I've been taking methadone for severe shoulder pain from 2 surgeries for a few years now. It's worked pretty good, and I don't have to worry about the "high" feeling I got with the narcotic ones. However, I went to the dentist one time for a procedure, and I wanted to use "gas." It wouldn't work, even on the highest setting. I've also not had narcotic shots in the hospital not work. I may have to have another surgery on my shoulder, and I'm scared that the methadone will not allow the gen anastetic work. What are the odds of this happening?
I am not a anesthetician, so I'm not good at explaining this but I'll give it a try. The methadone blocks the pain receptor sites in the brain and this prevents other opiates from working. General anesethesia involves several medicines that do more than just stop pain, they put you to sleep and relax the muscles. So methadone won't keep the anesthesia from working. You will certainly want to let your doctor know that you take mehtadone as the dosages of medicines may need to be adjusted to prevent CNS and respiratory depression. That's the best I can do. Please discuss this further with the prescribing doctor to get a more expert explanation.
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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