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A few questions about tapering/withdrawal
Hey all... so I've been on hydrocodone for about 11 months so I guess around a year. I was taking 3-4 10/500's a day. I've been tapering down slowly and am now at 1 pill a day... so basically down to 10 mg. The only real withdrawals I am feeling at this point is bouts of nausea, sweats, and anxiety. These, however, are not unbearable. I want to continue to taper off and feel the least amount of withdrawals possible. I'm planning on cutting down to 5mg on Monday and was wondering if I should cut it in half so that I take two doses of 2.5 in the morning and the evening and then eventually just take 2.5 once a day for a few days. Do you think that this is a gentle enough taper to avoid withdrawals?
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That was a pretty low dose you were on before. Your w/d's should not be that bad.
Cutting the pills is always good. I did a major taper but when I got down to 1 I cut it in half and 1/2 am 1/2 pm. then just .5 once a day. Do what ever you have to do as long as you stop. Looks like you have done a really good job so far.
If you do have any w/d's the should not be that bad or last that long.
The w/d's are the easy part, staying clean is the hard part.

You can do this.

Terry
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Just stop now and get it over with. The withdrawals should be minimal at most. Going down to 5mg and then 2.5mg is just prolonging it at this point.
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I think your taper plan is great, especially since you have been doing so well with it.  I would have to agree with beatingthis about cutting them in half.  So far your w/d's have been tolerable so stick with what has been working and good luck to you.. You should be off them in a few days!!!! woo hoo finally clean!!!
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Thank you for all of your comments. Today is day 7 of just 1 pill of 10mg a day. I'm cutting them in half and am taking one in the AM and one in the PM... today I was able to go 14 hours between doses before I started feeling incredibly nauseous. I just hope that the withdrawals aren't too bad.. I've been working my butt off with this taper so I really hope that it will lessen the severity of the withdrawals.
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