Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:37 pm
Hi Newbie, Razor is spot on. I just started a few weeks ago myself, and the worst fear is the bottom dropping out of the best few weeks I've had for a loooong time...something happening that takes this away. My doc canceling, getting a false positive on a pee test and losing my script, my car breaking down on the way to the doc lol. It's only bc I could tell from the moment I started that this is the life changing thing I needed to get me out of the world of crap I put myself in, and wallowed in for years.
As for dosing and time, I can only share what my provider(s) have shared with me. I'm started and am still on 2x8mg/day. So long as it's right for me (I'm pretty certain I could do less), they have said that I could continue on this for a year or more. As for tapering, he suggested that after a year, and if I was ready, it would be a very slow 1-2mg taper per month. The key he expressed, and I agree, was to break my additive behavior patterns. I'm of the mindset as an addict is that it took me a long time to get as bad as I am, and it will take as long if not longer to change them. Hearing that plan and flexibility really gave me comfort. Personally, I'm in no hurry to change anything about this huge, wonderful, amazing change in my life.
This site is an amazing resource for any questions I've had, the ability to talk to people who understand, and to just be able to honestly share where I am with it.
On that note, and tying back to the fear of something happening, there was a pretty amazing post I believe in this section that offered the best explanation of dosing, ceiling, and half life of this drug. That post really helped me understand that there really are 2 components for me in the dosing...one is the amount that keeps me from going into acute wd's, the rest is for me psychologically as I make this transition from using many times a day (ritual included), to actually believing that ill be okay with dosing 1x per day and knowing it's gonna have the same effect, probably at a lower dose.
Please note that isn't advice, or even anything I'm personally concerned with changing now or anytime soon. Just something that between my docs reassurance that my dose is fine as is, and beginning to understand how this drug functions, that offered me a new understanding and more comfort.
But as someone who is new to this too I really just wanted to say....isn't this amazing?!?
Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:47 pm
Karou72 Yes it really is amazing and congrats to you also........................i would love to take the one a day dose, problem is that although it will hold me as far as wd go, the anelgesic (pain ) effect only lasts around 6 hours, and i have severe pain. So im not sure how to get around that. I was getting my norco originally for chronic pain from the same doctor for 7 years, he just woulkd not put me on something long acting, so as alot of people do, after my max allowed a day norco was not working anymore, i took more anyways....i dealt with that for about the last 4 yrs. The first 3 yrs i never took more than needed, but here i am because i was in a bad way, running out every 2 weeks, or month. My quality of life was zip......so i dunno.....i wish i was not also a chronic pain sufferer, bcuz the once a day doing would be so nice, as i WISH i did not have to take 2o minutes outta my day 3 times a day to take it lol.....its a tad inconvenient, and makes me feel as tho im still doing something wrong. cuz i hafta tell my little boy i cant talk for 20 min so i can take it,ya know???well that is my understanding about it any how. my doc said i would need more than a daily dose to try to control the pain.....i am still having pretty good pain, but its worth the mental hell i am no longer going thru counting the pills, figuring out when ill run out ect, and the toll it took on my family while i was in wd more than i wasnt it seemed. sooooo thats my story, thanks alot for your response and i hope you do well, .........................ps, i hope to just split the 16 mg sub into 3 doses....that should be fine. I dont think i really maybe needed the equiv of 8 mg 3X a day, rather 3 doses for better pain control, and the zubsolv is hard to split oy bcuz they r so tiny and they crumble......ttyl