to not even depend on one pill if I stop totally. I never take medication and I am in perfect health at the age of 63.

Kathy
10:48 pm October 8th, 2015

I have been taking hydrocodone off and on for years. However, the most I have taken in one day are 3 tablets of 10/325. Would I still experience withdrawal symptoms from this small amount?

tom
3:05 pm October 9th, 2015

I am on my 6th month withdrawl of 350/10 five times a day for about 4 years . I experience needles and pin feelings all over. Is this common?

Matthew
10:26 pm October 9th, 2015

Ok, while I empathize with all on here, the vast majority make me wish to say this: QUIT YOUR WHINING, SUCK IT UP AND DEAL WITH IT FOR A WEEK OR TWO. You’re addicted to what is literally the child’s play of opiates; I and everyone at the treatment center I attend WISH we were addicted to hydrocodone; none of us would touch your vicodin, lortab, hycodan, lorcet, anexsia etc if you gave us free bottles by the thousands. Stop now, stop whining and deal with it or you’ll be dealing with big boy drugs such as snorting dilaudid and morphine at a rate of 300-1,500mg every day if not banging it and or heroin. You people, ESPECIALLY those whining about anything under ten pills a day, do not know how easy you have it. Not being mean, rather saying what you need to hear as I’ve been there, far, far longer and much, much worse than ANYONE whining about hydrocodone or oxycodone. Suck it up, shut up and feel kinda bad for ten days before you learn about full-blown opiate withdrawals.

soni
2:53 pm October 17th, 2015

Hi there. My doctors put me in morphine 6 month ago. I painstakingly have taken myself off of that 2 weeks ago. I also have on hydrocodone for years. I have only been taking 1/2 to 1 daily and I am barely down to taking any. I am feeling so nauseated and crappy. My last,dose of,a a,1/2 pill was two days ago. Could,this,be the reason I feel so ill?
Thank you
SONI

Mel
7:34 pm October 17th, 2015

Am I likely to experience withdraawal if I stop taking one 10/325 hydrocodone at bed time which I have been taking for approximately 3 years? If so how long will it last?

Martha
12:49 am October 19th, 2015

I have taken only 2 Vicodin a day cut into quarters for about 3 years. I stopped taking it 14 days ago. I had some withdrawal but it wasn’t too bad. I just checked my blood pressure and it is way up. Could this come from the withdrawal even though I have only taken small amounts? I am going to check with my doctor tomorrow but was wondering if this could be the cause. My blood pressure is usually normal.
Thank you.

Tom
3:01 am October 20th, 2015

Been on hyd 750 for two years, how do you get off of them.

sue
6:40 am October 20th, 2015

I have been on oxycodone for over 2 yrs now because of a car accident and have been out for 5 days now and can’t get into see my dr for 3 more days..feeling like shit, any advise would be helpful, I have 3 days to go

Mrs. P
7:43 am October 27th, 2015

My friend has stoped taking hydrocodone for 2 days now but has felt her legs bit tingly. Why is that?

Linda
3:46 am October 29th, 2015

It has been 12 days since I have been off Vicadin, Has runny stools, flu like systems and the doctor said that my blood pressure up up 147|80 usually 117/68 could this be because I have stopped Vicadin? He said I just had a infection, he does not know that I have been addicted to Vicadin for 4 years now. He had put me on an antibiotic. I just feel out of sorts, no energy.

Linda
8:34 pm November 1st, 2015

I broke my heel on September 14, 2015. I went to the emergency room and was given hydrocodone which I took until my surgery on September 28. At that time I was given a 24 hr pain block and then began taking oxycodone. I took 2 tablets every 4 hrs., for one week, then one tablet. After that I went to hydorcodone, 1 tablet every 4 hrs, then 1 every 6 hrs. and for the last few days only one a day. Yesterday I did not feel heel pain that required the hydorocone so I did not take one. Now I feel extremely agitated, my blood pressure is up and I could not sleep last night. So far those are my symptoms. I have resolved bowel issues with ‘senna’ tea throughtout, so that is not a problem.

Tieasha
1:45 am November 6th, 2015

How do I do the tamper face I go down from 8 pills a day till what 6 or 7 pills how do I do it

Dana
6:30 pm November 6th, 2015

I have been off my painkillers for approximately 10/12 days. I have had the worst headache for two days. Enough to keep me home from work. Could this be related to not having pills?

6:19 pm November 9th, 2015

Hey Dana. Your headache might be a cause of cutting down your painkillers. So, maybe you can consult your doctor for recommendations.

Joyce
7:36 am November 10th, 2015

I have rheumatoid arthritis with occassional bad flare ups of severe pain. I have been on hydrocodone for years. During flare ups I might take up to four pills a day for couple of weeks. When the flare ups subside, I don’t take any pills. Sometimes it is a week or two or more between flare ups. I have never had any of the withdrawal symptoms people are talking about. Am I just lucky that the med works as it should, when it should without withdrawal symptoms betwee bouts?

Cherie
8:14 am November 14th, 2015

Was taking my prescription hydrocodone 10/325 almost 8 per day for months however it wasnt helping my chronic pain much and when the nerve block I had was unsuccessful, my doctor made me detox insinuating that it’s in my head. Im toughing it out on my own from home without suboxone. Will be off it in 2 days. I was struggling immensely both mentally and physically with or without meds. I think I know the answers however I mainly want to know if if the area where the chronic pain resides is going to be worsened during the withdrawal? I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety most of my life however since I started to detox I am extremely depressed and numb and am practically bed bound for the past 10 days and very hard to do almost anything. Is this just me or is the detox contributing? And if so how many days/weeks could it last? Thanks so much.

Joe
2:54 am November 16th, 2015

I’ve been on oxycodone & hydrocodone for over 2 years at a dosage rate of 10 mg 4 times per day and i just started cold turkey today. Is this wise to do and am I risking any health problems by doing this.

Jane
10:34 pm November 22nd, 2015

I have been taking Hydroco/Apap 5.2mg for over 5 years now. Started with back pain and now I fear I am addicted but when I try to stop I get several aching and pain and can’t sleep and I get really weird feeling of having to move my legs uncontrolably and it is the most craziest scariest feeling and I can’t sleep because of that and of pain. So I take another half in the morning and one half at lunch. I want to taper off with meds to help RLS and weird feelings coming off this drug. And I get WD’s 12 hours of not taking at usual time each day. I am frightened to stop and feel worse than the crazy scary feelings and the pain I am already feeling just missing 12 hours PLUS ALL the other many symptoms. I have no help with this and right now I give it all to GOD and pray I can receive my healing now and no more pills and I can taper off and get thru this with God’s help In Jesus name I pray Amen. Praise God Thank you Dear God.

