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Hi, I'm new here and need help. A little background: I take 2- 7.5/500 every 2 1/2 hours. Hve been taking them for about 6 yrs. 1 week ago my BF of 7 years walked out. (Actually, just called me from work and told me he had rented a place). So in a way it was out of the blue. I'm still reeling. I knew he wanted me off the pills and so did I ...but I procrastinated. I'm so fatigued (I was diagnosed with major depression 28 yrs. ago) but have been off my meds for a few years. Anyway, it had gotten to the point I was sooo fatigued every day and could do nothing other than TV and computer. I saw where it was heading to some extent. But I guess I wanted more "feel good" support than just "you need to stop". I know I am rambling...please bear with me.

Anyway, I take 14-16 7.5/500 Percocet per day. Last nite took my 2 at 9pm. Today at 6:30 am and 10:30 am. Stretching it form every 2-1/2 hrs to 4. It's not fast enough....I WANT OFF THESE THINGS!!! Could anyone tell me if you made it thru cold turkey. I do have some Ambien CR to help and some Xanax. I cannot take Benedry, tylenol PM as I am allergic to antihistamine.
I have never had a problem with the ambien or xanax. In fact the last time I took a Xanax was about 3 yrs. ago. I've only used them for a couple of days like if there was a death in the family or something like that. I also have taken the ambien for a week or two at a time and never had a problem stopping.

Is it possible to do this cold turkey and when can I hope to feel better. Also, I am ready to do this for ME and MY life.

Did anyone else have extreme fatigue while on Percocet? Thanks for any help! BTW, work is not a problem...I have all the time and no obligations, no kids, etc. Started back on my 400mg of Wellbutrin 2 days ago, but I know that won't kick in for weeks and I can't wait till then to get rid of the perc.
Welcome Carpe:
I don't have a lot of time, but wanted to respond real quick to your post....
An answer to your question if Percs. make u tired, Yes, that is a top side-effect of them. I was once addicted to Lorcets, and even though they gave me "energy", i would crash down off them and be MORE tired than before.
I too suffer from pretty bad depression, so i've always had issues w/fatigue. That's actually why i became addicted to the opiates....bcuz when i took them, i got a burst of energy. After about a yr. of taking them though, the "burst" wasn't coming anymore and i was just tired all the time.
If u have serious depression as you said, and your not taking any medication, then of course your going to be very fatigued from the depression.
It's so frustrating bcuz having depression causes such EXTREME fatigue, being on meds. do help, but then u start to wonder if the meds. are causing more fatigue. But i've had a lot of experience w/being off and on meds. for mine, and when it comes down to it....we need this med. And NOT taking it, only causes us to be more depressed, which is more exhausting then being on a medication.
I know i'm going round and round in circles here. What i'm basically saying is that even though meds. for depr. say "may cause drowsiness", more than likely, IF we aren't on any type of med. to help balance out the chemicals, we will be alot more tired than ON med.
So stick w/the Wellbutrin first of all, and others on the board wil give advice on tapering or going CT. Going CT when u have been taking 14pills for that long of a time, will be very difficult. You may be better w/tapering.
You HAVE to be patient's not a "quick fix" EVER to stop meds. And u have to be sure your doing it for yourself, and not just to get your boyfriend back, or else your not going to have as much hope in staying clean.
Good luck, and keep us posted.!!!
Maggie, thank you soooo much. Your post brought me to tears. It's so good to have someone who understands! The only "extra" I ever got from the percs was energy and that left long ago. I agree with the depression meds....I HAVE to stay on them. As far as my will take a lot of time IF there is a chance. But for now we are broken up, but still stay in contact. But I know this can ONLY be for ME! I guess now that I have hit bottom, I am so very anxious to get better. I do feel a some jitters today, but I am sure some of it is psychological as well as physical. As for going CT, I think I would rather take 3 or 4 days of hell and sleep than feeling jittery while tapering. Thanks again and I will be reading more before deciding totally.
the choice of going ct or taper is definitely an individual one. if you dont have the patience and are apt to take the pills if you have them, then tapering prolly isnt for you. going ct will definitely be difficult, but a lot of us have gotten through it before. the best thing that you can do for yourself right now is to formulate a plan. number one finding some live support... call your doc and tell him what you want to do. he/she should be willing to help you do this. if you have insurance maybe you can go to a medical detox for a few days? (you could prolly even find a place that will take you without insurance, you just have to search) they will give you advice on how to STAY sober. going to na or aa will help immensly (sp?) there are people there who have been in your shoes and can help you through the long phase of learning how to feel again, learning how to deal with life on life's terms. all those things that we tried to hide from by using. never dealt with. i do wish you so much luck and will be here to support whatever decision you make. please keep us posted. and please stay on your anti-d. :)

take care, talk soon,

Thanks, Michelle! Right now in-house detox is not an option. But I do have someone to stay her with me 24/7. My family is also supporting me with this. You made a good point about having the pills around and tapering. I'm getting closer to thinkin CT. I just hope to have a little info on how long till I begin to feel better.
Hello Carpe

