How to Stop Taking Hydrocodone

Doctors recommend you stop taking hydrocodone gradually by tapering dosage over the course of weeks or moths. Learn more about how to stop taking hydrocodone here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

OVERVIEW: While rarely life-threatening, hydrocodone withdrawal can be severe. Therefore, the safest way to quit hydrocodone is under medical supervision. Doctors can guide you to gradually reduce daily dose in a drug taper. Detox clinics can provide medicines that treat symptoms as they appear.


Are you using hydrocodone daily? You’re not alone. Prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, hydrocodone is a hugely popular painkiller. In fact, according to Customer Reports January 2014 issue, hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed medication in the U.S. The 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) Summary backs this up; more than 6.7 billion hydrocodone tablets were distributed in the United States in 2015.

Physical Effects

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist. It works as a pain reliever but comes with enormous addictive potential. Hydrocodone changes the way the brain perceives pain. It can cause euphorica…and alter brain function over time. Drug dependence, for example, begins after using hydrocodone for short period of time. Actually, the National Safety Council reports that opioids such as hydrocodone trigger dependence after only 5-7 days of daily dosing.

Why does drug dependence occur?

Over time, your brain and body body becomes used to the presence of hydrocodone. When you abruptly stop taking hydrocodone, your body has to adjust without the medication, which can cause minor or even severe withdrawal symptoms. Even if you aren’t psychologically dependent (addicted) to the medication, this will still be the case.

Opioid withdrawal syndrome can include a number of side effects, such as:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Abnormal skin sensations
  • Anxiety
  • Back aches
  • Decreased appetite
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Intense craving
  • Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle aches & cramps
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Shakiness
  • Sensitivity to pain
  • Sweats
  • Tremors

Still, each case of withdrawal is unique. You cannot truly predict the severity or the intensity of symptoms. On the other hand, taking hydrocodone long term will cause more severe withdrawal symptoms than if you take it for a few months, or less.  Hydrocodone withdrawal syndrome may also be worse if you have abused hydrocodone by taking it in very high doses or in a manner other than prescribed, such as chewing, snorting, or injecting hydrocodone.

Can I Just Stop?

Yes, you can just stop taking hydrocodone… but only if you’ve just started. Many people are given hydrocodone for a week or two for the management of pain from an illness, accident, or operation. If you’re only taking hydrocodone for a short period of time, you can easily stop taking hydrocodone when you no longer need it or your prescription runs out.

Many people, however, will need to stop taking hydrocodone gradually. If you’ve taken hydrocodone to help manage chronic pain, things get a little more complicated. Hydrocodone uses and side effects can include physical dependency.  You’ll experience withdrawal symptoms after taking hydrocodone long term, making it difficult to quit using hydrocodone. You may also have developed an addiction to hydrocodone which does not allow you to simply stop taking hydrocodone without intense cravings.  How addictive is hydrocodone? Relatively very addictive. And, because of its addictive potential, and high frequency of (ab)use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request a change of hydrocodone classification in 2013. So, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) moved this painkiller to more controlled group, Schedule II.

Cold Turkey

If you’ve only been taking hydrocodone for a short while, you can suddenly stop without ill effects. If you’ve taken hydrocodone longer than a few weeks, this isn’t advisable because the withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly unpleasant. Most doctors will recommend gradually reducing your dose of hydrocodone to make quitting easier.

There are some situations in which it would make sense to quit hydrocodone cold turkey. If you’ve previously had a bad reaction to the medication or it’s causing unpleasant side effects, tapering your dosage may be intolerable or even dangerous. If you suffer from a hydrocodone addiction, it may seem tempting to quit cold turkey, but you need to address the underlying addiction issues with a medical professional as well to help prevent relapse.

Medical Detoxification

The process of medical detox is made safe because doctors, nurses, and clinic staff supervise the procedure. This way, you free your body of the hydrocodone under the watchful eyes of medical professionals. Not only do they offer medical support, but detox staff are also well-versed in providing emotional support. Plus, they use medicactions to address withdrawal symptoms as they occur. The main steps involved in medical detox for hydrocodone include:

STEP 1. Paperwork.

Before you start with a medical detox, you will need to fill out paperwork. This part is important because you can self-report your dosage amounts and frequency of use, an important beginning that helps clinicians to plan your individualized treatment.

STEP 2. Clinical Assessment.

After your entry, you can expect to spend an hour  in discussion with detox clinic supervisors, whose job it is to evaluate you, and determine what kind of detox protocol you will follow. They will collect your medical history, and conduct a psychological evaluation. Also, expect a physical examination and drug testing using urine or blood samples. Moreover, if there is a need for medications that will address withdrawal symptoms, medical nurses will get prescriptions from a licensed physician.

STEP 3. Tapering Procedure.

Tapering is a reduced dosage schedule that is administered according to doctor’s orders. So, get prepared and learn what symptoms to expect during hydrocodone withdrawal.

STEP 4. Transition.

The last step in a medical detox is to consider transition to addiction treatment. Medical detox is only the first step of your recovery. It is important to learn how to live without using substances, and rehab programs are made just for that. However, no one can force you to enroll into a program after medical detox. You need to want to attend yourself.

Medicines that Help

Hydrocodone detox can include the use of medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most important are:

Antidepressants. People who are over-using hydrocodone need to be examined for depression or other mental illnesses. Antidepressants can be life-savers in those cases.

Buprenorphine. Subutex and Suboxone (brand names) are commonly used during detox. Buprenorphine helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids. It also addresses cravings and can be used in the weeks, months, and years following detox.

Clonidine. This medication is used to reduce symptoms of anxiety, agitation, sweating, runny nose, cramping, and muscle pain.

Dicyclomine hydrochloride. Use primarily to treat abdominal cramps.

Diphenoxylate and Loperamide. These medications can be used to treat diarrhea.

Hydroxyzine and Promethazine. They reduce nausea and vomiting.

Methadone. Being a long-acting opioid, methadone is one of the most commonly used medications in longer term opioid replacement therapy. It is considered safer to dose and easier to taper than hydrocodone. However, methadone is not prescribed for all cases.

Methocarbamol. This medicine is used to treat joint pain and muscle cramps.

Naltrexone. Used in combination with other substances (mostly buprenorphine), naltrexone blunts some of the rewarding effects of opioid drugs like hydrocodone. So, it is used to help prevent relapse.

Trazodone. This medication is used to treat depression and anxiety.


REMINDER: It is possible that you switch one addiction for another when you use some of the medications listed here. Self-report feelings of euphoria, cravings, or obsessive thinking to prevent cross addiction.

Can I Detox at Home?

You may, but it’s not recommended.

Any home detox requires medical supervision which means that you first need to consult with your prescribing doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Getting medical permission is very important since withdrawal from hydrocodone may be very uncomfortable and harsh, so people in poor health may not be eligible.

Slowly reducing your dose may be over for several weeks or even months, but its the safest way to stop taking hydrocodone. CDC Guideline for tapering opioids for chronic pain suggests that a decrease of 10% of the original dose per week is a reasonable starting point.

Tapering schedules should be individualized, so they can minimize withdrawal symptoms. If the tapering plan doesn’t work for you, speak with your doctor about making a new dosage plan.

Guidelines for Tapering

Before starting to taper hydrocodone, consult with your doctor and follow their instructions. Some FDA labels of hydrocodone products come with their own tapering schedules. Generally, the opioid taper for hydrocodone includes these suggestions:

1. If you use 20 to 30 mg every 12 hours, reduce by 10 mg on Day 1 and 2. Day 3, stop.

2. If you use 40 mg to 70 mg every 12 hours,

  • Take 40 mg every 12 hours on days 1 and 2.
  • Take 20 mg on days 3 and 4.
  • Take 10 mg on days 5 and 6.
  • Day 7, stop.

3. If you use 80mg to 100 mg every 12 hours,

  • Take 80mg on days 1 and 2.
  • Take 60mg on days 3 and 4.
  • Take 40 mg on days 5 and 6.
  • Take 20 mg on days 7 and 8.
  • Take 10 mg on days 9 and 10.
  • Day 11, stop.

The supervising doctor should monitor carefully for signs of withdrawal. If you show significant signs of withdrawal, doctors usually raise the dose to the previous level, and taper more slowly.

How to Stop taking Hydrocodone Safely?

Reducing your dosage over several weeks or months is the safest way to quit hydrocodone. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t experience a relapse and start taking hydrocodone again.

