Originally Posted by tehsyfdan
has about 20 5mg vikes that he can use to taper himself off a little. SWIM is thinking that starting Monday, he;ll take four, then 3 then 2 and 1/2, and so on. It may not be perfect, but SWIM thinks it will ease the withdrawals to an extent. It's bad news and SWIM feels for someone who has been doing it a lot longer than he has. Thanks for all your help and encouragement!!! SWIM truly does appreciate it.
Sounds like a good plan, if SWIY can stick to it. SWIY should really take as little as possible to avoid withdrawals while tapering, however. If SWIY takes 25-30 mg of hydrocodone
a day, he can probably actually get away with taking 5 mg a day without feeling sick. The problem with stepping down from 4 to 3, etc., is that there is too large of a temptation to say "fuck it", eat 5 or 6 for 3 days, and then either get more drugs
or be forced into a cold turkey
situation. SWIM would take the minimal amount of hydros needed to stop withdrawals, for example, 5 mg for a week, then breaking them in half and doing 2.5 mg for a week, until the dose is low enough that SWIY feels comfortable stopping. Longer tapers might be the hardest if SWIY is able to get more drugs, but if he can stick to it, it would be the least painful option, SWIY's short taper method being the second least painful.