Yes, 15 nights into my withdrawal from Ropinirole and I'm down from 1.5mg to 0.75mg. Indeed, things were going so well that it had crossed my mind to start shortening the time between the reductions. But then, by the weekend the symptoms of RLS started coming on earlier in the evenings and being more noticeable during the night, waking me - mainly not awful ones, but enough to hinder my sleep and none of my usual tactics seemed to work.
Sunday night was really rotten and I felt awful during yesterday. But still reduced to 0.75mg last night.
However, as today was going to be a gentle day I decided to try a new tack:
a) not take any codeine as I’d taken the maximum of 60mg through Sunday night and it didn’t seem to be having any effect, and
b) try 50mg of Tramadol
I was slightly wary of the last as I have strange reactions – or even no reaction – to all sorts of medication. But felt this would be a good night to at least see what happened as I would be able to cope with any consequences today. Strangely it took longer to get to sleep than I’d anticipated – about 90 minutes from taking it. But I then slept like a log and only had to get up once for a call of nature! I felt much more rested this morning.
I’m wondering about trying to alternate Tramadol and Codeine each night. Or whether to stick with 50mg of Tramadol. However, I still have the last three reductions to cope with over 21 nights and then final ‘washing out’ process when I guess I'm going to need Tramadol all the more. So I'm disappointed to have had to use it this early on and would like to limit my use of it to nights when I really need it and try to time taking the codeine on the nights I'm not using Tramadol to make it more effective.
Any comments and advice on this possible plan would be welcome!
But, with all the encouragement you're giving me, I'm determined to see it through even though there will be some days when your experiences make me think I will might well find it hard!