Sandy
1:48 am November 27th, 2015

I have been on hydro on 5-325 for 2weeks and then 2 tablets of same 2-3times a day in addition one 300mggabapenntin for the first 2weeks and then gradually increasing to 600these were three times a day. All of this was for post neuralgic nerve pain from shingles on my face three day’s ago I stopped both except the 600gab at night experiencing quite a bit of withdrawal don’t want to go back to the narcotic what’s your suggestion

Sam
9:12 am November 30th, 2015

I have taken 3 pills of hydrocodone yesterday and twice before this some months back. These are the only time I have abused this medication, should I expect withdrawals? Am I addicted?

Amanda
10:40 pm December 5th, 2015

I’ve been taking norco 5/325 4-6 a day for 3 months. I haven’t had any in 2 days and I’m miserable…is withdrawal possible after such short term use? I have burning pains in my stomach, nausea, fatigue and a burning sensation throughout my upper body…help!

Linda
4:41 pm December 9th, 2015

Just wanted to talk to someone or even mail someone to talk with don’t know how to post on hete!

5:34 pm December 9th, 2015

Hi Linda. I have replied to your other two comments so far. Did my messages not get through to you? We are here to talk with you!

Jean
6:02 pm December 11th, 2015

I recently had surgery and had to take the medication for about three weeks. The first week I was having to take 1 every 4 hours. After that I was good with 1 every 6 or so. This week I am only down to 1 or two a day and that’s usually at nights and in the morning so the pain doesn’t get too bad.. I have noticed being super annoyed with everything, my aniaxty is through the roof and I feel like I’m about to have a panic attack any minute. I don’t have cravings to take more of the drug, in fact I can’t wait until I can stop it completly. Is it possible that I am still experiencing the effects of cutting back even though I don’t feel like I’m addicted? Sense I was only taking them for a few weeks does that make the withdrawal time less? What is considerd being addicted anyway?
I will also add that I am experiencing stomach problems and don’t want to eat at all ( I have been sick too so there is that.) I can admit when I take the medication at night my body does seem to calm down and that scares me however as I stated I don’t feel the need to take them just to feel calm. Only to ease the pain. That has to be a good sign, right? Would sucking it up and being in pain and only taking one a day help?

Thanks!

CD
1:15 am December 12th, 2015

Sure do wish M.D.s would better inform their patients ! My Sweetheart had an unfortunate incident with a table saw severing one of his fingers had surgery & was perscribed Lortabs . Several times he felt the need to double a dose due to severe pain cuz of reinjuring his hand.Thankfully its only been 3 weels & he is now cutting way back on the dose. He is already experiencing withdrawing symptoms of high blood pressure….extreme fatigue ……stomach pains etc. I KNOW from.my own experience ARNICA which is a homeopathic remedy & Willow which is an herb that ones takes as a liquid REALLY DO relieve pain .Because M.D. s are so adamant about not mixing anything with RX drugs my Sweetheart is afraid to even try it ! ! I am totally frustrated with this situation ! ! Please get this info out there. Go to a well known person in your are who is knowledgeable & get the help you need with no adverse affects on your body. It is possible . I am a walking talking example ! !

marie
7:58 pm December 15th, 2015

I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for Many years and have been put on Zoloft and although my anxiety subsided it seems that pain medicine like vicodin and or Percocet help me with no longer having anxiety or depresion I am no longer taking zoloft…. I am totally fine throughout the day I am now a active jogger and runner and because of these pills I no longer am depressed or have anxiety… Is this possible.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:32 pm December 15th, 2015

Hi, Marie. I’m really glad that you’ve found your cure. And, yes, it’s possible. There are other uses of Percoset and Vicodin besides pain management. Fell free to ask your doctor about this.

Terry
5:25 pm December 22nd, 2015

I have been on hydrocone for 3 years for degenerative disk disease. I was taking 6 10-325 as prescribed. Had surgery on neck and completed the hydrocone and thought nothing else. Started going thru withdrawal and went to Doctor she is weaning me off. I had no idea by taking medication as prescribed you could become addicted to it.

Kevin
8:33 pm December 24th, 2015

I have taken hydrocodone for 12 + years do to work and car related injuries to my back neck knees and shoulders. I dont see that I have abused them and always took as prescribed. Usually 4 a day but as many as 6 always in a 24 hour period . I have not had any in over a month. I stopped taking them slowly beggining in sept. Besides the the pain issues I mentioned above I am having stomache abdominal chest and head pain despite the one month +. I have artery Disease so when chest pain got bad I was in the hospital . I was given a stress test and abdominal ct which turned out to be good. Should also mention that prior to hospital stay di d see doctors who put me on inhibbitors (protonix) I think to help with heartburn. Leaving the hospital they started me on two antipiotics which were soon stopped by a G.I. doctor . He scheduled me for a colonostopy and a test I cant think the name of right now were they also put a camera in thru my mouth and down to my stomach. The test results showed no problems. I am now refered back to a cartiologist at this point and waiting. I am misserable with the stomach chest throat and head pain and feel the doctors are missing something. Does anyone have any insite. Again not feeling well so appologize for my spelling and grammer mistakes hope you can make sense of them

Bev
4:44 pm December 28th, 2015

I was on day 6 of detox , went to the doctor cause I was badly dehydrated. Anyway over the last 2 days I’ve taken a total of 60mg of Norco. Will this set me back to day one.

Diane
9:45 pm January 2nd, 2016

I have been takeing Hydrocodon 7.5-325 for anout 5 years and my doctor wants me to come off of it. I am 70 yrs old and live alone plus an x drug addict many years ago. I still think about that. After reading about the withdraw of Hydrocodon I am not sure I can do this.I have so much body pain befor and after taking this.3 herniated disk knee pain arm, shoulder leg pain.

Dennis
10:55 pm January 2nd, 2016

I take hydrocodon bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution 7.5 mg/325mg per 15 mL in the evening before going to bed 1 tea spoon and I have been on it for 4 months for severe knee replacement gone bad. This product stops the pain but every fifteen days I have to go to the doctor for refills by law. I feel like a drug addic going twice a month to the knee doctor.
I love what it does to relive my pain but I’m afraid of withdrawing. Used to use NyQuil to get to sleep and it sorta worked

Tasha
11:51 pm January 5th, 2016

Hello! I have been taking hydrocodone 10mg/350 for many years as prescribed by my doctor but anytime i went without it I had no withdrawal symptoms. However, my body became immune to the hydrocodone and it stop controlling the pain so 3 months ago my doctor switched me to oxycodone. Last month someone stole my medication and for six days i went through pure hell. I was hot then i was cold, i was nausea, i hsd loss of appetite, i was restless, i was agitated. I have been without the medicine for three weeks now but my left leg has swollen and i am in severe pain. I have degenerative disc disease, a bulging disc, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. I have never abused my medication and only took it as prescribed. I have an appointment tomorrow to refill my pain medication. What do you think i should do? And do you think i should start back taking it since i an in do much pain? I was considering asking my doctor for a pain patch but after reading about thw Duragesic pain patch. It has a lot more side effects than the pills. What should i do?