The FDA label of ZOHYDRO® ER (a hydrocodone product) states:

When a patient no longer requires therapy with ZOHYDRO ER, taper the dose gradually, according to the schedule while monitoring carefully for signs and symptoms of withdrawal. If the patient develops these sign or symptoms, raise the dose to the previous level and taper more slowly.

The safest way to stop taking hydrocodone is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions. There may be medical treatments available to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms, but it’s usually preferable to stop taking hydrocodone without taking other opioid medications for withdrawals.

Currently, there are several effective medical treatments that include medically assessed therapy to ease the hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms. The most common medications used in treating withdrawal include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Clonidine
  • Naltrexone
  • Diphenoxylate and Loperamide
  • Hydroxyzine and Promethazine
  • Dicyclomine hydrochloride

However, the safest way to stop taking hydrocodone is under medical supervision, where trained staff can help you overcome physical as well as psychological issues.

Do I Have a Problem?

First of all, you need to be honest about your use of hydrocodone. Also, symptoms of substance abuse problems are different among individuals, but generally speaking, hydrocodone problem can be recognized if you display several of the following statements:

  1. Continue to use the drug despite all negative consequences.
  2. Find illegal ways to get the medication (doctor shopping, stealing, Internet)
  3. Feel cravings to use it again and again.
  4. Losing control over the doses and frequency of use.
  5. Unable to stop taking hydrocodone regardless many attempts to do it.
  6. Changed or lost interest in hobbies.
  7. Obsessed over getting and using the medication.

If many of these statements are ‘YES’, you may have a serious problem. But, if you are not sure that you may have problem with hydrocodone, download our free guide How To Quit Opioid Painkillers to find brief self-screening questions to assess opioid drug use.

What To Do Next?

STEP 1: Admit that you have a problem. Are you worried that you have a problem? Then, you probably do. Get real with yourself, and be honest. The first (and hardest) step to recovery is admitting that there is an issue. Once you do, treatment is possible.

STEP 2: Find reasons to change. If you want to break the cycle of addiction, you need to find reasons to quit. Your motivation for sobriety can bring you a completely new life. So, make a list of 10+ reasons you want to be drug-free.

STEP 3: Reach out for help. Nowadays, addiction is not considered as a moral issue, it’s a brain disease. So, don’t be ashamed to reach out for help. There are people who can help you…and who are trained in working with the physical and mental aspects of addiction. The medically specialized places that can provide you with appropriate services include:

  • Addiction rehabs
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed psychiatrists
  • Medical detox clinics
  • Medical doctors
  • Pharmacists


Not everyone who is diagnosed with addiction can afford a rehab. But rehabs can truly help you push the “restart” button. They give you the time to get physically and mentally balanced. Plus, you begin healthy, lifelong habits in rehab that can continue with you for years afterwards. You eat at normal times. You sleep at normal times. And you exercise and socialize!

When you look for a rehab program, you will need to make a choice between two main options: inpatient or outpatient program.

Inpatient rehabs provide 24-hour medical care and supervision of their patients. Actually, patients live in the facility during the recovery program. Most inpatient programs last for 1-3 months…up to 6 months. During the program, specialists provide constant care that will prepare you for life after rehab. Some of the most common services that inpatient rehab includes are:

  • Individual therapy sessions.
  • Group therapy sessions.
  • Health education about the brain, addiction, and recovery.

Outpatient rehabs provide similar therapies as inpatient programs, but there is no constant care since the patients come and go for a few hours, several days per week. These weekly programs include visits with a counselor, who supervise your care. Outpatient rehabs are good options for people with a good support system at home and low severity of drug addiction.

Ready To Quit?

Are you interested in stopping hydrocodone?

Keep in mind that it can be difficult to quit hydrocodone without a doctor’s assistance, because how hydrocodone works is related to the brain. There are a variety of reasons why you might have trouble managing hydrocodone dependence or addiction.

If you are ready to quit hydrocodone for good, be sure that you have these three supports:

  1. Personal motivation. Find reasons to quit by making a pros-and-cons list where you will write all positive reasons to stop using, and all negative effects that addiction could do to you.
  2. Medical resources. Educate yourself about the dangers of long-term hydrocodone use. Consult with your doctor, and/or a pharmacist. You may also consider enrolling into medical detox.
  3. Emotional support. Make sure that you’ll have all support of your friends and family to quit. If your environment is not supportive, your recovery path will be more difficult.

Got Any Questions?

Do you still have questions about hydrocodone?

Please leave us your questions here. We do our best to answer you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Hydrocodone
NCBI: The Relative Abuse Liability of Oral Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Hydromorphone Assessed in Prescription Opioid Abusers
DEA Drug Fact Sheet: Hydrocodone
DEA: National Drug Threat Assessment 2016
NCBI:Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction.
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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  1. I was taking 10/325 Norco for the past 5 years. I recently stopped cold turkey about 4 weeks ago but have had extremely high anxiety. I have been taking .5mg of lorazepam for the anxiety but does not seem to help. Can the anxiety that I am now experiencing be from just stopping the Norco and not tapering off? If so, how long can this extreme anxiety last for?

  2. My doctor gave me Norco 5-325 for pain after surgery. I have been trying to stop taking them but have withdrawal symptoms of shaking really bad and getting sick to my stomach. My question is how long do these symptoms last? If it only a few days I think I can handle this but if longer…don’t know.

  3. Hi my name is Joseph I Ben takeon up to 15 to 20 hydrocodon a day for the last 3years I need to stop or I will die when I try to stop I turn in to a monster and treat my hole Farley like sh********* I’m just tired of spending all this money on it and I want to stop but I just can’t

    1. Hi Joseph. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

  4. I am a disabled United States Marine and have been taking hydrocodone out roughly 2 1/2 years. The VA is advised me to continue taking the medication due to my severe chronic pain. However the medication does nothing for the pain and my eyes are pinpoint it all the time and I hate how I feel. So I have been slowly trying to taper my meds for about a month and a half now. I am now down to one pill a day and I take it at night. But that with drawl symptoms and Knight were absolutely horrible. People referred to it as restless leg and I have it Over mine tire body. Roughly sleep about two or three hours a day. Any advice to help me get over this final hump would be greatly appreciated. I’m fearful that I will be strapped to this drug forever

  5. I want to come off the 5mg hydrocodone I’ve been taking daily for a year. What can expect with withdrawals? How long will it take? Wondering if tapering makes sense vs. cold turkey and or using some all in one supplements sold online. Do any of those work?

  6. I have been taking oxytocin and hydrocodone since December of 2016. I had knee replacement which after 3 month failed and in July I had to have it replaced. I have been taking it most of this time. There are 10 to 20up to 40. Now when I don’t take it I go to bed and body ache and muscle ache start even a sleeping pill will not allow me to sleep. If I give in and take one I go to sleep in a few minutes. I know it has not worked in that short amount of time I feel it is in my mind. What is calm support and where do you get it

  7. I have taken one hydrocodone in am and one in pm for three years. Lately I heard so much,please tell me can I take 1/2 in am and 1/2 in pm for how many days and come off of them tell me how to safely do it

  8. I have had 4 lumbar back surgeries L5 S1 and one cervica c6l. I started about 10 tears ago taking 5/325 3 or 4 times a day.i have a cage in L5 S1 from first surgery. I have plates rods and screws in my lower back from surgeries 3 & 4 and sinced the fusion took place it has moved into my SI joint along with severe pain in my hip. Doc increased my dosage T0 7.5 3 (2) THREE TIMES DAY, i’m fighting to keep working, I need three more years to get my pension. I HAVE DONE MEDICAL MESSAGE, CHRIPROTER, FACETT INJECTIONS, NERVE ROOT INJECTIONS, PHYSICAL therapy, stimulation, SI joint injection, acupuncture, medical ultrasound, tramadol, ultracet, lyrica, gavapt, neurotin, Voltern topical steroid cream, lididerm patches, muscle relaxers, steroids, . I take pramiprexaline which helps a little, his list is not inclusive
    List. I have mild sclerosis, short leg syndrom, (which causes my pelvic to shift). I am going for a new EMG and without a doubt I know I still have nerve damage from L5 SI. I am also being sent to orthopedic doctor to assess my hip; hurts to walk and get stabbing pain in hip/thigh. My foot us on fire and have pain in SI joint. My husband thinks my pain is worse because of pain meds. I’m not seeing that but I am open to suggestions. My diagnosis at the point is right leg nerve damage, SI joint dysfunction, degenerative dsc disease, failed back syndrome. Waiting to see about the hip? I’m frustrated, tired, and don’t want to deal with this pain. I get my meds from same doctor; been with him 20 years, I do not exceed dosage nor abuse my medication. My memory is terrible but u keep going. I did not go to the 7.5 until after surgery 3. Doctor has also removed arthritis off my spine during surgery. Appreciate any feedback.

