Help needed to get off MSContin....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MeNow, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    My doc left town without saying a word,I really don't know what has happen to him. I can not find an other family dr.Walking clinic won't perscribe opiates. I tried and tried I sign to a waiting list of over 200 names @#$%^^&&** My dr. let me get an emergency supply at a time and every time I had few left I put them aside.
    My question to you. Is it possible to get off the bandwagon by myself ? With my stach I can go 20% off every week for 12 weeks. Or 71 days with a change every 3 days ,Is that possible ? I need all you can give me as information.
    When I asked for a stach "in case of" he agree because he knew me well and I was not going to sell the stuff.My gut feelings heped me this time again.
    Help......Menow or me soon
  2. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    Really need help........
  3. Jen102

    Jen102 New Member

    I recall my doc saying i could reduce by 20-25% every 4th day. If you have times when you feel agitated and yawn alot, maybe give yourself a break and slow down. If you can wean, maybe you can use your remaining pills for times when you really need some emergency relief, and until you can find someone else to prescribe. You don't want to break the oxycontin to reduce. Do you have some oxycodone so you can reduce by 20%? That would be helpful.

    What helped me more than anything is that I had glutathione/magnesium iv's at the same time I weaned. It seemed to detox my system and also give me the energy and pain relief i needed to get thru. If you can't get glutathione iv's, maybe some oral glut would be better than nothing. I have purchased some from Wellness Pharmacy which seemed somewhat helpful. blessings to you. This is a difficult undertaking, but be strong and you can do it. Jen
  4. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    Thanks for your reply. I am on MSContin (morphine) I have long acting of different dosages from when I was getting adjusted on it I keept the left over and I have a stach of rapid action morphine."the just in case"
    I really need more input about this, can not ask the pharmacist or a dr. Because of having no family dr.I have to weane myself of morphine In 2 months I won't have anymore refills.
    Is it possible to do alone with enough meds ?
    PLEASE PPLE REPLY I am in a rough place.
  5. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    I have to know what to do soon.
  6. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    with advice, but I will support you as you do this. I'm so sorry for this mess. How could a doctor just leave a town without making arrangements for his patients? That's a new one on me.

    I guess I wonder which doctor gave you the emergency supply and is that your stash? Or are they different? It seems like you can do this if I read the previous poster correctly.

    Are you getting a new PCP...or was this doc who left a specialist? Have you a prospect for a new doc to replace this person?

    You must feel awful...no doc, no help, AAGH! Maybe there is a hotline somewhere that you can call and ask how to do this. Did your doc practice in a group? If so, you could call them and ask for help. I don't know...I'm just throwing out ideas.

    I hope you get some help soon. Let us know what's happening. I think you can do this with the amount you have, so maybe you can relax with the info you have gotten from the previous poster.

    Take care of yourself, and I'm glad you came here to get some help...not much from me...and support (I can do that).

    Sue
  7. abbylee

    abbylee New Member

    menow - what a mess!! Have you tried googling the phrase, "weaning off medication?" You might have to try it with "pills" "meds" - something like that.

    Whatever percentage you use, you also need to wean "every other day" at some point, and every 3 days, etc., so save a few for that.

    Do you know anyone who could call the pharmacist and ask him the proper way to wean off morphine?

    abbylee
    [This Message was Edited on 10/26/2005]
  8. beth0818

    beth0818 New Member

    i too, am sorry you are having to go through this alone. my fiance has chronic kidney stones and recently got addicted to his pain meds. we reduced his dose every 4 days until he was "clean". he was agitated and grumpy for about a week and a half but after that he was fine.

    i don't know where you live, be here we have really good walk-in clinics. they don't prescribe those meds but i bet a doc there would be willing to supervise your efforts to get off of them.
  9. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    How are you doing today? Did you get some advice about withdrawing from your med? I was just thinking about you and wondering how it's going.

