I am about to start my withdrawal as today is my third day without. I am a little nervous but I know I can get through it. I finally admitted everything to my husband and he is on board. I have withdrawn off Oxy and Vics successfully years ago. I started taking the methadone b/c I had a moment of weekness when I was sideblinded by post partum depression after I had my last baby and my "friend" offered it. I had never taken it but my God did it make things better... until I realized that this drug is evil and now refuse to put it in my body. I would rather go through hell than be fat, lazy, forgetful and broke. I have always been very active (dr allowed me to continue Mt climbing until I was 7 mo preg) and was in denial about how lazy this drug made me (It been a year since the baby and I haven't even been hiking). That drug self talk can be very convincing (I don't really have a problem, etc.). I did start withdrawing in August but didn't have time to go through the rough days (I only made it three days and then started again) but it was b/c I had to take care of my household and couldn't get out of bed. I have a stong will and a strong support this time, so I know I will be successful. I am just curious about other people's experience and any home remedies they used to ease the symptoms.
3 Dec 2011
I admire your tenacity. I don't recommend cold turkey from 100 to 200mgs a day methadone because of the severe withdrawals. It landed me in the hospital, dehydrated and in unbearable pain. With a strong support system and a willingness to get better, I recommend you taper from the methadone slowly over time.
If you do decide to go cold turkey, there is the Thomas recipe for opiate withdrawal. You can google it. It recommends the use of a benzodiazepine and several over the counter remedies.
We are her to be supportive and want to encourage you to get clean,
3 Dec 2011
I agree with Laurie on this answer. I was on methadone for pain because they thought the narcotics were damaging my liver. When it was found out that was not the problem I was up to 150mg a day. It took me almost a year of weaning 5 mg a week to get off of it. Some of those weeks I had to stay at the same dose. I am very afraid for you doing this at this level. Please listen, do a weaning or taper plan. You are going to be so sick as my friend pointed out. It stays in your system for more than 3 days, & you are just getting to the point where you are going to start feeling it. It didn't work in August for you why do you think you can do this now? I don't want you to suffer thru this, & am here if you need to talk about it. Just my thoughts...
3 Dec 2011
Hello readytolive I went to a methadone clinic and they financially detoxed me and they gave clonodine and ephenagran and it helps alot i couldnt move or get out the bed,eat,drink ect but i didnt have the sneezing,yawning,hot/cold flashes and everything else that goes along with it but i still thought i was going to die and i was only on 80mgs and at first i took my self dwn 1mg a day but then dropped 10mgs a day methadone gets into ur bones and it builds in your system thats y u have gained weight everyone does thats on it but the reason is i was just wanting you to know that the withdrawals dont start until the 3rd or 4th day cuz all of the methadone thats built up in ur body if your going to a clinic or dr please have them taper you down sloooowly bcuz i ended up in hospital too cuz i didnt eat or drink for almost 1 month if you go to the e.r theyll just give you narcan and it puts u in withdrawals really bad ones but maybe a dr or a facility u may know of can help u get off its ...
hard but u can do it and it can be done i just got scared when i seen the dosage you were going to drop from im sorry for rambling i just really wish u the best of luck oh and ativan will help to but not much if you can get it
3 Dec 2011
Dear rtl, welcome. All who have answered have given your various good reasons not to cold turkey from that much methadone and you should also consider you have a baby to take care of. Depression could really set it hard if you attempt to cold turkey from that high a dose. Do you have insurance, if you do, I suggest that you check into a rehab. Usually people don't have insurance, but you need to taper down. The only thing I saw in these answers that I worry about, was the Ativan will help comment and I am sure Thea meant to say, if you are completely off the methadone fore several days you might could take that. Methadone and benzos combine can caused slowed breathing or death. Please don't just take Ativan and expect it to help much at this point, you still might have enough methadone in your system to actually die by taking benzos. Benzos plus methadone is what killed Mike Starr of Alice in chains band. Please seek some medical help in getting off the methadone.
Methadone is THE hardest pain med to get off of and the withdrawals are the worst nd last the longest. You are in my prayers Patti
3 Dec 2011
readytolive, welcome to the family, i dont think ct is the best option. it can become dangerous and very uncomfortable. i too am on a very slow taper from percocet 10.325. i was taking about 160 mgs per day, ive tried many times to taper, ill do good, get stuck, then i end up having to start all over again. it sucks, im glad youve got the support, most of my support is here cause my husband dont understand. tallk to your dr, ask him to help you thru a taper, and get a notebook to log down times and mgs taken with the date, that way you can track if your succeeding. get better
3 Dec 2011
plz tell me how your doing and plz plz dont go cold turkey off the methadone, i just spoke to a friend of mine who was on it for 10 yrs and he said he tryed the cold turkey way and he was just inches away from death, dont mean to scear you but i want to be truthful... its way to dangerous he said.. plz go off it slowly and see your doctor if you have one and if you dont then you need to get one and plz watch your blood pressure!!! very important because he had a mild stroke and fell into a coma when he tryed to go cold turkey.. Methadone is so dam strong and evil but if you get the right help and get a good taper plan you will get off of it. But in do time as you know methadone is so strong and stays in your bones and stores in your brain so this needs to be treated with kid gloves so to speak.. plz do not go cold turkey, methadone is way worse then what i am trying to kick and im going threw HELL so i know your hell is 10 x worse.. Plz hang in there and if you need a friend im hear and you know that everybody on the d.c. site will help as well.. they are like family to me and i luv them as well.. plz take it your taper very slow with methadone, cold turkey is way to riskey.. much love friend.. Mick from chicago...
