... dr. prescribe to help with the withdrawls, no sleeping, etc. I am absolutely miserable and want to get this over with. I am down from 30 mg a day to 10. Thanks!
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Have you taled to your doctor about suboxone?? I am NOT a doctor or expert by any imagination but I do have 2 adult children on methadone and we are waiting to switch over to the suboxone treatment program. Our personal doctor & much research has led me to believe this is an excellent choice for US. It dose sound like you are doing wonderful with your taper down program and I pray you find freedom from all that has it grips on you. I know how powerful this monster is that has ahold of you and you sure seem to be winning the battle so far. Please make sure you are signed up on all the support groups here... drug dependence, opiate dependence, methadone, etc, ck all of them, the more u sign up for the more people get your questions & the more responses you will get dear, lots of love, help, support & getting real here... God Bless & Good health
Thank you again, Mamma and Dad N. I have a rheumatologist, who is the not the one who prescribed the methadone. I didn't find my R.A. specialist until a couple of years ago. I have been on methotrexate, Humira and Remicade, which is supposed to stop the progression and pain of RA. Unfortunately, in my situation, I had severe side effects, including a severe bleeding disorder. The methotrexate is used as chemotherapy, so I had the usual side effects of hair loss, diarreha, vomiting, fatigue, etc. I am not currently taking anything except Ibuprofen and Fish Oil. I am not in a great deal of pain, just stiff in the morning, but I've had this disease since at least 2000. It was severe when I started taking the methadone. I did not know at the time that it was the most addictive man-made opiate or I would never have gone on it. Like I mentioned before I have taken narcotics and never became physically or psychology dependent/addicted to them. I don't have an addictive personality; I rarely drink alcohol and I feel better knowing that the methadone is out of my system. I think there is a huge difference between being addicted to something and becoming physically dependent. I found out the hard way when I ran out of methadone a few years ago. I realized then that my body couldn't function without it and it was horrible and scary. I do not miss it, I don't crave it. I never got "high" or "off"in any way.
The dr. had prescribed it four times a day, 40 mgs, which I never followed anyway. He wanted me to take it in the morning, at noon, and at night. I never took the one at noon because I was usually too busy at work to think about it. It did help me sleep and helped with the chronic pain of the RA, but the physical dependence and everything else was too detrimental. I agree that taking narcotics long term is harmful. I have taken them off and on since being diagnosed, having two hip replacements, knee replacement, etc. I think the only reason I did not become physically dependent and/or addicted is because I did not abuse the pills and took them for pain only. I also agree that getting Swine Flu during the middle of detoxing probably helped. I was so miserable from the flu, it helped with the withdrawls. Also, tapering it the way I did helped a lot. Thank you again for your love and support. I do hope my experience helps others, the way I was helped when I asked my first question of how to do this.
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