implanted about a month later. After recovering from the surgery, assuming that it is successful and manages my pain a whole lot better, I will start to come off the methadone, 75 mg/day, which I have been using for chronic pain. Just how fast can I go down on the methadone? I know I've heard here 10% of the dose per month about 50 mg, 5% of the dose per month under 50 mg. Is that correct? What happens if you go quicker than that? Do you go through withdrawal? For how long? I just don't want to lose the momentum - if the stimulator really works, the best time to get off the meds is those first six months. I know, I'm really jumping ahead, but it's been ages since I've dreamed of things getting better and - well - I'm dreaming! I will know in two weeks if the stimulator will help. Thank you for your responses!
The literature recommends reducing the dosage by no more than 20% every 10 days as the quickest. I have never tapered from Methadone, my doctor took me off it cold turkey at 80 mgs and I landed in the hospital. Needless to say I didn't go back to him, but anyway, I just wanted to share with you the recommended taper for methadone. Please consult the prescribing doctor before attempting to decrease, the withdrawals are no fun and can be dangerous.
Let me know how you do with the trail, I am here for you and any questions you may have, remember I have a stimulator so I have been there,
I was on 50 mg. & I never did think it helped my pain. I weened my self 10mg. at a time monthly, but then found a new pain doctor that had me quit completely at 10mg, but gave me hydrocodone 10/325mg. in place of the Methadone. I was in ecstacy for the fist 3 days. Then I found out that Methadone has a 36 hour life. Duh! I was feeling so good because I still had the Methadone in my system with the hydrocodone, Once the Methadone quit working my pain increased quite a bit. This was just my experience. I hated Methadone. Made me too sleepy. Was falling alseep at red lights driving! Kind of scarey. Good luck to you, I hope you make it ok, my thoughts are with you...
ElizaJane, my pain doc wants me to try one too. I was told when they first came out back in mid 1990's by 2 neursurgeons that it wouldn't help me, but this new guy wants me to think about it for low back & leg pain. Please let me know even if you have to PM me how this goes. The trial & if you get it permanent. I really want to know.. Thanks & good luck, I hope it helps you...
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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