Eddie
5:19 am January 6th, 2016

Is there a place near Alexander City, Alabama 35010 to help a patient with lortab addiction. If not what other medication can be aid with help the withdrawal sysptoms for a home bound elderly patient.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:42 am January 7th, 2016

Hi, Eddie. I suggest you call the number displayed on the site to get in touch with our trusted treatment provider to learn more about your treatment options. Also, you may try SAMHSA’s treatment locator: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/geographicSearch.jspx
You can add more details like insurance, location, sex, etc in order to find an adequate treatment facility.

Diana
11:37 pm January 7th, 2016

Have been on hydro 10s for many years. Have been going thru the withdrawals for a week. The biggest problem now is severe weakness. Can hardly function at all. What would be the next step to regaining strength back.

Dboy
5:56 pm January 8th, 2016

When you are trying to taper off hydrocodon (30mg) a day habit!!! Is it best to stop chewing them and swallow a dose whole or is body to use to chewing and stay tapering off with the chewing habit or dissolve in mouth?? How can i go back to swallowing instead of chewing? Whats best for tapering

Carol
6:15 pm January 8th, 2016

Thank you so much for this info.

Syvance
9:17 pm January 10th, 2016

I.just got off hydrocodone 5 days ago, after taking.for over a yr. I shouldn’t have never been prescribed it. I am weak, out of breath, night sweats, eyes hurt badly and I look and feel dead. Plz. Help. My Dr. left me hanging.

Mindy
4:44 pm January 12th, 2016

Hi. I’ve been through 8 surgeries in the past year, and the pain was chronic and acute. Hydrocodone is the most effective drug for me. I have maybe 4 surgeries to go, which means more pain, and more pain medication. But for right now, I’m not in pain and I don’t need to be taking this stuff. It’s just that I’m going through withdrawals and the anxiety from elevated blood pressure, pounding pulse, etc, is awful. I read here that reducing dosage over time helps. So at what rate do you do it? How much do reduce each dose? And how long should I expect this to take? Is it OK to use this drug again after my next surgeries, or will getting off of it be worse the next time? If I just keep going cold turkey, how long will this take?

Helen
4:04 pm January 13th, 2016

I’ve been on withdrawal from vicodin going on day 4 I have very bad diarrhea and today it turned black should I be concerned

Dave
8:16 pm January 13th, 2016

Hi. I have been on Norco10-325 for about a year now. Peaked around 10 pills a day after double knee replacement surgery. I am down to two Norco7.5-325 a day. Am having some symptoms such as total lack of energy, nausea, restless leg, I have to go back to work in 12 days. Should I continue to taper or am I better off just stopping altogether at this point and having the 12 days to deal with any more severe withdrawal symptoms while still at home. I am worried about having withdrawal symptoms while at work and having to miss work after just getting back after 4 months.

Natalie
4:09 am January 20th, 2016

I had back surgery 2 weeks ago and taking hydrocordone 2 tables Q 4 hours. I didn’t take any today, trying not to take anymore. I have felt so depressed crying. Is this a withdrawal side effect and if so what can I do?

Sam
7:38 am January 21st, 2016

My fiancé is addicted to hydrocodone. At the them we met, he informed me of his tendency, but was sober. This was three years ago.

I’ve recently observed several indicators of a relapse the last two months. After a couple attempts at conversation with him, I sought outter confirmation that a relapse had indeed occurred. My question: what are some of the specific medications available for detox, specific detox options, and any recommendations as to how I can best behave?

randy
5:11 pm January 21st, 2016

I have been taking hydrocodone for about 10 years.i stopped taking it cold turkey for about 5 days.i had a incident where I lost my memory for part of the day.can that be a side effect

Kimberly
9:53 pm January 25th, 2016

I was forced into a cold turkey stop of my hydrocodone by a doctor who would not prescribe anymore. She knows I have never abused the drug but due to more strict regulation decided not to provide the pain medication. It started last Friday and has been the worst three days of my life. I have wanted to wean off of it but stopping cold turkey with two young children is not a good way to treat a patient.
I have slowly tapered from 2 10/325’s every 4 hours to 1 10/325 every 6-8. This has been going on for 6 years. Just being on the medication, along with Gabopentin, Meloxicam and Fentanyl has wrecked havoc on my health and the hydro is the last to go. I am off of everything else. I just moved and do not see my new doctor until February. How can I get through this next phase? My sleep is slowly coming back but I have chills, night sweats with chills, severe anxiety and panic attacks (Atarax works a little to help), fatigued beyond belief, insomnia, the diarrhea is done. I have been taking Iburofen and Tylenol to help with pain and inflammation until I get into a chiropractor and yoga again.
What else can I do to help?

Valorie
7:16 pm January 26th, 2016

So I go to a pain clinic for severe OA in both knees as well as severe back pain due to discs, narrowing, and arthritis. I am prescribed hyrdocodone 10/325 120 every 30 days and 30mg morphine 60 every 30 days as well as a muscle relaxer. The problem is you are not allowed to be honest with your doctor (which is a different one every 2 months, In 2 years I have never seen the same doctor) because if you are then you will be kicked out. They know that everyone has to be taking more than the dose prescribed because you build up such a tolerance. But they are basically drug dealers and they are making a killing off all of the patients so they don’t want to hear anything negative so they can cover their ass. I can take 7 hydros at a time and my pain is barely reduced. Because of the tylenol I only take it once a day and compensate with ibuprofen 4x a day and morphine. The weird thing is there is always a 5-7 day period where I run out of hydro completely and I don’t have withdrawal symptoms except of course the excruciating pain. I refuse to take oxycontin as I don’t need another, more addictive drug. They won’t replace my knees because I’m too young. Is there any alternative besides stronger drugs?

Karen
8:57 pm January 29th, 2016

I had been taking hydro for 10+ years and became extremely addicted. I think the most addictive part for me was they made me feel happy. I have been off of them for almost 2 weeks and feel dreadful. Will I EVER feel happy again!!!!

Kelly
4:03 am February 1st, 2016

I stopped hydrocodone a last Wednesday and I was taking it because I got my wisdom teeth out. I have an addiction to morphine and I can’t take that anymore. I have also been on morphine a couple other times and had no problems. I am feeling light headed and don’t know why. I am drinking water and eating and still can’t pinpoint the answer. May this be because of the hydrocodone?

Nancy
4:50 pm February 2nd, 2016

I’ve been on percocet and morphine for twelve years due to cronic facial pain and tmj. I wanna get off these meds soon what should i do. Every time i try to lower my dose i get really bad leg pain. Also my migraines start to get worse again. Plus im already taking imitrex for my migraines and propanonal.

Help
12:51 am February 4th, 2016

How do I know the all over pain I am in is from withdrawals or my fibromyalgia

Rod
2:12 am February 6th, 2016

I have been taking Hydrocodone for about 12 years starting with very small amounts building to 6 per day the last couple of years. A month ago my Physician cut me back to 4 per day. A week ago I started tapering more and am down to 6 1/4 doses per day. I feel much better with no symptoms yet. I don’t feel the need to take any more. Should I go cold turkey now or keep tapering with pills I neither want or need. I feel much better without them.

