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Doctor insights on: Quitting Methadone

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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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Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Not necessarily: I have heard patients tell me that suboxone withdrawal is not as bad and have also heard it's worse. It depends on from how high of a dose one is stopping whatever opiate they've been taking. It is much easier and safer to try and gradually decrease the opiate dose until one is stopping from a very low dose and not a higher dose. The higher the dose, the worse the withdrawal when stopping. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigars addictive?

Is smoking cigars addictive?

Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more

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Does adderol help when quitting methadone?

No research: There is no research Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) helping quitting Methadone see addiction counselor and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit?

I have adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit?

Multiple addictions: To begin with you mentioned two legitimate therapeutic drugs and then two social drugs that you're addicted to. Booze ; nicotine are both serious addictions but both have very different approaches. Too much to go into here. Adderall and xanax (alprazolam) are very different drugs. If they're being prescribed legitimately you need to talk to your doctor and be honest. Good luck again much too much cover. ...Read more

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Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Not technically: Nicotine is a stimulant which can cause agitation which can negate the anti-anxiety effects of xanax (alprazolam). There are no significant drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking at 66?

Quitting smoking at 66?

Yes, : Stopping smoking can only help your health. Most important is your desire to stop. There are many strategies to help, from nicotine patches/gum & various pharmaceutical meds to acupuncture & hypnosis.Exercise & relaxation helps.For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking.Htm & www.Shareguide.Com/smoking.Html also see my comment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Quitting smoking - need some motivation?

Quitting smoking - need some motivation?

Incentive & triggers: Behavior modification takes 28 days. Do the same thing every day for 28 days and by default you will have retrained your subconscious mind to do something different (not smoke) . The key is to understand your triggers and to plan ahead. Four keys to success: behavior modification(28 days), nicotine withdrawal (14 days), diet and exercise for neutral weight control. Have to have a day one ...More. ...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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Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nurses and the effectiveness of medication, success in rehabilitation has more to do with how motivated you are, what resources are available to you, and how long you stay involved in treatment. Overall success can be as high as 90% in some groups. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) hard to quit?

Yes: Because of the short half life and rapid onset, this particular drug is more reinforcing than the other benzos. If you are on Xanax (alprazolam) and want to come off, i suggest doing this very slowly...Over at least 6 months to a year and done by someone who has experience in taking people off of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit, what to do?

Adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit, what to do?

See a specialist: In addiction treatment. The alcohol and Alprazolam need specialized treatment in order for you to safely withdraw. Adderal can simply be stopped, and there are many ways to stop smoking. There are many chemical dependency treatment programs and your access depends on your resources, insurance etc. www.asam.org and www.Aaap.Org can give you names of addiction physicians in your area. ...Read more

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Opiate withdrawal. Would tapering be a better solution to quitting the tramadol abrubtly?

Tapering is best: Tramadol is a synthetic opiate with weak Mu opiate agonist activity and some re-uptake inhibition of norepinephrine and serotonin. In translation: it acts like a weak narcotic AND antidepressant at the same time. It has a long half life: 7 hours. So it takes a while (4-5 half lives) to build up and to come out of the body. Taper over 2 weeks reducing the dose 10% per day to avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

YOU CAN;'T: You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly. If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine. ...Read more

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Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more

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Average detox from opiates. Oxycodone specifically.

Hard to give an AVER: So many variables that you haven't provided information on but if I were to just shoot from the hip and throw out a number, I'd say you're looking at 3 weeks before you'll start feeling back to some semblance of normal once you start the process. The first few days may be rough and most will say are the roughest...but again, depends how you handle the pullback. Is this supervised or on your own? ...Read more

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Can Suboxon helps in weaning off Methadone?

Can Suboxon helps in weaning off Methadone?

Yes, but...: Weaning off methadone can also be done by a patient, careful, supervised reduction in methadone alone. That's certainly a cleaner way to move off all medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence. ...Read more