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Doctor insights on: How To Get Off Methadone Without Painful Withdrawal

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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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How long does methadone withdrawal last?

See below: Methadone withdrawal may not peak for 7-10 days and may last for several weeks. In general, at pharmacologically equivalent dosages, studies have shown Methadone to produce a withdrawal syndrome that is less intense but longer lasting than that of heroin. However most people who have experienced both tend to rate the Methadone withdrawal as more severe. ...Read more

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How can I handle withdrawal from methadone?

Slow: This medication should be slowly lowered under the supervision of a doctor, preferably an addictionologist. ...Read more

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Where can I find information on methadone withdrawal?

Nausea, vomiting,: Aggitation, shaking, and diarrhea are all seen in opioid withdrawal including methadone, although due to the long half like of Methadone it is actually less likely with this medication than many of the others. ...Read more

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Been on methadone for 4years. Never lasts full 24hrs. Feel withdrawals after 19-20 hours. I've gone up in dose over&over again and it does nothing. Y?

Been on methadone for 4years. Never lasts full 24hrs. Feel withdrawals after 19-20 hours. I've gone up in dose over&over again and it does nothing. Y?

Try buprenorphine.: Methadone theoretically has a half life of about 36 hours, although this may vary considerably from patient to patient. You may be a rapid metabolizer. I would recommend trying Buprenorphine (suboxone, others), which can be dispensed in a doctor's office, and the dose ; frequency customized according to your needs. Downside is cost; it is considerably more expensive. www.opiatecure.com. ...Read more

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I am currently on methadone through an mmt clinic. If you correctly taper down off of the methadone, how are the withdrawals?

Methadone tx. : If you want to decrease or eventually discontinue Methadone the clinic will explain their protocol and how and when med reductions occur as well as telling u about expected rxn if any. Just b prepared to go slow and and have patience. Don't do this on your own. ...Read more

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Is being stiff & sweaty withdrawals or the methadone?

Methadone: Depends on the dose of methadone. It is common to see this if people run out of their Methadone or try to titrate off too quickly. But if you have just started it, it could be the Methadone itself. ...Read more

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Will the pain of withdrawal for methadone cold turkey ever end?

Will the pain of withdrawal for methadone cold turkey ever end?

cold turkey: From what dose? Are you doing it under medical supervision? ...Read more