Citation: Glenn. "Slowly Titrated Down: An Experience with Cannabis (for Fentanyl withdrawal) (exp107506)". Erowid.org. Jan 18, 2016. erowid.org/exp/107506
Withdrawal From Fentanyl Patch
I was on the fentanyl patch for over 11 years maximizing at 100 mg/h for about 8 years. This was for severe arthritis and AS pain. The dose is supposed to last 3 days but I continually experienced withdrawal at about 1 day maybe 18 hours. My G.P. allowed one patch every two days. My life was run by the fentanyl - good day with the new patch, lousy day the next day. My wife could look at me - eyes, facial expression and tell whether it was a patch day or not. I hated the substance with ever-increasing anger.
My rheumatologist in frustration suggested I try medical marijuana to help with withdrawal. I joined a Compassion Society* and chose to eat the marijuana in a caramel form where the CBD / THC ratio is about 55 / 45. The caramels weighed approximately 6 grams and I cut these into three pieces to cover a day or as needed. I also used a mouth spray for quicker action.
I started this treatment in February 2015 and was happily completely off the fentanyl at the beginning of November 2015. The marijuana worked absolute wonders as I slowly titrated down ... all advice I received said “go slowly, slowly” so I did go slowly. With a bit more effort I estimated I could have eliminated the fentanyl in less than six months.
Simply I recommend never start on the fentanyl patch (period).
* I live in Canada where marijuana is virtually illegal but, of course, wide spread.
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