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Unusual: Opiates all cause constipation, and generally when they are stopped, people get diarrhea. Are you having any abdominal pain or cramping? If so, see your doctor immediately. If just constipated without pain/cramps, then I would first try a stool softener like Colace or Surfak twice a day, add milk of magnesia 2 TBLSP at night. If no results, an ounce of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) should do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual: Most people get constipated from hydrocodone itself, and often get diarrhea when stopping. I recommend my patients start with something mild like a stool softener (dulcolax tabs - colace or surfak) one tab twice a day, then use a mild laxative like milk of magnesia 2 tblsp at night. If that doesn't work, senna-based laxatives, magnesium citrate or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) would be next best step. ...Read more
Slowly: 1st of all - congratulations on quitting! Finding a good doctor to guide you thru it is best but if you need to do it on your own, go slowly. However many a day you take, cut by 1 each 3-5 days. If 3 days results in feeling too bad, go to up to 4 days to cut further. Or you can just go down a pill every 5 days until a 1/2 pill and then stop. Too quick is not wise. But quitting is very wise. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i take 4 vicodin 10/500 daily for pain- and want to quit- will I have strong withdrawal, cold turkey?
Withdrawals: Are you saying you take four vicodin /day? If this is the case you may or may not have what you call ' strong' withdrawals. It depends a lot on how long you been on them. If you can it would be wise to taper down, take less every few days or even slower than that , by week. There are several over-the-counter medicines that can help, look elsewhere in the answers. ...Read more
I have been taking suboxone for 10 years. Jan,1,2016 I Take none. How much longer will I feel horrible, irritable? Is Vicodin a safer way to quit?
For a while: If you used Suboxone 8/2mg daily for 10 years it is nearly impossible to just quit it, You will go through significant withdraws for weeks. Suboxone treatment depend on your commitment and depends almost solely on you, Suboxone dose should be redused gradually over good period of time , somewhere from 6 months to several years. Even if you are on 2 mgs daily its hard to just quit. ...Read more
How can I make Vicodin withdrawal easier? I want to quit this drug so bad, but I always get a horrible case of the chills. I'm NOT going to ask my doc
Addictionologist: The symptoms of Vicodin (opioid) withdrawal are pretty severe physically and emotionally. However, they are not life threatening. It is best to do it with a trained addictionologist. It has to be tapered down and certain non-addictive medications need to be used to minimize some of the withdrawal like diarrhea, craps, pain and a sleep disturbance. Good Luck! Most people quit drugs so can you! ...Read more
Vicodin + NyQuil: Do not take both of these drugs together. Nyquil has a significant amount of alcohol. This combination would be the same as taking vicodin with an alcohol beverage. This combination will have an additive depressive effect on your body systems and could very well have serious adverse consequences. ...Read more