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How long does it take to detox of Vicodin?

Hello,
After knee surgery 31/2 years ago I was put on Vicodin. Little did I know I would get hooked. I never really thought about it, since my doctor was giving it to me and I took it how he told me to. Well today is day 2 and night 3 of not having any vicodin. I have terriable legg cramps, sweets and I can not sleep. How long does this last? It is driving me crazy. I do not have any cravings for the vicodin. Just the withdraws are killing me. I have been drinking water and taking baths. But it doesn't help any.
I'm thinking about going to the emergency room and see if they can help me with my withdraws. I have heard about a pill that helps, but then I'm scared of taking another pill as well.
Please let me know how long this is going to last..........
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The worst is almost over.  The psychically bad part last for 3-4 days so you will start feeling better real soon.  Then the hard part comes staying clean. Take more hot baths and take supplements and plenty of fluids.  Keep fight the fight you will make it.
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Thank you. God this just kills me. I"m very confused right now.
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yes..the worst is almost over..hang in there..you may be able to ask your dr. for a short rx of valium..that might help..try melatonin for sleep..unfortunately..sleep is one of the last things to seem to come back...try wrapping your legs with some ace bandages and use heating pads..I know you don't feel like it but walking a little bit will help..it helps get things going in your body..try not to go to the er..your better off talking to your dr..keep posting..
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This is my third day off years and years of Norco. Last night I was in the hospital getting some help. My question is if you have been through rehab did you go in house our out patient?
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Hey!! This is day 3 and a half that I have not taken vicodin! I have been using it everyday for about a year and a half. I just want you to know those first couple of days were really harsh, but I started fast walking, drinking alot of cranberry juice to help flush my system, taking daily vitamins (as well as a seven day detox kit that is suppose to help cleanse the body) you can buy it over the counter, and last but not least I just went into my doc and told him i had trouble sleeping and he gave me a script for ativan ( like xanax but much cleaner pill, doesnt mak u groggy). Like I said this is day 3 and a half and I still feel a lil tired and week, but doing this really helped me....I wouldn't at all say in in pain anymore! I was scared because all I kept reading was this could last up to 10 days...but so far so good!!
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HI, I too have been taking vicodin for over a year solid.  Today is day 5 of not having any.  The first 2 days were the worst, then all of a sudden like a flick of a switch, the tightness in my chest went away along with the jitters, sweats, and nausea.  I have had 2 back surgeries and will need a fusion.  I'm not doing the operation but i have to do something for the pain..not sure what to do here..nothing else works. I just decided to stop taking the pills.
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This is my fourth day and I feel great. Go to CVS and get some meletonin. It is all natural and really does help with sleep.I have been drinking protein shakes and eating vitamins, it is working! You will get past this. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself to man up!! You can do it. Hang in there and keep posting.
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i admire all of you for your courage.  i have 2 norco left and to start my detox tommorrow.  i am so afraid.  i will keep in contact with this forum.  after today, i surrender!!!!!
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i want to quit vicodin realy bad,i am so scared.how long will the withdralls last?
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I HAVE BEEN ON VICODIN FOR OVER A YEAR DUE TO A BROKEN NECK I STILL HAVE PAIN AND MY ORDEAL IS NOT OVER BUT I'M TIRED OF TAKING PILLS ALL THE TIME AND WANT TO STOP BUT THE WITHDRAWS STOP ME FROM DOING IT, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM. I DON'T THINK I CAN TAKE THE WITHDRAWS NOT TO MENTION THEY SAY ITS DANGEROUS TO GO COLD TURKEY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND I'M NOT SURE IF I CAN TAKE THE PAIN EITHER WHAT DO I DO? I NEED HELP TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT.
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WHERE DI I FIND THE ANSWERS, AND I WANT TO KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THE WITHDRAWS TO END? AND HOW DO I FIND OUT
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Please know you are not alone. This Forum has really helped me!
I''m on day 9 off FENTANYL & day 3 off Darvocet. I used the Darvocet to help with the Fentanyl WD's. Fentanyl is waaaay stronger than Morphine!
Anyway, I'm feeling better today. I woke up with a little bit of a craving for the Darvocet, but what I did was EAT! I lost 19 pounds in 2 months on the Fentanyl. I look bad!
But, i don't care. Just make the leap & get started!
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any thing else to help with vicodine withdrals
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I understand...I have had 2 knee surgeries in 5 years (along with some other issues) too and I am addicted to oxycodone bc of it.  I've kicked it cold turkey in the past and it took 3-5 days to go back to being able to function.  I'm about to do it again...i've been tapering for 5 days and just ran out (so i have to go cold turkey).  I'm scared to go through the w/d but it is possible!  There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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all most people on here will just say non narcotic anti inflammitories (ibuprofen etc), vitamins, hot baths, and something to sleep at night (melatonin, ambien etc).  Good luck!  
