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norco addiction

what is best way to avoid withdrawl (withdrawal) symptoms if I want to stop taking norco 10/325?  I can tell my wife and have her help me ween off but is there some sort of formula that I should follow?  I started taking about 4 a day a year ago and am up to about 12-15 per day.  I have severe neck pain and lower back pain as a result from a car accident a few years ago but am tired of the zombiness and it has become quite exspensive over the last three months since my heath insurance is non-existant at this point in time.  I tried to stop cold turkey 3 months ago but failed.  Now I am sick of wasting the money but feel depressed and sick (physically) when I don't have about at least 10 in a 24 hour period.  I run my own business so admitting myself into a rehab would be devastating to my company not to mention un-affordable if I wasnt working and shelling out three to five grand at the same time...  I am afraid to tell my doctor I am abusing them in case he might stop prescribing them and then I wouldn't have the opprutunity to ween myself off...  I have heard of something called Kratum but who knows what that really is.  I would love for someone to tell me what the proper formula would be over what amount of time so I can start saving all of the money I am wasting and definatley not worry about my own ego hating the fact that when I look in the mirror I realize I fall into the category "drug addict".  Thank you to anyone who has help or advice of any kind!  
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I forgot to ask what RLS is?  
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AND.. I just read my post and hope I dont sound stupid.  I am just scared and nervous.  I just want to be a good father/husband and would even like someone to talk to even if you can't offer advice... Thanks
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Hi... and welcome... you've come to the right place.  Most people you find in the forum have the same problem and you will see that no one is here to judge.

Getting off those (these) monsters is not pretty.  But you really want to get out and somehow reach into the depths of your soul to want out.

My humble opinion is there is NO EASY WAY to stop... whether to go Cold Turkey or taper.. it's not a candy coated issue.  

Myself, I went cold turkey... and just yesterday I posted a week by week description of my withdrawl (withdrawal)... I called it "Retrospectively Speaking".. just scroll down a bit, you'll see it.

To me C/T was the only way.  I would never be able to Taper I don't have the kind of will power it would take ... I took a "hit" for 4 days and just felt miserable.   I did it over the X-mas holiday because I wanted to enter the new year drug free.  I did it with a full unopened 'script...symbolized to me that I wanted to do it.. and not "had" to do it.  As you are probably well aware, the pills do lose their affectiveness after a while, you just need more pills and you become less effective in your every day life.  I too support myself in my own business.. as well as having a small compliment of employees who depend on my business to support themselves... so I didn't have the luxury of going into re-hab either.. but I used some vacation time.

All my pills were Rx'd... I didn't buy them from the street pharmacy.   And I did tell my Dr. after the fact.

I don't think anyone has a "perfect" way to help you stop w/o suffering withdrawal symptoms.  For me it was just easier to get sick for three/four days then to go through hell for a month... and if you really think about it it all comes down to taking that last pill anyway.  I too have pain, but it is manageable....nothing that my 5-years of using the pills would warrant in any event.

If your Dr. is worth his salt... he won't cut you out cold-turkey and he should work out a taper if that's what you want to do.   As I said, there are things to do that might help you along the way, like vitamins, nutrients, and some healthy eating, but you will experience some anxiety, etc., so you will really have to muster up some determination to stop.

BUT

It's so worth it.

Keep talking and take what you need from the responses you get.

Gip
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thank you.  I am so glad you responded.  thank you
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I just read your description of your first days of going c/t (retrospectively speaking)and like so many others I just wanted to thank you, it is a tremendous help to learn what others' go through AND realizing that it can be done.

Thanks so much
Minnie
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I am on my 7th day of going cold turkey and here is the run down on how I felt day one the anxiety was insane knowing that in a few hours I was going to want a pill. So I dumped all 50 extra I had.. I knew I had to do this for my family and for me...Everyday I woke up first thing on my mind was i gotta get to my pill bottle.not i need to kiss my family good morning... that hurt and my family knew I wasn't myself for a very long time... Day one I noticed this dull pain like feeling down my legs and a state very uncomfortable for my own body, kind of like itchies under the skin deep and you can get to them. runs no appitite, sweats all day and a dull head ache... I kept my head on a pillow for 2 full days only getting up to potty and refill my bevs...I also noticed I got a bad gag reflex everytimei tried to drink which caused me not to want to drink but you have to.. it helps... Try to sleep when you can even if its during the day any sleep helps and it usually won't come at night... i tried musle relaxers and ambian but the first 2 nights did nothing. second day was the same but the feelings all listed above come in spurts and are not constant.. I took a lot of hot showers they do help.day 3 was less and less of all the feeelings and the runs finally stopped and I was able to eat a small meal. woke up happy... telling myself I am a hero to my family for helping myself and not needing doctors... I am hoping things keep getting better for me as i am on day 7 and only have a head ache.. but I do have a sinus cold. so 2+2= I guess I did good... keep on track. its not easy but its such a short time I'm sure you can pull through it... you sound like a strong man... chin up look at the sun and most of all breath, you can do this.. you CAN do this... Jinelle
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hey! How are you? This is the place to be....I come here all the time to "just talk". You get wonderful advice, people here make you feel good when your down and out!!! And you learn to become friends with people here!!! Or you more less want too LOL! I don't even know what norco is...but I'm assuming it's a narcotic (right???) It is hard, and I decided to go cold turkey, just because the weining doesn't seem like a good way to me, I couldn't see myself getting off of (percocets) if I were still taking them, regardless if the dosage was lower or not...but everyone is different. Theres alot of people here who did taper, and their fine now!!! But you can do this, and it doesn't make you a bad parent just cause you have an addiction....you found your way here so apparently you want help then!!!! As long as you are there for your family, then your not a bad father nor husband. You should tell your wife though! If she truly cares about you then she will have no problem with helping....in a way I wish I would have never told my b/f, cause more now I feel like he really doesn't care and he's waiting for me to slip and make a m mistake but whatever you know!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS...THIS FORUM IS THE BEST SUPPORT GROUP EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, when you need to talk or anything, everyone is here!!!
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Your first weeks symptoms are exactly what I went through as well.

