Im not ready to completly free myself of all substance. But methadone was used for addiction and pain before suboxone was, and I want to be completely substance free when Im ready. How should I bring this conversation up to a new docter, that might help me increase my chances of switching to methadone, I have NO desire of abusing my prescriptions, I just want to feel OK and functional, and when I am ready, and my hip pain is better, than I might be ready to give it up. I have a docter right now and i spoke with her about switching me from subutex to methadone for financial reasons, but she is uncomfortable with it. She is currently giving me my subutex (i am allergic to naloxone so I cant take suboxone). But paying for the treatment is unrealistic for me, i cant afford it. So i think methadone would be a better choice. I am scared that the docter will see me as a pill seeker instead of someone seeking help, So i dont want to waste my time and money at pointless appointments. I really need some advice.
16 Feb 2010
I understand your question and fears related to asking the question. Methadone is a primitive medication when it comes to detoxing someone off pain meds, however if you want to use it as a maintenance medication that wont allow you to take other narcotics while on it. kinda like staying clean in a pill form. Methadone would be cheaper. The one thing that you need to be aware of is the fact that most people find it really hard to get off it when it's time to. Most will tell you its very hard to detox off it. Don't ever take it. It is a very cheap medicine today. about $50.00 for 360 tabs 10mg. Now to answer your question. Tell your doctor the exact reason you want to switch. Come straight out with your question, tell her your reasons for changing. I think she will make the change as long as she knows you are aware of the ]problems that could develop. Good luck.
28 Sep 2011
Methadone is free with my insurance so yes it is a lot cheaper then Suboxone. The generic is a 4 dollar script. My doctor switched me to Methadone when I told him my Vicodin was not working for the pain anymore. I have Fibromyalgia. Since I am going to be on pain meds long term he would not raise the dose of the Vicodin because of the amount of Tylenol in it can cause liver damage. Methadone is not filtered through the liver and you can be on it long term. There is also the price difference and that you can't afford some of the more expensive meds. It is also long acting so you don't need a med for breakthrough pain. It took going up to 20 mgs before it touched the pain but it really does good in that area and better then the Vicodin. Just say you were talking to someone who's Dr switched her to Methadone for "the above reasons". She may not want you to go on it because it is hard to come off of and your hip will eventually heal. You may need to find another doctor that will prescribe it. Take care.
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