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Thread: Stopping Fentynol cold turkey

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    Stopping Fentynol cold turkey

    I was prescribed 50mg of a fentynol patch for pain I was having
    In my back and chest from radiation for lung cancer. I've been off radiation
    for about a month now and I have only been on the patch for about
    4 weeks. I've been having a lot of nausea and vomiting the past few
    days and I want to see if it's from the fentynol. The pain is gone and I want
    to stop the fentynol, can I do it cold turkey since I havnt been on the
    patch that long?

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    Administrator Top User Didee's Avatar
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    Ask your Dr. To my knowledge weaning from it is needed.
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    When discontinuing Fentanyl Transdermal System and not converting to another opioid, use a gradual downward titration, such as halving the dose every 6 days, in order to reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.17)]. It is not known at what dose level Fentanyl Transdermal System may be discontinued without producing the signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
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    Gradual titration is necessary unless you like withdrawal symptoms. Please work with your doctor on this.

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    What ever you DO NOT stop that patch on ur on. I'm on Fentynol 50 mics and I stopped it on my own and had MAJOR withdrawls. Consukt with ur Doctor before u try that. They can lower the mics for you and ween u off of it slowly.

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    I also take fentanyl daily but 125 mgs every 48 hours( normal patient is 72 hrs) & opanna or oxcydonemorphine 40 mgs every 3 hrs ( normal patient 4 hrs) I also wanted to go cold turkey like you close to same reasons! You can't stop cold turkey reason most likely at 50 mgs you going to end up in hospital to stable you out for side effects of pain medsThe hospital stay. If you do want to stop they slowly drop back on pain med to 25 mgs daily for couple weeks then you done with fentanyl .Yes some time they do use 12 mgs patch for patient who need to increase or decrease pain meds slowly. 12 mg patch is for children most times! You most talk to your Dr first because just back off slowly can cause other problems . remember fentanyl is a very high level pain med one the highest you can take! it goes as high as 150mgs then your in the hospital getting most like cocket for pain!

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    As is usually included in many of these commonly found pharmaceutical marketing materials, taking yourself completely off a treatment can be very difficult, ill advised, and cause more harm than good, especially since you've stated you're using the treatment daily.

    There could be a better way that would minimise harm to yourself, as well as ensure your treatment continues. I would advise speaking to your doctor first. The symptoms could be all down to the dosage, so hopefully you find a point where you're comfortable to continue the treatment with a lower mg.


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