Ajb
10:31 pm February 6th, 2016

Hello Everyone!! I WANT TO HELP ALL HERE! In 02 I was in an accident, herniated disks in neck, back & on & on….. I DREADED taking Percocet prescribed by my ortho, then my PCP, but THE PAIN! So way back then I DID take as prescribed– we ALL know the story– after a few months, my doc wasn’t comfortable continuing to prescribe & sent me to “pain management”. I had never heard of it, but went. At the time, in the state I love in, there was NO database for “Dr shopping” but I did not. Yet. First time at pain management, they put me on “Roxycodone” 30 Mg’s. They gave me almost 200 for one month ! When next month came, I still had half a bottle but said nothing. They RAISED my dose! Very long story short as I can tell you All, is that within 3 months, I was COMPLETELY ADDICTED! This is way back when they ACTUALLY DISPENSED out of the “Clinic!” BTW, ONE roxy = 3 10 mg percocets! Then, they raised me up to 300 every 3 WEEKS! This went on for longer than I wish to admit, but will for ALL here’s sake! After 1 year of this, and taking as much as they’d prescribe, it wasn’t enough. A Dr there was “wanting” me & would ALSO write scripts to be filled at other pharmacies than theirs. It STILL GOT WORSE! Never enough! This went on for an incredible 6 more YEARS with me DESTROYING myself, kids, whole family. I stayed VERY THIN for most of those yrs. But then, they turned on me even more! I had to take a daily enema, couldn’t eat without feeling horribly sick! AND GAINED A LOT of weight! Then there was a “shortage, laws changed & I WAS SCARED! Truth be told, in the End, I was taking EIGHTY SIX Roxys a day! A DAY! I was offered Morphine due to the shortage, was on my way to fill it & thought “F THIS!” I went back to the clinic, demanded Percocet instead & have the Morphine script BACK! (This was Terrifying!) I FINALLY made up my mind to QUIT, VIA TAPER FOR GOOD! I found on the internet something called “the Thomas Recipe” — I WAS HELL BENT on doing the taper! AT HOME! It was hard, VERY hard, but I followed ALL instructions in that method & IT WORKED! Listen Everyone, IF I WAS ABLE TO DO IT, YOU CAN TOO! 2 months ago, I reached FOUR YRS off! COMPLETELY! I will NOT LIE TO YOU, it took me 3 months to be able to Drive, most anything ! Thank God one of the kids was able to run the errands, etc! I did NOT take Suboxone. NO WAY! My legs drove me crazy, belly too! No vomiting, as I had tapered down to 2 Percocet a day but EVERYONE MUST BE PREPARED for PAWS! I JUST recently am able to put outfits together, think without “fog” — I told my Dr the other day just how many I had been taking a day of Roxycodone & he clearly had a difficult time believing me. I Spoke & Speak THE TRUTH! It’s a Miracle I am ALIVE! I still get depressed, have pain, but NEVER EVER will go back there! 2 of my kids STILL won’t speak to me as I put them all through HELL! I did NOT start off, as I said, at that outrageous dosage! It took a long time & money to get to where I WAS! STILL paying off the 120 THOUSAND $$’s I spent! Without that Thomas recipe, Thomas Method (I forget which!!) I seriously could not have gotten through it! Please! Google that method & JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, google PAWS! Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome so your mind is PREPARED! I Honestly DOUBT it’ll take most the length of time it took me! But remember, I was on A CRAZY high dose for many Years! The HARDEST PART now is KNOWING how long I put myself. My children through that! I CANNOT “change” that now. All I can do & I definitely DO, is to just do my best & NEVER EVER go back! I PRAY this HELPS, NOT SCARES ANYONE from JUST DOING IT! Please Believe me! IT IS WORTH IT & SO ARE YOU, YOUR KIDS/FAMILIES! Once your mind is made up, you CAN & WILL do it! HUGS & PRAYERS TO YOU ALL! Btw, this happens to be the 1st time I have ever posted about this! But after reading everyone’s posts-comments, I HAD TO! And also, i do Not go to AA or anything like that because ALL I NEED TO DO is look at what that CRAP did to me & my Kids! ALL THE BEST!

Cynthia
8:07 am February 22nd, 2016

This year made 13yrs of being on hc. Its been prescribed to me monthly by my dr, for several chronic pain issues. Ive not abused it, only had taken it for pain. This month I quit cold turkey bc myy dr didnt write the rx, didnt give me meds to help with withdrawals, nothing & its not just me…he stopped all his patients rxs of it saying he chooses not to write it so I suffered tertibly & am in pain as I type this only my next reoly….Ill be alot richer bc Im starting to file a lawsuit against him & Ill have a dr who gives a damn! Ill take hydrocodone again but not the way my dr had me taking it. My withdrawals arent/werent horriblr but maybe thats bc of the amount of regular pain im in?

Peter
2:16 am February 23rd, 2016

I just ran out and am gonna try to kick this .what shouldni do first I have to go to work

Madison
4:29 am February 26th, 2016

I have been taking 10/325 hydrocodone for over 10 years. My Dr. has stopped the prescription cold turkey. I was in an Elevator crash that left me with several compression fractures at T5,T6 & T7 also tears at L2 & L3 slight compression fractures from L5-L3 as well as .Pseudoarticulation of the S1 with S2. I could go on but I wont. I am in total withdrawal and the pain is back 10 fold This is over a error at the pharmacy on my last refill. I made an app to see my Dr to get this straightened out she called in sick then decided to go on a vacation for 9 days. I have been to the ER twice they treat you like you are a drug addict and shame people in this situation. This is hell and my Dr doesn’t seam to care. Her PA cant prescribe meds. I am not dealing with this as well as I was thinking I could. I cant live with this pain and no one will help me. I feel like I am in pure hell. All I can do is self medicate. It helps a bit but wont stop the pain. I cant go on like this much longer.

Linda
5:23 pm March 4th, 2016

Is tingling and crawling of the skin a withdrawal symptom of stopping hydrocodone?

lorraine
6:55 pm March 7th, 2016

I take 10 mgs. once a night to help with restless leg and sleep..can this cause depression?..Ive been crying a lot..I did lose my husband 4 years ago so this doesn’t help..sometimes I take more then the normal dose(15mg.) before bed.Ive cut it down to 5 now but sometimes the littlest thing can make me cry.. Im going to try and stop it now and see what happens..opinion?? thank you

Laura
7:57 pm March 11th, 2016

I took hydrocodone for 7 years and having to quit cold turkey because I can’t find a dr to perscribe them anymore to me. I have back pain and pain where they took my breast and lymph nodes and thats why I toik it. Been off it 5 days and now my legs are charlie horsing and feels like the blood flow is not right and very sorr…seems if I sleep on my sides they hurt so bad I can’t stand it. And my left leg is worse and feels like it could start shaking.

