... someone said that the best way to beat tolerance for opiates is to switch to another one, then go back. I've been taking 20 mg pills of methadone 3 times a day for back pain for the past six weeks and like every other narcotic I've taken, I find it is becoming way less effective. Any suggestions as to what I should do? Will changing to morphine and then back to methadone work? Thank you in advance
Hi Pepperpot. Switching between methadone and morphine is not a good idea. Methadone is very potent and takes several days for the respiratory depressive effects to wear off, long after it has lost its' therapeutic effects. By adding morphine to your system before the methadone is completely out, is very dangerous. Besides, you've been on the methadone for just a short time. Discuss your increase in pain with your doctor. There may be alternative treatments available. But switching between methadone and ANY other medication is not the solution.
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