Dad hooked on Oxycodone for his neuropathy and gout/arthritic pain.

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My 69 year old dad has been on 30mg of Oxycodone a day for the last three years, thanks to his primary.This in addition to Wellbutrin, Celexa, meloxicam and a host of other drugs for his out of control diabetes. How do we wean him off safely?

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You should consult an addiction specialist. Oxycodone is serious stuff and you can't just abruptly stop taking it. I've researched it and it has the same properties as HEROIN. My mother is also addicted but won't admit she has a problem so I can't get her to stop taking it. It's very upsetting.
My advice would be to find a new primary and work with that doctor to wean Dad off the narcotic. There are many other excellent medications out there to deal with the gout/arthritis, not just to cover up the pain, but to heal the problem. My husband is going through the same thing right now...after gall bladder surgery he had a gout flare-up in first one knee, then a foot, now the hands, but he has it under control. For several years the protocols set out for physicians to follow when treating patients stated that it was not humane to let these people be in pain....regardless of whether or not they really were....the end results are that there were addicts created. Now the "powers that be" have awakened and decided there is a a problem and maybe narcotics shouldn't be handed out so freely. Just a little background here because so many think it's the fault of the person taking the medication....it is to a small extent, but when you understand addiction it's easy to see why it can so easily happen. Good luck to Dad and to you!
He will have to contact his Doctor.
any primary doctor that would keep a person on that drug for 3 years needs his license revoked and put in jail!!!!! You need to consult a "good" doctor and wean him immediately! There are alot of non-addicting medicines out there for pain and diabetes can be somewhat controlled through diet. He gets rid of the oxycodone and I'd bet he'll get rid of the wellbutrin and others!! Be patient with this but get it under control! God Bless!
Is dad "high" from his pain med's., or do you feel he needs to be off all med's? Tell us more info about what is going on w him?
GOOD MORNING,
I AM A CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER DUE TO THE RELENTLESS PAIN IN MY PANCREAS, AND SEVERE NEUROPATHY, AND, I AM DIABETIC AS WELL.
I HOPE THIS REPLY TO YOUR POSTING GIVES YOU A LITTLE MORE INSIGHT ON YOUR SITUATION. FIRST I WOULD LIKE COMMEND YOU FOR REACHING OUT FOR FURTHER HELP TO BETTER YOUR FATHER'S SITUATION. I TAKE PAIN MEDICATION DAILY. I KNOW FIRST HAND THAT YOUR FATHER, AT NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, IS ADDICTED TO OXY. IF HE TAKES IT MORE OFTEN THAN PRESCRIBED, OR HE STOPS GROOMING, OR HE IS UNMOTIVATED TO DO THE BASIC THINGS IN EVERYDAY LIFE. THEN HE IS ADDICTED AND WILL NEED HIS DOCTOR'S HELP TO SLOWLY MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A LONGER ACTING MEDICINE THAT IS NOT SO HARD ON HIS LIVER AND KIDNEYS. IF YOU OBSERVE THAT HIS PAIN IS FOR REAL, AND IT'S CHRONIC EVERYDAY PAIN; THEN HE WILL NEED PAIN MEDICINE. UNTIL A NON ADDICTIVE AND NON NARCOTIC MEDICINE IS DISCOVERED,THIS UNFORTUNATELY MEANS
THAT HE WILL BE DEPENDENT ON SOME TYPE OF PAIN MEDICINE FOR NOW. I HAVE PERSONALLY GONE THROUGH MANY DIFFERENT MEDICINES, UNTIL I FOUND THE ONE THAT WORKS FOR ME. I FOUND THAT THE KEY IS TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST AND ASSERTIVE WHEN SPEAKING TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR FATHER'S SITUATION. WRITE DOWN ANY AND All QUESTIONS THAT CROSS YOU MIND BEFORE YOUR FATHER'S NEXT DOCTOR APPOINTMENT. DUE TO MY NEUROPATHIC AND PANCREATIC PAIN, I WAS PRESCRIBED OXYCODONE, AS WELL.OTHERWISE REFFERED TO AS"PERCOCET,", 2 TABLETS EVERY 4 HOURS. THIS EQUALED 12 PILLS A DAY. IT WAS MURDER ON MY LIVER AND KIDNEYS BECAUSE OF IT'S MAIN