Neverrrrr had this before. What do you think? I have a app to see a pain management dr in 2 weeks but this feeling in my legs are driving me crazy. Help please. I can’t sleep and need help. Thanks and God bless you

charles
2:29 pm March 16th, 2016

I am going to have a hip replacement and they want me to stop hydrocodone for 2 months. how can I do this.I been on hydrocodone for more then 4 months.

mary
7:38 pm March 19th, 2016

I’ve been taking 6 hydrocodone for 10 plus years, I’m finally tapering off them. Down to 1 a day, can I actually have withdrawls. Don’t know what to expect. Thank you

Brooke
4:30 am March 23rd, 2016

As of tomorrow I will be off this pain killer stopping cold turkey but I do not have a doctor to go to how can I get help support

April
9:24 pm March 27th, 2016

Do u think quitting cold turkey and detoxing at home is safe?

Milka
3:20 am April 1st, 2016

My boyfriend took hydrocodon after a surgery, and it’s been two months now and he had some reactions towards the pills, unfortunately now he won’t eat at all and I’m desperate to know what I can possibly do for him to get an appetite back, he has lost so much weight. I have no idea what to do since doctors say it needs time but it’s been a month and he won’t eat, what can I possibly give or do for him ?

Habiba
11:12 am April 1st, 2016

Does withdrawal cause hives? I have no drug addition history. I’ve had total knee replacement is the reason for the drug.

Erin
1:15 am April 2nd, 2016

Hi there my name is Erin and I am on day 2 of my opiate withdrawal, I’ve been taking about 20 to 40 milligrams of hydrocodon a day for a year and came to the epiphany that I needed to stop.I’ve also taken oxycontin and percocet just because I was addicted to painkillers but I never took those higher painkillers very often. I never had any chronic pain but I’ve had a family member who has and is prescribed by a doctor snow my withdrawal is bearable and it’s kind of more annoying than anything but my mind is perfectly intact and I feel happy that I’m quitting and I don’t know if that’s a weird that my psychological state is in harmony but my body just doesn’t feel good. I do however have nerve damage in both my wrists and ankles that no opiate fixes they still hurt so I’m not so sure if it’s arthritis or carpal tunnel. As for the withdrawals I started having the shivers and goosebumps and muscle pain right away and the worst of it is my spine and I can’t stay in bed I have to keep walking around the house aimlessly. I do not have any doctors to go to rehab and I’ve been doing this on my own and I really do commend all those people who were taking way more and are suffering right now but I kind of wanted to talk about this because it is uncomfortable and I just hope that I stay happy and my psychological State doesn’t diminish later on in my abstinence from opiates. My question is is it normal to feel spinal pain from your neck to your tailbone during withdrawals? Because that’s the only thing that actually hurts aside from the occasional headache.

Erin
1:51 am April 2nd, 2016

Hi there my name is Erin and I just posted about 2 seconds ago but for some reason something came up and I want to write a little bit more. So I was talking to my best friend who’s been just as addicted as I was and she says that she doesn’t feel anything after she stopped taking them. She said she feels a little bit sad but that’s it so am I missing something here am I just imagining all this pain because my mother doesn’t believe me either. I don’t understand the logic that they are telling me because I am pretty darn sure if you have been taking hydrocodone for a year that’s 20 to 40 milligrams I am pretty darn certain that you are going to feel withdrawals but they are telling me that it’s all in my head and both of them of taking opiates and my mother has gone through horrible withdrawals so why in the world are they telling me that it’s all in my head and if I just said I’m not going to hurt anymore I’m just not going to hurt. Look I don’t really have any support and I’ve lived around addiction my entire life. I have depression and anxiety and on top of that I’ve been in the military. And I’m tired of believing it’s all in my head because I know for a fact it’s not and I think that my best friend is crazy is she is not experiencing any symptoms it’s almost like she hasn’t even gone off them at all. Look from a professional point of view and as doctors who have been in this field for years I would rather have an answer from you guys because I think that my friend and mother’s logic makes no sense so please just shed some light on the scientific facts on opiate addiction because I don’t think a person could be immune to withdrawals can they? I’m not saying that I’m in the worst kind of pain in the world but my spinal pain isn’t a laughing matter either and I am sneezing a lot and I don’t sleep very well and I do get hot and cold flashes but worst of all I have chronic diarrhea so can somebody please tell me it’s all in my head because I am really having a hard time believing it.

Eddie
8:40 am April 3rd, 2016

Hello I just recently had the flu 2 days ago and it seems the Vicodins are not as important to me…. I was taking about six 10mg a day now about half could the vomiting and cold sweats cleaned my system? Should i just stop now…Thank u…

Di
6:22 pm April 5th, 2016

I had a tooth pulled last Thursday. I was given hydrocodone to manage the pain. I was prescribed the med a few days before the ex traction, so I was not on it long, and stopped taking it as soon as the pain subsided. I am having classic withdrawal symptoms. Is this possible after such a short time using it?

Eileen
8:49 am April 7th, 2016

My doctor told me to stop this Medicade so I did. Do you get stomch upsets and thirst

Kristen
4:45 pm April 7th, 2016

can withdrawals cause dementia like symptoms?

Hiedi
5:30 am April 10th, 2016

I’m having back surgery in 3 months..I hope. I v been on hydro 10…4 a day for 5 years. I called my script in two days ago only to be told my doc is no longer able to prescribe long term pain meds any more. They said they would refer me to a pain clinic..but will take up to 2 to 3 months to get in..I only have enough medicine for 2 more days. What should I do so I’m not sick on top of the pain and not lose my job..I’m so worried!!!

Rod
9:48 pm April 13th, 2016

I was prescribed hydrocodone 120 10/325 about 3 years ago for nerve pain in my right hip leg and foot. It has gotten to where I was taking more than my prescribed amount of 1 four times a day. This month was the worst. I ran out 10 days before my next refill.
This is my fifth day of detox. About half way through. I still feel terrible. I still can’t eat well. Living in boost and water. Nothing stays down. Not much problem with diarrhea as I’ve been taking Imodium ad.
I want to quit altogether but the pain in my leg and foot is terrible.
My energy level is rock bottom.
How much longer can I expect to be this way.
I have been forcing myself to get out and walk the last couple of days but has been hard. First three days could not even get out of bed.
Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated.

hymie
2:20 am April 15th, 2016

is dizziness one of the side effects of withdrawal?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:29 am April 15th, 2016

Hi Hymie. Dizziness may be one of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms. You can find more information here: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/tag/hydrocodone-withdrawal/

Gerry
10:41 pm April 19th, 2016

I was taking hydrocodone for a week because of carpal tuunel surgery. Don’t know the milligrams because I threw it away. must have been low because I was to take it every 4 hrs and all it did was dull the pain. So I stopped taking it. My sister has knee surgery a year ago and reminded me, she also took it and quit, and then had side effects for quite awhile. My question is it’s been 3 days, could hardly drag myself out of bed, chills. nausea, can’t go to the gym,etc. My question is when can I expect to start feeling better. Thanks

Ec
2:51 pm April 29th, 2016

Im going through cold turkey detox after being HC for a year and a year and 8 months, 4 a day 10/325. Im on day 5 this morning and still having a hard time sleeping (4hrs of sleep), diarreha, but most noticeble is my heart rate. I cant seem to relax which affect my attempts to sleep. I want to do it without any other drugs.. any suggestion on what i can do to stick to my goal? How natural altrrnative to help me relax? Im also having trouble concentrating, lack energy , n some shortness if breath and feel light headed.

