Re: Max dose of METHADONE? 240mgs daily
oops this was a post from 2009, ya might want to check the dates on some of these before resurecting an oldie
Hey Dave, I got up to 150 mgs a day before having my pump put in, I did OK at 120 mgs for a couple years but that last increase just pushed me over the edge side effect wise. Nodding out, just meth brain fog, no motivation or drive, gained weight and was exremely sedentary which led to a heart attack at 36. I have met people that take as much as 600 mgs of meth a day. Their really isn't a ceiling other than the side efects you can manage and are willing to except. For me an implanted pump was a new lease on life. I also spend less on the pump than I did on meth and methadone is cheap compared to all the other long acting meds. Pumps deliver meds directly to the spine and the convrsion from oral to intrathecal is anywhere from 100 to 300 times more potent delivered this way with less cognative and physical side effects.It might be time to look into doing a trial or contact medtronics to find a pump certified doc. Docs that aren't certified to implant, manage or do trials simply will never offer the option of a pump. their isnt much money to be made in pump management. my doc switched the refill duties over to a home health agency that comes every 3 months and refills it for about 80 bucks every 90 days. when i had plain medicare it only cost me 35 bucks every 90 days. Meth can't be delivered to the spine and you will experience some differential withdrawal switching away from meth but I went from homebound and sedentary to working out 5 days a week, lost 30 lbs and returned to work part time without loosing my SSD 9 years ago thanks to this technology. Good luck, Dave
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