Maybe using 30 mgs a day oxycontin and 1-2, 10 mg percocette? I can't afford the methadone anymore but my insurance will pay for the opiates. Plus I do not abuse the opiates, I just don't want to go through withdrawl. I have lots of head, neck and back pain which the methadone is not helping. The opiates always helped with the pain; the DR I had just one day decided no more pills so off I went to treatment and methadone. I have been on meth for 9 years. Can't I just stop the meth and start the oxycontin and percocette. Like I said, I do not abuse the pills. I only take and have always only taken what is prescribed. Will this work?
I suppose you could but it's highly not recommended by anyone including myself. The transition from Methadone to Oxycodone will be hard. 20mg of Methadone equals 30mg of Oxycodone (Oral). I would recommend a medication called Subutex for coming off Methadone. It's chemical name is Buprenorphine. Clinical experience says that 0.8mg is equal to 20mg of Methadone. It's only a schedule 3 drug but only some Doctors can prescribe it. If you check out Suboxone.com you can find a local doctor. I would highly recommend this drug as there's a generic version available and it's doesn't carry many of the side effects that the schedule 2 drugs do. I hope this helps and I hope you start feeling better. Give Subutex a try. I've heard some people say it works for them. Happy Holidays!
Methadone is an excellent pain killer without the "high" if taken as prescribed.
It is not easy to just quit, if used for years, cardiac issues can easily result without medical supervision, & drugs to control heart rate and blood pressure
Oxycontin and Percocet are same drug, except OxyContin is long acting and Percocet is much shorter acting. Monkeying around with these drugs and the prescribed dosages should be answered only by a Physician, preferably one with a pain management background. A doctor who would not wean one off this med slowly needs his/her credentials examined. Good luck and God Bless you. D7
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