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Like many others on this site I have had a nightmare ride from these drugs.
I wasn't told that they were addictive when I started them or I would not have started them.
Started on 8 a day but did not help with pain so I persevered but when I stopped them the trouble began so I went back on them at 6 a day and gradually dropped them to 2 a day and i am currently taking three quarters of a tablet at night.
It has been a long,hard,difficult journey to get to where I am today and I hope to be free of them in a few months.
Do not try to go cold turkey with these tablets as the side effects will be disastrous. It has taken me a year to get to my current stage.
Reduce your tablets gradually and snap them into half and quarter to very gradually take them down. You cannot do this in weeks .It is a slow process
When I was on 8 a day I got hot flushes daily for no reason I felt nausea and felt generally out of sorts. I got tingling in my body and itchiness all over,especially in my feet and arms. My feet felt like they were on fire.
As I withdrew I felt anxious,irritable and got annoyed easily. I would pace back and forwards and not know where to put myself.
I lost interest in most things and could not be bothered about anything and I had a sense of helplessness. Sleeping is a major problem as I am more aware of the tingling when at rest in the dark and quiet. Your senses become more aware of your body. you become restless and feel evey itch on your body and it drives you to distraction. You end up cat napping through the day and can't sleep at night and the day becomes very long.
Cold turkey only made this much worse on the 3 occasions I have tried. I found it impossible to cope with physically and mentally.
Although I do not approve of drugs and abuse, I can now feel a sense of sympathy for those trying to come off them. My message is simple to those about to dabble-DON'T. You will regret it for a long time.
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