    Take care,
    Sue
  10. puppyfreak

    puppyfreak New Member

    You really need to find another Doc to help you with this. If you can't find one to contue prescribing the MS Contin then you need one who will supervise your withdrawel.
    This is a medical issue and you need medical assistance to do it safely.
    Is there a nurse or social worker you can talk to that might intervene for you? Let them know exactly what you need to do.

    Char
  11. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Find a doctor who can prescribe Subutex. You take Subutex and will have abolutely no withdrawals when stopping MS Contin, or other opiates.

    I started taking Subutex in May when I stopped MS Contin and it went very smoothly - no withdrawals. Subutex also treats pain so all is well.

    Doctors have to be specially licensed to prescribe Subutex but it is a great drug. You dissolve it under you tongue 3 times a day and feel great.

    If you post your city perhaps I can locate a doctor who can help you. If you are by chance in California, I can give you my doctors name, he is wonderful.




    [This Message was Edited on 10/28/2005]
  12. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    Menow

    it must be so hard for you at this time. I cannot provide any specific advice but I can offer some support. I became physically and psychologically addiced to the antidepressents the doctor put me on about eleven years ago when I first started trying to tell him that there was something wrong with me: got a CFS diagnosis 8 years ago. I tried several times to wean myself off the antidepressents over a period of 9-10 months by gradually cutting back on the tablets and trying to balance dosage v. withdrawal effects, which were physically quite severe. I could not do it and each time I went back on the tablets. About three years ago, however, I had another try. I started taking SAMe at the same time as I started cutting back on the tablets I was addicted to: it took me over 16 months, and at the end I was taking 1/4 of a tablet once a week to keep the withdrawal effects away. But now I am off them. I still take the SAMe, but it is not addictive - I have tested it out. I am not suggesting you take SAMe, but maybe you can find something that will support you while you "get off the bandwagon"? However, be prepared - it could take a long time, and at times I felt like giving up - but the freedom at the end is wonderful, and the bumpy ride was worth it. I wish you luck and hope this rambling offers some encouragement and support.
  13. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    How are you doing? I hope all is going well. Take care of yourself...!

    Sue
  14. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    a pharmacist. Keep calling until you find one that will give you the info.
    Most are pretty compassionate and once you explain that your doctor just up and left town I'm pretty sure you will find one willing to assist you. Even your local ER might have someone on duty that could just give you the information. Don't give your name if that bothers you, but I think if you keep asking on the phone you will find someone. Good luck.
  15. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    Thank you all for your support. I finally found a dr. This whole thing stressed me big time. over 4 months. I was okay with my last prescription for 6months but needed to find someone soon. I sent over 20 applications to drs and finally have one that I am confident he will work with me.
    I will have to to do something about these meds. I might need to have surgery again to remove what is left of my thyroid.
    I am tired to imagine what can happen if...Too many what ifs.When my former dr. put me on it was just for a couple of years because he was sure something better was on it's way for pain 6 years later I don't see anything yet to replace MSContin. I want to try to go off it but it is the only medication that helped me and now I know I need more because I am habituated to it. I am on the same amount for 5 years now. I don't want to take more.
    Menow.
    [This Message was Edited on 01/19/2006]
  16. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    Thank you for the information but these great discoveries are most often still at the experimental lab and will take for ever before disponible for us.
    But will check anyways.
    Menow
  17. pirtpain

    pirtpain New Member

    This may sound stupid, but are you referring to oxycontin or marijuana or something else?

    PIRT
  18. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    When I wrote this first posting I just lost my Gp who was the one to prescribe my morphine. I was very upset and worried about not being able to find a family dr who would continue what my ex-dr. was doing. This week I found and had a first meeting with my new dr. I was afraid of having to get off the meds without the help of a good dr.
    If he wants me off the morphine at least I will have someone to help me but I hope he has somthing else to offer because if I miss one pill I take MSContin 3 times a day , I start to feel pain about 2 hrs after the missed pill.I did look online for ways to do it and found some places. Thank you for your reply. Marie