I've been tapering down my medications (and made some great progress.) So far got off the Fentanyl 75 mcg., oxycodone 40 to 60 mg. every four hours. I had some pretty moderate withdrawals going off the Fentanyl and oxycodone. Nothing like cold turkey, but difficult nonetheless.
I was switched over to morphine ER 30 mg. in the morning and 30 mg. at night. I already dropped to 15 mg. at night. I'm also supposed to take 15 mg. IR every 4 hours but I'm stretching that to 5 or 6 hours.
I'm wondering since I haven't been on the morphine very long (2 weeks tops) what would happen if I just stopped taking them? Would I end up with withdrawals? I figure I'm past the point of withdrawal for the Fentanyl and oxycodone. And my body wasn't used to taking the morphine. Is it possible I could just stop and have zero withdrawals and just have to deal with the pain?
For those who don't know, I'm a pain management patient and I just want OFF EVERYTHING so I can reevaluate my pain and see if I can get by on a whole lot less medicine. I am a single mom of 4 kids plus an elderly dad to take care of. In addition, I have several underlying health issues (high blood pressure, fibormyalgia, anxiety, a slight heart problem) so cold turkey isn't the way for me to go. But I've just been thinking that maybe since I'm not physically addicted to morphine I could just stop??
Or does it matter ... a narcotic, is a narcotic, is a narcotic??? Thanks for any hep you can shed on this. I am VERY anxious to get off everything and the taper is taking so long.