Felicia
4:33 am May 4th, 2016

I am going through Vicodin withdrawal. It had been 48 hours
since I took my last pain pill. Your article has been quite
helpful. How can I divert my attention away from the
extreme nauseousness, what can I do to ease the nausea?
How long does the withdrawal last? I will never take another
pain pill ever. I have never been so sick in my life!

Felicia
4:08 am May 6th, 2016

I have been 4 days off of viicodan. The withdrawal was the
worst on the 3rd day. My point is I kept reading your blog,
reading your testimonys for hours. The most helpful thing
that I read was to divert your attention away from the
withdrawal symptoms. Keep busy even though you feel
like crap. I am taking 2 baths a day, I soak in a hot tub
with lavender scented Epsom salt. Watching the bath
water run, smelling the aroma of the lavender, and soaking
In the tub relaxing your body and relaxing your mind, and
listening to your favoriite music . Walking helps, I walk up
3 flights of stairs in 6 rotations. I pray as walk the halls
Of my apartment building. I reached out to my therapist
the talk therapy helped. I learnt to stop talking about how
bad I feel. Tomorrow is day 5 off the Vicodin. I was on
Vicodin for 10 weeks for neck pain due to a car accident.
Your web sight had helped me get my sanity back.
So day 4 has been a turning point for me. Now I can’t
wait to see what day 5 had in store. I have hope now
I am going to make a full recovery. My advice to anyone
out there that wants to get off the pain pills to have a
better life you can do it. By the grace of God it is
possible. Thank you to this web sight for helping me!

Felicia
1:51 am May 7th, 2016

I have been 5 days off the Vicodin. I still don’t feel perfect
but I do feel better. The withdrawal symptoms are gone.
Now I face a new set of problems, the next time I am in
pain I can’t go back on pain pills. I have made a life time
commitment to stay off the pain pills. I can’t go through
withdrawal ever again. I rather deal with any future
pain with over the counter stuff. I pumped my body
4 times a day with Vicodin for 10 weeks due to neck pain.
So the 5 days that I have been going through withdrawal
Is my body detoxing from the Vicodin. It will leave my
body completely between 5 to 10 days. I am commited
to stay off it. I encourage anyone to tell there story.
Reaching out is the answer. I spent hours reading all
the testomonies. Thank you to every single person who
wrote on this blog and inspired me to quit the vicodin.
I am so proud of my 5 days of being off the vicodin. Now
I have to say goodbye to this web sight. I have to start
living my life Vicodin free one day at a time. Thank you
God for all help I have received from this blog.

Felicia
1:10 pm May 7th, 2016

I have been off Vicodin for 6 days. All I can say I have
my mind back. I woke up this morning thinking clearly.
I will never let a pain pill rule me again. This society has
to be educated on the pros and cons of pain pills.
Thank God for this blog. Which has been helpful to me.
The key to recovery is to help someone else, get your
mind off yourself. I feel whole again. Got to keep moving
got to keep busy. I know the next time in life when I am
in pain I have to deal with it, and not resort to pain pills.
I never want to go through withdrawal again. To all
people who are coming off the pain pills stay strong.
It is mind over matter. I have to go live life now!

Pat
4:30 am May 8th, 2016

My doctor is tapering over one month with no other Meds and I don’t know if I can take the withdrawals anymore

Michele
5:20 am May 8th, 2016

I have been on lortab 10/325 for about 13 years and at first I took them as prescribed like 1 every 4-6 hours only as needed but over the years I began to abuse them. I was taking about 8-10 a day. When I run out I go crazy. I would ask friends if they had any I could borrow or I would ask my husband for some of his. I originally started them for neck pain but over the years I ended up with degenerative disc disease in my low back along with a slight disc bulge and tear. Also sciatica. So naturally like I said I got up to about 10-12 a day. I know now I have a problem! Because when I run out… I’m not happy!! I get angry, tearful, anxious!! My husband is now helping me try to get off the lortab because I’m sick and tired of relying on them plus most primary doctors don’t want to prescribe them anymore. I can’t live like this anymore. My husband has only been on them for about 6 months and after seeing how I’ve become with them he has decided to stop himself. This is day 2 for me. I feel ok. A little restless at night mostly. Some agitation and anxiety. Some nausea. Pain level ok but that’s because I’m not up on my feet working cause it’s s Saturday. Im gonna try my hardest to get off and stay off these pills. I still have a few but like I said… Just can’t do it anymore. Not sure what I’ll do about my pain. I may try pain management… Like injections in my back. NO MEDS!!! Please please…. Don’t let a doctor talk you into taking these pills. You will become addicted!!! It’s not worth it!!! I’ve cried over this many many times. Don’t do it!!!! I pray to God I will overcome this because I am an addict and have an addictive personality!! I will overcome this!!!

Felicia
12:44 am May 9th, 2016

Please delete my e mail address from this web sight.

Felicia
1:08 am May 9th, 2016

It has been 7 days since I have been off of Vicodin.
I am finally feeling better. I decided to make a life
time commitment to stay off pain pills. My fear is the
next time I am in pain I am afraid I am going to cave
In and be tempted to go back on the pain pills. How do
you get through the psychological part of staying off
the pain pills? Are there support groups out there?

betty
1:45 am May 9th, 2016

I’m taking tramadol 50mg and occasionally a acetaminophen 500mg will this help with any first tage withdrawal of hydrocodone

Felicia
10:23 am May 9th, 2016

I have been off Vicodin for 8 days so far. Woke up
at 3:30 am in neck pain. That is what got me on a
10 week nightmare being on the Vicodin after my
car accident. I suffered a neck sprain, thank God thst
was all. Point being I went through the Vicodin withdrawal.
I made the decision 8 days ago to get off and stay off
the Vicodin. Now because I am in pain I psychologically
crave the Vicodin. Are there any support groups out there
to help one stay off the pain pills and deal with the
chronic pain?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:19 am May 9th, 2016

Hi Felicia. We don’t post email and Surnames from people who are commenting on the web site.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:45 am May 9th, 2016

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Felicia. Hope others will find your comments inspiring and helpful. Stay strong!

jeremy
9:38 am May 11th, 2016

Is there be thing I can do to alleviate wrist tensioning and pain during dilaudid withdrawal?

