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I'm starting an Oxycontin taper but I'm not nearly as close to finishing as you are, but I do actually have experience in this from years ago. Switching to Oxycodone or Percocet/Endocet would probably help, because you can break it up and get down to a tiny bit more easily. It IS harder at the end, for some reason. You're undergoing a huge and difficult thing and it's no wonder you're depressed. Especially while looking for a job. If you're able, I'd go as easy on yourself during this time as you can.

The Clonidine sounds okay, because it's not something that you're going to have to struggle to get off of when you're done with this. Use all the help you can get. There are herbal supplements that may help calm you as well. I remember having a Clonidine patch and stocking up on every calming herbal stuff I could find. But then again, I did it in one huge cold turkey go. Ick! Still, it may help you a little during this time.

But yeah, it definitely sounds like switching to something that can go to lower doses would help you the most right now. It sounds like your doctor is very reasonable, having let you go so slowly for so long. Let us know how it goes. I'd love to know, especially, just starting a huge taper myself.

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