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What type of detail are you looking for?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 5 years ago.

CamilleRN :

Hi and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and I am happy to help you today. What is your question please?

Customer:

This is not the question I posted. I asked how I can detox safely from fioricet by myself.

CamilleRN :

I am sorry. How much are you currently taking and for how long?

Customer:

I used to take fioricet with cod. but I stopped the cod. I now take up to 10 fioricet without cod. a day.

Customer:

For about 8 years.

CamilleRN :

The best way to discontinue this medication is very slowly over time. Decrease by one tablet every other day for two weeks like this:

CamilleRN :

Sunday 9 tabs, Monday 10 tabs, Tues 9 tabs, Wed 10 tabs, Thurs 9 tabs, Fri 10 tabs, Sat 9 tabs, the next week:

CamilleRN :

Sun 8 tabs, Mon 9 tabs, Tues 8 tabs, Wed 9 tabs, thurs 8 tabs, fri 9 tabs, Sat 8 tabs, the next week:

CamilleRN :

Monday 7, tuesday 8 tabs, Wed 7 tabs, Thurs 8 tabs, Fri 7 tabs, Sat 8 tabs, Sun 7 tabs

CamilleRN :

and so on

CamilleRN :

if you feel uncomfortable you can extend it to 2 weeks for each rotation

CamilleRN :

it will take longer, but may be more tolerable for you.

Customer:

do you mean Sunday instead of monday?

CamilleRN :

yes, sorry

Customer:

what are the chances of a seizure?

CamilleRN :

Do you still have an active prescription for this medication?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

actually no; I purchase it online

CamilleRN :

Tapering it very slowly will prevent this from happening

CamilleRN :

Why are you taking them?

CamilleRN :

headaches?

Customer:

yes

CamilleRN :

mmmm...... do you have something else planned for your headaches?

Customer:

I take zomig

CamilleRN :

good:-)

Customer:

If I catch it in time, it does the job

CamilleRN :

So...what you want to do is take it very slow. I would really do two weeks each rotation if you have enough meds

Customer:

what about the caffeine withdrawal?

CamilleRN :

you are going to do it slowly so that won't be an issue

CamilleRN :

plus, caffeine craving can be easily satisfied with a small cup of coffee daily

Customer:

ok - is there anything else I should be concerned about? I so want to get rid of this!

CamilleRN :

Caffeine also helps to stave of migraines in some people, me for one.

CamilleRN :

If you begin to feel shaky, or unwell... revert back to the previous step and start over from that point.

Customer:

for how long?

CamilleRN :

say for example on week three you feel like you have decreased too much....go back to week 2 for two weeks then proceed to week three

CamilleRN :

tapering slowly for most people works great

CamilleRN :

and they don't feel any difference at all

Customer:

Ok. In the grand scheme of things, is detoxing from 10 pills a day really bad?

CamilleRN :

no

CamilleRN :

It really isn't

Customer:

I finally have some hope.

CamilleRN :

that is only 4 pills over the recommended daily dose

CamilleRN :

not a huge deal... you can do this! :-)

Customer:

Thanks. It's just scary because I take them every day.

CamilleRN :

I understand. You are going to continue to take them every day..... just less and less and less until you don't need them at all anymore

Customer:

YES I AM

CamilleRN :

:-)

CamilleRN :

I am glad I could help you

Customer:

Thank you!

CamilleRN :

you are very welcome:-)

Customer:

Have a good night. I know I will.

CamilleRN :

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX

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