Welcome to the site. It may last quite some time and you likely won't feel the worst of it for 4 days or longer after your last methadone dose. Most say it takes months when withdrawaing from methadone. I am sure you have a good reason why you are not tapering. If you choose, you could give us that reason, you don't have too at all. Methadone, suboxone and subutex are all long acting opiate replacements, that is why it takes so long to withdrawal from them and all are known to cause an extended withdrawal period starting several days after the last dose. No one will judge you here, tapering is best with any of the afore mentioned meds. Please at least let your dr know, as you may need an antidepressant, clonidine or methacarbomal to help as far as rxs go. If you are looking for over the counter meds that might help, please google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal, and there is a list of over the cunter meds and supplements that can help. I have been here a while and have noticed more people getting pretty bad depression when they stop methadone, so, have that treated, if it occurs. Support also helps, so you are welcome to stay here for support. keeping you in my prayers patti
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