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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?

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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management

In brief: 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, (ondansetron) baclofen, advil, ambien).

In brief: 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, (ondansetron) baclofen, advil, ambien).
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: Possibly

One should not stop Methadone "cold turkey.
" better to consult with your doctor on the best method for you, based on your current medical situation and health history. Express your goal and be receptive to the answer.

In brief: Possibly

One should not stop Methadone "cold turkey.
" better to consult with your doctor on the best method for you, based on your current medical situation and health history. Express your goal and be receptive to the answer.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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