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What's the safest way to taper off of opiates at month 7 during pregnancy? ? Methodone or Subaxone is not an option for me. Just worried about fetal W

What's the safest way to taper off of opiates at month 7 during pregnancy? ? Methodone or Subaxone is not an option for me. Just worried about fetal W

Caution re taper: Tapering opioids before pregnancy is a better option than during this time, why at 7 months? This answer really depends on which medicine and what dose. Spontaneous abortion occurs at higher risk during tapering while pregnant, so it not automatically advised. You need your OB and neonatologist to advise you at this stage. Infant deaths have occurred while nursing as well while on opioids. ...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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I have been on methadone for about a year and have not taken it in 2 days. if I take a 5 mg perk will I be able to feel it's effects?

I have been on methadone for about a year and have not taken it in 2 days. if I take a 5 mg perk will I be able to feel it's effects?

No methadone x 2 ds: Whether or not you'll be able to feel effects of 5mg Percocet depends on whether you were tapered from methadone, or just stopped, your prior dose, whether or not you are currently withdrawing, & ur metabolism, amongst other things. In all likelihood, effects will be minimal. More importantly, it sounds like the best thing you could do is get back on methadone & avoid relapse. Call ur doc! ...Read more

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I've been on methadone for a year no more than 55mgs, how do I get off it without side effects?

I've been on methadone for a year no more than 55mgs, how do I get off it without side effects?

Slow taper: Slow taper. Comservatively, decrease by 1 mg per day. Once you get withdrawal effects (restless, anxiety, goosebumps, tearing, runny nose, diarrhea) that are not controlled by other meds or behavior modifications slowmthe taper down. Maybe 1 mg every 3-7 days. Your md could add a Clonidine patch, zofran, advil, Imodium to help with symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from methadone?

Are there any side effects from methadone?

Yes: All opioids cause nausea, itching, sedation, confusion, constipation, hormone depletion, depression, loss of libido, also possibly hyperalgesia (paradoxical increase in pain). Methadone is unique in changing heart rhythms at higher doses that can cause sudden cardiac dearh. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with methadone?

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Methadone: Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, sometimes confusion & slow heart rate & dry mouth & sweating & shortness of breath & cramps, rarely rash & hallucination & arrhythmias & seizures. ...Read more

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What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

Many: I personally do not use Methadone as i feel the dangers outweigh any advantage over other opioids. The most significant side effects are that of breathing suppression and heart electrical conduction problems. There are drugs such as suboxone (buprenorphine) for the problem of dependence which are much safer and more effective in my opinion. ...Read more

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Methadone side effects?

Similar to others: Methadone side effects are a matter of research for numerous scientists. If the dosage of the medicine is correct, then there are no risks of kidney, heart, liver, lungs or any type of failure. A number of common Methadone side effects include constipation, skin rash, water retention, dizziness, weakness, extreme sweating and flushing and in some circumstances erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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Methadone vs oxycontin, which has worse usual side effects, which is more dangerous and why?

Similar: They are similar in terms of side effects. I think Methadone is more dangerous because there is less "euphoria" when it is taken. One does not "feel" in terms of feeling sleepy or dopey. If taken again (and again) it can be lethal before one ever "feels" it. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

Some good ones: Methadone can lead to sudden cardiac death at high doses, half life is not as predictable, can have many drug-drug interactions. Suboxone is considered safer. If doing a risk-to-benefit analysis & the choices are staying on illicits or suboxone, the latter wins. Side effects are outweighed by its benefits in many individuals. The 10 year experience in usa limits the answer to 10 years. ...Read more

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