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How long does methadone treatment usually take?

How long does methadone treatment usually take?

...it depends: By definition, Methadone detox takes place over less than 180 days. The patient is progressively weaned over that time. Methadone maintenance, on the other hand, is more than 180 days. The decision is made by the patient, physican, counseling and social services over which route to take, and the best outcomes occur when everyone on this team takes an active role throughout the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


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Why is methadone maintenance treatment bad?

Not good or bad: Methadone saves some people's lives (particularly those who are opioid dependent) and if used improperly can be lethal. A medication is neither good or bad but rather it depends upon the context in which it is used. ...Read more

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I've been on 95mg of methadone for the past 7 mos. I have low-t 270. 3 am tests were done in& 270 was high (age 30 male. What treatment can I expect?

Options: High dose narcotics can cause low testosterone by suppressing your pituitary function. The best way to treat this is to wean off the narcotics or use the lowest amount possible while keeping your quality of life acceptable. If not possible, the next question is are you planning to conceive soon? If no, testosterone replacement will help, if yes, you need to be creative: HCG or Clomid (clomiphene) can help. ...Read more

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What's it like to be on methadone maintenance treatment for addiction?

Step to freedom: Methadone replaces the opiate, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using opiates. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Can a person undergoing Methadone Treatment Program be active in martial arts or calisthenics workouts?

Yes: Methadone does not prevent athletic activity.However, most men taking methadone have reduced serum testosterone levels as a result of that drug therapy.In addition to reducing sex drive and performance, which is bad enough, that also reduces muscle-building benefit of exercise.The hypogonadism is easily treated with testosterone supplementation, but it must first be diagnosed by simple blood test. ...Read more

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What OTC allergy medications are safe to use while taking methadone daily for pain mgmt treatment? 140 MGS per day. Thank you.

What OTC allergy medications are safe to use while taking methadone daily for pain mgmt treatment? 140 MGS per day. Thank you.

2nd generation: antihistamines are best, because they do not increase sedation, and don't have major interactions or effects on sedation. They are all pretty much OTC these days as well. The best, in my experience, is Loratadine (Claritin). Unless you have severe congestion, I would avoid the Claritin-D or pseudephedrine (Sudafed), since it likely will give a false positive amphetamine test on urinalysis. ...Read more

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How 2 overcome a methadone addiction when the treatment center wont help u get off of it?

Methadone taper: Make an attempt to discuss your concerns with the medical director. Your own regular doctor may be able to guide you as well. Seeing an addiction medicine specialist or addiction psychiatrist is another option. Your local na or other similar programs may be of help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on methadone treatment, i take 30ml dailey. The biggest problem I have is sleepiness , to the point that i even can not see properly any help?

I am on methadone treatment, i take 30ml dailey. The biggest problem I have is sleepiness , to the point that i even can not see properly any help?

Possible sleep apnea: Methadone can induce sleep apnea in susceptible individuals. You therefore need a laboratory sleep study to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. Both of them would need to be treated. Both can cause excessive daytime sleepiness. ...Read more

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