I got out of detox over two weeks ago, and my last dose of 5 mg methadone was on the 23rd of October. Because I was in detox, I was on a 4 day taper program and I am upset because I cannot get into full outpatient until I pee a clean test. It is now November 9th and I still have methadone showing up in my urine. I havent taken anything other than klonopin since ive been home and that is no longer showing up in my urine but the methadone is. I was on oxycontin, methadone and suboxone for about five years and before I went to detox I was taking methadone. I am a big guy, 5'11 225lbs. so they say that is why it might still be in my system. I am still feeling crappy and cant sleep, but each day is a bit easier. Good luck, if anyone else has this issue please let me know. I feel like a freak b/c the Drs. at the outpatient I go to do not know why the methadone is still showing up. Ive been clean and really good but having that poison garbage methadone still in my system makes me angry. Good luck to all.
Dear Jack, as you know, methadone is a completely different beast than most pain meds, even suboxone. Both do hang around on the receptor sites in the brain for days after the last dose. I know we have had varying reports of how long subs can be detected in urine, how long it will block opiates and we finally had a member who had a very important court case and drug test who went to the trouble of calling the company that makes subs and they told her it would be a full 24 days before it was completely out of her system and undetectable in any way. Luckily she tested clean after around 16 days off and as far as I know is fine as far as that goes in her case. Methadone supposedly has the longest withdrawal and subs second. My theory is that they both can slow your metabolism down and the methadone might be in your fat cells, I don't absolutely know that, but I know most people gain weight on both and are more sedentary and lethargic at a certain dosage, so, maybe that is why it is hanging around.The brain is largely fat and if these meds do hang around in fat cells, that explains why you can feel them for several day versus shorter acting opiates. I am kinda shocked at that low dose this is happening also, a pharmacist may know the answer to this one for sure. Pharmacists are the true medication experts, that is all they do is meds.
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