... disc disease and am in terrible pain. The last year I have been taking around 60mg a day. The past 2 weeks I have been taking 20-40mg a day but usually 20mg. I want to stop taking them but have been reading about the month long withdrawals. In your opinion, with the dose Ive been taking, how long will they last for me?
Methadone - Ive taken pain killers for 6 years now. 5 years was Perc/Vics. I have degenerative?
Added 10 May 2010:
Also, Ive been on max dose of effexor xr for 7 years. They do help me a ton but I dont want anymore pills. Ive been going trough withdrawals for these for some time now. I take half a pill to help then wait till the antidepressant withdrawals kick in and take another half. The past 3-4 days Ive been in withdrawals for the effexor.
You are not alone! My doc had me on 300mg Effexor, 75mg over the max dose. Ran out of money and insurance. Had to taper myself down and it didn't work. As far as withdrawal symptoms, I've heard many people say to google the "Thomas Recipe" some swear by it! From what I understand you trying to get off both meds? Personally, I would keep the pain under control while dosing down on the effexor. Chronic pain causes depression. If you can keep the pain under control until the effexor withdrawals are better, you'll have a higher success rate of staying on the lower dose of methodone. Meanwhile, have a talk with your doctor. They are there to help you. I don't know if my answer is any help to you. Just wanted to let you know there are many supportive people in this forum. I wish you well and please don't push yourself too hard too fast.
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