I was in a clinic for 16 yrs (40 mg- down to 10 and was on 10 for 5 of those years). I walked out 1 1/2 yrs ago and have taken 1 10 mg. per day but am tired of finding them when they are scarce so I opted to quit. I have taken 1/2 a pill (5 mg) for 4 days and will be out of pills in 3 more days. Should I try and get more and gradually go even lower or just bite the bullet and buy no more. I am 59 years old and do physical work so it may be hard but I am really into getting away from the methadone. Its going on 18 years since I got high , Buying the methadone makes me feel like I felt back when I used. Scouring around for it and all I want to do is keep working and living my life. I know with some support I can do it. Hope to talk with you soon.
I would reduce to as little as possible. Methadone is a long acting med, as you know, you won't feel the reduction in dosage until around the 3 to 5 day after reducing. The rule of thumb for methadone is "the slower the better".
If you can get more than I would recommend reducing to as little as possible over as much time as possible particularly at the lower doses. This way you will avoid most of the withdrawals and be able to continue working.
Keep up the progress and congrats on getting off the methadone!!
Hello there Bunka, i have only just joined this site myself. I am on 80mg which i think is 18mls im not dumb i just get confused as i am jumping all over the place trying to reduce by myself. i was on 150mg and decided one day just to stop taking it. i made it ten days and rang an ambulance. i dont know how much help i can be to you but hopefully i say something that will make you smile. My doc prescribes my 30mg serapax & 5mg valium to reduce the serepax. i also got prescribed cymbalta which apparently calms you as well as working as a anti depressant but i dont take them. have never as i dont know anything about. What would you take if you could? Are you presribed any meds im interested to know if you ask your doc for stuff, he says yes no or if u just get by however? im interested to know. Maybe we should all drink more beer !
talk soon, Skins1970.
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