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Doctor insights on: How Does Methadone Maintenance Work For Treatment Of Narcotic Dependence

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Why is methadone maintenance treatment bad?

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

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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Methadone best alt. To narcotic painkiller to ask md for from pain due to pegasys/ribavirin treatment?

No: Ribavirin and pegylated interferon cause many many nasty symptoms, but pain is not a prominent one of them, and there is no need for opioids. I have treated over 1000 people who were getting this treatment, and i myself went through this treatment 7 years ago (and it was a success). No narcotics should be needed or used. If you are having severe pain, something else is causing it. ...Read more

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Hello dr. Andrew I have a quick question I am 24 and on methadone maintenance my dose is 70mg for 2 months when I work all day I feel as if I sweat out a lot of my methadone and was wondering if when I'm ready to go to sleep can I take .25 mg of Xanax? It

Hello dr. Andrew I have a quick question I am 24 and on methadone maintenance my dose is 70mg for 2 months when I work all day I feel as if I sweat out a lot of my methadone and was wondering if when I'm ready to go to sleep can I take .25 mg of Xanax? It

Methadone, Xanax (alprazolam): I understand your need to have good sleep. Your Health is Precious! Using Xanax (alprazolam) with Methadone may increase dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. Be the Captain of your pain, not victim. Feel good about your achievements. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy to cope with pain, anxiety and depression; Relaxation ...Read more

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I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

Yes.: Hi conni, yes narcotics will work just fine. You may need a little more than a regular person, but if you've been off of them for a while, it will be the same as for the opiod naive person. Make sure you use IV opiods sparingly in the hospital and go to oral meds as soon as possible. ...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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Hi there dr. Danny I am 24 and on methadone maintenance my current dose is 70mg I was wondering if I could take .25 mg of Xanax at least 12 hours later 2 sleep is it safe? not every day jus when I'm not able to sleep I haven't taken a Xanax in years

Hi there dr. Danny I am 24 and on methadone maintenance my current dose is 70mg I was wondering if I could take .25 mg of Xanax at least 12 hours later 2 sleep is it safe? not every day jus when I'm not able to sleep I haven't taken a Xanax in years

Good question.: But directed to the wrong people. Your question should be directed to your MM prescriber, who can evaluate the risks of adding alprazolam, with respect to respiratory depression and addiction; and he should be on top of which medicines you are taking in addition to methodone. ...Read more

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When i stop my methadone treatment, will my sex drive come back? Will i go back to normal?

When i stop my methadone treatment, will my sex drive come back? Will i go back to normal?

Chances are high: Opioids usually decrease sex drive and their discontinuation may bring you back to your base line. Be careful not to discontinue prematurely if prescribed for opioid addiction treatment. ...Read more

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I have lost nearly all my body hair & most on head due to low t while taking methadone long term. Will the hair grow back with t treatment ?

I have lost nearly all my body hair & most on head due to low t while taking methadone long term. Will the hair grow back with t treatment ?

Hopefully: Hopefully yes. It sounds like you have alopecia univeralis which is a severe form of alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system tells your hair follicles to stop growing hair. ...Read more

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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