I would definitely advise, given your medical history, that you seek out a physician who can help you with your withdrawal symptoms and monitors your diabetes
and hypertension carefully during this time period. Withdrawal symptoms can last 7-14 days after narcotic
cessation in the average patient, and it will be especially important for you to have careful medical management during that time.
As you know, continuous use of opioids leads to physical dependence, and then withdrawal symptoms begin during reduction or cessation of opioids. Symptoms of withdrawal can include diarrhea
, runny nose
, feeling sweaty, salivating, shivering, nausea, vomiting, feeling like the hairs on your skin are standing up (gooseflesh), and having pain and craving for narcotics. It is important to stay hydrated, patients in acute withdrawal may even need IV fluids. Medications that help nausea and vomiting
such as Phenergan
) or zofran
may be useful. Clonidine
can help suppress withdrawal symptoms. There are counselors
and groups that specialize in treating patients who are trying to reduce or stop taking narcotics. I would recommend that your physician be made aware that you are trying to reduce your narcotic use and that you have a medical evaluation. They may be able to recommend non-narcotic alternatives as well.