I am also doing a presentation on the pros & cons of this drug, and i inquire as much information as possible on this particular drug. I also have to have visual samples for my visual presentation, who do I contact?
I can't provide any visuals but I can tell you one con about methadone that nearly killed me. I went to a clinic to get on it for pain because I couldn't find a physician to prescribe it. I had built a tolerance to all other opiates prescribed by my pain doctor.
I started at 15 mg in September and by the end of October I was up to 90mg. I got extremely ill, weak, lightheaded and unable to function. I thought it was mono or the flu.
I ended up in the ER and was admitted. It was soon discovered from EKG's that the methadone caused prolonged QT's and my life was on the line. I was told if I don't get off immediately I was at high risk of sudden death.
The cardiologist took charge and proceeded to lower my dose by 10mg a day. After 13 days impatient I was discharged on 30mg, left to suffer withdrawal at home with some minimal help of ativan. I could not be given clonidine because my blood pressure became orthostatic.
After 3 days the hell on earth began. Take everything you ever read about the horrors of methadone withdrawal and multiply by 10.
Now I suffer from PAWS ( post acute withdrawal syndrome). Personally I would rather go through the physical withdrawal again instead of this.
I have no energy and I literally lost my mind to a great extent.
PAWS is the period in which your brain must recover. I can not concentrate to even read mail. I can't make decisions. I am void of emotion except for depression. I spent 8 days in a psych hospital last month. I had to excuse myself from anything related to the holidays.
I had read a post on here before I started the methadone that said to be sure your doctor or clinic insists on regular EKG's. Mine never did.
All I can say is "methadone kills". It will get you one way or another
This link may be quite helpful. Several Clinical Studies are under way sponsored by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Best wishes on your presentation!!
I have been in methadone treatment for 3&1/2 yrs. I will share my personal pros and cons. I got addicted to lortab after hurting my back in car accident. I tried to quit cold turkey several times and did not succeed. I am a 30 yr old daycare worker and almost feel I live a double life because most of my parents and my boss would frown upon me if they knew. Anyway when I started treatment they led me to believe I would be clean ofeverything within 6 months to a year. I am still there, and granted I would not take another lortab i am now addicted to methadone. Pros: quit lortabs, felt like a new person for the first 6 months
Cons: very addictive, causes severe constipation, I stay sweaty, I gained 60 lbs and can't lose any weight, my teeth r starting to fall out one by one so I dont recommend this clinic to anyone. If u have anything I can further help u with u may contact me I will friend u.ANNA
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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