Using methadone for chronic pain, now tolerance has build up. how do you switch to something else?
- 18 Apr 2010 by gracehope
- 22 November 2011
- pain, methadone
My husband has been suffering with chronic pain from several abscess/fistula surgeries. He has been on many different pain killers. He was on Oxycontin but had built up a tolerance and it just wasn't working and it became a vicious cycle trying to get relief. He has now been on methadone for about a year but again his tolerance has built up. He has a high tolerance so that doesn't help his situation. We are wondering if he should go back to the oxycontin or something else. Our concern is how do you switch from methadone to something else? can you take other pain meds with methadone? any help would be much appreciated. I am so tired of watching my husband suffer, we are too young and have been dealing with his chronic pain for 6 years now.
need advice and understanding...
I am very familiar with chronic pain. It is very easy to build up tolerances to all kinds of opiate pain killers. Other members who know more than I do will see this question and have a better answer for you. I heard that Suboxone works wonders! However, your husband needs to bring the level of methadone down to at least 30mg (some withdrawals are expected) in order for this medication to work. Is your husband seeing the same doctor? If he is, obviously your doctor is very willing to help your husbands pain. It may be in his best interest to see a pain management specialist. I hope you find the help your husband needs. I know the feeling of having a spouse in terrible pain. I wish you both well
I wish I could answer your question, but I have the same one. I'm currently taking oxycontin and my doc wants me to switch to methadone, but I'm wondering what I'll do when I develop a tolerance? I was just wondering if your husband has found a solution or if you or anyone on this site can offer any advice to me?
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