Latest Research Shows possible benefits of lowering your dose.
Taking opioids for pain over a long time is not recommended (unless the pain is caused by cancer). The benefits decrease and the risk of harm increases over time. Is this the right time for you to lower your dose or stop it completely?
Use other strategies to manage pain
Strategies may include being more active, stretching, relaxation or referral to a pain specialist. Use physios or an Exercise Psychologist to help increase activities and supervise progress.
It takes time to lower your opioid medicine
Your opioid medicine will be reduced slowly. The time it takes depends on how much you take and your own circumstances.
You will need regular review and follow up with your doctor
It is important to see your own doctor regularly while lowering your dose, to monitor your progress and talk about any issues you may be having.
Build your support network
Prepare your support group, including your family, friends and healthcare team.
Some people experience withdrawal symptoms
Symptoms may include flu-like symptoms, nausea, diarrhoea and stomach aches. These are temporary and usually not dangerous.