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Anyone have a taper schedule for painkillers?

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NoMeaning25

I know this isn't a psychotropic, but i am in need of desperate help. My mom has been addicted to painkillers for 40 years. She recently (well, 2 years ago) started adding anti-inflammatories to the mix and she has been complaining alot that she has kidney pain. She refuses to go to the doctor, she has serious anxiety when it comes to doctors or dentists.

 

So, i need to start helping her, or else things will turn out really bad.

 

Please, does anyone know how this can be done? The anti-inflammatories are in capsule form, the others are pill form. 

 

She takes around 6 paracetamol and around 6 anti-inflammatory pills a day. 

 

Should she taper 10% like antidepressants? I dont want her to have serious withdrawal problems like i did, so the slower she can go the better.

 

Please i would appreciate any advise

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Rhiannon

I don't think paracetamol (known as acetaminophen or Tylenol in the US) is addictive the way psych meds are, nor anti-inflammatory meds either. She could probably reduce faster than 10% at a time, maybe drop one pill from her daily regimen and give it a week or two and see how it goes then drop another etc.

 

HOWEVER the most important thing I want to say is that she MUST see a doctor immediately. Anti-inflammatory use at high doses over time is a common cause of kidney failure. You don't want to play around with that. She needs to at least get kidney function labs and make sure her kidneys are working okay. Impress upon her that she could DIE if her kidneys fail. They may be fine but she needs to have them checked.

 

High doses of paracetamol can cause liver failure, too. 

 

So please get her to a doctor and at least get her labs checked.

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