It's a blur now .... I can't even say I remember going thru it day by day... because I don't ... the sleeping at night is the worst.  So is the level of anxiety.

But your right... it can be done...once someone makes up their minds.   Anyone who is HERE on this forum is looking for a way to stop.  Unfortuneately there is no easy way around it.. you have to go thru it to get to the other side.

Congrats on your CT... down the road you can hold in your heart that you did it not only for you.. but your family as well.

Wishing you another successful day
Gip
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I agree with everything everyone says about this forum. In the few days I have been here it has been really helpful. I am now on day 4 without my painkillers but with my pain back but I did it AND IT FEELS GREAT! I still have an uncomfortable stomach and not much energy and sleeping is difficult, but I am more like my 'old self' and looking forward to feeling I have my life back on track. Just need new drug free ways to cope with pain. Good luck!
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You MUST be honest with your doc.  I can guarantee you he already knows you are abusing the pills. Honesty is always the best when dealing with your Doc.  If he is any good at all, he will try to help you withdraw from the pills using a taper or some other form of prescription therapy.  Remember, he was your chief enabler.  He knows it.  He will help.  

JOE
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Well Ive been taking norco 10/325 for a year. I am up to around 12 a day. I was recently refered to a pain managment doctor. He prescribed Opana 5mg ir 6 times a day and oxy 80mg er 3 times a day. I called him today and told him i am having anxiety so he called in a script for valium 10mg 6 times a day or as needed. He said it was caused by my body getting used to the Opana (oxymorphone) and Oxy's. I am no fool nor a stranger to drug addiction. I was a heavy meth (iv) drug user and have tried everything from heroin to ecstacy. I am over 6 years clean on street drugs. I know see myself slipping into a haze of pharm addiction. I am thinkning about using the valium to fight off anxiety from quiting the norco before i am physically addicted to the opana and oxy. Any thoughts?
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I have lingered on this forum but never had the nerve to comment.I have been off norco since dec,28th.I was taking about 10 a day I went cold turkey,it was hard.Ihad three refills left in the pharmacy of 90 pills! Idecided Ied had enough 90 pills didnt last 7 days.After 4 days with none I saw my dr and told the truth, told him to cancel my refills.I do not no how I did this.I have had 6 sugerys in 5yrs and thought I would never be off these things! I felt terrible for a month still sometimes do. the best thing is to sleee with something from the dr I have ambien and xanax of course you to watch not to become too dependant on these.sleep for 3 days if you can.you feel crawling skin ,have hot showers. then try to walk .you will still feel terrible but if you keep going these feelings willgo anxiety was the worst for me.   belfast
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hey fellow norc abuser! i was up to 12-16 norcs a day for 6 years!! stopped the madness on 1-7-10..now you cant give them to me for free!! i had a $400 a week habit.wish i would have got it over quicker....RLS MEANS RESLTESS LEG SYNDROME.to answer your question....stay plugged in here....we are just like you!!!
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i see this thread is a few months old, but i just found it. I am about 19 hours into my cold turkey stoppage. i ate 25 pills in 24 hours, where i was only averaging 16 a day. i just lost track and was out at a concert trying to get that euphoria. i am achy, have a headache, the runs and pretty irritable. but i have 2 babies and a wife that loves me, and i want to do this for them. I felt last night that i had acetametaphen poisoning and was having liver failure, it was not a good feeling, and i had a major panic attack and almost dialed 911, very very scary stuff, it made me quit, i thru away everything i have and hope i can stay off them. i have access to ambien and xanax but dont want to switch to another addiction......thoughts?
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I am getting closer everyday to quitting these stupid meds.  I am currently taking Norco.  Everytime I get low the anxiety & fear kicks in about being sick.  I am honestly not sure if I can taper off or if I need to just suck it up!  My biggest fear is that I also suffer from panic attacks in addition to the life long pain I have to deal with.  I'm still not sure if I'm ready but what was the final thought that made you want to quit?  
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I am so glad I came across the site,I have not been addicted no where near as long as some of you guys,but the withdrawls are still the same...I hope people are still active on here because I am scared...I want to go cold turkey,but I am scared to death.I feel I need to ween my self off,but I know that is not the best thing for me.Just the idea of going cold turkey makes me panic if anyone is still on here I have so many questions that need answers please help..........
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hi and welcome.....this here is an old thread so go to the top and post a new comment there the'll be lots of us there to help and anwser your worries for ya !!! ok?
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You all inspire me!!!! I have had 5 back fusions and am 35 years old. I have been taking these 10/325 Norco's for years and realize I am an addict! I have always gotten them prescribed by the same doctor but they are now beginning to make me feel like a criminal and its embarrasing! I just got a divorce and have two kids so I really want to begin a new life but these damn things feel like a monkey on my back! The counting to make sure you dont run out before your next refill, The fear they wont refill before the weekend....I WANT TO BE DONE!!!!!! Thank you all for your strength and courage to write your stories! I am going to do this!
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Guess I am not seeing it. This is the first time I have ever posted like this.
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Love your account of each negative feeling you went through while you were detoxing. Many people with addiction go at cold turkey blind and are quickly back at the pills when their body starts  it's craving routine. Sometimes knowing what to expect helps one to be more prepared before they begin the process. By the way, I pretty much felt every thing you described in the same order even. Thank you for your post..God bless!
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