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Oxycodone Tapering
I am a chronic pain patient on oxycodone (NOT oxycontin) for 4 yrs.  I've been tapering off since Feb 24. My normal dose was 25mg/4 hours. I've weaned down by 5mg every 3 days & planned on going to zero mg tomorrow.  

I have Clonidine,Clonazepam,supplements & herbs for withdrawal symptoms.

Today my PCP said I'm doing very well, but wants me to slow down the taper to a crawl.  His taper schedule is a week each at:
5mg 3x/day
5mg 2x/day
2.5mg 2x/day
2.5mg 1x/day

I am looking for input from anyone who tapered quickly from oxycodone.  I DO NOT want this to take another month.  

I am contemplating doing one 5mg dose a day for a couple of days rather than going directly to zero mg tomorrow. I want this over with.

I appreciate any input from anyone who has been in a similar situation.
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182493 tn?1348056515
so based on your doc's schedule you are at 15mgs for the day???
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PCP would like me to do 15mg/day for a week, then 10mg/day for a week, then 5mg/day for a week, then 2.5mg/day for a week.  

I have been at 20mg/day for the past 3 days.  I would like to drop a lot faster than his extended schedule.

Thank you -
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182493 tn?1348056515
you could drop every three or four days insteed of waiting a week. you could be done in less time.. I know when i got to the lower mgs. i only dropped 2.5mgs at a time.
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Thanks for your input.  When you tapered at that rate, what type of withdrawal symptoms did you experience?  Or did tapering that slow avoid withdrawal symptoms?  
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182493 tn?1348056515
I had some discomfort when i jumped from 10mgs/day to 7.5mgs. that was a week ago.. it wasn't as bad as full blown withdrawl though.. some restlessness, nausea, had a night i couldn't fall asleep.. I felt like i was at 80% instead of 100%. If you need any help or need someone to talk to just ask.. my email is ***@****


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1540826 tn?1292996820
Current dose;
80mg x every 8 hours (3 per day)
10mg instant release x 3-4 per day every 4-6hours as needed

My doc wants me to try to lower my dose, so far I have cut down 10mg per day. 3 months strong. He is against the instant release pills as they are habit forming and abuse potential is high.  I am not a addict nor have been* They help immensely with breakthru pain**

My Q? - I was going to suggest this taper for now;  
80mg x every 8 hours (2 per day)
60mg before bedtime instead of 80mg before
.......... all else same.

how long should I try this for ? And then move to 40mg at last dose from 60mg.  
Any ideas? comments? Recommendations?
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you can quit anything fast, just have to be prepared to not feel well. Try passion flower extract it helps with symptoms and you should be able to quit faster!
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lookout! the w/d for it is so much worse than oxy it's appalling my doc didn't tell me or think it was major.
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