I take Lortab 10, 4x day, but does not take care of my pain. dr. is going to take labs on me, will be 7 days since i took a methadone, only took for 5 days.
Methadone is a really strange drug that effects everyone who takes it differently, thus the reason why you're probably asking this question cause there's no good answer. The longer that you take the drug, the more of the drug there is that builds up in your liver (it however doesn't harm the liver, just hangs out there). So... when you take it for the first week, the drug would be out of your system anywhere from 8 to 50 hours (according to one source). If you've taken the medication for a long time, then the clearance rate will of course be much much slower. Also, this is the same reason as to why there is no good conversion rate from methadone to anything else, it simply varies too much. I know that there are some sources that will quote a conversion, but these are never very accurate, and are really nothing more than a loose guess if it converts for long term usage. Hope that this is of some help!
I hate to tell you this, but a person can pop positive for methadone for a couple of weeks after the last use. It is a long acting med and metabolizes slowly and recedes from the receptors sites slowly. When we take opiates in general, even short acting ones, it can slow your metabolism down, making you test positive longer. You may be lucky and test clean, but you may also pop positive for a couple of weeks for methadone. Sorry, good luck. Pattishan
Methadone is generally detectable in urine for upto 5 days after last dose. To see a chart of drug detection times for urine, blood, and hair samples, go to:
Hope this helps,
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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