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Methadone And Ambien
I have just been changed from Oxycodone 180mg QD to Methadone 50mg QD (for pain) I also take Klonopin, Soma, Ambien, Lexapro & Tofranill, is this Dang?
Always be careful: methadone is a very effective pain medication with great pain control with less psychological overtunes You are on a lot of medication and some overlap like ambien and klonopin, soma and methadone and Lexapro and tofranil Also tofranil mixes with the methadone Make sure you are being followed closely ...Read more
Dr prescription me 5mg methadone 3x a day for pain. I also take ambiencr 12.5. Dr didn't mention anything but I read it could make me stop breathing. This true?
Yes: Methadone and Ambien are 2 medications that when taken in high doses may affect your respiratory rate. An overdose of either of these medications can cause you to stop breathing. Generally, if you are tolerating Methadone without any adverse affects, then combining it with Ambien should not be a problem. You may also try a dose of Ambien that is smaller, usually 6.25 mg is sufficient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Im taking a 10mg methadone for the 1st time at 8am and will be taking a 12.5mg ambiencr at 11pm. Will this be ok? I wont stop breathing in the middle of the night right?
Be very careful: These are federally controlled drugs for good reason. They are dangerous. Accidental overdose with drugs like these kills more than car crashes. The risk rises greatly when such drugs are combined. Your prescribing doctor should discuss these risks with you before you begin using them. Individual reactions to these drugs vary widely. Use them with great caution and close contact with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been on methadone for 2 yrs never over 95mg and now at 27mgs, if I stop cold turkey will I have side effects?
Likely: First of all, congrats on the huge decrease in methadone! i would recommend not stopping cold turkey. Taper as fast as tolerated, perhaps 1 mg per day. If you have cravings, anxiety, rapid heart rate, sweating, salivating, tearing, nausea, diarrhea then slowmdown a bit, maybe every 2 days. If working with an md there are meds to help control symptoms (clonidine, zofran, baclofen, advil, ambien). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the equivalent amt of morphime one would need to take day if they r switching from 120mg methadone daily?
It varies by person: Equvalencies when switching from Methadone are tricky. At low doses it is 3:1 so 120 would equal 360. At higher doses of Methadone and with more chronic use- some say that the equivalence can be as much as 10:1 (1200mg) however, there is no such thing as perfect cross tolerance and a starting dose of another opioid should be less than half the equivalent dose followed by quick adjustments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is methadone bad for you? Husband thinks it is only to getme high. I feel its useful for reducing mycravings for other illegal harmful drugs.U agree?
Risk benefit: Methadone does not give the same high as other narcotics thus its use for people who have narcotic addictions. It can be effective for pain management in individuals who abuse or are at risk for abuse of narcotics. It does reduce cravings for other narcotics, and less likely to land you in jail. In many cases it is the lesser of two evils. Has been used to manage addiction for a long time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See addiction doc: If you have been taking Methadone for a while, slow taper will allow for the most comfortable withdrawal. More rapid taper will lead to withdrawal symptoms which can be uncomfortable, but not life threatening. These symptoms can be treated symptomaticly by an addiction specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After many years & without warning, my dr. cut my methadone from 60 mg/ day to 10mg/day. Is this safe? Im having an extremely difficult time!
Very Uncomfortable: Probably safe, however, I wonder why such a rapid change in dosage was made. There are many reasons that dosages are changed that are justified. On the other hand, rapid dosage decreases can cause severe withdrawal symptoms which generally are not dangerous but are extremely uncomfortable but it depends on the patient's other medical conditions. Talk with your doctor and ensure that was intended. ...Read more
Why do I feel like a zombie on 1 mg of sub when I never felt like this even on my highest methadone amount?
It's a different med: Suboxene doesn't cause any "high" effect that you might have been addicted to and therefore a lot of people who have been abusing opioids don't feel the buzz they had on other opioids. You must be heavily dependent on that opioid effect that is not offered by suboxene. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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