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Tapering off oxycodone

Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by Anonymousssssss, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. I just found out I am 10 weeks pregnant... I take oxycodone for ironically enough endometriosis. At this point I’m addicted and fear for life for the withdrawals... I have experienced them before when I was going through multiple surgeries and they were horrible.... i also stopped cold turkey at that point cause I had no idea of the seriousness of it all. This time I am tapering off since cold turkey will hurt the baby. I am just looking for advice and to see if the withdrawals will be as bad if I taper down. Please save any rude comments you will have, I’m trying to better myself for my baby and to cut this nasty addiction out of my life
  2. lonewolves

    lonewolves Community Champion

    So many addicts wouldn’t even think twice about quitting for their baby, so pay no attention to the rude people who may judge you. Just being here shows how selfless you are. Tapering should help, and the forum is here for the times that it doesn’t. I’m new here, but I already feel blessed to have the support I have felt. You got this!
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  3. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    @Anonymousssssss Welcome and i commend your decision to do this for yourself as well as your baby that's outstanding news.First i don't think you will have any issues with people here being rude as this isn't Facebook or Twitter or whatever else there is,this community is compiled of Addicts,advisers,encouragers,and supporters.Yes tapering will be slightly uncomfortable however it's nothing like cold turkey.I personally don't know this because I'm an idiot and spent 27 straight day's in a cold turkey nightmare but i did so because i was told either way i would only live a month max so i decided if i was going into that casket i would go sober.Thank God I survived as i was injecting about 320mg's of Oxycontin a day for about 14 month's straight.You are correct it would harm the baby to go through something like this so i believe tapering is the correct way.I'm curious what your dose currently is,and i don't ask to judge i ask so i have a better idea what your about to go through.I spend alot of time on this site as I'm supposed to be on complete bedrest getting ready for knee surgery but occasionally-often i take off running roughly 4 miles daily because well i NEED to,you obviously have a good heart to reach out for concern of your child again i commend your decision.Whatever your worries,concerns,fears,thoughts,emotions please share openly so myself and the rest in this community can offer the best advice or support possible.I'm a grown as× man and i cry alot reading some of these stories because i guess i truly care and can relate as my story and the life I've lived is absolutely insane and i shouldn't be alive multiple times over yet here i am so i must take my experiences and try to help other's,it's just who i am.There will be other's that will comment as well,these individuals have helped me alot. @Dominica @deanokat @Josh111187 Stay Strong and God Bless you are not alone.Take Care and stay in touch you can do this and we would be honored to help you on your journey
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  4. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    I appreciate you @lonewolves and i have yet to see any rude individuals here however one never knows
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  5. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Anonymousssssss hello there! welcome! congrats on a baby! great you want to quit taking pills, and are tapering down. my only advice is to reach out for professional help if you find yourself struggling, ok? that's what they are there for...and sometimes we just need some help.

    and come here as often as you like. we know you want the best for your baby....and we'll surely encourage you.... but we also feel that sometimes an addiction specialist or some sort of recovery program can help a lot...

    hugs
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  6. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    Hey mom to be, I'm glad you came here to better get an idea of what to expect from the jump to sobriety over the next few weeks or so. Like @True concern said it's kinda hard to give some really spot on info as we need more of your info like how much you take and,frequency, route of administration-ROA- is a big help. If you're just taking it orally that's way better.
    I wish I had your for sight when I knew my son was coming so I could have been sober and clean for him his whole life. But unfortunately my stupid self had to overdose many,many times. Keep goimy back because I was to chicken to get through the W/D's.
    I even had to flatline a couple times, excactly 2 times, for me to decide enough was enough to get help. So after using every opiate I could get my hands on, and whatever else came along during a dry spell for 11 years, 15 total years of drug addiction,but just 11 years of hard use. Needles and glass pipes, tin foil,that sort of thing. I finally got help and am now on Subutex tapering down,and valium,soon to be able to say I'm done with benzodiazepines for good!! Its been over a decade that I have taken these drugs every day.
    But I've almost got ninety days clean. And only used a few times in the say last year.?.??
    But I digress, I thought you said oxycontin at first which made my nerves tingle...that's for the devil. But I re-read your taking oxy'codone and I spell it that way out of sheer habit, the good news is that its waaaayy weaker,with the half life not even in the same league.

