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Doctor insights on: Using Methadone To Get Off Oxycodone

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What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

Narcotic side effect: The most frequently observed side effect include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. There are also less frequent side effects like gitation, confusion, dysphoria, euphoria, insomnia, hallucinations, seizures, arrhythmias, bradycardia, cardiomyopathy, ECG abnormalities, flushing, heart failure, itchiness, rash, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation. .... ...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


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Which is a better pain killer for chronic pain: oxycodone or methadone?

Which is a better pain killer for chronic pain: oxycodone or methadone?

Neither: Long term use of narcotics carries considerable risk. Of the two, methadone carries the greater risk. ...Read more

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If a person on methadone for chronic pain is also prescribed PRN oxycodone, how long should they wait after taking the methadone to take the oxy?

Breakthru: methadone is a powerful analgesic with a long half life. Oxycodone is a short acting powerful pain medicine to be taken in your case only during a breakthru pain crisis and certainly not by the clock. Both medicines can cause side effects and even death. I prescribe this regimen for intractable chronic pain only and monitor for its helpfulness and safety ...Read more

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Can I use oxycodone to help the withdrawal from 17yrs of methadone use daily, my Goal is to be off methadone, I have tried suboxone but relapsed. Ty?

Bad idea: Hard to get good help though if you have been getting it on the street. I suggest you keep at the suboxone. It is your best bet outside of a methadone clinic or seeing a specialist in addiction medicine. ...Read more

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Which is stronger: hydromorphone HCl 8mg or oxycodone HCl 30mg or methadone 10mg?

Which is stronger: hydromorphone HCl 8mg or oxycodone HCl 30mg or methadone 10mg?

Opiods for pain: Hydromorphone 8 mg is roughly equivalent to Oxycodone 30 mg. I assume you are asking re oral medications. Both of these are effective for moderate to severe pain. In the US, Methadone is restricted to programs for treating opiod addiction, and is generally not used for pain relief. ...Read more

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Is methadone better than oxycodone for chronic pain relief?

Is methadone better than oxycodone for chronic pain relief?

Perhaps: Methadone is some times hard to get just right. There is less tolerance effect. There is probably better relief of nerve type pain as well with methadone. ...Read more

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I have been changed from Oxycodone 180mg to Methadone 50mg for Chronic Pain (neuropathic) IS Methadone being Prescribed More for Pain these days? WHY?

I have been changed from Oxycodone 180mg to Methadone 50mg for Chronic Pain (neuropathic) IS Methadone being Prescribed More for Pain these days? WHY?

Less psychological: methadone is an inexpensive pain medication but is very effective and hits NMDA receptors and helps more with bone pain and neuropathic pain It does not have the psychological high so it is not psychologically dependent like other opioid It is longer acting so you need to be very careful taking it and taking more than prescribed It is definitely the best long term chronic pain medication ...Read more

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Which is most effective; hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, or methadone?

Which is most effective; hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, or methadone?

No such thing: It is not what is most effective, it is what is best for you. I am sure your doctor will choose the safest type of opioid to treat your pain and see how you respond. If you do not respond, then he/she may try a different opioid. The most important thing is to find out what is causing a pain bad enough to require and opioid. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for a doctor to prescribe oxycodone along with methadone?

It would be for me: But-I'm sure there are situations and justifications for that sort of combination when dealing with pain management situations of special gravity or in patients who may have terminal cancer illnesses who are in completely unremitting and relentless pain. But in general, I would think that either 1 or the other in high enough dose or frequency of dosing should be sufficient for most types of pain. ...Read more

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I am on 135 mg. Of methadone. I take 1 mg. Of klonopin, (clonazepam) & occasionally 10 mg. Of oxycodone for herniated discs. Is this dangerous to take?

Yes: Methadone is a difficult drug to manage. In order to get off it has to be with a physicians help. You should not be on any of those meds. Herniated discs are common but do not require opiates (oxycodone) or a sedative such as klonopin (clonazepam). A neuro surgeon can help you. ...Read more

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I have just been changed from Oxycodone 180mg QD to Methadone 50mg QD (for pain) I also take Klonopin, Soma, Ambien, (zolpidem) Lexapro & Tofranill, is this Dang?

I have just been changed from Oxycodone 180mg QD to Methadone 50mg QD (for pain) I also take Klonopin, Soma, Ambien, (zolpidem) 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 (zolpidem) and klonopin, Soma and methadone and Lexapro and tofranil Also tofranil mixes with the methadone Make sure you are being followed closely ...Read more

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Methodone used with oxycodone side effects?

Confused: I am confused as to what you are asking. Both drugs have similar side effects. They can be used together.