3 Dec 2011
Thank you everyone, but yes, I stand by my decision to go cold turkey. However, if it does get too rough, I am not too proud to go to the dr or hospital. I had a rough night last night, woke up drenched in sweat twice. Thankful for my Ambien to help me get through it. Wont be taking it anymore though b/c when my mind/body are stressed I sleep walk and do wierd things. So I am still not in full withdraw which sucks b/c the anticipation of waiting sucks!! I didn't want to get out of bed this morning but if there is one thing I know for sure, it is very important to keep moving no matter how much I think I cant. So far I've had some hot flashes, mild diahrea, some chills but nothing disabling... so far... but I know what is coming. I have been very active trying to keep my blood circulating and drinking water. As I write this, I am starting to get the yawns and sneezes. I'm sure tomorrow or the next day I will not be in such good spirits. Thank you for the support.
6 Dec 2011
Just to update on my cold turkey torture... Day 5-6 were pure hell!! Fortunately I had a couple Gabapentin to help with the tossing and turning. I couldn't even force myself out of bed. I actually tried to go inpatient, but my insurance wouldn't let me until I could get an appt with my dr to get a referral for treatment. I couldn't get in with my dr until the end of the week and she will not send in a referral until I see her. I don't qualify for State help (ADATSA) b/c I make too much money. Damned if I do and damned if I don't. I even offered to pay cash if they would take me on day 5 and they refused. Today is day 7 without any methadone and I was able to get out of bed and take a walk around the block but that took everything in me. I am making myself stay out of bed as long as possible but I am ready to go lay down. My husband has been an awesome support so I feel blessed. Oh, I noticed I feel emotional about everything which is not normal.
8 Dec 2011
Day 9 and I am doing much better. Took a ua just to see how much was still in my system and it came out negative for everything. I start outpatient tx next week bc I think I do have a problem. The dr gave me a medicine that is supposed to block ur body from opiates but I took it yesterday and became sicker than sick. Like immediate hell awful withdrawal. I had to go to the hospital it was so back. Wont take that again. Thank you for all the support. I think I am going to make it this time. I can see the light at the end of the runnel.
20 Apr 2012
Hello RTL, I know it has been a few months since you posted but I guess I was wondering if you are still going on strong with your detoxing?
I ask as at the moment I am 7 months pregnant & am starting to make my 'get off this crap' plan. After reading quite a few forums on the drugs.com site, I cannot believe how so strong you all are. Just making the decision to seriously want off this vicious circle has taken me quite a few years. I am currently on 90 here in Australia, Queensland, & because I am pregnant I will probably end up on 105 mls which is the highest you are allowed before special request has to be submitted. I went on The Methadone Program in November 98 when I was 5mnths pregnant with my 2nd child. No-one ever said that I was going to be on it this long, but then after being on it for awhile you find out all sorts of things they didn't tell you!! I have got down to 10mls once in my methadone life but as I didn't know what dose I was on I wasn't prepared to know I was at my weakest.
I am going to reduce slowly when bubs is born as I cannot be a wreck as I will have 5 children by then. Then when I get down to 15-20 I will use Subutex to wean myself down. I was on subutex when I was pregnant with my 3rd so I know about having to be in withdrawl to start on it. I would just like to know how you are getting on & how amazing you are for doing it cold turkey. If I am totally honest, my dream would be to have the strength to do it cold turkey. The feeling when you come through on the other side must be so clean n proud!!! Well I hope you are ALL well on here, & no matter what detox, pre-detox or post-detox, just by being here & sharing your stories is very uplifting for me xoxoxo Hope to read more soon xoxoxo
20 Apr 2012
I hate to tell you this because you sound so strong and determined, but you are making a big mistake going off of that much Methadone cold turkey!! IT COULD KILL YOU !! And by the time that your husband would notice that something was wrong it would be too late!! PLEASE consider going into rehab, or going to a doctor and have them wean you from the methadone!! I am on methadone, (through a clinic), I have been on the program for 9 years and will probably be on it for the rest of my life and I am on 180mg a day and it saved my life! I now function like a normal human being and I am not fat or lazy because of the drug. The reason that it made you feel that way is because you were misusing it, but for ppl like me who got it through a licensed clinic or doctor it is a lifeline!! PLEASE go to rehab or to a doctor and be weaned... i would hate to see your husband and your children lose you because you tried to do this cold turkey.
Believe me withdrawl from Methadone is much worse than from oxys or vicodin... you can die from it and it can happen very quickly! Good luck and God Bless!
21 Apr 2012
Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the advice and encouraging words! I have been methadone free since 11/28/11! The entire month of December was hell but then it got easier and easier. I am on Zoloft because I literally crashed once I was clean. Everything made me cry. Zoloft made it much easier. I continue to take my vitamins and drinkwater a ton of water. It is weird that some days I feel great and others I feel like crap. I work out everyday--even if a quick walk--bc it really does make me feel better. Now that the weather is getting nicer the depression has improved significantly. I graduated IOP last week and attend NA meetings. Though things are much better physically, I have a long way to go still. I don't crave methadone at all (I think bc I got so sick ) but I do crave percocet--a lot. A good friend recently died which almost got me to use --just to get through the funeral--but I stood my ground and called my sponsor and we talked it out.
It is difficult learning new ways to deal with life's hurdles but I am dealing with everything one day at a time. Though I felt like I was dying for about a month and wanted to literally pull my skin off at times, im still here focusing everyday on my recovery and enjoying life without drugs.
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