my wife is currently in a rehab facility for an addiction to fiorecet and pain pills but mostly the fiorecet she was taking up to 20 a day on top of any lortab or percs she could find. She has been there for 5 days. Does anyone think she has detoxed yet? Any info on how long it takes it help so much..... THANX
I did it cold turkey and I wish I had gone to a treatment facility. But had no choice probably would have lost my job and my home. Only good things will happen to her there. Have faith and she will be fine. Make sure she has help when she gets out because like what TrayCee said thats when the hard stuff starts. Good luck to You and your wife.
I've been addicted to Fioricet w/ Codeine for over 20 years in addition to a multitude of other opiates/narcotic analgesics. Was taking upwards of 16/day in addition to Vicodins, Oxys you name it. I recommend you check out the Thread from username "flob" called "Fioricet" and mine if you wanted called "Trying to get off Fioricet w/ Codeine" ... Flob's recent posts have a ton of information for you.
To TrayCee and All:
Fioricet contains Butalbital - a heavy-duty, highly addictive Barbiturate, Caffeine, Tylenol and is available W/ and W/out Codeine. FIORINAL is the same but has ASPIRIN instead of Tylenol. This drug is a TRIPLE-THREAT in that it has not just one, but THREE highly addicting substances (if u include Codeine)... The Barbiturate, Codeine and the Caffeine (tho that's not life-threatening).
I'm so sorry your wife is struggling with this ... AWARENESS MUST BE RAISED about this crazyily addictive drug! Users including ME have been flying under the radar for years when it comes to using / abusing this substance. It's only classified as a Sched III drug!
I'll keep your wife and you in my prayers!! PLEASE keep updating on her progress!
barbiturate withdrawal is usually a slow process. all barbiturates carry many risks if withdrawal is too aggressive...risks too heavey to simply ignore. at 20 a day thats 1,000mg...a very massive dose....but to think of the ammount of tylenol your wife was ingesting when adding the vicodin to the mix....that's a lot of tylenol.
Any word on your wife's treatment status? As I just wrote to "flob" whom I refer to as the King of Fioricet -- Fiorinal, Butalbital, etc. We HAVE to raise AWARENESS about this insanely addictive drug! PLEASE keep posting.
Thanks so much -- you and your wife continue to be in my prayers...
These drugs affect the balance of the brain one way or another and if the withdrawal is gradual the brain has time to readjust and return to its normal levels.
For some people an abrupt withdrawl can cause extreme mental suffering and even seizures but it depends on the drug and can vary from person to person. In rehab/detox the doctors are experts and can help for a safe withdrawal. NHS should fund the treatment.
i realize this is a fairly old thread, but for anyone who happens upon it (or if you still need the info) what i can tell you is this: i've been taking fioricet w/ codeine for about 3 1/2 years and although codeine itself is a fairly mild opiate to kick, as far as opiate kicks go (and there are some nasty ones out there, trust me) it's the butalbital that's going to pose the biggest problem when it comes to a detox. barbiturates take a very long time to work their way out of your system in relation to the opiates, so while your codeine kick may be over in a matter of a few days you're still going to find yourself with the chills, shakes, and insomnia due to the barbiturate detox a couple of weeks down the road. the best thing to do is either find a professional chemical dependency center to detox you (which alot of times isn't really effective, either, because a standard CDC detox lasts anywhere from 3-7 days, and a barbiturate detox can last sometimes up to 2-3 weeks, depending on the dosage a person was taking) or do a long, slow taper to wean yourself off the pills. this can be very hard mentally, but if the person really has the drive and determination to get off the meds for good, it can work...i know, because i've done it myself. unfortunately, once i spent a month off all my pain pills (including the fioricet) i realized that life with no pain management was worse than a life with medication - i was in so much pain i couldn't function enough to do even the simplest tasks like housework. talk about a catch-22. i wouldn't recommend a c/t fioricet kick, though...especially at high doses.... you run the risk of some serious medical problems including seizures. before trying to embark on anything like that, definitely talk to your doctor, let him/her know of your desire to stop taking the fioricet, and explore your options, not only for a safe and comfortable detox method (they're usually more than happy to help monitor your tapering off process) but also what you're going to do as a pain relief alternative once you've successfully kicked the fioricet. best of luck to your wife, and anyone else out there who's struggling with the same problem. :)
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