I've been on methadone for 2 months. I started at 30mg and went up to 75mg. At that mg I was real sluggish and almost passing out at my register at work. I met with the Dr and went down to 60mg that same day. On 60mg I started to feel sick. That didn't last long before I knew it I was back up and at 80mg. On the verge of losing my job I realized that yes I'm definitely over medicating. With the help of my fiancé who has been there for me since day 1 and has been very supportive of my choice to get treatment, I decided to start working my way off the treatment. Right now I'm at 65mg going down 5mg a week. I know that I am in control of my own treatmentcand that everyone is different, but I would like the advice and recommendations of others to consider. Am I rushing to get off methadone? And is their anything more I can get out of treatment by taking a slower route?
Way to go! Is your doctor aware of this, if so this would be in your interest, cause if you're still feeling very sleepy, you could be prescribed Nuvigil while you take the dosage down to a more appropriate level. The Nuvigil will keep you awake, and at the same time, allow for you to get a good night of sleep. This is just a thought to take or leave,
Hope that you're feeling better asap!!
Congratulations on your success. I encourage you to keep up the slow taper. Just as you are. Are you also getting counseling for the addiction issues? I highly recommend that you do that if you aren't already doing so. Addiction's counseling or something like Narcotics Anonymous can teach you the tools for dealing with the temptations that will come knocking down the road. Having a good support system, like your fiance, and what you would find in NA is critical to the recovery process.
I wish you the very best and again, keep up the good work!!
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