My doctor gave me methadone 10mg to try out because the 15mg roxicodone is not helping with my pain anymore. But I have never heard of this medicine before and he wants me to take it at bedtime. But before I do that I want to make sure I dont have any reactions from it so I want to take it during the morning hours to see how I react to it. So I was wondering how long it lasts for so I know when I can take my other pain meds... Thank you
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17 Jan 2011
hi a 10mg methadone would lastmaybe 4 hours,but let me tell you that it also has a blocking angent in it so your regular pain medications wont work anymore once the methadone has built up in your system.methadone will also make your bones hurt kind of like the flu and your teeth also,It is also very hard to stop methadone without going thru heavy withdrawl and can take years to detox from it.methadone does kill pain but is a harsh medication on your body.I was on it for 10 years then became allergic and had to be switched onto morphine.methadone is mostly used to help people get off of heroin addiction,but then it is hard to get off of methadone,maybe you could see if your DR could prescribe oxycodone at 5mg tabs 3 two x a day instead of methadone which can be very harse on your system !
17 Jan 2011
methadone is a very hard medication on your body,it also blocks other pain meds from working once it has built up in your fat cells when you first start taking it you feel like you have the flu i believe it sucks the calcium out of your bones.even thou it is prescribed as a pain killer,it also blocks regular pain meds from working anymore.methadone is most known as being prescribed to help herion addicts stop herion,but then you are addicted to methadone just the same,which is very hard to detox from.you may want to see if the Dr will prescrib you some oxycodone 5mg tabs at 4 tabs twice a day,it is a much cleaner medication for your body. but 10mgs of methadone maybe work4-6 hours harsh med if you dont have to dont start that.
17 Jan 2011
I'm very sorry to hear about your pain. Your doctor didn't explain Methadone to you at all? I've been a chronic pain sufferer for many many years. Last year I had a car accident and suffered burst fractures in my spine, damaged my spinal cord, permanent neurological defects and nerve damage. And I would never accept being put on methadone, ever. PLEASE review all the information about methadone before deciding to take it or not. It is your choice but I wish you would reconsider and try an alternative medication. Below is a list of other medications to avoid while under methadone treatment. Please note where it reads it isn't a COMPLETE list, there are MANY other meds that should not be taken with methadone. I'm sorry. But the benefits vs. Risk factors are overwhelmingly against taking this medication for pain control. It's just my opinion, but please read the following information.
I'm also concerned because usually when methadone is prescribed for chronic pain, other opiate meds are usually stopped. If the dose of methadone is correct, you shouldn't need breakthrough pain meds. I will also provide a link for the methadone site. Please be safe and research all the facts about methadone. It really can do harm to your bones.
I apologize. I do not know your current health condition nor the cause of your pain. Age, overall health, many factors need to be considered before starting this treatment. I am jumping to conclusions without knowing your condition. But I DO know once you begin methadone, it's very, very difficult to stop.
Have you tried any other pain control meds besides the roxicodone yet? Please let us know so we can help you make the best informed decision. These are only opinions and personal experiences. The list below is not.
"Do not use methadone with other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result. Do not use methadone with any of the following drugs without first talking to your doctor:
a diuretic (water pill);
antibiotics such as azithromycin (Zithromax), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), metronidazole (Flagyl) or voriconazole (Vfend);
heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac) or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan);
HIV medicines such as abacavir (Ziagen), amprenavir (Agenerase), didanosine (Videx), efavirenz (Sustiva), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), nelfinavir (Viracept), nevirapine (Viramune), ritonavir (Norvir), stavudine (Zerit), or zidovudine (Retrovir);
an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam);
other narcotic medications such as pentazocine (Talwin), nalbuphine (Nubain), buprenorphine (Subutex), or butorphanol (Stadol);
rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater); or
seizure medication such as phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton) or phenytoin (Dilantin).
This list is not complete and there are many other medicines that may cause serious medical problems if you take them together with methadone. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you."
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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