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Caitlinjoy, this depends on what you consider "best." For some, coldturkey is the only way to go, because if you have drugs lying around as you try to ween off, you'll be very very tempted to just take enough to get high. However, if you have someone who could administer the appropriate doses (and who isn't easily manipulated!) then you might prefer tapering. To answer your question, YES it matters whether you take 1/2 a pill or 10...withdrawal is determined (partly) by the duration of use and the doses...here's what I know about tapering vs. cold turkey...

Pros of Tapering:
Withdrawal is much less severe
Less of a shock to your system
Easier on your mind (anxiety, depression, etc. will be less intense)

Cons of Tapering:
It will tempt you to start using again if you have access to the drug
No "shock value," (less hell to remember if you're tempted to use again)

I think that any medical professional would tell you to taper, though, so if this is an option for you (meaning you have the vicodin, and either someone to administer it properly or an extremely uncommon willpower to do this for yourself) then tapering is probably your best bet...if you're going to taper, the trick is to stabilize at increasingly LOWER doses, for example, you might want to take 10mg less than your current dosage, stay there for a day or two, then decrease it by another 10mg and so on. If this is too hard for you, then decrease by 5mg instead...if 10mg is fine, then try 15mg (you get the idea.) I just re-read your post, and you say no more than 5 in a day, so you could definately go cold-turkey, but if you prefer to taper, you might want to consult a doctor to find out the best way to do it. Good luck, and remember that it's all going to be over soon enough, whichever way you go.





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