  9. I am trying to withdraw from hydrocodone and xanax at the same time. Is it wiser to do them one at a time? I am having terrible shakes, nervousness and anxiety.

  10. I really need you to reply as soon as possible. I’ve cold turkeyed hydrocodone. This is my ninth day, and the only thing i take is Gabapentin. There are some other problems that i have. I’ve had two heart attacks and had a triple bypass, along with heart disease. I have emphysema. I also take pressure medicine and sometimes, i have to take nitrous. I have a lower herniated disk. That’s why i take the Gabapentin. I don’t want to have back surgery. I also have pain in my left arm. I had my cardiologist check that because it concerned me. I had an MRI done on my neck and i have some bone spurs that need to be grinded down, and he said that would fix the pain in my left arm. It’s due to a nerve.

    I hurt all over, and the gabapentin helps a little. I haven’t take Hydrocodone in nine days. The reason i took it was because it was prescribed to me for three years for herniated disks in my back, which cause my left leg to be in a lot of pain. After that, i continued to take the hydrocodone for 2 decades. I really need you to help as soon as possible to give me ideas.

    Please help me. I’m hurting really bad. I think the gabapentin is helping some, but i looked it up and it’s not really a drug for withdraws for hydrocodone. It’s a drug for cocaine addiction, which i don’t do.

    Please help me as soon as you can, and give me some advice. If i talk to my doctor, i’m afraid he’ll drop me as a patient and there are no other doctors in my town that will take my insurance. My doctor is no longer taking patients with my insurance. If i lose him, i won’t be able to get my blood pressure meds and i take a heart pill, plus nitrous. Also, i’m extremely depressed. I’ve talked to my doctor about this and he says that’s normal because a close friend of mine died. That’s been a year now. I never leave the house because i just don’t want to. I go to the doctor every 6 months.

    All i’m asking is for you to give me some advice as soon as possible! I’m not sending you anymore info unless you answer me. I really need you to help me, and understand that i can’t lose my doctor. He is an excellent doctor and won’t give you any kind of drug that you could be addicted to. He is an excellent doctor.

    Please help me.

  11. I’ve been taking Hydrocodone for 20 years for chronic pain. I take 5 -10 milligram pills a day and i want to stop taking it. I realize that i have chronic pain, but the Hydrocodone has caused me to be in even more pain due to the addiction. If i don’t take Hydrocodone, then i have a different kind of pain. I hurt all over. My joints and whole body hurt. Originally, i was given Hydrocodone for a herniated, blown-out disc in my lower back, which was causing my left leg to hurt. It didn’t hurt as bad as the pain that i have now. I stopped taking Hydrocodone cold turkey and i hurt all over.

    How long will continue? The pain is unbearable sometimes! My doctor gives me Gabapentin, but i haven’t informed him about my drug addiction to Hydrocodone. He’s the kind of doctor that would probably drop me as a patient due to the addiction, which he is a good doctor. He’s the best doctor i’ve ever had. Also, i’ve had two heart attacks and i really need to come off of this Hydrocodone.

    Can you tell me how can i expect to feel the affects of the withdraws after taking it for 20 years? I asked someone else and they said at least 30 days. What is your assessment? I cannot talk to my doctor about this because i am in fear of losing him. There aren’t a lot of doctors that are willing to take my insurance. He is a really good doctor, but i can’t ask for his help. So far, i haven’t taken a Hydrocodone in two days, but i have taken Gabapentin, which was perscribed by my doctor and seems to help.

    I’m still feeling the affects of the Hydrocodone. Please help me, and thank you. Any advice would greatly appreciated! I just don’t want to be under the control of any drug. Period. Can you tell me if Gabapentin is an addictive drug?

  12. I have been using hydrocodone since mid April for pain after c-diff and diverticulitus. Post IBS has brought lots of aches/pains o I have used hydrocodone as nothing else helps. I’ve only taken 1 a day as needed and not everyday. There have been rare days where I’ve taken 2 but that is extremely rare. I want to stop taking them but am wondering if there is something I should be doing to go off them without a bad reaction. Any info would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Peggy. Hydrocodone withdrawal may occur even if you drastically lower down the daily dose.

  13. I have been prescribed hydrocodone 10/325mg for about 6 years, 4 times a day, for a bad knee recently I’ve decided I want off them because it’s not fixing anything. My doctor said to cut back half a pill a week, I’m down to 3 pills a day, what I’d like to know it’s this reduction to fast or normal? I’ve been. Moody and occasionally body aches, and kind of foggy headed …should I slow the process of reducing them by cutting it back half a pill every 2 weeks? Or stay on course the way it is now?

  14. I have been prescribed Norco now for 2 years since my back surgery. I was seeing a pain management doctor the whole time. 2 1/2 months ago he relocated and I had to find a new doctor. I promptly made a appointment with a new doctor but it took 2 months for the first appointment I was trying to stretch my prescription as long as I could. I ended up getting some marihuana to help until my appointment. I was desperate. So I went to my appointment and immediately had to give a urin sample. I was honest with the doctor and told him what I had been doing. He refused to write me a new prescription. I understand this but I have been cold turkey now for 6 days and I am miserable. What can I do to ease things? I am vomiting have diarrhea and have more pain than ever. How long does this last?

  15. I have quit taking hydrocodone 10/325mgs for 3 times now cold turkey and i must say the first time was the hardest but i start taking them again because i have severe chronic osteoporosis and have had both shoulder rotator cuffs done and now i need a knee replacement and have a lot of pain but i only take from 1 to 2 a day and i hope to stop talking them when my knee is fixed it tells you here in the internet how to do it and my withdrawal symptoms last from 5 to 7 days for me, it tells you to eat eggs, bananas and take mylanta for the diarrhea and it has worked for me and i have been taking them since 2000 ,maybe what helps me out is that four doctors have told me that my body has built a very high tolerance to pain, because once i broke my left pinkie finger and i didn’t take anything for pain and after 3 days it was very swollen and turning purple and the doctor asked me if i liked pain and why didn’t i go see him earlier and i told him that i wanted to make sure it was broken and when it got really swollen and started to turn purple i decided to go see him, well i hope that what i have written and posted helps someone because i know what severe pain is, much love and respect to you all, thanks.

  16. I’m on Day 11 of quitting Lortab. Took it for 9 years for IBS pain. I know. Very unusual but it helped but only temporarily. top dose 4 10-325 per day. Didn’t taper effectively so had a rough first week. Ended up in ER on day one because my blood pressure was off the charts. Second week, my blood pressure is under control so not taking Clonidine any more. Feel pretty good. Trying to get my energy back by eating well . How long until the digestive issues will resolve themselves. Just having multiple bowel movements no diarrhea. Hope it isn’t in the future.

  17. I take 2 to 3 pills of norco a day. Low dose for my arthritis and fibromyalga. I have been on them for years and years. I don’t go over the prescribed amount, im just tired of taking them. If i dont, i hurt. I don’t know if it’s the withdrawal or the ailments that are doing this. I am leaning towards withdrawals, because i get nauseous. I never really lije smoking pot, i always got paranoid. Is the medical Marijuana different and is this an option for me. Can I wean off pills and do the Marijuana at same time to avoid the nausea.

  18. My primary care doctor has been prescribing hydrocodonenfor for me due to some painful symptoms that he thought were
    Related to the aggressive treatment I had do to Stage III
    Breast cancer. Due to the new government policies he can no longer
    Subscribe pain meds and he to refer me to a pain clinic
    which was a waste of money. Basically my doctor had been prescribing 10 mgs 4 times per day but I only took one tablet
    Twice a day for a month. I had been taking 7.5 twice a day
    for 3 years. I have slowly titrated myself to 1.25 mg twice
    a day now and my plan is to titrate my self to 1.25 mg a day
    and then every other day and then 3-4 days. I am titrating
    SLOWLY. I dropped dose on Thursday 4/28/17 from 3.75mg
    A day to 2mg total a day (1.25 twice a day). Every time I drop my dose
    On Thursday I start feeling nauseous, and like my brain is very
    fuzzy. This happens every time I decrease my dose but
    I did drop dosage by half this time. What do you think my withdrawal symptoms be like when I finish my last dose?