Nonnie
7:28 pm May 14th, 2016

I thank you for this website! I think it’s wonderful!

Debra
8:44 pm May 16th, 2016

I have been on hydrocodone 10-325 for 14 years . I have been tappering off since April 1st I was getting 90 of them every month . So, 3 -4 ,10-325 a day . I am now taking 3, 5 -325 a day . I have had a headache and left eye pain and twitching since the day I started cutting back . Is this normal . Did I go to fast or not fast enough . If tappering makes you feel this bad I can’t imagine stopping cold turkey . I am 59 and honestly have never abused my meds . I only took them for pain . I am sick of taking them and just want to get off and see if I can handle my pain without them . Thank you

Martha
7:49 pm May 18th, 2016

Hi my mom has been taking pain meds 30 years now and the dr has cut her off and hospitals wont help what can we do to help shes old but its been a week already and she thinks if she dont have them she will have a stroke or die for not having so how long until shes better shes been taking them 30 years

Tina Gow
1:49 pm May 20th, 2016

Hi I have been on tramdol for about a 2 year I stop taking it cause I had a lot of systems such as confusion, blurry eyes, I have been off it for three weeks now and I can hardly sleep and I can’t get comfortable, is there anything I can do to help me get comfortable and get some sleep, I get restless legs and arms also.. Thanks

Suzanne
4:27 am May 21st, 2016

I take half of 5 mg (2.5) of Loritab before going to bed for pain from a mascetomy nerve that was cut. I have taken this for 5 months. I worry that I am addicted to this dosage. My husband insists that I am not addicted taking such a low dosage. If I stop taking them will I have withdrawal symptoms?

Hope
6:00 pm May 21st, 2016

I have been on hydrocortisone 10mg /325 about 17 years now. Over the years I have increased the amount of mg I take a day. My doctor prescribed 4-10mg a day. 40 mg daily. I’m actually taking 120-140 mg a day. This has caused me many problems. It has control of my life. Any decision I make is determined if I have enough medicine or if I can get it. I can’t even go visit family or friends. In fear of running out of medicine. I want this nightmare to end. My question is…. Going from hydrocodne to methodone I have to have a EKG so I’m assuming it will be atleast 100 mg. is this good decision to change medications
I appreciate any advice you can give me. Thank you in advance
I also forgot to mention. I have changed doctors. My new doctor is wanting to change the medication I was prescribed from the doctor I went to before I changed to him. I read several things about methodone and it has me very afraid to switch to it. I just want off of these medications. I want and need my life back

Carlyne
11:00 pm May 22nd, 2016

I have been on hydrocodone for pain for almost 4 months. Back surgery and the pain seems unending. At the present time am taking
2 to 3 in 24 hours. Want to get off of this. What can I expect as far as symptoms? In cutting down, can I substitute tylenol a time or two a day and get by?. I take 1 whole one at bedtime and 1/2 every 4 hours starting at 9:00 a.m. during the day. Some pain but manageable except when I overdo.
Thanks for any help in this

Bill
7:38 pm May 26th, 2016

I have been taking 5mg hydrocodone/325mg acetaminophen 1 tablet a day for 3 months and I want to quit taking them, in fact I started not taking them today. Since it is a small dose is just quitting OK for me? – Bill

Charles
10:23 pm May 29th, 2016

Hello,
I have a neuro – muscular disease ( a CIPD disease), more specifically “Lewis Sumners Disease”, diagnosed 2 years ago. I have been prescribed Hydrocodone 10mg, bid and Zohydro 30mg bid for 18 months by a pain specialist. I have never felt “high” nor do I want to. I also take Lisinopril 20/12.5 mg, bid. The hydrocodone is given to me for extreme muscle weakness and body pain similar to having the flu. I do not consume any alcohol. I do not take any other medication except OTC Asprin/Alkaseltzer. I receive Ivg infusion 2 days every three weeks. Four weeks ago I started experiencing severe cramps in my hands and popliteal ares of my knees extending to my calf and groin muscles. The Neuro-Muscular specialist says the cramps are not from my disease and offers no help. I have decreased from 4 pills a day of the hydrocodone to 2 a day, 1 week ago just because I wanted to. I am terrified of an addiction and I would rather hurt than be addicted. I have no other symptoms. Do you think I could be having a withdrawal since I have stopped taking 4 pills a day? The c ramps have gotten worse in the last 5 days. My weight, all lab work, and every measure of health is above average for a 64 yo / WM. I regularly garden and walk and ride motorcycles. I have never smoked or used any type of a recreational legal or illegal drug. As I type this I feel very “silly”. I know while I may be at risk, I do not how ever participate in any risky behavior. Do you think I am over reacting. Should I start back on the 4 pills a day or continue with 2 a day. One other thing. It has gotten hot in Alabama and I have been sweating a lot. Could I be loosing too much K with the Lisinopril being changed to 1 bid starting 1 month aqo? Bottom line, am I addicted and having withdrawals? Thank, you, CL

Eva
4:42 am June 8th, 2016

Want to stop taking hydro 535 have taken them for 7 months can I do this alone I do take Xanax will that help me with withdrawls

BG
3:54 pm June 10th, 2016

I see a lot of people blaming the DEA for the pain pills being taken away from the people who need it. The DEA only made it a schedule 2 drugs the rest of the problems come from pharmacies chains are being fined for millions of dollars because of their workers ordering a chit load of pain meds then they are selling and Doctors just selling scripts. So now the pharmacies want more info on you and your problems making it harder to get or not get the meds you need basically they call your doctor to see if you are really are in need of the meds they alot of the time are saying that you don’t need the meds they have a whole speel they go through to judge us and the Doctors are afraid of getting their license pulled and fined for giving someone way too much meds witch the DEA does check from time to time but if the meds your taking are for things they can proven your good but if you’re getting several different meds like hundreds of them a month for a arthritis and belly pain or something similar the pharmacies will cut you off as they will black ball you for getting meds then going back into the pharmacy because they gave you the wrong amount like shorted you.It’s not the DEA’S falt it’s big money to a person who is asking people in the pharmacies and doctors office for prescription drugs and when you get thousands of dollars a week that is tempting. Most meds that alter your mood and feeling take a month or more to start working when time comes to get off the meds you are going to tapper down slowly. I keep hearing people saying that when you get addicted to something it’s a disease in my opinion they should make all drugs legal or not available for the drug addicts at least they will get the gangs out of the trade plus maybe it can pay down the great debt our nation is in they will get what they want one way or another. I myself am dealing with four ruptured discs ,bad feet,both wrists, both elbows, I take 3-30mg morphine, 4-5/325 percocets, which is 1/4 of what I was taken to work now it’s just enough so I don’t turn to street drugs which is way cheaper and more powerful so next time the Doctor or pharmacist say it’s the law keeping the meds from you its not they just made it harder to get they didn’t put a limit on how much you can get the pharmacies started it first then the Doctors started to think for you it’s wrong but it’s the truth. And if you’ve been on pain medication for 3 or more months 7 days of tossing your cookies and blowing up the turlet is the most I hear it takes good luck to yall in pain

Glenda
9:33 am June 12th, 2016

I am extremely impressed re the above information. It wAS VERY helpful to me; At first earlier today I thought I might have Cancer due to a response that black and shiny stools meant bleeding fr the rectum.Until I read the above about hydrocodone – I had sweats real bad,no energy,involuntaryleg movements, and stomach pain. After reading this, I remembered how many times that I “gulped” the pink liquid. It was only then that I realized it was that med that gave me the black,shiny stools. Thank you for a great article.Now I have to wait 2mths for a serious lumbar surgery with NO PAIN MEDS. but I’m not bleeding internally!

