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if i took 20mg a day of hyrocodone for 10 years, i know thats

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if i took 20mg a day of hyrocodone for 10 years, i know thats not a very high dose but it has been along time will i have bad depression if i stop taking my meds
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
What are your current symptoms?
Have you stopped Hydrocodone recently?
Any medical illness?
Are you taking any medicines?
Stress and anxiety issues?


Thanks dear.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

i still take my meds, i dont plan on stopping cause i do have back pain,, but after reading stuff online i do see people have paws after stopping there pain meds now usally these people are on alot higher dose than what im taking, but i do have anxiety issues at times so i wonder how bad it would be if i ever did stop

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

u still there???

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
Thanks for providing additional information.
I understand your concern and it's my pleasure to help you in every aspect.
Usually Hydrocodone for long term use can result in opoid dependency.
And when it would discontinue then it can cause withdrawal effects like sweating, running nose, lack of sleep, diarrhea, nausea, anxiety, pain, shivering, shakiness, goosebumps etc.
So firstly it's strongly recommended to taper off Hydrocodone under a medical supervision of doctor.
Ideally a decrement of around 30% over every 2-3 weeks is the best way to prevent the withdrawal effects.

Generally the withdrawal lasts for 7-10 days but in some it may last for some weeks i.e around 5-6 weeks.
In such persons some medication is required for the symptoms if troublesome like an anti-anxiety like low dose benzodiazepine(0.25mg of alprazolam).


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