Nov 13, 2009 - 7:13 pm
I need some advice about getting off pain meds. My husband started wearing fentynal patches two weeks before his treatment ended 5 weeks ago. He was at 50 mcg for much of that time, and now both the doctors and Kevin are ready for this to decrease. Last weekend Kevin decided that he would quit cold turkey (a REALLY bad idea!!!), and after three days the real bad withdrawal symptoms began. It was just like they depict withdrawal to be on tv. It was scary and felt out of control, and after several hours I finally convinced him to wear another patch. He is stepping down now under medical supervision. He had one 25 mcg patch left (the one I made him wear) and now we have some new 12.5 mcg patches to use.
My question is, how long to use the reduced strength patches before they can be stopped completely? And do you need some other supplemental pain med after that? I haven't gotten treatment plan instruction on this, and I feel like we need to see where the tunnel is leading us.
Please share how you kicked your need for pain meds.