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What are the pros/cons and differences between suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone for heroin addiction?

What are the pros/cons and differences between suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone for heroin addiction?

Many: Each form of treatment is different, suboxone is a partial agonist and anatgonist which can induce precipted withdrawal when used with opioids, it can be prescribed out of a data licensed physician office. Methadone is a full agonist advantage inexpensive prescribeed at a Methadone cliniccon tolearnce and use of other narcotics.Naltrexone is a anatagonist that is requires abstinence can be costly. Read more

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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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What's the difference between methadone hydrochloride and methadone?

What's the difference between methadone hydrochloride and methadone?

Same: When I write for naproxen, I can also write for Naproxen sodium or potassium. Docycline hyclate. Methoadone comes only in the hydrochoride form. Read more

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I'm on methadone for fibromyalgia, I have to go onto subutex. But is there a difference between temgesic, used for pain and subutex used for addiction?

I'm on methadone for fibromyalgia, I have to go onto subutex. But is there a difference between temgesic, used for pain and subutex used for addiction?

Subutex-combo drug: Buprenorphine is a partial agonist at mu opiate receptors. It can stimulate or activate the receptors depending on the presence of other endogenous neurotransmitters or drugs. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist. It blocks the effects of opiate drugs. Temgesic contains buprenorphine. Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and naloxone. Read more

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What are the differences between buprenorphine, methadone?

What are the differences between buprenorphine, methadone?

C below: Bup is a partial agonist which means it has a ceiling effect and alsi it can not be combined with other opioids. It will last longer in the body. Methadone is a full agonist with no ceiling effect and it can be used with other opioids and lead to overdose. Meth has more endocrine effects, cardiac effects, respiratory effects. There are also more laws restricting meth's use. Read more

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I was taking 2 7.5mg hydrocodone every 5 hrs. My dr. Switched me to 2 5mg methadone a day. Will there be a lot of difference?

I was taking 2 7.5mg hydrocodone every 5 hrs. My dr. Switched me to 2 5mg methadone a day. Will there be a lot of difference?

Of course: Methadone is much more potent than hydrocodone as well as longer half life. Just follow your treating physician advice. Take care. Read more

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What is the difference in getting methadone from a clinic versus a private doctor?

What is the difference in getting methadone from a clinic versus a private doctor?

Legal issues: For Methadone to be prescribed for the purpose of treating an opiate addiction, legally it must be obtained from the Methadone clinic. Private doctors can prescribe Methadone from their office but only for the purpose of pain management, not for treating addiction. Read more

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On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

Yes: All opoids are passed through the breast milk to the baby. In a baby it can cause sedation, cardiac problems and withdrawal symptoms.in a child the half life is 19hrs where it stays in the blood stream of the baby unless very actively monitored. You should give formula to the baby while you are taking the drug Read more

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If I'm in oxycontin everyday, will 10mgs of methadone take over the receptors and give me acute w/d? Do methadone block oxy/combat for receptors? Ty

If I'm in oxycontin everyday, will 10mgs of methadone take over the receptors and give me acute w/d? Do methadone block oxy/combat for receptors? Ty

Should be 1 to 1: If you were put on the proper one to one dose of oxycontin to methadone.if you were placed on the correct one to one dose of oxycontin to methadone. You can pretty much interchange between any opioids and not have any withdrawal symptoms if you were put on the correct dose. To properly answer your question, we need to know how much oxycontin you are on. Read more

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I'm on the methadone program but I took 2 5mg percocets on tue morning and had a drug test on thur afternoon, will I test positive for the percocets? B

I'm on the methadone program but I took 2 5mg percocets on tue morning and had a drug test on thur afternoon, will I test positive for the percocets? B

Depends on the test: Most blood tests are only positive for 24 hours, but urine tests can be positive for 3-4 days. Hair tests can test for drug use within the last 90 days or even longer depending on the length of your hair. I would imagine that those running the Methadone program would use both urine and blood tests to evaluate. Read more

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My methadone wears off within a couple hours. Within 12 hours I start feeling w/d symp. Is there anything I can take? I want to taper off of the meth

Best to do this: Under guidance of your physician. Sometimes one can cut the dose in half and continue to take at regular intervals until your next appointment. Please see your prescriber. Read more

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Can shoot up methadone?

No.: You should not do this. Extremely unsafe as the absorption and action of Methadone is quite unlike other medications and may rapidly lead to unintentional overdose. I am not advocating the use of any IV drugs but this is particularly bad.... Read more

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How can I get off methadone quick?

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 more

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#why does methadone make u gain weight?

It should not: Opinates/narcotics in general don't have weight-gain as a side effect. They actually can suppress appetite a bit and people may lose wt while on these meds. For some, taking Methadone may allow the person to return to normal functioning (ie the person was doing drugs) which may including working, socializing/eating more and thus wt gain. Consult doc as u may have thyroid problem now. Good luck. Read more

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How long does methadone stay in your system?

Methadone half-life: The half-life of Methadone is 15 to 60 hours. It takes five times the half-life to leave your system. Therefore it could take anywhere between 75 hours to 300 hours to clear your system. This is with chronic use. The half-life for most people is approximately 25 hours meaning that would take approximately five days and five hours to leave your system completely. Read more

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Will the baby be affected if I take methadone?

Yes: Don't use Methadone with pregnancy. If you are or have, inform your obstetrician immediately. You may need to see a maternal-fetal specialist in consultation and you may need a high risk nursery specialist at delivery. Read more

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Average time takes for methadone to take effect?

2-4 hours: Methadone is not a very good acute pain drug, in that measurable levels do not really take hold until at least an hour, and rarely peak prior to 2 hours, with 3 hours about the mean. Depends on whether it is being used for pain, in which case relatively smaller doses are used every 4-8 hours (average 4x/d) or for treatment of opioid addiction, when gradually larger doses are given once a day. Read more

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What medications do not have bad reactions to methadone?

Ind med check: Dear tina, this is too broad to be able to provide the information you desire. I recommend that if there are specific medications/ herbals/ supplements - that you and your pharmacist can individually review them for contraindications with methadone. Take care. Read more

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