Fentanyl Withdrawal (Thread 227878)

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Scott Says:

I have been on Fentanyl for pain of cancer treatment side effects & have been reducing from 400mc & down to 25 mc without any side effects. 300 x 4, 250 x 5, 225 x 3, 200 x 1, 175 x 3, 150 x 1, 125 x 5, 100 x 2, 75 x 1, 50 x 2 & 25 x 1. After 48 hours of last dose have been having involuntary leg movements first on left for 12 hours, a little relief & upon eating & taking normal meds, vomiting & involuntary leg movements on right side. Are these withdrawal symptoms? Do I need to go in to a doctor? I have no small dose Fentanyl left to take. Only 100 mcg doses.

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Verwon Says:

Have you consulted your doctor, yet?

Those can be withdrawal symptoms, but it is always best to check with your doctor to be sure.

In addition, they may be able to advise you on how to alleviate them, until the medication has fully processed out of your body.


You should also be aware that you may experience rebound pain, which can be pretty severe.

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mommydeadmond07 Says:
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Well I have started my journey of coming off my fentanyl. I have chronic pancreatitis and have been on it for 2 yrs now at 100mcg every 48hrs then 100mcg every 72 but I overlap patches so I always have two on since my body was matabulizing it to fast. I have always been very sensitive to it. If I missed changing it by an hr I started feeling withdrawal so now with the help of my pain management doctors I went down from 100mcg to 75mcg for a month about the last week I had adjusted well then from 75mcg to 62 mcg (50+12) every 72hrs wearing two always. Well that is where I am at now.I will be on this for 2 months. This has not been an easy journey and still quite a was to go. I was just trying to see if anyone had heard any good ways to take the edge off when you feel like death and like you're crawling out of your skin. Today I have had a different effect or withdrawal symptom I guess but my heart feels like it is pounding 100mph and in my throat! I have had minor withdrawals to seizures and uncontrollable movements just haven't ever had my heart feel this way. I am ready for this journey to end but with this lower dose my body is not very happy! Good luck to all of you and the journey of life medication and pain I hope everyone finds something that works for them. I know I hope I do as well. There was a comment on on guys about the smell seeping out his pours. I will not miss the days that I have that! Also I have tons of the coupons that come in the box which I don't use since I am tricare so if you are interested just message me. Good luck!

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Enonumus Says:

That's an old post, but felt compelled to leave a quick comment/reply. You're the first person I've ever come across that's been on a dose as high or in your case, much higher than mine. I've been on 200mcg/48 hours for about 10 years, following a near fatal skydiving accident and massive injuries. I hope you managed to get completely off of the patches. I've just recently decided that I'm going to get off of these things, despite the pain issues I'll probably have once I'm completely off. I've got to know what it feels like not to be on Fentanyl or any other pain meds, and see what my quality of life is like. Unfortunately with the patches, that's not something you can just do and see how you feel, because the withdrawals are like nothing on Earth. Cut down from 200mcg/48 hours about 10-12 days ago to 100mcg/48 hours, and so far I'm dealing with it without severe withdrawal symptoms. I know the worst is going to come when I take the final step from perhaps 25mcg down to nothing. These patches are pure evil, and I would strongly advise against anybody letting themselves get put on these things unless they were in a terminal/end of life situation with chronic pain.

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