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I have been taking vicoden for three years. I am trying to ween off I am down to 1/2 in morning 1/2 at night. I am feeling withdrawal symptoms already is it going to get worse once I stop? I am taking a lot of vitamin and trying the thomas recipe but I feel terrible and I have to work.
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8976007 tn?1413330650
if you are able to stay on the dose you are on long enough to stop feeling withdrawal symptoms you will be much better off than cold turkey

we are not able to give specific tapering advice because we are not doctors.
most people are not able to wean as you have already done.
your withdrawal symptoms should be much less severe than many of us who have gone ct.  

the hard part is not the physical withdrawals, it is the mental part that lingers.  for that aftercare such as NA or AA is necessary for many people to be able to fight the mental cravings and triggers.  i would start seeking those meetings asap
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9894787 tn?1407177311
Hey there.  I too am an opiate addict and tapered myself down before taking it to zero pills.  I actually broke my 1/2 pills into 1/4 pills.  You will feel the withdrawals but, to me, it seemed to lessen the full-blown agony when I finally jumped off totally.  It's a mind game too.  Just the simple action of ingesting one (1/4) kinda tricked my brain into thinking I "took my dose."  The first 4-5 days are a "b**ch" but it does get better.  The key is to keep yourself busy.  The busier you are the less time you have to dwell on the symptoms.  I worked through the worst of it.  Some would probably not advise it but I just found it too difficult to lay around and constantly think about it.  I wish you all the best.  You CAN be free.
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Your down to a really low dose. I can't imagine it helping you that much with the short half life of vicodon. I would just stop now and see how it goes. You will probably have a few sleepless nights but I wouldn't think the withdrawals would be to bad when I would run out of oxy I would take 12-15 a day just to feel somewhat normal. I'm just saying that to show you what a low dose your on. I'm sure not proud of it. Get some imodium for the bathroom issues and take some hot baths with Epsom salt. A heating pad or blanket helps to. Keep posting and I'm positive the good folks at MH will get you thru this.
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I agree with chasing freedom. I worked thru my wd and it made the days go by so much faster.  Laying around at home on my off day was miserable! I swear the clock was moving backwards when I was at home!
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Thank you for all the feedback tomorrow will be the first day with out taking any thing and am terrified of being sick at work. I will post tomorrow hopefully I am anxious for no reason.
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With the low dose you are on you will prolly not have a hard time. Check out the Thomas recipe, get some immodium and bananas and hylands restless leg. It won't be like what yiu have built up in you head.
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Try not to stress over what might happen. It's a waste of time and energy. It's sorta like when your having a good day then you get a call from the dentist to remind you of a appointment. All of a sudden you freak out dreading what will happen even though in reality your fine. It's the same with wd. Don't freak out over what might happen. Just take it as it comes and surrender to the process. I worked thru my wd and as bad as it was it was still easier than staying at home for me. Try to stay positive and keep telling yourself I'm gonna be ok!! God luck
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Good luck. Sorry. Autocorrect. Lol
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Praying for ya. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. Just remember to try not to focus on it. When u do go for a walk or do something u love to occupy your mind. That was my biggest hurdle. And just keep going. Remember this to will pass and all u have to look forward to is a great new life. I'm coming up on 6 months and I still retread my first posts on here a lot to remember where I was and where I am. There is a light at the end. You can do this.
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Oh and get rid of the "just in case " stuff u might have left.
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Day one was ruff and having trouble with sleeping trying to stay busy but it tuff when I am feeling like this
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9894787 tn?1407177311
Hey there!  How's it going today?  
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9931281 tn?1407525515
I did the same thing as you pitbully188 and sunday was my last day of anything. Monday was pretty bad, i got up and worked out to try and sweat it out. I felt good once I was done but it came back later that day feeling bad again. Day 2 I forced myself to get out the house in the evening and go to the gym again with my husband and son. I had already worked out that morning but I read hot baths help so I figured I would go and get in the hot tub at the gym. I sat in the hot tub and felt relaxed so it did help some. When I got home and tired to sleep I was back to being uncomfortable, restless, anxiety. I got up again DAY 3 to workout at 5am. I felt good after but as soon as the night hit i was uncomfortable again. I saw on some post that 5-htp and melationin helps at night so I brought some after working out. I also read that SAM-e helps as well. I got that too but FYI very expensive. There was other vitamins people were saying to take too that I grab (zinc, potassium, magnesium, L-lysine and B12). Also Imodium for the day you get the runs. I got the runs Day 3 and it made me feel alittle better because my stomach felt gassy. Im on Day 4 today and I got up again for the gym and feel alot better. I can feel it come and go alittle and my mood is still not there. I am starting to feel back to normal alittle and I'm keeping busy like everyone keeps saying. It will help not think about it. My night last night was still bad so I'm not sure when that gets better. One day at a time I keep telling myself. It is definitely helpful to read and get encouragement from others who understand your pain. Good luck to you and I'll keep you posted on me as well. I'm only one day ahead of you.
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