    1. Hi Debotah. The body needs time to adjust the new state. It seem to me that you are doing great with your tapering schedule. If you have any difficulties, consult your doctor. Also, you may speak with a pharmacist to recommed some over-the-counter aid, home remedies, teas, vitamins and supplements to ease withdrawal symptoms. Finally, you may download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opiod- Painkillers’, here:

  19. I took extra strength Vicodin for about 25 years graduated to 200 pills a month I went to pain management for severe pain for both back and knees I take morphine now it takes the pain away but when it wears off have pain you want to climb a wall you hurtso bad what’s the purpose of stop taking meds if you cannot have a normal life this allows me to fuction.normal instead of twisting in pain like you felt possible.

  20. Isn’t there a treatment where it only takes 8 hours by going to the hospital and have them filter your blood to remove all morphine opiates for your body so you do. Not have withdrawal.

  21. I had back surgery in January and was given hydrocodone 7.5. I didn’t want to take it so took Aleve. Then my pain good bad at night so I took hydrocodone to help me sleep just at night. Then my doctor told me to take 2 every six hours for my pain. Because if I was on my feet too much the pain was bad. I decided I didn’t want to take it anymore and my doctor agreed. I tapered off from 2 down to 1 to half one. I was having spasms-pain in my knee down in my groin and still do. So after coming off the past few days spasms-pain are coming more often than before. And it’s pretty bad bad it was pretty bad before. Now I am having trouble sleeping so last night I took a half a pill of hydrocodone so I sleep. Now I don’t know what to do about the withdrawal systems.

  22. Rick, Yes my mom quit in November 2016 cold turkey and had a stoke from taking 6 oxycodones 10/350 a day so yes you can

  23. Hello I was a drugy I was taking 30 to 50 number 10 a day. I was coping with life, spending $500. to1,000 dollars a month. So I just quit over night. I drove my truck 100 miles with not knowing it before I rolled my truck and put me in the hospital. I take 1 or 2 a day know i hope they will will let me go back to work Monday after 8 weeks I do feel good now.people don’t be stupid tell your Doctor he will help you out

  24. Hello, I have a question but need to provide a quick back story so bare with me please. I’ve been taking hydrocodone apap since 2010 for chronic pain. The 10/325 tablets. Until this last year (2016). When I broke (For lack of a better word) the cycle of addiction. I mean this in the since that I had never been without a dose for more than 4 hrs. I began taking the medicine more frequently than prescribed. Then going without when I ran out. Until my next doctor appointment. This would sometimes be a period of 17 or so days in a month I wouldnt be taking my medication. I would of taken the full quantity of 130 pills in just a matter of 13 days. Usually not that often but a month or two, yes. Well, this March I ran out on the 7th, going pretty much cold turkey and coincidently had a stroke the night of the 8th. My question is, is it likely I had the stroke because I went cold turkey after taking say 7 or 8 pills a day for 17 days. I’m definitely going to be Using this medication as directed from now on. Just trying to find the culprit for the stroke so it doesn’t happen again and I possibly die. Thanks for any help you may provide.

  25. hello,
    I stopped using Hydrocod acetam after two Months of taking it daily . I did it on my own . I did not do it gradually . I had nausea and having hard time to sleep . I discussed this with my family doctor , who think there is no relation. Please tell me what I can do . I stopped taking it for 3 weeks . I am worried.

    Best regards

  26. Thank you for this. I was not on norco for a long time and just wanted to know about stopping it suddenly. I could not find the answer anywhere else on the web. And a quite a few off the other sites had seedy pop ups that were inappropriate. So thanks again for having the simple answer to my question.

  27. I have been on hydrocodene for 5 years I am 66 had both knees replced still having pain. Ibecame addicted taking 12 pills a day. Now not onyly for pain there is a addiction. I am taking 4 10 mg. a day it has been terrible is there any thing Icando or use. I want to kill myself. The doctor was giving mw 325 a month. Can you help

  28. I have scolilis and arthritis in my back and neck and have been taking. Norco 5/325 for about 10 years now taking 3-4 a day. I USED TO take 500MG ASPIRIN ABOUT 8 a day and tried. ADVIL, T YLENOL NOTHING works better than the Norco but now my doctor wants me off and to be honest it’s the. Only. Pain meds. That. Helps.. after 10 years why stop now? Zd

  29. I’ve only been taking hydrocodone pills such as 10mg or 15mg gradually over a short period of time most days I take 3 pills but it would be only the 10mg of I have the 15 I would just take 1 or 2 a day but it’s only been 2 months I want to stop completely I know I can do it on my own just wanted to know if it’s safe or not?!

  30. I have been taking it for years. My acupuncturist has taken a lot of pain away. I haven’t taken a hydrocodone pill in 17 hours.I have loose bowel and off and on stomach condition is narrowing of the spinal canal.

  31. I’m on 20mg hydrocodone for a year now. How long should it take me to taper off and how should I break it down in days or weeks. In other words how long should it take me to completely stop

  32. I misplaced my prescription so my dr, would not prescribe me more.
    So I have had to stop cold turkey, no way to slowly stop.
    They even refused to prescribe me something to help lessen the withdrawals.
    I cannot breathe well, I am out of breath, how long will the withdrawals take?

  33. I’ve been taking 6norco a day for two years how would I wean myself off ,will I definitely experience withdrawal or maybe not

  34. I’ve been using hydrocodone for 8 years now 10/325, 20 a day mostly! I want to quit cold turkey do you think it’s a good idea? Today is my first day I already feel the hurt in my legs! And how long before the withdrawals go away?

    1. Hi Tina. Experts claim that gradually lowering the drug dosage is a safer way to quit it. So, I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  35. See this is the problem. People like y’all that take 10 aday or so have a problem and y’all abusing it. Makes it hard for people that actually need it get help . There cutting down on alot. And people who actually need it for pain won’t be able to get help because of people faking pain to get them to get high or sell. Fu ked up.

  36. Well since May 9th I have stopped the stupid snorting. I’m only taking 1 and a half pills a day now. I feel as if I could have done this sooner, but it was hard to kick. I had insomnia for two weeks, but the Gabapentin really helped. I am taking vitamins and doing the Thomas recipe. Look it up. It works to get your body and brain back to normal. For those who are struggling I thought I Would drop in and give an update. You really can do it! I was going through 5-8 a day by snorting them. I will never go back to that. If I can do it, than anyone can. To all the peeps out there struggling, just place your faith in God’s hands and get up and just do it.

  37. Well I started taking opiat pain pills about 2007 on a regular basis after 2 back surgeries. I’m 43, business professional, father of three and happily married. I took about 1-3 normally for about 5 yrs. Now after a person turned me on to snorting norco 10-325’s, I am snorting them and really want to stop. I do about 5-8 a day now. I’ve been doing this for 3 yrs now and am having trouble concentrating, having motivation to do physical work, etc.. I have heard Gabapentin can help
    With opiate withdrawal. Can I use this?? I know I have a hard core problem by snorting.. By I need to stop.
    Not to mention I’m also am stopping drinking.. I just want to be clear and feel alive again. Any logical tips would be appreciated? My three children and wife need me.

  38. I am currently recovering from 2 major knee surgeries over the last 6mos. My most recent surgery was approx 1 month ago. I am terrified that I am possibly addicted to hydrocodone. I take at most 60mgs of it daily to manage the pain. I am taking the med as prescribed. However, I am scared of being in pain and ultimately off the meds. Does this make an addict?

  39. I am 59 and have been taking hydrocodone 10-325 for the past 14 years for pain from an accident that has messed up my spine from my lower back to the top of my neck . Every disc would have to be fused and that’s not an option . 4 yrs ago I was put on Morphine ER 15 . I stopped the morphine . Just couldn’t take it all the time . I was taking between 3 and 4 hydrocodone a day . Never more than that . I am tired of taking it so have cut back to 1/2 tablet every 6 hrs . I have done that in about 10 days . I have had my moments of feeling really bad but I am determined to get off . I was wondering how long I should stay at this dose before I drop down another 1/2 . I can do a slow taper it is not a problem . It just would be nice to get this done right with as minimal of withdrawals as possible . I have some depression and quite a bit of anxiety from a really traumatic event that happened so I know this is not going to be easy . Any advise or help would be greatly appreciated . Thank you

  40. I was taken Lotab 10’s since 2007
    Started out with 2-4 days up to 20-25 day
    I was buying on street
    Dec 2015 got shoots in my spine to help my pain
    Reason I take them
    It helped so I decided to stop taken
    But this was not the first time I tried
    This time I went to a group thing 3 days a week
    I take suboxone to help
    Long story short I’ve taken nothing in over 80 days

  41. Hello I just turn 29 years old last month and my problem started after I had my second child on October 2013 before that though I was an active hard working mother of a boy and wife of a busy police officer after my second child I started to feel a lot of pain on my pelvic and back it was so sever with fever and couldn’t walk or sit went to several doctors and no one had a diagnosis for me. They gave me hydrogen 7.5 two pills a day and was able to do my mommy duties since then haven’t been able to go back to work they also gave me prednisone witch gave me bad side effects so told my doctor I wasn’t taking that no more specially since they don’t know what’s wrong with me I’m still currently taking hydrogen and want to stop about a month ago started seen a chiropractor And he found my pelvic out of place and also my spine and most likely happens after the birth of my daughter he is going to help me but still having a hard time leaving the pain killers I want to stop and don’t know how I still feel a lot of pain and not sure if due to pain killers is making me feel this way?