    When I was using I would not even spend money on it even if there was no heroin or other dope I just had a tolerance and could not feel it. So here is my long overdue point, the drug is not so strong that it(in most cases) if taken properly and weaning off while pregnant will harm your baby, I AM NOT A DOCTOR, THIS IS JUST WHAT I HAVE READ FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES.
    About getting more information from you that really would be helpful. And as far as having those bad cold turkey withdrawals again and not being able to do it if you taper it has been my experience that tapering off of the codones, it doesn't matter take your pick is not much more severe than having a cold and overdrawing your checking account, as far as the emotional impact.
    I look forward to hearing from you again, don't worry about haters on here either I've yet to see even one out of the hundreds I've read.
  7. Ugh thank you for being so kind. Okay so I unfortunately buy off someone ... they are 30 mg oxycodones buf I break them in half and when I do that I break the half pieces again so I make a whole 30 mg pull into 4 pieces; so if I do math correctly... I take 7.5 mg at a time, however I take roughly between 4-8 pieces a day... so I would say an average 45 mg a day. I’m so fucking excited to get off this evil drugs because I spend way to much money on them and because I want my baby to beautiful and healthy and not experience the withdrawals when he/she arrives. When I stopped cold turkey back in 2015 I had HORRIBLE withdrawals for almost a week bf after it, I lost 15 pounds and was genuinely so happy again!! I told myself I would never let it happen to me but here I am..... and I’m doing this all on my own which sucks but I prefer it cause my family and my boyfriend would be disgusted..... so I’m happy I joined this site! Please any advice would be appreciated. A little more about how much a take and when, I take one as soon as I wake up and take another when I feel like I need another bite and than always before bed.
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  8. And I also want to put together like some sort of a withdrawal survivor kit, silly but it would help. So if you have any suggestions of what I should get lmk
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  9. Your comment kinda confuses me, my apologies. So are the withdrawals just as bad after tapering down as cutting cold turkey or what? Also I am apart of a mom to be forum and there is one for moms who are addicts and pregnant and everyone told me cutting cold turkey will harm the baby terribly but tapering off will not be as severe.
  10. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    I'm very sorry I wasn't clear but that's exactly to the letter what I meant.
    By NO MEENS WHATSOEVER go c/t with a baby grow9in you and having the same chemicals in him/her as you do.
    Please taper slowly, I suggest under a doctors care.
    As for the withdrawals I was trying to be a little lighthearted about it because I've been through it several times and there is really no problem when you taper, especially slowly like you would be doing, heck, 45mg avg is kinda low so you might get by with experiencing nothing more than a little tiredness and melancholy. You should probably even avoid stomache issues at that does.
    This might be encouraging to hear, when I stopped oxycodone I was shooting it, I know all the fillers but I'm an addict, anyway I stopped at 30 mg mainline twice daily,and didn't even miss work. Also take into account I've done some hard stuff, but it'll be easier than you think.
    Cold turkey experiences always leave a bad taste in your mouth. You can't go by that. You'll be just fine and yes tomorrow ill pit together a list of must haves when detoxing for you.
    Youre in the right place, hang out with us a little bit and you'll be inspired and make friends.
    God bless you.
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  11. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    Hi again, I just read my reply again and don't see what I said that led you to believe it would be harder or was bad for the baby, I thought I was saying just the opposite really.
    I would greatly appreciate it if you could point out to me where I had you confused so that I won't confuse or God forbid, scare anyone away.
    My intentions are always to genuinely be encouraging, honest, and helpful. Please tell me how I can better relay my message, thanks @Anonymousssssss
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  12. True concern

