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Hi,  I have been on fentanyl 75mcg and oxycodone 5-10 mg/day for the last year - ischemia and trigeminal neuralgia.

I really want to get off these meds b/c of addiction issues etc.  My doctor maintains that I have probably developed a tolerance to these meds. (tolerance vs meds - same thing??).  In any event I stopped the oxycodone 10 days ago and my doc tapered the fentanyl patches to 40mcg for 1 month then 12.75mcg for the next month.  Also rx'ed clondine and klonopin for anxiety.

After 1 week of being on the 40mcg fentanyl things got bad.  Really unable to get out of bed except for diarheaa and to try to stay hydrated. Excessive sweating, shakes etc.  Completely unable to function, drive etc.

My husband was home during that week and was able to look after our 6 year old son who is autistic.  He went back to work on Wednesday - by this morning I was back on the 75mcg - in order to be able to look after my son.  My husband are having problems - he just left early Wednesday am without helping to formulate a plan etc etc.

So now I'm planning to stay home during our first vacation in ages - so I can stay home by myself and just get off this stuff myself.  I know I can do it and have the support of a good PCP and psychiatrist but I am scared.

Sorry for the long vent - any ideas, comments most appreciated.
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I have beat this 1 b4 after my 1st spine surgery it is hard i cut the patches  down to slivers to ween off them u should be able to stop the oc while using the fentanyl thats 1st then cut a  few patches in pieces and work your way down to  half a 12.75 and then takes about 5-7 days of rotten feeling but it goes away you can do this.......
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hi -sorry i didn;t reply earlier,  Ripped off last 12.75 mcg patch yesterday at 3.  Feel absolutely ghastly, worried i went down too fast.  Not using patches again.  Any encouragement much appreciated. Shakes, anxiey, pain.  Thanks so much, Melanie
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