I hear so many confusing stories of good and bad but i have severe pain but still tired of the pills so now on methadone.. now been on narcotics for 12 years after car accident and then it is all the same story taking more and more to you are miserable still. When you are left with no choices and i do not want pain what should the right decision be?
Its rather unfortunate that you had to take methadone after your car accident, shall try to answer some facts & some myths about methadone:
Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets, Dolophine, Methadose) is a prescription narcotic. Because it is often used to treat heroin addiction in a somewhat controversial manner, there are many myths that surround its use.
The following may include some of the most common things you may hear about methadone:
1. Methadone is an illegal drug (myth).
* Methadone is a legal, prescription drug. However, like any narcotic, it can be abused in an illegal manner.
2. Methadone is not approved for pain treatment (myth).
* Methadone is approved to treat moderate to severe pain; however, the highest strengths (such as the oral dispersible tablets) are only approved for addiction treatment.
3. Methadone can help people lead productive lives (fact).
* Studies have shown that long-term methadone treatment results in less criminal activity, improved family relationships, and an increased ability to hold employment.
4. Any doctor can treat addiction with methadone (myth).
* Methadone can only be used to treat addiction in special clinics. Although any healthcare provider who is licensed to prescribe narcotics can prescribe methadone for pain (and any pharmacy that handles narcotics can dispense this medication), only a methadone clinic can provide it for addiction treatment.
5. Methadone maintenance treatment is healthier than being addicted to heroin (fact).
* There are significant benefits of taking methadone in place of heroin or other injectable drugs, such as:
A lower risk of overdose; A lower risk of HIV or other such diseases; Less risk of death.
In addition, because methadone provides more stability (less severe highs and lows) and because withdrawal occurs more slowly, people taking this drug are better able to function in their day-to-day lives.
6. If you follow all the rules, you can get up to a month's worth of "take-home" methadone doses (fact).
* If you meet certain requirements to prove your commitment to staying clean, such as passing random drug tests, you may be allowed increasing take-home doses, up to a full month's worth after two years of successful treatment.
7. Methadone is a good drug to abuse, especially because it is a "safe" prescription medication (myth).
* Methadone provides less of a high, compared with most other opioids. Most people who abuse methadone are simply trying to avoid withdrawal from their drug of choice (such as heroin) when they cannot obtain or afford that drug. In order to get a significant high, people often combine methadone with alcohol or other drugs, which can be lethal.
In addition, methadone is not safe for use except under the supervision of a skilled healthcare provider. Dosing is confusing and difficult; even experienced healthcare providers have given inappropriate (and sometimes lethal) amounts of methadone.
Ideally, in a perfect world, opioid addicts seeking treatment would simply go through detox and be free of drug addiction forever. However, this rarely happens. Addiction is increasingly being understood as a chronic brain disease that persists even when an addict is "clean." This is probably why relapses (or even complete failures at detoxification) are common.
Methadone presents a "real-world" solution. It provides significant benefits to people addicted to opioids as well as to society in general.
Now its upto you to decide; was your decision right or wrong? Please take care, be well & safe!
You did the right thing but it is important to keep up with your medical tests and to see if there are any recent therapies that might help you also. Make sure you check to see if you are getting depressed and have that treated., Chronic pain conditions can cause depression. You did the right thing tho.
Rajive gave you many good fact and myths about methadone. I agree with Patti that you made the right choice. It is a good medication for people using strong opiates for a long time for chronic pain. When at the right dosage, it will help keep cravings for other opiates down and handle the pain as well. The only bad thing is it has such a bad reputation. When people hear the word methadone, many assume you're a heroin addict. It isn't a fair conclusion but it is what it is. Good luck to you and hope you find the right dosage to stabilize your pain. And it is also true... chronic pain causes depression. And when the pain isn't controlled, depression worsens. So be happy that you made the right choice and find comfort in knowing you are doing the best you can to help yourself.
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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