I have been taking percocet and vicodin for quite some time now and I feel like I am constantly chasing the pain and taking too many pills. My doctor is going to switch me to a longer lasting medicine and I have the choice between Morphine or Methadone. I would like to know which one I should start taking. Thank you
Morphine in pill form is tricky as it doesn't work the same from person to person. It's not at all like the inject-able and if you don't have insurance the extended release can be expensive, and it tends to make you sleepy. Methadone is dirt cheap but very hard to get off after taking it for a long time, like months. Both are better as there's no Tylenol in either and neither acts like the two you were taking before. Best bet is to try the Morphine first, give it a good 3 weeks before you know how it'll work for you.
I think Methadone should never be your first long acting drug. I would recommend that you try long acting morphine (MS Contin or a generic), OxyContin, Fentanyl or Opana, if you have insurance coverage. Methadone is actually the tricky drug-it can be very difficult to dose correctly. It can cause respiratory depression LONG after the pain relief component wears off so if you do go to Methadone, it is IMPERATIVE that you stick to the Dr ordered dosing schedule because unauthorized dose escalations can kill you!! Your Dr also needs to be very familiar with prescribing methadone. It can be a very dangerous drug because it can build up in the system over long term. Yes, it is dirt cheap but that is not always the safest route to go.
I don't judge anyone for using Methadone. I don't judge people period. I have been on all of them, including Methadone, and I would tell you, per my opinion, to try the Morphine first if you only have a choice between the two. Methadone was very hard to come off of for me. I agree with Dzoo. If you have insurance the Fentanyl or Opana would be good to try. I am on Fentanyl and am quite pleased with it. Different strokes for different folks though. I wish you the very best in whatever you decide. Take care and best wishes to you. Ruth
Hi Swoops, I agree with a few others that I would try Morphine first out of the two. Although for me Morphine didn't do much in giving me enough relief for the pain I was in a few years ago, so I was given Methadone to try which was much better for me in controlling the pain. But you have to remember we are all different and in my case one was good and made a difference and the other done not much at all. But if I was to be honest with you, I had such a very hard time getting of the Methadone, and if I new what I know now about this drug I so would not of tried it. But we all have to make our own decisions as to what we want or be willing to try, you still have to make the final pick out of the two drugs if any you want to try. Good luck and I really hope you get the relief you need. Liz.
I was put on methadone way back in 2000 for my chrontic pain & started at 5mg, & within no time was up to 150mg. I was falling alsepp at red lights while driving & it didn't help my pain, but I didn't care becuse I was so out of it. I was put on it because they thought at that time I was having a liver problem from the shorter acting vicodin. After getting my common bile duct fixed that was spasming, I was switch back to now oxycodone, & have never been happier. At least I can take it as needed whereas with methadone you will have to take it several times a day to build up a level in your blood, & take it that way everyday. I absolutely hated methadone, & feel like I lost 10 years of my life. Just my thoughts... Mary
Thank you everyone for your responses. I would also like to add a few things since I asked the question. I am only 23 and I dont really want to be on these pills or any for that matter. But I also want to work and I have already tried 2 jobs before the medicine, both I quit due to extreme pain. So quitting isnt an option unfortunately. I tried the morphine 15 mg today and it made me feel disgusting. I used it exactly as prescribed, made my face feel hot and my ears look and feel like they have been boiling in water the last few hours... I am not sure if I should continue taking it or stop right now. After hearing about the methadone, it makes me nervous to try that because I already have breathing issues. I am about 118 pounds and 5'4 so I am not overweight or anything. I had a pulmonary function test a few weeks ago with results showing an asthma and restriction component.
I know at this point I need to keep talking with my doctor but it seems he has only given me the option of these two drugs for now. Since I have incorporated every kind of physical activity possible with the least amount of drug use I can, but it all leads back to needing the damn pills. I guess my question to all of you is what do you think is the best option for me? Any other medicines possibly I could take or a combination that would work well with the least amount of drowsiness and feeling like my head is going to explode? Any other positive feedback about methadone at all since its looking that might be the next thing I may have to try since the morphine isnt working too well. Or maybe is it just that I should take it consistantely until that feeling goes away? Sorry for the rambling I am anxious from all of this medicine changing:( Thanks again for everyone and their thoughts about this, I thought it would be nice to hear this from actual people who have experienced these meds. Anyone can look in a book and describe a medicine but its only the people who have experienced it that can really tell you about it.
What scares me is that anyone would take the advice of someone who is not a doctor especially re pain medication. The only thing of value you can get here is to learn that everyone reacts differently to different medications. All drugs, including common OTC drugs like Tylenol, can be dangerous. Finally, thanks to those who note that for those of us who have chronic pain, getting off these drugs permanently is not an option. My warmest words of support go to everyone who suffers from chronic pain. May we all find doctors who are willing to learn and listen and respond to us, so that we can return to our normal lives.
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