    True concern Community Champion


    I almost forgot Congratulations on the baby.
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  13. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Anonymousssssss i bet you are excited to get off of it.... i do wish you could be under a dr. care while tapering... just to get some expert advice, ya know? is that possible?
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  14. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    Im extremely well educated in medicine. Well self-medication. So this makes me unqualified to recommend a taper plan as I know early on in the pregnancy like before middle of second trimester, or something like that stress is one of the top causes of miscarriage.
    And even an easy detox is stressful.
    So buying the pills off the street and self medicating is an even bigger and better reason to see a doctor! Like you said youre pregnant, so please see a doctor and bring us some good news.
    Ill get back a little later with those things I told you helped me while detoxing.
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  15. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Welcome to the community, @Anonymousssssss. And congratulations, both on your impending motherhood and on deciding to taper off of oxycodone.

    Tapering off is definitely the way to go. And, if possible, I highly recommend consulting with an addiction specialist. They can help you with a taper plan that will minimize the withdrawal symptoms as much as possible. If you absolutely can't get help from a doctor, I understand. Just be sure to reach out for help if you start feeling anything that concerns you. Your primary goal is the health and safety of both you and your baby.

    As far as people being rude to you... You may experience that in the "outside world," but I can pretty much guarantee that you won't encounter that here. We are a caring group of people who want to help people like you. And we try to do that without judgment. So please know that we are behind you 100 percent, no matter what. You can come here for support, advice, or just to vent. That's what we're here for.

    I'm sending you lots of positive energy and tons of encouragement. And big hugs full of hope, too. I will also keep you and your baby in my thoughts and prayers. New life is a wonderful thing. Here's to your baby's new life...and your new life w/o the oxy, too.
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  16. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

  17. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    Easy Taper from Oxys Survival Kit, Pat. Pending.
    Manufactured by Josh°
    EXP:
    HOPEFULLY SOON
    1. Hydration. I don't just say water, or Gatorade, because actually too much water can kill you and too much Gatorade can dehydrate you,due to your body absorbing too much sodium.
    This one is pretty straightforward if you're thirsty then you're already dehydrated. So alternate between water and Gatorade. If your peeing often then your hydrated, only going once and it's a trickle, hydrate. I personally always have used the adult Pedialyte, it has potassium in it, which your body needs to be able to absorbs water. Which brings me to the next item.
    2. Fruit. Banana and everything citrus. You hydrate and get plenty of vitamin c, which you need because when you are sick and week your immune system is compromised. Plus you won't want to eat and fruit kinda just slides down easy.
    3. Toilet paper. I really recommend investing in a large quantity of it and get the softest brand, as if you don't you'll feel like you've been cleaning your bottom with an angel grinder after about a week. Notice- this only applies if the taper is fast to the point where OTC stuff like pepto, or Imodium won't work. Given that you are pregers I don't think you'll be tapering that quickly. But if you're experienced with a cold turkey situation then I need explain no further.
    3. Telephone. Just in case of whatever always have your phone on you so you can call anyone anytime ASAP. Be it an emergency or you are grumpy from withdrawals and just want to tell off your mother in law.
    4. Hobbies. Whatever it is that keeps your mind off of the next pill, do that.
    5. Confidence. You know that you can do this and while the drugs leaving your body will make your mind manufacture every reason to delay or just "take a day off", know that if you entertain these thoughts you are already failing. YOU WILL DO THIS!
    ------------And that concludes the how to use instructions for the kit.
    Notice that I really didn't include much in the way of anything material really? That's because all it takes to not be a drug addict, is you. Before you became addicted all you were was you without the pills. So remove pills, and there's you again. Its so simple that after you do it you'll think to yourself, Why was I so scared, that was totally worth it, I should have done that years ago!
    Anyway God bless.
    P.S. You can send payment to everyone who comes after you that needs help.
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  18. lonewolves

    lonewolves Community Champion

    Solid advice!! Definitely needs to be trademarked! Haha
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  19. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Awesome post, @Josh111187. Thanks for taking the time to share it. You are a badass dude!
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