I am reading a bunch of posts about people who have been perscribed methadone by a Dr. and it is a wonder drug. Others become addicted and say its the worst thing ever! I'm looking for something a little more positive. Has anyone out there successfully weaned off methadone with Dr. supervision and was actually successful?
of course there are lots of people who do this successfully. Methadone is a totally different drug then all the other morphine like opiates-opioids. You have to ween from methadone at a snails pace, 10% reduction in your dose every 4-8 weeks. Once you get down to 30-20mgs/day, you may need to drop only 1mg every 4-6 weeks. If you do it this way you can do a successful ween.
Methadone is not a drug that should ever be used for acute pain or even chronic pain that is going to be fixed at a later date. Methadone is for life and people that get on it need to realize that this is the end of the line for opiate pain control or addiction recovery...
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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