I have been a Tylenol 3 user for many, many years. I keep saying i want to quit. I have even tried to do so. It has become a part of who I am and it's a very hard thing to let go of. I also thought about telling the doc who prescribes them, but he doesn't think I have a problem. But, he doesn't know I don't take them as prescribed. I started off taking them as prescribed for an old back injury, and then doubled the dose on my own (taking 2 instead of one every 4 hours). When I started to take three when the 2 were no longer working, I thought that that would be it. But, your body builds an immune to it so that you need more to produce the results needed. I am ashamed to say that I have taken up to 12 a day at 30 mg each (360 mg a day). Not all at the same time, although that prob doesn't even matter. But, I would take 6, then a bit later another 3 and then another 3 before bedtime. The doc prescribes me 72 a a time for a 12 day use time. I usually run out by several days before I can renew. That has happened again on Monday (yesterday). I had two left and said I would save them until I really started to have horrible withdraw issues, but I didn't wait. I took them. Today has been one full day without anything. I have a headache, body aches, sneezing, no motivation and no energy at all. And I am in the bathroom constantly. I have taken Immodian and at the reqeust of others, Nyquil which has some sort of 30 mg drug in it that is supposed to help with restlessness. I am very irritable and depressed. The doctor did give me Cymbala to take (30 mmg for about 20 days) and then upped it to 60 mg a day. He says it would be better for me than the Tylenol 3, but he keeps prescribed them anyway, like clockwork. When I am able to call in the RX on Friday, I will be 3 1/2 days clean already. So, I am wondering on the debate of Tapering v. Cold Turkey? Let me just say, Cold Turkey sucks. I have no interest in any of the things that used to bring me joy. None. I can't sit still. And I am constantly worried. Any advice?
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