Vicodin withdrawal and insomnia

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Hi! I have been taking Vicodin for about a year. The most I took in a day is 35mg. I quit cold turkey exactly 6 days ago . I was expecting the normal withdrawal symptoms, chills , bathroom problems, sweats and insomnia. But it's now day 6 and I thought each day would get better right? But my insomnia is just out of control I literally have not slept at all for 6 nights. I think if I got a good not sleep I would feel awesome but the lack of sleep is taking its toll on me. I have tried taking muscle relaxers, melatonin and even smoked . So I just wanted to ask when will the insomnia start to go away??!! I try to think each day is a step closer to freedom from those pills but I can not go on another few days without sleep. I thought my dose remained pretty low but it seems my body really was hugely dependent on them. So how long will my insomnia continue, please help!

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    Hello brandi. I'm in the UK so not sure what the doseage of Vicodin is. I presume it's an opiate. I think you're insomnia is worse because you stopped without reducing the dose gradually.
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      Yes it is an opiate . I was unsure how long it would last ? Everything I read on opiate withdrawal says around 7-10 days but I didn't think it would be that long ! I thought maybe three days at most .
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    I always think you need to allow 3 weeks for the withdrawl to pass but my experience was that sleep was a problem for a bit longer. I found Valerian Tea to be very helpful - a natural sleep remedy, non addictive, available in most health shops.
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    Hi ya,around 3weeks you will start sleepin regularly I was on subutex an that lasted 4 weeks just catnapping ..👍
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    If u can get som diazepam or zopiclone or temazepam just for a week they will sort u out gal ..😊
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      Agreed, Diazepam does help with the freak outs and Zopiclone is very good for sleep - just don't get too fond of this pair of drugs as they are addictive and you'll have more things to give up later. Using them sensibly for 3 weeks over withdrawal is a great idea though.
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    And wine etc 🙈
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      One of the bonuses of coming off Opiates - you can drink alcohol again without the usual "Danger of Death". I'd advise caution though - when I quit MST/Morphine alcohol just had no effect so I'd drink a few, feel fine, and then just randomly be sick whilst feeling stone cold sober. I know others have found this too.
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      Mmm when I drink I want to take more pain killers or morphine because for some reason drink makes my pain worse,an then I run out of meds an have to buy off street I'm doin ok tho at the minute so all good
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      I get the same reaction. If I drink, the pain is worse so I take another pill, and so on, and so on. Yes, having a backup street guy if very helpful (I always run out). My bedside looks like a pharmacy.....I'm almost ready to stop this vicious cycle, but I don't want to deal with the pain without the meds. Did that for many years, until I took my first pain pill (can we say OMG, Amazing). Now I don't know my life without them.

      Sorry, I hijacked your post. I wad just going tonagree with leigh19761 and the rant began. My apologies.

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