  42. knee replacement surgery 4 weeks from surgery pain in knee is minimum
    but without pain relievers of some type low grade fever less than 100 achy fluish feeling I don’t know if I feel like this because of the pain medication or because still early in knee recovery trying ibuprofen and tylenol it helps but still don’t feel perky or energetic fever down but still feel fluish
    first week home I took hydromorphone 4 mg w tylenol every 4 hours or longer
    second week used hydromorphone and oxycodon w/tylenol 7.5/3.25 oxy at nite
    3 and this week using hydrocordon w tylenol 5/3.25 taking every 5-6 hours sometimes longer in between
    but when wears off I sink fast and ache and fever and leg hurts
    this morning want to make sure not getting hooked on pain medication so trying tylenol and ibuprofen every 4 hours
    again not feel great or perky but knee feels good so far

    what do you suggest alernate all 3? or hang in there with tylenol and ibuprofen or use the hydrocardon?
    and if dont use hydrocodon how long will it take for me to feel perky as if I were on pain pills?
    I am not getting much done

    Thank you


  43. My husband has been taking hydrocodone for a while now I don’t know how long bc he was doin it behind my back but I figured it out an when I did find out it was causing us to fuss an then he finally ask for my help.he wants to stop but cannot afford to go to rehab an don’t have the insurance to got to the doc how can I help him he says if he don’t have them they make him sick an he don’t like the feeling of being sick please help we have a lil boy but I’m afraid it’s goin to caused us to split up I’m there for him but when he dont have any he gets can I help him stop I know he can’t just stop all at once I don’t know what to do

  44. I was born with a dislocated hip have had a pin in it my hip and back are detriating my doc had me on hydrocodone xanex and soma blool pressure meds for years I just lost my husband in may so he added antidepressant now he took all his patients off pain meds soma and cut xanex back after 9 years of giving me that so now I get to be in pain and withdrawal how’s that fair

  45. I’ve been taking hydrocodone acetaminophen 10-325 for three years and new doc gave me 5 pills for 5 days to get off them. Am I going to have a stroke or heart attach ?

  46. I have been on it for 4 months it is hydro codons 5.325 would like to stop it say on my bottle take one every four hours please help

    1. Hi Eva. A slow and gradual taper is a must for staying safe and sane when quitting hydrocodone. You’ll need to cut back on 10% to 20% of your current dose every 2 weeks to avoid feeling severe withdrawal symptoms. If some of the symptoms get too harsh, you can ask your pharmacist for over-the-counter aids.

  47. I had a knee replacement Nov. 3-2016 –it was long overdue–I went to see a pain Doctor for help to wean off of hydrocodone–I was on 10-325mg about 3 a day and he helped me buy lowering the dose each week–I have one left for tomorrow which is 5-325–The doctor said when I am done I should have no side effects–I have had some chills ,sweating and anxiety through out but it is getting better–I still have some pain in my body but I am going to keep exercising often–any other suggestions….

  48. I have had a surgery at the age of 28 to remove my uterus and ovaries in the process the doctor had left a hole that he had cut in my intestine! I was therefore left in such pain that I could not stand it! I have been on pain medication from that time until now the age of 33. I feel as if I continue to take medication I am hurting my family by not being sober although when I do not take the medication I experience severe withdrawal and severe pain from my chronic pain issues. What would be the best measure to discontinue this dream world I’m living being sedated and become a better parent and stop taking this medicine? Please keep in mind I have two children to care for cook clean dress and days I cannot be out of commission for these things single mom here help me please

  49. Hi, I had double total knee replacement surgery Sept. 24, 2015 and have been taking oxycodone/Acetaminophen 10-325 mg TB every 6 hours since then. I want to stop taking them since I no longer need physical therapy. How do I stop safely? Thanks

    1. Hi, Liz. Experts claim that the best way to quit oxycodone is gradually reducing the drug. So, I suggest you consult your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule just for you. Also, consult your doctor or a pharmacist for over-the-counter medications and home remedies to ease withdrawal symptoms. Good luck!

  50. I had knee replacement in November I have been taking hydrocodne 10/325 2 pills every 4-6hrs. Have been taking for about less than 6 weeks. I took one pill on Thursday than did not take any the rest of the day. That night could not sleep so I decided to take one pill on Friday night slept good. What is your advice.

  51. I’ve been taking the low dose of narco for a month. I did take them daily. I’m done with them
    now so can I just stop? I don’t have any more so I can’t taper. Will I be O.K.?

    1. Hello, Daiva. I’d suggest you consult your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule only for you. Good luck!

  52. Can you tell me the best way to taper my use of Norco. I am prescribed the 5/325 pills with instructions to take one every 6 hours for chronic pain due to Dercum’s Disease and arthritis issues in my back and knees. I had to change doctors because my previous one is on leave of absence. My new doctor doesn’t recommend Norco as a pain reliever so she immediately lowered my dose to 3 per day rather than 4, which is a 25 percent reduction. She intends to continue reducing it to zero and has only offered an SSRI to replace the Norco. I told her I have taken SSRI in the past and it was not helpful and actually affected my condition negatively. I would like to know if reducing by this amount will be too hard on me physically. I have had the same dose for 5 years now, so I know I am likely dependent on it.

  53. HI, I have been using Calm Support and it does take the edge off, it seems to be getting better now, must have had a ruff patch there for awhile. I do get times that my legs get a tingling sensation, this use to happen to me when i was using, but if i went most of the day without norco, but would go away once I had the med. the sensation has been subsiding less and less each week. if you have any other otc recommendations that would be great and thanks for the reply!

  54. Hi, I stopped taking Hydrocodone 10’s 17 days ago, cold turkey. I was taking 6-10 a day for about 3 years, I found the first week surprisingly tolerable, but the 2nd week was tougher and the beginning of the 3rd week is starting to really suck. I find myself thinking about the med more and more, thinking to myself, should I call my “connection?”, but I keep telling myself its not worth it. I have done this with literally no help from anyone, only one person knew I was one these and that’s the person I got them from. So I’m hoping this site will be a good place to start. My mood has been pretty shitty as well the past 5 days or so, so just wondering is it going to get better soon or worse? any help or advise would be appreciated, Thanks

    1. Hello Mike. Hang in there! You’ve made the right decision. Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms mostly depend on the duration of usage and dosage. Usually, those who were using Hydrocodone for years undergo severe symptoms of withdrawal. But, have in mind that, every drug affects each person differently. Are you using over-the-counter medication and home remedies? Also, I suggest you if your situation gets worse, that you seek help from a doctor.

  55. I’ve been taking hydrocodone for 3 yrs due to cancer and a entrapped siatic nerve and real bad neuropathy due to chemo in my lower extremities. I am a VA patient but now all of sudden they said I had to quit the hydros on my own. They think gavapentin is the only thing I need. I asked about any help and they said to simply cut my dosage. My dosage has been 8 10mg pills a day. I am scared about what the withdrawals are going to be without help. The siatic and neuropathy pain is going to be bad in addition to these withdrawal effects. Every since hydrocodone has become a class 3 drug it’s like I’m being treated like a addict. They use to give me a 6 month script until a year ago. I have a bad feeling even cutting down I’m in for a bad situation.

  56. I hve been taking Hydrocodone 10 years and have run out of the med. what danger am I in? I am weak,shaky,hurt terriably,can barely walk, due to some failed back surgery & NO Hydrocodone.Also have headaches.

  57. I’ve been taking 1/2 hydrocodone along with 3 ibuprofen once a day. How do I stop this dosage? I’ve been taking this much for 3 years and it helps with back pain. What is the best way to stop taking this?

  58. Hi, I’ve been on hydrocodone 10/325 I usually take two tabs four five times a day, for I think a little over a year or so I’m scared that I’m addicted to it and been thinking about cold turkey if being on it a year or so is too long to go about it that way. I’ve been on it for chronic pain and believe this is the highest dose. Advice would be appreciated thanks so much.

