I have done alot of research on this site and obviously your the man I need to talk to. I was abusing painkillers for 3 to 4 to years before going on methadone last march (2011) at a local methadone clinic.After 3 months , the state shut down my clinic , so I got kicked to the curb on 65 mgs of liquid. Closest clinic was over an hour drive away to go to. I work 6 till 4 every day so this was impossible to drive this far to dose everyday. Well by luck my family dr. Prescribed me the 10 mg tablets, which was awsome. It only cost 22 bucks to fill nt script once a month. Great right, he was cutting me down 5 or 10 mg a month. Well in october he says he has bad news, he is taking a new job out of town so , this is my last script he can write me.oh no im still at 25 mg of methadone and I been trying to find another. Doctor but no one will write scripts for nothing like that they say. Must have been lucky to find my first doctor to give me prescription for tablets. So now I only got a few pills left. What should I do? Im scared about the withdraws.I been through that hell before and now I know what's coming. Can I switch to suboxone you think? I work everyday 10 hrs in a machine shop. I don't know what I should do, i'm freaking out! Im open to suggestions . Thanks
Carefully now look in the phone book, find a physcian close to your job first, possibly a clinic type facility, and one that can meet and serve your needs for the hours you work. A Dr that is leaving a practice should and will recommend another for you , and you to them, that deals with specific types of needs such as yours. If not he is lacking in his "Hypocratic Oathe", responsibilities to the patients he is serving and basically dumping you/them in the street to fend for themselves. Sorry your going through this, alone on top of it. Next, contact any drug rehab facility for information on where you can go, and what they can provide in the way of support and help, locating a physician referral for you, you can also look up N/A in the phone book, call or go to the meeting house and ask for assistance in getting through the withdrawals you already know your going to have, get a jump on this ASAP!! You can not drop your dosage on your own, dangerous and deadly, your levels must be monitored, dosage down grades are tricky and timely and you are monitored for any issues or side effects that may occur in a moments notice. Decreasing methadone is done over a period of time that could be 2 weeks, to a year to get completely weined off, and is never done --NEVER-- done alone. 20-25 mg dose is a minor amount so to speak, however, don't try this on your own, please listen!!! You need a physician to monitor and have blood levels titrated for amounts that are necessary to maintain you, you don't want to relapse, or have severe effects from the withdrawal stage. Suboxone is a replacement, see if your current Dr can write the script, meake sure you read up on suboxine, website: www.suboxone.com or look this upper under the methadone website, its listed there as well, tells you all about both drugs in great detail. I think you will be much more comfortable after you research the web and get the detailed information you really need. By the way, yes you are "lucky", a regular GP Dr wrote a script for methadone, considering it is a highly addictive, highly controlled substance, generally only available at methadone clinics under strict FDA guidelines, and the fact you got to take it home for use amazing.
You will survive the eminent feeling of defeat, you will find another doctor, and you are not alone, pick up the phone and call any and every rehab facility,AA/NA name in the phone book. Also hotline numbers are available on the web for immediate assistance for your benefit and need.
Sincerely good-luck, god-bless
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