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How can you stop methadone addiction for good?

How can you stop methadone addiction for good?

See below: You need aggressive (likely inpatient) treatment. Google narcotic treatment center in your area. You can always wean down your dose by a little every few days. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

It's legal: Heroine is an illegal drug and unregulated. You'll not know what you are really getting. With methadone, you know you are using it under the guidance of a specialist dealing with the addicted patient, and you are under medical supervision. ...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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If I stop my long term methadone addiction will my testosterone levels bbegin to increase?

If I stop my long term methadone addiction will my testosterone levels bbegin to increase?

Most likely IF: that is what was causing it. To quibble about semantics, it is PHYSICAL DEPENDENCY on methadone, NOT addiction, unless you were obtaining it without prescription, taking it to get high, and it was destroying your life (like the opioid you were using before you went on methadone). Ditto with pain treatment. Very long-term use of opioids can cause permanent changes, but usually goes back to normal ...Read more

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Is my long term methadone addiction responsible for my very low testosterone level of just over 100?

Is my long term methadone addiction responsible for my very low testosterone level of just over 100?

See below: It certainly contributed significantly if not completely to the issue. Of course, the low testosterone contributes to depression, fatigue, diabetic tendencies, increased pain, poor cognition, bone weakness to name a few ...Read more

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Is it my long term methadone addiction that is causing my very low testosterone levels & if so is it possible if I stop my methadone use for my testos?

Is it my long term methadone addiction that is causing my very low testosterone levels & if so is it possible if I stop my methadone use for my testos?

LOW T EVAL: Low T Evaluation and diagnosis of cause is critical. At 26 it is unusal and needs a through workup exam/labs/testiciular US/ and potentially a brain MRI. You will need regular Monitering of testosterone and PSA levels . Follow up with a through PCP and endocrine consult. Low T can cause symptoms of male menopause You would need to stop METHADONE AND RECHECK LEVELS. ...Read more

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I need to find a doctor who will prescribe me methadone for addiction and to treat pain. ?

I need to find a doctor who will prescribe me methadone for addiction and to treat pain. ?

Pain Medicine: You can start with the american academy of pain medicine: http://www.Painmed.Org/patientcenter/main.Aspx -- on that page is a link to their membership directory, where you can search for doctors in your area. These doctors come form many different specialties, and they have training in comprehensive pain management. ...Read more

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Can anyone answer why ibogaine is not available to cure methadone and heroin addiction instantly by resetting the body?

Can anyone answer why ibogaine is not available to cure methadone and heroin addiction instantly by resetting the body?

Not that simple: Ibogaine is available in multiple clinics in mexico for dealing with addiction. Caution is advised. It is not an automatic cure, and there are dangers like sudden cardiac death and autonomic dysfunction. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16698188 more needs to be looked at if this is to be used on larger scale, even though some have found benefit in both opiate and Cocaine addiction. ...Read more

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What might I do to go about finding a doctor who prescribes methadone for heroin addiction?

What might I do to go about finding a doctor who prescribes methadone for heroin addiction?

Suboxone first: If you are planning on starting Methadone for an opiate addiction, it is suggested you start by discussing your situation by consulting an an addiction specialist. Methadone is not the only choice and not the safest choice. A better & safer outpatient treatment is burenorphine (eg suboxone). ...Read more

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Im on 100 mg of methadone for heroin addiction. I've been on it for 30 days. Lately my fingers and wrists are painful to move. Is it a side effect?

Im on 100 mg of methadone for heroin addiction. I've been on it for 30 days. Lately my fingers and wrists are painful to move. Is it a side effect?

More than likely: A relatively common side effect of Methadone is swelling of the hands and feet that may result in your wrist and fingers being stiff and sore. Methadone has a 5 day half life so it takes about 17 days to clear your system. If you have insurance, suboxone may be a better alternative to detox as the cost without insurance is over $350 monthly. Suboxone is also an easier drug to get off of. ...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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How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. 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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I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?

I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?

Discuss w/ provider: Fatigue does appear to be a frequent complaint and some mood effects are reported, but not depression (major?) specifically. Most anti-depressants warn about risky interaction w/ Methadone but leave it up to the provider to determine how to deal w/ the issue. So, make certain to have a good conversation w/ your provider and work together on decisions about treatment. You can succeed! Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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Would methadone help those with oxy addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone might provide biological support. Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous for social support. ...Read more

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Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...Read more

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Is methadone maintenance an effective option for treating a herion addiction?

Is methadone maintenance an effective option for treating a herion addiction?

Methadone: Simply put- yes. This should be done thru a formal addiction clinic where Methadone is used. In conjunction counseling is also required. ...Read more

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