  59. I cant find anyone that has Vicodin 10 mg with the storm coming am I going to get sick if I stop taking it Ive been on pain meds since2004

  60. I recently found out that I’m expecting, but before I found out, I had been using pain killers on and off again for about 8 months for back pain and migraines. How do I go about stopping? I want to do what is best for my child, but it is wearing on me.

    1. Hello Laurie. The strategy for weaning off and completely stopping hydrocodone use should be first discussed with our doctor and your gynaecologist. Medical monitoring throughout the process is recommended and the tapering schedule should be created to fit your needs, and yours and your baby’s safety.

  61. I have only been taking hydrocodone a week but just stop taking them today and woke up multiple times during my nap with stomach pains and once I went to sleep for the night I keep waking up and can’t move my body or talk it’s kinda scary but I guess its withdraws I’m not sure ??????

  62. what if somone is more phychologically addited and thinks they have to have even in a low dose and is not really physically addicted to it, has gone thru withdrawals already but still wants to get more because they say it gives them energy?

  63. I was prescribed hydrocodone after a bycycle accident and broken shoulder back in December 2014. My ortho Dr. only gave me a two week dose, but the pain was so bad my primary Dr. gave me additional pills. I am much better now and tried to stop taking the meds. I am taking half at night half in morning and sometimes another half or two during the day. I’ve decided I don’t need to take as I am much better, but tried taking nothing and the leg cramps and anxiety overwhelmed me. What is the best way to stop? thank you

  64. Hi there, I am Domina. I have been reading all these posts and have not seen anyone at the horrible rate I’m going! EMBARRASSED!! I broke my back in 97 and have had 6 back surgeries since, the last one almost killed me. I am embarrassed to say how many I take and HOW COULD I LET IT GET THIS BAD! I am on Lortab 10/325s and I take up to15-20 a day. I’m so embarrassed to admit this but MAYB this is the first step to recovery. I get a script every month for 90 and they last a week. What really sux horribly…. I have so much pain. I feel like these pills are chained to me! My hubby is SICK OF IT!! I’m ready to b clean! I go thru horrible withdrawals EVERY MONTH! Every month I say to myself, I’m not doing this again! I fail every month. As awful as it is… I do it cold turkey, this is it for me! I want my life back! I feel like a pill head… Well I am and this is humiliating. Thank for reading ❤

    1. Hello Domina. You will need some professional support and medical help to start your recovery process and keep yourself on the right track. One of the reasons your medications are no longer working to treat your pain is because you have developed tolerance to them, and now they do not produce the same effect as they used to. But, you have to stop taking so many a day. Ask your doctor for a referral to a treatment clinic near you, or call the helpline number displayed on our site to speak to our trusted treatment providers and find the right type of program that fits your needs.

  65. Ok so after being on Hydrocodone for 3 months, was taking what I needed for pain after the surgery, 4 a day , then for the last two weeks took two at night. Decided I was tired of being on it so I just stopped, that day I did not take the Hydrocodone and no sleep felt like I had to get up and run all over the house, next day felt like crap, so went home took 2 felt great and slept great, next night said no more, no sleep and felt like crap all day, so called the dr, he said its normal just take 1 1/2 for a few days, then 1 for a few days then half for a few days then should be able to stop with some withdrawals, so that night did 2 just to ensure sleep, next night did 1 1/2 got sleep, next night took did 1, got sleep, next night did 1/2 got sleep, so next night none, few hrs of sleep, next night took a Diazepam 5mg at around 6, could have went to bed at 8 but stayed up till around 10, by then not sleepy, so took 1 unison sleep gel, by 2 had that feeling again I needed to go run through entire body, now feel ok but tired. Hope this is almost over tonight will be day three no Hydrocodone, may take a Xanax right before I got to bed to sleep, don’t really take pills so this is new to me. Hope by this weekend I can just lay down and sleep, will never take Hydrocodone again. I guess 3,months of it has kicked my ass, I am not addicted but I guess my body wants it, I don’t. Any suggestions please help. Want this over with asap. Thanks.

  66. Hi, I have been on Hydrocodone since about 15 April for my neck issue, I got the 10/325, then on the 27th of April I had neck surgery to Fuse my C5, C6 and C7, for the first week I was taking about 6 a day for pain, the next week it was about 4, some days 2, then week three I went to 2-4 if needed, week 4 I was at 2 but rarely 4 if needed, week 5 I had my checkup and was able to get out of my brace and return to work, so I asked for another refill, so I got 60 more, then for the last two weeks I was at two in the evening. My mistake was that even though the pain was mild to none I continued two at night for the feeling it gives you and thinking like most meds I have had to finish the prescription well this past weekend I read a article on how addictive it is and said crap, I should stop and flush what I have down the toilet cause I have over 50 left, so this Monday night I stopped taking the two I usually take, I slept bad, and Tuesday I felt like I had the flu, and was tired, so Tuesday I came home and took 2 and within an hour I felt better and slept great, Wednesday went to work and was fine, so Wednesday I got home and said I am done, went to bed and started having restless leg, then arms and could not sleep, then today was tired and felt horrible all day, so now worried I am addicted, I called my surgeon and he said I needed to wing my self, so he said go home tonight and take 1 1/2 for a few days then go to 1 for a few days then 1/2 for few days and if that does not work them call them and they would help but they are pretty confident that it would and told me I was not addicted because I am not abusing by taking way more than what should, but tonight I took two and I feel better but still not great. I will do what they told me but I am worried I am screwed, I hope tonight I can sleep and feel better, what advice can you give me. I am ashamed and scared, but will try because I don’t want to become a addicted person.

  67. I was on norco for almost two year I am pregnant my ob Dr new my family Dr stopes me on them.i have a. Sliped disk and my back is detrating I was wondering what can I do for the withdrawal

  68. I went off hydrocodone cold turkey and had restless leg really bad. I talked to my Dr. And he ended up putting me on 300 mg of Gabapentin. He said i could take up to 3 a day but i only really needed about 1 or maybe 2. It really helped and now I’m off completely off & feel awesome!! Hope this helps!!

  69. I have been taking hydrocodane for three years daily between 6 to 8 Hydrocodan.. Now I am having many problem including my heart. What should I do?

  70. Cold turkey will not harm you… you will not like it but its the best thing to do as trying to reduce the intake of a highlt addictive compound by yourself is simply retarded @ best.. if your medication can be locked and provided by a third party is the only time tapering off will work. You will feel like crap without it until your brain doesnt rely on the medication to feel good so why prolong the intake of it? Your ignorant if you believe otherwise.. Eat some chocolate, exercise, watch a funny movie etc.. you dont need that garbage if you dont have nerve damage keeping you from functioning without gasping in pain period.

  71. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago and was on hydrocodone afterwards. I’m still taking 7 mg. a day – one per day. I don’t want to take it anymore, but I start to get restless, jittery and a nervousness in my stomach at about 6 p.m. so I take a half and then the other half around 9. It helps me sleep. If I take a nap during the day, I wake up with a jolt and feel REALLY nervous for about 5 minutes. And naps only last about 10-20 minutes. What can I do to stop this?

  72. I’ve just started taking hydro codons/apap today and I’ve been vomiting , pretty faint headed and very drowsy for the past 15 hours out of my last 2 doses .. I’m scared and I want to turn over to my other prescribed medicine my doctor has given me .. Can I please change over to it if I’m having these side effects every time I take this narcotic ?

    1. Hi Tamera. Any severe and abnormal side effects should be reported to your doctor. Please consult a medical professional before you attempt to switch medications or do anything else. Your situation and reaction to the medication shouldn’t be overlooked.

  73. I have RA and have been on hydrocodone for 10 years. My pain is bad but I hate having to depend on drugs, and it has bothered me for years. I want to
    try other methods of pain management that does not include addictive drugs. I am 72 and a 100 % service connected veteran. I take 3 to 4 10 mg
    Pills a day for pain. I am also taking shots once a week of Embrel which is an autoimmune drug. What dosages shoud I take to gradually
    quit without severe side effects? Thank you for any advice.

    1. Hi Lisa. Depends how close you are to your doctor. But I believe doctor’s should provide help without judgement and do whatever needs to be done for the health of their patients. If you cannot talk about this with your doctor, you can ask a pharmacist about the general tapering guidelines and help throughout the process.