Clara
12:26 am June 13th, 2016

Dr prescribed I am sixty two and have a lot of pain from many accidents over the years gettin hit by a car at eight.I didn’t realize this addiction happens to everyone.325 mg ten to 12 pills in a month and still I keep stoping when pain is gone! And then I get this headaches and then it just contentious pain from my body starts.neck knee back no end I had the flue like and didn’t known what was going on and now this I a scarcity mess .This has helped my Dr. Visit is in Oct. But I will move it up.

Dianne
5:26 am June 22nd, 2016

I have been on hydrocodone for about 5 years. I started with two 7.5 per day. However, over the years my dosage has increased to four 10/325 per day. I see a pain management physician and I have many conditions that require medication. Four days ago I began to decrease my dosage to three hydrocodone per day instead of four. So far so good. On the 11th day I p!an to decrease to two pills per day and so on and so forth. I’m am just hoping that I will be free of these drugs and be able to take otc medications.

Maria
9:06 pm June 26th, 2016

I have been taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5-325 for a month for knee pain misdiagnosed as RA. The only way for me to get pain relief was to double the dose. I tried to only do this at night so I could sleep. My pcp also gave me prescriptions for inflammation. I saw a rheumatologist 2 days ago. He said not RA. Suspect a ligament tear. He told me to stop everything except extra strength Tylenol. I am miserable. Chills, achy, stomach issues, no desire to eat much, sore throat, stuffy head. I took an allergy med this am, went to sleep until noon. later took a lorazepam. I took a shower and tried to help my husband in the garden. Lasted 10 minutes and made lunch and went back to bed. I have figured out if I wear my knee brace in bed, I have no pain. How long am I going to feel like this and is there anything else I should be doing. As long as I can manage the knee pain I feel I won’t take the hydrocodone.
Thank you

Rob
8:36 pm August 10th, 2016

I took my last hydrocordone dose about 36 hours ago. This morning I have noticed that when I get up from laying down or sitting I get a bit dizzy and light headed. I was wondering if this could be a sign of withdrawal? My doctor feels it is not and I’m just looking for answers. Thank you.

Jenni
2:16 pm August 18th, 2016

My son had his wisdom teeth pulled on Friday, today is Thursday. It’s been 6 days, up until Tuesday he was on hydrocodone for pain. I could tell he liked it, so I slowed it down to one a day by Tuesday. Since then he is moody, nauseous, feels depressed. I have many family members battling addiction, but I’m not sure if he could have these withdrawal symptoms after only 5 days of taking them?

Denise
3:00 am September 9th, 2016

I have very severe chronic myofascial neck and headaches along with migraines. I have used hydrocodone for several years on a daily basis under the care of a pain management specialist. I can take four a day. So, now they think I have a rebound headache and I would need to go off the hydrocone to see if that causes it. I am sure I am at least dependent if not addicted and wonder how that is going to happen without it sending me into withdrawals on top of the constant headaches. Will they give another opiod to replace it while you see if that is it? At this point it does not seem to be working so am ready to just give it up, but do it the least painful way. If it is going to cause headaches and I still suffer than what’s the use?

Michael
3:42 am October 7th, 2016

I have taken 10/300mg Hydrocodone for about 6 years starting at about 3X a day and was up to 5X a day. My doctor talked me into coming off of it and he put me on 60mg of Cymbalta. I decreased my daily dose by 1 for 1 week at a time. By the time I got down to none I was in a lot of pain. Probably a pain level of 9 with a scale of 1-10. This overall pain (fibromyalgia) is why I went on the opiod to begin with. Am I experiencing an increase in pain level due to coming off of the Hydrocodone and how should I expect to deal with this increased pain?

Pegs
11:34 pm October 15th, 2016

What can you do for jumpy arms and legs!!!

Malinda
2:32 pm October 17th, 2016

My son has an addiction to norcos! He stopped last week friday! Went to ER for withdrawals as they got bad he was buying them off people for 3 years..they gave him a withdrawal patch and nausea meds..he got over the hump with that and now has the cravings still but sees his doctor soon to help with addiction counseling..meds to help with cravings etc! But he has been having blood in his urine and stool is this part of the bodys process coming off the norcos?

Beth
6:41 pm October 30th, 2016

Been on hydrocodone for 10 days from hernia surgery. I stopped taking them and was only taking 2 a day the last couple of days. I woke up yesterday feeling terribly nauseated and my head was just totally out off it. I was cold, I had chills, no appetite, very irritable and tired, very miserable! My body is very sensitive to any kind of meds. Could it be the hydrocodone doing this? I feel like I’m in a tunnel.

Sam
6:19 pm November 3rd, 2016

Oct 30 I took about 14 10.325 tabs Oct 31 I took only 3 and that night I could barely sleep on Nov 01 I have not taken any and today is the 3rd. My question is sleep last night I did NOT Get and sleep at all NONE!!!! Who long will this last I still got to work I can’t get go check in to rehab because of my job but I got to get some sleep WHAT CAN I DO PLEASE . Been on them for almost 2 years and here recently I noticed the increase

Melissa
9:21 pm November 3rd, 2016

How long will I feel the anxiety because I don’t want to take zanex or nothing addictive and my restless leg plus anxiety is crazy at night

Rita
10:30 pm November 27th, 2016

I have been on 5/325 Hydrocodon fir 5 weeks. Supposed to be 1 tablet every 6 hours. Didn’t touch the Sciaticc nerve pain so I started taking 2 every 5 hours. Along with a muscle rrelaxants am 71, weigh 200. Also went to Physical Therapy. After one month.NADA. I have had an MRI, early. Started going to. Chiropractor, who is helping me. The drug is making me feel so sluggish. I want to stop. So. Go slow like 1 pill 3 times a day? I was doing 2 four times a day…pretty pain free now.Thank you so much for your service. I want my life back..praying I am not addicted

Teresa
8:10 pm December 5th, 2016

My lower intestine hurts when my body is running low on Hydrocodine. Is this normal. Or am I covering up another problem by taking another pill

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