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Hi I just wanted to start a debate and make people question current Fentanyl withdrawal methods.
I took sublingual fentanyl up to 10x a day tapered to 4x a day and cold turkeyed. 11 days after this did a quick patch taper from 50mcg dropping by 12.5mcg at each patch change then stopped- cold turkey again.
I got symptom releif medication, loperamide throughout , diazepam and gabapentin short term. It was a protracted withdrawal over 2.5 months with one blip and cold turkey twice. Not pleasant.
With hindsight i would have prefered a 5-7 day stay in hospital with an IVI as I had periods of severe dehydration and anorexia and vomiting. I would have prefered to cold turkey undermedical supervision rather than taper. I know we are all different and individuals with different needs.
This is not on offer and I question why not. We are put on Fentanyl for our health issues due to pain often withour being informed of it being addictive. Withdrawal is worst by day 3 and does improve thereafter.
It's the best thing I've done but feel medical staff have little or no experience of Fentanyl withdrawal. Everyone if requested to withdraw from Fentanyl should see someone who deals with addiction withdrawal and knows how to treat the withdrawal symptoms. They should be given inpatient treatment if requested. They should be given the choice of a taper programme or cold turkey or a combination of both whatever their personal choice is it should be an informed choice and alternatives offered.
I do not include the issue of pain management.
I am only debating the withdrawal from Fentanyl as more people are facing the horrors of this highly addictive drug.
Why did I want a quick solution? Simply I could not put up with the protracted withdrawal symptoms with the taper and wanted it over and done with. How do I feel now ? Great.
We are all different
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