No matter which way you decide to go, plaese read The Sample Home Detox, which is one of the very first threads on the board. Start implementing what is helpful in it for you now. It offers many good ideas for a home detox.

good wishes
Thanks so much, Reach. It helped a lot. I really want to try CT, just need to hear a few experiences to help me decide. Everyone has been so much support already and I appreciate that so very much!!
I totally agree that you should call your doctor. If in-house detox isn't an option than your doctor can prescribe medication that can help you through the withdrawal of the opiates. I use to take them because of the energy too. After a while I didn't get anything but if I didn't take them I would get sick. The worse for me was at night. I use to toss and turn and my legs were restless. Also the NA groups in your area would really be a help for you. That is almost a must for someone who is recovering. You are around other people who know exactly what you are going through. Not a friend or family member, because they have no idea. But these people do. Please get some help.
Linda, a list of the NA meetings in my area and that is something that I will make part of my life. I tried my Dr. , last Fri. but he's gonna be out this week and his partners would never prescribe anything for this. But I do not want to wait. I feel while I have the strength and determination, I've got to do this. I don't know what next week will bring.
Hey Carpe - I would suggest really researching the differences between ct and tapering before you make a decision. I can tell you that it may very well be more than 3-4 days with ct.......yes, those will be the very worst, but you may very well feel like crap for a while. That was my experience. Besides all the physical stuff, i.e. cold sweats, diarreah, shakiness, basically the flu a million times over - there are also the emotional side effects of anxiety and depression, which can be pretty bad and last quite a while. Which is why, as Maggie said, you really want to be on your anti-depressants. I initially tried to taper and went way too fast and became discouraged because I felt bad so fast. I now know, from coming to this board, that I should have gone about it in a slower manner. Please gather as much info as you can before making your decision and take good care of yourself. It's not easy either way, but you sound ready. This is a great place for support and insight. Be well!! :angel:
i myself was at 20 a day,then one week i went down to 15,then i decided that the only way i was gonna get away from them is to go out of town for a week,so i packed my bag's,left with some sleepin med's and some tylenol #1.I took two every two hours just to keep the restless leg syndrom at a decent pace were it wouldnt drive me insane,and it actually worked.I felt depressed,tired,,bathroom alot,sweats,all the stuff you feel when you have the flue,,and then some.For me it lasted a week,that really surpriced me.Then when i got home thr first thing on my mind was goin to get some,and i did.I find that you need something in your life more important that the perc,and for me that is work.I have a work injury and am now in the works to go back to work from a year off and perced out everyday,but at least i have my life i can look forward to again.Good luck to you.Cold turkey is the best way i find if you prepare yourself,because having a script in the cabinet is only a temptaion,,good luck
I just wanted to thank everyone for their replies. I'm sorry I haven't given an update till now. I've been reading the board every day, but just couldn't bring myself to write anything. This is day 9 and I've gone from 14-16 7.5/500 percocets to about 6. I'm hoping for 3 1/2 today. I am still soooo nervous and anxious and have taken some Xanax about 4 times....but I HATE the way they make me feel so I try to deal with the nervousness. I have so many things I need to be doing and I just can't focus on anything. But it is sooooo wonderful to not watch the clock and think "I can have another dose in 2 1/2 hours" (anything closer made me nauseated). It's now about 6 hours between doses and only 1 1/2 per dose.

It crossed my mind at first that maybe with the emotional stuff this was not the time to start detoxing. But then, NOW is when i finally "got it" so I felt I had to run with it and not make excuses. Excuses are what got me here. I'm also eating much healthier and have lost weight which I know some of it is due to emotions. But I think the healthier I can try to be can only help. (I really hope I'm not rambling too much.)

Finding this board has been a Godsend!!! I see something of myself in everyone's story. I only hope as I struggle with this I can give back some of the support I've received here. Thank u sooo much, everyone.....I will be posting more!

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