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Hi I'm curious if there has been anyone who cold turkeyed from the fentanyl patch and if they did, what was it like with the withdrawal and how long they lasted?
The reason I ask is it seems very variable when people taper what their symptoms are. Some appear not to get many withdrawal symptoms at all and other seem to really go throught it during the taper and also at the end. I realise its difficult to compare as everyone seems to do different things as the medical staff do not have a lot of experience getting people of this highly addictive drug. Does everyone suffer when they finally stop?
I found coming of the oral Actiq not to bad (I've had worse with my cancer treatment) but my mental cravings are awful. Physically I've had diarrheoa, pain, lots of sweating, lethargy and headaches, the worst is the mental cravings just to feel "right". Having said that I am a lot clearer in my cognative ability and like that rather than the fentanyl fog. I guess its the feel good factor I miss which is the addiction part or else loss of seratonin in my brain. I still have the patch so that may be my my withdrawals having included RLS etc.
Any thoughts anyone please?
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