I try not to recommend quitting methadone cold turkey. The rule of thumb for tapering off methadone is "the slower the better". If the person is already in withdrawal and wants to continue, all I can suggest is to google the Thomas recipe for opiate withdrawal. It includes a list of over the counter medicines and supplements to take while withdrawaling. It also recommends the use of a benzodiazepine like valium, but that requires a prescription.
If the person decides they want to resume the methadone and taper off, I would be willing to help with the process.
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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