My pain has been really bad lately and I ran out of my prescribed Percocet a week before I can refill it. It's been rough, but thank god for a friend here who advised me about kratom! I start with Emergen-C, which is a powdered drink mix with D and Calcium. Then I add it to one third of a water bottle, about five ounces of water, then I squirt in a lot of lime juice, add about two ounces of cherry juice, .25 ounces of kratom, ( my favorite so far is Bali) and top it off with diet cherry seven up until the bottle is about 3/4 full. I shake the hell out of the bottle and drink a big gulp, then another, and so on. It not only helps minimize my pain, but it has a really nice calming effect. In my experience, kratom can't copy the effects of rx opiates, but it has wonderful qualities that help with withdrawal, and I can even say that I would do it again, even if I ever am able to get off prescription meds.