Reask question if I did not answer what you wanted. ...Read more

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I have problems with my back. I was prescribed Oxycodone 30mg 3x/day and Methodone 10mg 2x/day...the clinic stopped seeing people for unknown reaso?

I have problems with my back. I was prescribed Oxycodone 30mg 3x/day and Methodone 10mg 2x/day...the clinic stopped seeing people for unknown reaso?

I'm glad they closed.: Heavy doses of narcotics are not the right treatment plan for anyone with significant back pain. Multi-specialty treatment plans coordinated by a reputable international pain physician is. It involves mood support, physical therapy, possibly injections, medication management and potentially a referral to a surgical specialist. ...Read more

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What do methadone clinic patients do on days they can't get to the clinic?

Suffer: Withdrawal symptoms are often seen 24 hrs after stopping Suboxone so if they can't get to the clinic by then thre're out of luck/ I would call on the staff and ask for advice. ...Read more

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I take clonazepam and I am prescribed methadone. How do I get a script for the clonazepam? I've been taking 2mg a day for 8yrs.

I take clonazepam and I am prescribed methadone. How do I get a script for the clonazepam? I've been taking 2mg a day for 8yrs.

From one's doctor: Clonazepam is a controlled substance (the important thing is the reasons why it is a controlled substance). A prescription can be obtained by seeing a doctor at the doctor's office. Hopefully, this is how a person has been getting the controlled substance over the past 8 years. The patient and doctor should have an ongoing care relationship. ...Read more

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I am going to methadone clinic tommorrow and get them to convert me over from Suboxone to methadone can you do that in one day?

Suboxone: No - Methadone is very unique and can be quite dangerous. Also there is no conversion data from Suboxone to Methadone and vice versa. ...Read more

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I HAVE CHRONIC PANCREATITIS AND MY GI HAS ME ON 80 MG METHADONE EVERY AM SINCE 2003. NOW NOTHING WORLD. IF I GET OFF WILL OTHER MEDICINE WORK?

Seems wrong: If the purpose of the Methadone is to treat pain, than dosing once a day is not optimal. Pain will return 8-12 hrs later if not sooner. Many docs will divide the dosage by three daily dosages ...Read more

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I have been on methadone for about a year started on 60mg I want to get off of it got myself down to 30 mg I need to stop so I can take depression med?

There's interactions: Methadone will have some cautions due to potentially negative side effects as a result of interactions with ssri's snri's as anti-depressants. The tricyclic anti-depressants also have interactions. This needs to be carefully evaluated by a prescriber with your other physical and relapse risk issues considered as well. Speak to your doc! ...Read more

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When you've been a recovering addict in a methadone clinic for a year and you get laid off, so can't afford it anymore. What are your options? I am a double time student going for my masters in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics, so I can

Pause: Discuss your financial difficulties, full time student status, &your commitment to recovery with the clinic. Some have private donors who may sponsor you. Some have a sliding scale. Some workout a payment plan. Some manufacturers provide free supply of medications to those with financial hardship. Or pause your life now to treat your problem for good as it won't get any easier in the future. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is using methadone, can they get high of other drugs?

Not sure what you: Are really asking. People on Methadone can and do abuse other drugs, including opiates, but they need much higher doses to get "high, " and this tends to reduce their desire to do so. However, they can still get effects from alcohol, sedatives, stimulants etc. This is why programs include counseling to change the way you live, and treatment for other underlying psychiatric problems, esp. Trauma. ...Read more

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Husband thinks mymmt methadone usage is just an excuse to get high. After using a low dosage around30mg (tapered down from90mg) am I "high"? Tell him.

Session with DR.: This may be better addressed by asking your prescriber to have an educational session with you and your spouse. ...Read more

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Is methadone a good way to get of pain pills?

It depends: What is your ultimate objective? Are you treating a pain issue? An addiction issue? Do you want Methadone maintenance? You need to speak with a doctor who can review all these issues. ...Read more

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Is it helpful if I used Suboxone to get off of methadone?

Probably not: It is much less complicated to transition from Suboxone to Methadone than from Methadone to suboxone. To move from Methadone to Suboxone the patient must be on 30 mg of Methadone or less. There is still a risk of suffering symptoms of withdrawal when transitioning from Methadone to suboxone. The use of Suboxone to avoid withdrawal from Methadone is preferable to stopping Methadone abruptly. ...Read more

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How do can I get methadone outside of going to a methadone clinic?

How do can I get methadone outside of going to a methadone clinic?

A pain doctor: A pain management doctor can provide you with methadone. What you have to do is provide them with a medical release/medical records from the clinic you go to, and pharmacy number/medication history. ...Read more

Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
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Oxycodone (Definition)

Schedule ii controlled medication. Opioid (semi-synthetic) used ...Read more


Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
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Roxicodone (Definition)

Roxicodone is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a ...Read more