Wow, haven't had to deal with this personally for many decades, but when I was very young I became addicted to Methalqualadone, or "Ludes" we called them back in the day. I do remember that as being a really difficult detox. I quit cold turkey because I lost access to the pills, the detox was harsh. And after many years opiate/methadone addiction, I'm fairly well acquainted with detox. So first I want to say that my heart goes out to you. I know your coming from a place that's probally pretty scary. I don't know about tapering, but logically I would think that that would be the proper route to go. However, from what I've read on the subject, I would have to advise that you break down and speak with a doctor. Though I am not very savvy on barbituate detox I do know that it runs a risk of seizure, and that is something I'd hate to see you play with. You do know that you can't get into trouble by telling a doctor about your problem, and that they can't share the information with anyone. Doctors see alot of folks, for alot of reasons. There is no need to feel any awkwarkness, or embarassment of any kind. You have an addiction, it's a life-threatening condition. It is more than a reasonable expectation to receive care. I haven't heard of many people having a barbituate addiction since the early 80's, though I am certain that you aren't the only one. But if you do have a hard time choosing a doctor, I would think that perhaps a physician that practiced back then has probally at least dealt with the situation before. I truelly wish you the best of luck & wish that I were more helpful on the situation. I just really felt for you when I saw that no one had responded yet and wanted to let you know that this is something you can overcome, but you may want to do so with caution.
I'm confused.I take fironol(spelling??) for migraines everyday but have gone without them for 2-3weeks with NO WITHDRAWLS EVER!Is this what your talking about or something else because I was not told they r addictive&u go through w/d as side effects.