  74. I have used hydrocodone for about 7 years now. I am 51 and have noticed a lot of adverse effects lately. Not to mention the approximately $40,000 spent on them.
    A lot of u will probably condemn my method of quitting but it worked and so I don’t care what u think. I started by amassing a collection of 44 5mg Valium, 25 50 mg Tramadol and 5 Somas. The Somas were of no use so forget them. I was never a hardcore user(about 4 10mg hydros a day) I honestly think that much more than that is asinine and just looking for an elusive high that’s not gonna happen . Regardless I took 4 50 mg Tramadol each day and 4 5 mg valium at night to sleep. After 5 days I was pretty much over it and ready to go back to work.(I had taken a week off) I don’t know how well this would work for a hardcore junkie…cause I’m sorry but if u take 15-20 a day u are an idiot and should expect to pay the price. But if u had a problem similar to mine it is nowhere near as bad as people say. There are a lot of weak people out there looking for an excuse not to quit. I promise

    1. Hi Shelly. There are no cures for primary restless legs syndrome (or RLS) although various treatments often can help relieve symptoms. Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. You can go to the local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist for over-the-counter medications that can help. People say that warm baths, massages, heating pads or putting some pressure on your legs can help too.

  75. i have been taking pain pills hydrocodone for about a year almost two just for the high. when I wake up in the morning that’s all I want and threw the day I am 27 years old I have two daughters and it has come to a point where I cant do for them at times if I need pills. but in my eyes they give me energy to get up and do things when I take them I do everthing with my kids and around the house. what should I do about this

  76. I use to be a heroin addict. I stopped and one day I was prescribed percs and I ended up getting hooked. I feel useless right now and I feel lost. I have a bad back but I think I can live with the pain. I just want my life back. Am I destined to be a junky the rest of my life?

  77. I started taking Lortab 10-325 for back pain about 3 years. Had back surgery 9-10-14 of this year. I’m taking 3 pills a day prescribed by my DR. I’m 60 years old and want to get off the pills. Do u think I have an addiction problem? What is the best way to get off this painkiller? Please let me know. It helps with my pain but scared of being addicted. Thank you for a quick response.

  78. Just thought I would share my experience. I was on percocet 10/325 for the last few years for a back injury and nerve damage. Every time I tried to stop I couldn’t handle the withdrawals. My Doctor prescribed me Lyrica. I ran out of my Percs early and decided to try the Lyrica and see if it would help. I couldn’t believe it!! Not a single withdrawl symptom. That was cutting a 80 mg a day oxy habit cold turkey. There were some side effects with the Lyrica I.e. Felt tipsy, and my vision was a little blurry, but overall I will take that over the pain of withdrawals anyday. It has now been three weeks since my last pill! I weaned off the Lyrica after a week and I am never looking back again! This may not be for everyone, ask your doc, but it was a complete Godsend for me. Hope this helps. Take care everyone.

  79. I’m addicted to lortabs and I trying to stop cold turkey..I’m so serious about stopping because I don’t like this lifestyle and its ruining my life. I just want to know, how long will the withdrawals last? Some say the first 3 days are the worst. I don’t want to go to a methadone clinic because eventually you have to withdrawal from that. I just want to get this out my system for good and get my life back.. Any suggestions?

  80. Hi Elizabeth. A tapering plan is best when it’s made with the help of a doctor and tailored to your needs. Plus, it’s good to be in contact with a doctor when weaning off hydrocodone, just in case.

  81. I want to taper my self off the hydrocodone 10-325. the safe way. I do not abuse the med. I try to take as less of it as I can, I do have a lot of heath problems autho. spinal stynious bulgingdis fybromialga all spelled wrong. I want to use the med 9only when I cant take the pain

  82. Hello Shelley. There are actually quite a few other options available, including other narcotic alone, or others that are also combined with Acetaminophen. What did your doctor say?

  83. FDA pulled all hydrocodone medications so now what can I do??? I have been going through withdraws a few days each day I feel worse. Going to see doctor tomorrow, what else can he give me? I have Raynaud’s it’s very painful. Only thing I think I can get is Perocettes. I appreciate any advice

  84. I have been taking Norco for several years now. A couple of weeks ago I was seen by a new pain specialist for my severe lower sacrum pain due to falling, off horses and ladders over the years. He gave me several injections of cortisone which has helped tremendously!!! Now to detox. How to do this gradually weaning myself off? Precise amounts of hydrocodone per hrs per day per wk per ? Thanks for any help you may give! 🙂

  85. My post wasn’t clear, I lost my 20yr old son because I did not question his PM doctor beyond “isn’t that pretty dangerous? When he jumped him from oxy to the fentanyl patch. There were MANY times I questioned and was misinformed. He should have never been on such a strong opiod period since he had central sleep apnea and had to take other sleep inducing medications. My point in sharing this is to say EDUCATE yourself, read inserts, etc because even doctors are human and again not every med is right for every person .

  86. As I read some of these comments I’m concerned, is there a danger from taking an opiod when it is needed, taken as prescribed with brief “holidays” to avoid tolerance rather than increasing the dose? It’s been my understanding that people with a true pain need have a very small risk of addiction. As far as dependence that can happen with many alternative treatments that don’t work as well for many such as antidepressants for fibromyalgia which has to build up and also be tapered off if one wishes to stop with some wicked withdrawal symptoms themselves. Or Topomax for migraines, same thing. Lyrica for FMS , is another example. I just wonder if some, especially the fibromyalgia patients who’s illness flares worse when the body is stressed are not being given all the info they should to make properly informed decisions in an “anti-opiod” time? All medications have their pros and con’s, long lasting chronic pain does as well. There are different options available and the severity of one’s symptoms must be weighed with what works best at restoring as “normal” a life as possible with the least side effects and risk. SOMETIMES opiods are not the evil devil portrayed by our media these days. I am concerned because I don’t feel proper education is keeping up with the rapidly growing fear and legislation being passed. Believe me I know both sides of this coin all to well I am a pain patient myself after losing my 20 yrs old son due to being misinformed by a pain management doctor went off opiods myself sending my body into the worst flare I’ve ever had in 35+ years only to discover the options left either are those that don’t work or have an abundance of risks themselves some of which I’ve tried and only made things worse. I really should have stuck with what was tried, true and familiar. Obviously though I would STRONGLY recommend people educate themselves as no medication is to be taken lightly, even OTC NSAIDS kill many people every year. Its so important to take an active role in your health care and make informed choices.

  87. My neighbor is looking for a doctor who can chemically bring her off Vicodin over a period of 5 days. She’s been on it for 10 years and takes it only as prescribed. She did it 45 years ago and wants to do it again and said it only took her 4 days before. She’s been trying not to depend on it by herself but when the detox symptoms begin, she cannot do it and her will power goes out the window. She lives in San Luis Obispo county in California. She doesn’t want to pay for a stay at a rehab center and doesn’t want her family or boss to find out either. She’s willing to pay a doctor for a short-time chemical detox. Please advise.

  88. trying to stop hydro/acetaminophen 10-325 for 1 week. been taking it for 4 years 3 times a day for back pain and arthritis. am 80 yrs old and need to stop, withdrawals have started and I try to work through them mostly at night headache and confusion and leg spasoms are the worst. I only take 1 every other day and want to STOP

  89. I need help. Regrettably been taking 10mg lortabs for the past few weeks. Like 4-7 a day. Terrible i know. I want to quit and have been experiencing troubl sleeping and constant stomach pain. Should i decreas does to mayb 1-2 a day until i can stand the withdrawals?

  90. Im on morphine and hydrocodone for years im so tired …. I have tumors that are cancer i was 180lbs. now im 99lbs no more drs. And i now get on tae street how can i stop taking this im in soooooo much pain

  91. I’ve been on Norco for a few years now, I’m allowed 4 pills a day, but only take 3. I’m under pain management for a degenerative disc/ & tendon disorder. I had over a weeks worth left, I got a refill script that can be filled in 3 more days. Then as I went to take one, I dropped the entire container in the trash! I guess I started the withdrawl around midnight last night, complete with the insomnia, body aches, shaking , chills, sweats & diarrhea. My question is, how long does the initial symptoms last, or how long are they the worst? I’m a mom of 4 kids, 2 are disabled & I’m not able to do what I need to do for them on no sleep. Please help! Also, any ideas on helping ease the withdrawl until Saturday ? Thank you.

  92. I have been taking hydrocodone for about 18 months now. This month I have realized I have a problem. I get prescribed 100 per month. I still have 14 days before I can get my next refill and I only have a couple left. I am ready to quit taking them but I do not want the awful withdrawals. I tried to quit once and I couldn’t because of the withdrawals. I need to know what the best thing for me to do is. Just take or throw out the couple that I have left and just quit and suffer through the withdrawals or should I not take the ones I have left but every third day or so so that the withdrawals won’t be so bad. Also how long will I feel like crap when I quit?

