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I have been on hydrocodone 10/500mg (4 times daily) over the past 3 years. Prior to that I was taking oxycodone (about 90mg daily) for about 2 years and initially on a combination of Duragesic sp? 3 x 100microgram patches and 50mg of oxycodone (combined/daily) for about 1 year. Obviously the patches were only replaced every 3 days.

I have stopped taking the hydrocodone "cold turkey", (3-days now). The depression and anxiety are overwhelming! How long can I expect this to last? I am doing this without my doctor's knowledge, for fear that if I tell him of my desire to "quit" this will automatically stop my prescriptions. I'm not sure I can do this!

I have no health insurance and barely enough money to pay my bills (treatment centers are not an option)..........How long can my withdrawal take?

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Going 'cold turkey' with meds that you have been taking for a long time is generally very difficult to do. You need to gradually decrease the amount you take over the course of 2 weeks to greatly reduce the withdrawal problems.

As for how long it takes for withdrawal in general i cant answer. However, i would say stopping medication completely might be a bad idea if your depression and anxiety are going through the roof.

Hope some of that helps.
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