INGREDIENT, CALLED ACETAMINOPHEN . WHIICH IS KNOWN AS TYLENOL. IT'S A VERY TOXIC SUBSTANCE. SO THE LEADING PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR CAME TO MY HOSPITAL ROOM AND STARTED ME ON 30 MG OF METHADONE. METHADONE'S ORIGINAL DUTY WAS TO SLOWLY GET PEOPLE ADDICTED TO OPIATES SUCH AS HEROIN, PERCOCET, VICODINE, ETC. I WENT FROM 12 PILLS A DAY TO 1 TABLET 3 TIMES A DAY. AND, METHADONE IS ACETAMINOPHEN FREE. IT IS ADDICTIVE,NO DOUBT. BUT, IT IS FANTASTIC FOR TREATING PAIN AND IS FAR BETTER THAN THE OTHER MEDICINES.FOR ME, THE BENEFIT FAR OUT WEIGHED THE RISK. LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER; TO MANAGE A PERSON'S REAL CHRONIC PAIN AND PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THE PATIENT, I FOUND THAT I WAS GOING TO NOT BE AFRAID OF TELLING THE DOCTOR THAT I AM DESPERATE FOR RELIEF AND, AT MY WITS END. DON'T HESITATE TO COMMUNICATE WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY PRESCRIBED, ON MY LAST VISIT IS NOT WORKING.BEFORE I FOUND THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR MY SITUATION, IT DROVE ME SOMETIMES TO CONSIDER GIVING UP AND ENDING IT ALL. GOD SAVED ME AND PROVIDED ME A DOCTOR WHO UNDERSTOOD CHRONIC PAIN AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT ONE'S LIFE AND THE OTHERS AROUND THEM. IF ALL ELSE FAILS AND YOUR FATHER'S PAIN IS NOT CHRONIC, THEN GRADUALLY GETTING YOUR FATHER OFF OF OXYCODONE UNDER A DOCTOR'S SUPERVISION IS THE WAY TO GO. I TRIED A COUPLE OF TIMES IN THE PAST TO STOP TAKING OXYCODONE COLD TURKEY. BOTH TIMES I SUFFERED A SEIZURE FROM WITHDRAW. I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FATHER.
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND I HOPE ALL ENDS WELL.
SINCERELY,
JOSEPH.
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Your Dad cannot stop oxy on his own. This is a very powerful medication as are the other prescribed meds he takes. Managing pain medications as well as his Wellbutrin (which I assume is for depression) requires a pharmacologist or a psycho-pharmacologist. (A psycho-pharmacologist is a psychiatrist who is extremely adept at managing medications.) You should take your father to a new Primary Care Physician and at that time ask about how to wean him off the oxy. You should also request a referral to be evaluated by a pharmacologist. It is possible to manage and later a pain management specialist might be an alternative. It is really important that you find out exactly how these medications are interfacing. Have you looked into changing your Dad's diet? Gout can often be controlled with dietary changes. Why is his diabetes out of control? Does he take insulin shots? I'd like to hear more about his actual physical condition. He's a young man and there might be things you can do to ease some of his pain through diet. So if you want to share more here, I'm happy to chat with you about it.
What issues or problems are these medications causing your Dad? Perhaps you should get a second or third opinion about your Dad's medication. But, I would be really concerned about trying to take him off pain medication without hospitalization. I have a friend who's mother who was dependent on a similar medication, and one daughter thought she should not be taking it, and of the other daughter didn't see it as a problem. They took turns taking care of their mother, and the mother died during the time with the daughter who thought her mom should not use that medication. Very tragic situation. Please get as much medical advise and supervision as possible.
My mother has been taking the drug for 5 years or more for severe arthritis pain. About 4 months ago we went on wheat-free food plans and after about a week she stopped asking for pain medication. Now she takes it once or twice a week (vs. 3 times a day) when she has pain at night. We are so fortunate, and I am grateful she was willing to change her diet in the interests of her health.
Please take him to a treatment center for his addiction!!

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