You nephew is taking quite a bit of Methadone, but that is not for you or me to decide, but his doctor. I'm sure that he is going to a pain specialist, and some people need more meds than others. It would probably be better if he could try opiod rotation to lower his dosage, ONLY because if he needs surgery, or some serious accident happens to him that leaves him in acute pain, he will not be able to get pain relief as all his opiod receptors are filled by the methadone dose. Also, it is easy to OD on methadone, which can take DAYS to find out, and by then it is too late. I hate making judgements when I am NOT a pain doctor, just a pain patient who has been on a high dose of meth before. But when you are in terrible pain, you simply drop out of life and don't socialize with anyone including family because the pain is taking up all your energy. Who are we to decide?
OMG!! I thought that my dose was high! I take 180mg a day, but that went up over a 9 year period! I've been on the program for about 10 years and after a couple of screw ups early in the program I straightened my ass out and I have been totally clean for 9 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days!!! Yes I know it down to the very day! lol I am in the process of coming down on my dose... I will probably be on the program for the rest of my life, (long story , but if you want me to explain I will , just ask me... :) ), I don't know how long he has been on that dose, but he should think about trying to wean down to a lower dose. It will be better for him in the long run. Believe me, if he is ever in an accident or needs surgery or anything that requires pain medicine, (and you can take pain killers if you are an addict if your doctor monitors you), they are going to have a very hard time getting his pain under control on that high if a dose..please try to talk him into weaning to a lower dose, most methadone clinics will do it and it's usually at the patients pace... hope this helps some..:)
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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