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thank you all, i been looking online to get off vicodine an every time i do my back hurts an my feet are hot an they hurt to , i get cold chills an hot flashes, but if it olny last 3 to 4 days i can do that, but it seems like its never going to go away, anyway thanks im going for it. rob
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Thank you for this forum. I am on day 2 of Percocet WD. Today is much better than yesterday. I am going cold turkey, and I tried to ween down till I ran out. I feel terrible. hot then cold, really sweaty, my back aches, my ankles tingle. But I know this torture is worth the reward!
I have been trying to drink water, and take vitamins, but I keep forgetting to eat. Xanax helps me sleep. I hope it ends soon, I never want to take another pain pill again.
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Day 3 and geez... the light at the end of the tunnel is close! I would kill for an Oxy or Percocet...even a vicodin.  I would hope my will power is strong enough that I could resist it. My back is killing me!! No energy, and I did not sleep a wink last night, even though I took a clonidine.  I tried a hot bath today and I have been taking a vitamin every day. I am not sure I am ready to go out of the house yet. I usually have so much ambition. I really hope that comes back soon. I feel like such a slug. I can barely move. Ibuprofin does not seem to help much, but I keep trying it. The feeling is slowly coming back to my body. Nice feeling after 4 years of numbness.
I would love to hear from anyone that has finished the journey.  I will be done soon!! YAY
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the comment u made about people that have already finished the journey is a good one. I think people who have quit for a longer period of time would be a tremendous help to others that are just starting!!! They would be proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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i have been taking bout 20mg of perks a day for 2 years, and tried cutting down last few days but have 2 perks left and planning on going cold turkey tomorrow...is it ok to take xanex while goin thru w/d????  i run a small business, u guys think ill get myself to be able to get to the office for a bit or shud i prepare to be bed ridden? All of these postings are helping me build my confidence and push me to end the "numbness" and feel alive again.
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I am a single mother of 3 children one of whom is disabled.  I have had 2 back surgeries and was on Fentanyl 100 patches for 2 years.  I slowly weened my self off the patches and am only taking perc 15 for the pain in my back.  I want to start weening off these meds as well but am scared to death.  I don't have the support that some have, both of my parents have past away.  I feel like I don't have time to take care of myself without my children suffering, so I keep taking them every day just to stay normal. any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.
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well i am here to tell all who do not posses the power of struggle, i have been taking hard narcotics for 6 1/2 years those drugs made me do horrible things and things i am not proud of but i stand here today sober and clean and no more withdrawl feelings. i started out playing semi pro football and got injured with a spinal cord concussion and 2 lower herniated discs so that means yes i got prescribed oxycontin,vicodin,percocet,darvocet,roxycet,loritab,and methadone. and please anyone who is thinking about going to a detox place, please think twice about it. if you want them to fill your body with horrible drugs just to get you hooked on something else, its not worth it. there is no hope in clinics. i see doctors as drug dealers the more you come in the more they get payed especially right now in this economy. people i have taken oxycontin 80 mg 9 times a day, and 10 mg of percocet and vicodin 15 times a day, i was almost a freakin vegitable.
look plain and simple you are the one in control of your life narcotics are the devils drug, my withdrawls lasted almost a full year till my body got back to normal, the hard withdrawls where the famous feeling like a dead fish flopping outside of the water, cold chills, shaking badly after i woke up, couldent or dident want to move at all, throwing up for no reason, peeeing out of my rear end, pure hell..and like i said take control of your life and just stop, the reason your body is doing the withdrawls is because its doing its best to get back to its "a" game. what helped me was my strong will to survive i did this to myself and now i had to clean myself....there is hope pray to god or whatever you believe in. you do not need depression meds you do not need more drugs, shut up sit down and survive. i am clean now for almost 2 years now i have no cravings i do not want that again....point blank if my arm gets shot off, just pass me the tequila and a couple of advil
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Now that your clean and sober, what have you done with the pain from your injury?  My brother is going on day 4 of at home detoxing from Norco's.  It's pretty severe withdrawls, he's been taking them and a few other narcotics for the past 5 years due to 3 herniated disks.  My brother declined operation, so they medicated him and he's over feeling the way he does on these drugs.  How will he be able to manage the pain, once he's completely himself again?  
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Today is day 11 off of vicodin :-) and yes I am actually smiling. For 2 years I took 20+/- 10/500 vicodins each day, and as everyone on here knows... it was literally a living hell. I did not take the pills for pain, I took them only for the effect.
The first 4 days were the worst, then after that each day got better. Suicidal thoughts, depression, loneliness, fear, anxiety, worry... These feelings have consumed me for the past year+. But I can truely say that today I feel more alive and well than I have in a long time.
I am proof, like everyone else on this forum that there really is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your head up, don't eat the pills, and something amazing happens. Thank you all for this forum, it has helped me tremendously the past week and a half.
  
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