How To Wind Down From 180 Milligrams Of Oxy To 30 Milligrams

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Hi, I've read these forums for years now and have never posted anything myself but I am in a panic. I have been taking 30 milligram oxycodone 4 times a day for 5 years. I had two major back surgery is and I'm not eligible for a third one due to scar tissue at the surgical site. Every month I swear to myself up and down that I will never run out of these pills again and every month I run out. Well this month it's been the worst I have been taking 180 milligrams that's 6 pills a day for the last 3 or 4 days my prescription runs out on the 24th of this month and I have 12 pills left. My main question is can I start weaning off of it from 180 milligrams down to one pill a day which is 30 milligrams or is that just too drastic of a cut. Also I'm seeing my doctor on Friday, she's going to put me on a 12-hour extended narcotic and my other question is if I am put on that will it take away the withdrawal symptoms from the oxycodone when I run out? I never thought in a million years I'd ever have an addiction problem to pills, in fact I actually don't have an addiction problem to any other pills it's just the oxy codons run my life, I love them more than life, and I cannot function without them physically, and emotionally. I am in a panic and I'm in a lot of fear right now and I'm just hoping somebody can suggest information that might put me to ease a little bit. I know reading these forums for years has made me feel somewhat at ease knowing I am not alone in this nasty cycle, but at the same time I still feel all alone. I don't think I'll ever be able to go off of these and less I go into a long treatment facility. All help and suggestions are welcomed please!

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Romabean! How are you?

What medication did your doctor switch you to?

If the dosage is equivalent, it should prevent withdrawals, while still helping with pain control.

The FDA classifies such a medication as a narcotic analgesic, so they have the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

Have you considered trying something like Suboxone? That requires no stay in a treatment center, but has helped many people become completely drug free.

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