  93. Hello Erin. Most symptoms of opioid withdrawal resolve in 7-10 days. Have you consulted with a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor about these symptoms?

  94. So, got myself addicted to hydrocodone. I was taking about an average of 2-4 tablespoons of liquid Lortab every night before bed for the better part of a year. I’m experiencing the WORST, WORST, WORST withdrawals. Anxiety (HORRENDOUS) and tremors, cold, exhausted, UGH! The worst. I cannot BELIEVE I did that. It was never intended and I stopped cold turkey. I just started having a bad feeling and felt like I should stop. MAN, I ALMOST wish I didn’t stop. But I know it’s the right thing to do. Anyway, really suffering.
    I feel like I have an electric current running through my body and I am weepy and experiencing the kind of anxiety I haven’t felt in years since I learned the skills to manage it. I am so miserable and I need to get an idea of how long this is going to last. Please help with any information.

  95. I have been taking hydrocodone to manage pain related to fibromyalgia and degenerative disc/joint disease. I would like to taper down and possibly go off it, but I am definitely concerned about withdrawal. I’ve cut down before but I notice I get extremely tired to the point I almost feel disoriented, but taking my pills oddly helps me wake up. What would you recommend for that, preferably without relying on caffeine. Also, I’ve always been told you can’t take hydrocodone a few weeks before surgery, but how then do you manage fibro pain?

  96. need advice on tapering – I have been taking hydrocodone (750) since back surgery Dec 2008, and would like to remove it from my pill regimen. I also have severe fibromyalgia, and it really seems to help with the muscle cramps I get from that after I exercise. I am down to two pills a day, although my prescription is for 3, but I take one Ibuprofen 800 in the evening instead as I find the evening dose keeps me awake too much. I need some knee surgery and the surgeon suggested I quit the hydrocodone cold turkey so he can prescribe it after the surgery (he says it will not work if I am currently taking it for my back and fibro pain). After reading some of these comments, I suspect at least part of my increasingly severe fibro symptoms may be from not taking more hydrocodone, rather than fibromyalgia on its own. My pain doctor will not give me a tapering schedule, but I would like to taper off (with or without knee surgery). I have changed surgeons for the knee surgery. Can you give me some idea of a tapering plan that I can follow myself? thanks, BJ

  97. my friend was incarcerated for 4 months ,she was an addict on the very first day of her release went back into injecting hydro-morph ,she takes roughly 3 to 4 sixes a day,can she quit on her own by cutting down daily

  98. I have been taking 90 to 120 pills of hydrocodone a month and want to stop but I am a single mother and have a job and I need help on how to proceed to ween myself off of these so as to not have aweful side effects because I still have to function for obvious reasons

  99. Hi,
    I have been on hydrocodone for 6 years, the last year loracet 10/650, 4 a day. I tapered over 6 weeks to stop them. It’s been 2 days without and I feel fine but tired. Is this going to get worse? Diet and acupuncture have helped reduce the need for the pills. Wondering if this will be all the discomfort.

  100. Hello Bonnie. Talk with your doctor first. You may have reduced dosage too quickly, resulting in withdrawal. Your prescribing doctor can recommend a tapering schedule just for you so that you can slowly get the hydrocodone out of your system. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. This must be a difficult time for you. You are in my thoughts.

  101. I Have been on 10-325 hydrocodone for about 1 1/2 years due to having 2 bad knees—I had a very sick husband who passed away last Oct-2012. I finally had 1 complete knee replacement done on June 4th–the pain was and is still not gone but getting better. I was on about 5 pills a day since surgery. I just starting pulling back to about 3 a day and feel sick to my stomach n the afternoon. I want to go off this pill but I did not know it would be so difficult. Should I join a detox program or talk to my Doctor. I have never been on a pain killer before this.

  102. Hello Charles. I have not read of opioids being using clinically to treat anxiety disorder. I’d suggest that you check in with a psychiatrist for a more clear picture on what’s happening with the combination of drugs and to help you get out off the pain medications with a tapering schedule. You’ll probably need to address the psycho-emotional issues which underlie the anxiety and can do this without pharmacological therapies, given the correct guidance.

  103. I some have been taking some sort of pain Rx for 15 years plus, from lortab to percecet, fentenal, methadone, and now back to Norco. I have been taking Norco for 1year now. I am trying very hard to get off of all pain meds, but am having a very difficult time with it. I have had an anxiety/pain disorder for years and OCD, long before I had taken the pain Rx. I am unable to take anti-depressants because of side-effects. I find that the more I reduce the dose of hydrocodone the worse the anxiety and panic are. I have read on web MD that hydrocodone is on of the meds given for this disorder, I am confused about this, I had come to believe that it was the Norco that was causing the anxiety to become worse, I don’t know anymore, the only time I feel less anxious is after the dose of Norco. I am only taking 15mgs of hydrocodone a day now from 80mgs. I take clonazepam also, but it seems to have little effect on the anxiety/panic stuff. I don’t know where to proceed to, I want to feel better but it seems that there is no end to this.

  104. Hello Arlene. Unfortunately, most pain medications are opiate or opioid based and can cause addiction. I’d suggest that you consult with an MD experienced in detox and seek an opinion so that you can set your course towards a sober life without endangering yourself. You can call a local detox clinic and set up an assessment at your earliest convenience.

  105. My neurologist prescribed hydrocodone/apap 10/500 4 times per day for my fibromyalgia/arthritis 13 years ago! I kept asking him to put me on something else but he wouldn’t. I’ve NEVER abused them. Recently he died of a heart attack. Now I’m seeing a GP who I’ve also seen for years for other mild sicknesses. He said he would help me get off of this & several other meds I’m not happy with taking (all addictive)…we haven’t started yet because I had to have a brain tumor removed…benign…a year ago but still having pain from it. I had some blood tests run last week & just learned today that I have elevated liver enzymes & elevated ANA levels. I also have Hepatitis A. I want to get off of this particular med ASAP! Should I get my doctor to help me taper off or consider going into rehab to get off of them all? What can I take for pain that is NOT addictive & will work? Thank you.

  106. reply to johnathons comment….when i run out of the medicine…my bad limb…which is my left foot and leg….start shaking by itself…pain gets intense…travels through and up my leg…hip…heart…and all the way to my left hand…tip of my fingers…anyone else experience the same thing let me know…i described this to my doctors…and honestly they look at me like if i am loosing my mind…i am honest though…it happens everytime…i mentioned to my doctor…that i concentrate on just not having a heart attack…what am i going to do…

  107. My friend is addicted to vicadine. I don’t know the strength. They are yellow pills. She has been hiding this for years . I’m very cocerned.
    Her husband takes pain pills because of a back problem which he had surgery for . Jane, says her neck hurts, she has been to a pain management Dr. Which tells me someone thought she needed to be monitored. Pain mang. Last time she went gave her a series of shots around her neck, which she said were painful and didn’t work. I figured that they knew she was hooked on the codine. I am in the medical field she has asked me several times if I could get some for her and she has a script for them and her husband has a big 120 refill for his needs. She has taken his pills so much he now hides them from her. I’ve seen her going thru his stuff looking for them. Her feet hurt her back hurts her neck hurts ?? I think she says that so her husband will give her some meds. I don’t know the best way to Handel this. I am prepared for her to be mad and that this could end our friendship. I’ve known her since the 6th grade I’m now 50. She can hate me if she wants but she WILL have the rest of her life. Can you die from withdralls ? How long would you think it would take her to detox ? Could she take off work ” vacation “.and complete detox treatment ? Granted she would probably still be seeing someone for the mental issues of quiting the codine.
    Thank you for your time I hope you can help with advice in this situation. I realize not knowing the patient or the dosage she has been taking you can only give me general information. She has been taking itfor years, many pills a day and I’ve seen her freaking out looking for them because her husband has started hiding them. She reminds me of a cocaine addict sniffing the carpet to see if any might have fell on the carpet. It’s awful to watch.

  108. Hi Frank. Cold turkey is not advisable for daily use of hydrocodone over the course of many years. Instead, taper your dose down with the help of your prescribing doctor. This will help to minimize withdrawal symptoms and make the process less severe. Otherwise, you’re in for a possible longer, more difficult process.

  109. Hello Johnathon. Restless leg syndrome can be a disturbing and uncomfortable symptom of withdrawal, or it can be related to a neurological disorder. Have you seen a doctor for possible RLS?

  110. I went to a detox to get off of drugs and alcohol safely. I have known some people who have tried by themselves without much knowledge of the dangers of detoxing without professional help. I got and stayed sober with the help of a sober living facility.

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