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Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
See detail: This is a U.S. based site and therefore cannot provide an answer on how to obtain methadone in your own country. I would urge you to speak with a phys ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
No.: You should not do this. Extremely unsafe as the absorption and action of Methadone is quite unlike other medications and may rapidly lead to unintenti ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rita Agarwal
34 years experience in Anesthesiology
Pain relief: It is a long acting and potent pain medication. It is also used opioid addicts wean from their medications. It can be used to help heroin.
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A female asked:
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
38 years experience in Psychiatry
Not for pain: It is a relatively sedating serotonin blocking agent - a reuptake inhibitor and antagonist. Used most often for sleep - or rarely at lower does - for ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
28 years experience in Psychiatry
Long-acting opioid: Methadone is a long-acting opioid. Generally speaking, within any particular class of addictive drugs, the quicker the peak effect, and the shorter th ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Controversial: There are studies on both sides of this issue, with some researchers finding that tramadol did reduce withdrawal, while others finding that it either ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
Hard to give an AVER: So many variables that you haven't provided information on but if I were to just shoot from the hip and throw out a number, I'd say you're looking at ... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loren Lewis
33 years experience in Occupational Medicine
1440 mg: The "morphine equivalent dose" for Methadone is complex and escalates with higher doses. Above 60 mg per day of methadone, the conversion factor is 1 ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: Tramadol is a weak opioid and therefore would help with hydrocodone withdrawal.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gofeld
31 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: As any opiod Avinza (morphine) has significant risk for addiction.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience in Pharmacology
Oxycontin: Absolutely. There is no question....It is possible, even easy to get addicted to oxycontin. These drugs are intended for short term use because of t ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Suboxone /: buprenorphine is a better drug for opiate dependence. It is safer and does not require daily visits to a clinic. It also has a blocking ability that ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Like any other drug: Suboxone is a medication used in the treatment of opioid addiction. If you experience serious side effect: allergic reaction with difficulty of brea ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Methadone: Methadone is a good strong analgesic. It is written quite commonly by pain physicians comfortable with opioid prescribing. It is not without risk and ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Depends: There is no answer. This is variable from patient to patient. Suboxone is used to help detox from opioid dependence and addiction. If successful, w ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience in Child Psychiatry
Pain?: Suboxone contains Buprenorphine which is an opiate. Buprenorphine is effective for pain . It's available as a skin patch called butrans. Also, pain an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gray
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Methodone is safe for detox or maintanence during pregnancy while under the care of your ob. Methadone use in pregnancy has been associated with lower ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Lynch
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Suboxone: No it is not drive from opium , opium is a natural occurring plant that produces , among other things, heroin. Suboxone is a purely manufactured synth ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Work w/addiction doc: Find an addiction specalist close to you & work w/him/her to get you off Methadone w/o getting you hooked on something else. Actually, who ever is pr ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gamal Boutros
38 years experience in Neurology
No so fast: May be Methadone can get the person off heroin, which decrease mortality of street drug--but getting off Methadone is even more difficult and still hi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Methadone: Simply put- yes. This should be done thru a formal addiction clinic where Methadone is used. In conjunction counseling is also required.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
Suppress withdrawl: The principal effects of Methadone maintenance are to relieve narcotic craving, suppress the abstinence syndrome, and block the euphoric effects assoc ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Not Really: Methadone is a cheap and useful pain medication; for this reason Methadone clinics use this for drug addicts to give them their "hit" and keep them fr ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
42 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate recept ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience in Psychiatry
They are trying: Unfortunately, marijuana contains many many active ingredients with effects on many parts of the body. Each plant contains different amounts of these ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Methadone: Never try to do anything unless the doc who prescribes the Methadone is in the picture. I suggest you have a good talk with the doc and tell him you w ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rita Agarwal
34 years experience in Anesthesiology
Same as other narco: All narcotics are addictive to some degree. Oxycodone is moderately strong and is fine when used appropriately.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
37 years experience in Pain Management
It can be: Although an excellent mild analgesic it still has opioid based mu receptor properties and therefore withdrawal symtpoms can occur. Taken in excess it ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
23 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficu ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience in Child Psychiatry
It does: Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and naloxone, which is an opiate blocker that takes effect if used intranasally or intravenously. The Nalox ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Caution is advised: Methadone, a synthetic mu agonist opioid, has pharmacological activity similar to morphine. Klonopin (clonazepam) is a member of the benzodiazepine fa ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Nichol
29 years experience in Anesthesiology
No: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine used to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders. It is classified as a controlled substance by the feds.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
They vary: Methadone has very few organ-specific toxicities. Constipation, weight gain and edema are the most common. In very rare cases, it can cause a heart ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Wanting to Die: When someone we love feels this poorly it is an overwhelming situation. You can best help your friend by informing the local authorities that they ha ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
33 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, but...: Weaning off methadone can also be done by a patient, careful, supervised reduction in methadone alone. That's certainly a cleaner way to move off all ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: Methadone cause swelling in the tongue and cause lung and heart problem could cause swelling in the legs.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Definitely!: Methadone is a very serious drug. It has great benefit in the right situations. It's use shold not be taken lightly and should be dispensed by a pro ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Variable: Depends on how long you have been on this dose and if you were previously on a higher dose. Half life ranges from 8-59 hrs and may be released very sl ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Halim
13 years experience in Psychiatry
Methadone: It depends on a number of factors: body weight, metabolism, amount used, etc. It is metabolized slowly and can "sit" in fats. The average time it take ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
48 years experience in Pathology
Milk Thistle Effects: In some studies researchers found that relatively small concentrations of milk thistle did significantly slow down the activity of the liver enzyme cy ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Azen Jukic
27 years experience in Pathology
Most likely: Methadone half life is up to three days, so you should be fine (unless you take more).
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience in Pain Management
Best to do this: under guidance of your physician. Sometimes one can cut the dose in half and continue to take at regular intervals until your next appointment. Please ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
39 years experience in Anesthesiology
Should make it easie: Chronic Methadone use lowers your anesthetic requirements but paradoxically increase the amount of post op pain meds you need. You should be forthcom ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Reynolds
32 years experience in Psychiatry
Arrthymia: There is a caution in combining the two medications due to the risk of qt prolongation resulting in an arrhythmia.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Addiction: Taking two opiates at the same time can be found under some extreme pain management plan. But, if this is something you are asking on your own without ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Yes.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Methadone 20mg: Yes you can overdose with any drug. The real issue is you are going yo to 20mg from what dose ?5mg, 10mg? If its too much of a jump then yes you coul ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience in Psychiatry
Any dose that causes: The patient to nod off, act drunk, or stop breathing is too high. When i worked in a Methadone clinic in 1980 in chicago, the average dose was about 4 ... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shah Nawaz
34 years experience in Psychiatry
Taper to 30 mg: Taper to 30 mg and make sure you have appointment with physician who prescribe Methadone you must having withdrawal symptoms 24 hours after last dos ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allan Escher
23 years experience in Pain Management
You : You are not alone in this. Please visit www.Asam.Org for a referral in your area (american society of addiction medicine). Another great resource is w ... Read More
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