Mono, yes I am thinking through my options. I spoke at length today with my counselor about which choices are best. Ugh....If I could trust myself with the patches they would be my best option. I may have to research Subs a bit more, as well as Methadone, which scares me as I am typically bad with pills and it made me feel wierd. I was on it for 6 weeks without having any idea what it was for. All I know is that I want out of this ride.
Bear, If you don't mind me asking - how old was your cousin? Its just such a waste. Be careful with the S-Protein and not taking Coumadin. Are you taking aspirin or plavex? My ex had a cousin that had a massive stroke at 22 yrs old, and another cousin that died at 14 yrs old from this blood disorder shit. Its nasty stuff and can be deadly. If you haven't already I would recommend getting a second or even a third opinion.
JD, yeah, I knew you were not ready to talk yet. When you are ready you know where to find me, although I may check up on you sooner, my friend. I am sending you strength. On a side note, my kids did very well with my divorce. While it wasn't the ideal situation I feel they didn't focus on it, and were able to keep their lives in the forefront of their minds vs. the divorce. It can be done.
Smith, that was an excellent question that you DM'd me. I do not know the answer, but I would say Loperamide would become physically dependant anywhere from the 3-6 week mark. I believe that is the threshold for physical dependency with most drugs. It would be tricky with me because Loperamide and fentanyl are basically the same drug, therefore I most likely was already physically dependent on a version of Loperamide before I even took it. Does anyone know how long physical dependency to a drug usually takes?
A general question to everyone: This may sound like a 'duh' type of a question, but does chewing on patches release more medication at a faster rate than placing them on your tongue or is it the same?
In my head I would imagine that chewing them would release medication at a faster rate as it would cut through the layers of medication designed to release slowly. I'm not trying to justify, but am honestly curious as to if there is a difference?
Does anyone have an educated guess or know? I have always been far too scared to put on anything more than a 25 mcg/hr on my tongue and for NO LONGER than 30 min (yeah, I would actually set the timer for 15 mi lest I would forget. Silly, hu?)
Still, either way, I think I am done with putting them on my tongue (I wouldn't really even suck on them, I just didn't know how else to describe it....not that it makes a difference. I'm not justifying, just clarifying.)