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How is pain treated while you are taking methadone?

How is pain treated while you are taking methadone?

What pain?: Methadone is the ultimate anti-inflammatory; so any breakthrough pain should be addressed with your physician. I suppose tylenol (acetaminophen) would help, but you should run any new symptoms by your physician before taking any new medication! ...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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Have Wpw syndrome (not currently being treated for) and detoxing from heavy methadone additiction (3+ years) Should i be concerned?

Have Wpw syndrome (not currently being treated for) and detoxing from heavy methadone additiction (3+ years) Should i be concerned?

Certain medications: ...do increase the chance of heart rhythm problems in people with WPW but we're not certain about methadone. As to methadone withdrawal, it's MANDATORY that you detox under close supervision of an experienced addiction specialist and a cardiologist. You may need an anti-arhythmic drug and a very slow methadone taper. Suboxone can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and detox stress. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Trying to conceive but having issues, used to use painkillers and other street drugs but now clean and on methadone, can I get this treated?

Trying to conceive but having issues, used to use painkillers and other street drugs but now clean and on methadone, can I get this treated?

Yes: Hi, if you and your partner have tried for 6 months and not able to get pregnant, you should definitely consider getting an exam by an urologist to do a sperm analysis and other tests. Not sure that the past drug use is directly affecting your fertility, but if you had sexually transmitted infections in the past those could do some harm. Men can have STI without symptoms so get checked. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old and I have had 2 back surgeries by the time I was 18 I had been seeing a doctor in town for 7 years and he up and left he treated me with methadone 40 mg a day and xanax 1 mg 3 times a day for my static nerve damage my low back pain and

I am 30 years old and I have had 2 back surgeries by the time I was 18  I had been seeing a doctor in town for 7 years and he up and left he treated me with methadone 40 mg a day and xanax 1 mg 3 times a day for my static nerve damage my low back pain and

What is the question: We don't know what your question is.Methadone and Xanax is not a treatment most doctors prescribe these days for low back pain due to any cause.You need to see a pain management specialist and may need to be weaned of Methadone and Xanax both highly habit forming drugs.And you will need the appropriate treatment including physical Therapy and other modalities as indicated ...Read more

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I have small fiber neuro in my feet. Treated w/lyrica, norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) methadone & oxycodone. My feet & toes are so sore & stiff. Why? What can I do for them?

I have small fiber neuro in my feet. Treated w/lyrica, norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) methadone & oxycodone. My feet & toes are so sore & stiff. Why? What can I do for them?

Keep trying: Sounds as if your doctor is trying the right approach to get a successful symptomatic result. Unfortunately for you, there is no cure for painful small-fiber peripheral neuropathy which is why your feet will continue feeling sore and stiff. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the benefits of taking methadone?

Can you tell me the benefits of taking methadone?

Having worked in : Both Methadone maintenance clinics and having treated narcotics addicts with suboxone, i really see no benefit to methadone. Methadone is a narcotic just like a street drug. It is ultimately more expensive in many cases than suboxone treatment. It is by no means as convenient, and there is a tendency to continually escalate the dose. With suboxone dosage escalation rarely if ever occurs. Suboxone is much more well-tolerated and you don't have to deal with pick ups at a clinic where you are continually exposed to other narcotic addicts.If you were thinking about going on methadone, please consider the option of suboxone. ...Read more

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With all the medicines i take; is it okay to be taking the methadone 135 mg. I i?

What medications?: At 50 years old and 135 mg you can run into problems, regardless. Be careful and plan a safe taper. ...Read more

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I have been on methadone for over a year i cut down to 10mgs for almost two months. I stoped taking it on friday. I feel horiable. What shoul i do?

Going from 10 to 0: is apparently too much of a drop in dose to stave off withdrawal symptoms. You have two options. Cold turkey withdrawal (which may last several days) or go back to a tapering dose. Keep in mind that you are looking for long term solutions. You should feel comfortable obtaining the advice and support of a local physician in these matters. If you need help with a referral please let us know. ...Read more

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On pain contact for 40mg methadone daily. Some were stolen & now i'm taking just 10mg daily to make it last. Am i going to fail my udt at pain mgt. ?

On pain contact for 40mg methadone daily. Some were stolen & now i'm taking just 10mg daily to make it last. Am i going to fail my udt at pain mgt. ?

When is UDT: Depending on your next visit to your doctor, the udt may be inconsistent. You should contact your physician's office immediately whenever there are irregularities involving your opiate medications. Most physicians who prescribe these meds require a treatment contract that spells this out. How did your meds get stolen? How will you prevent this in the future? ...Read more

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How long after taking methadone will I be able to take oxys?

Prescribed??: If you are a pain patient being prescribed methadone, your prescribing doctor and/or dispensing pharmacist are the ones you should be asking. It depends on the dose of the methadone, the dose of oxycodone and whether a long-acting or short-acting form of oxycodone, also on your tolerance. If not prescribed, you SHOULDN'T be taking either of them, and you should get help for your drug issues. ...Read more

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How long after taking methadone can I be switched to suboxone?

Methadone transition: Of course the risk is that with longer-acting opiates ( Methadone being one) there will be withdrawal precipitated with the transition to suboxone. It has an opiate antagonist in it - which makes the idea of abusing opiates much more unattractive (in addition they will provide no euphoria). Typically patients are encouraged to be in full withdrawal before switching over to the suboxone, ? 3 days. ...Read more

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How much time do I need to wait to take Suboxone after taking methadone?

That depends on how: Long you were on Methadone and on what dose. Suboxone (buprenorphine) will precipitate withdrawal in people who are dependent on other opioid drugs. Methadone is very long-acting, and precipitated withdrawal can occur even days after your last dose if you were on Methadone long-term. Tapering Methadone down to 30 mg or less, and waiting 2-3 days (until withdrawal is present) is safest way. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long do I have to wait to drink after taking methadone?

You should NOT drink: If you are in a Methadone program for drug addiction, you are at high risk of developing another addiction - to alcohol. If you are on it for pain, the combination of Methadone and alcohol is not a good one. Methadone is a long-acting drug that maintains levels for 24 hours or more, so there is no safe time. Depending on how much you drink, respiratory depression and even death can occur w. Combo. ...Read more

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What type of problems can I run into by being 50 and taking 135mg of methadone?

Methadone: Opioid induced hyperalgesia meaning ur pain gets worse instead of better cause ur stimulating too many receptors and some opioid receptors make u feel bad, low estrogen or testosterone levels so ur tired, increased risk of infections from slower wbc, osteoporosis, difficult to control pain if u ever have surgery. Need more? ...Read more

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If somebody is on supervised methadone is she still taking heroin at the same time?

If somebody is on supervised methadone is she still taking heroin at the same time?

No: If they are in a supervised program, there should be random urine drug screens to rule out use of illicit drugs, and to be certain they are taking and not selling the methadone. ...Read more

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