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    Old 10-13-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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    What can I expect with Methadone withdrawal?

    Can you tell me what sort of withdrawal problems I would have when reducing Methadone from 30mg to 25mg. I have been reducing it 5mg for eight days and I don't seem to have any problems. Is it different for each person? What sort of problems can I expect from withdrawal?


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    Old 10-16-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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    Re: What can I expect with Methadone withdrawal?

    It is very similar to an opiate withdrawal. If you have a prescription for it, I would go off it very slowly. If you don't have a prescription for it, I would talk to a doctor as there are other meds that can reduce withdrawal symptoms of Methadone.

    Old 10-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
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    i've reduced from 75mg to 50mg then 50mg to 40mg then wobbled around a bit then 5mg downs, i'm on 25mg now, everyone is different, it depends on everything, but you will know when you want to drop, when you have done 3 days on a lower dose don't go back up, i find it best to control it myself, i pick it up weekly and have great pleasure in pouring the extra down the drain, each reduction is a day closer to being free, so you can go on holiday, enjoy love life everything, and when people notice you are back, and not a methadone drone (still better than a smak rat) even though methadone is more stable than gear, it hurts your body and mind more. but as long as your going down the methadone you are getting back to you.... the you that anyone loved..
    never temp yourself with treats or you need to blank something out(mental physical pain).
    see you on the other side.

    take care........

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    Old 10-19-2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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    Re: What can I expect with Methadone withdrawal?


    First I want to commend you on coming down as far as you have. I believe if the desire is there, and you have the time to devote to the process, getting away from methadone is the best thing you will ever do for yourself. I wish I could tell you that my experience with it wasn't that bad, but it was the worst thing I've ever gone through. It's been 6 months since I've been off of it and I still have some lingering effects. Don't try to do it alone, you will most likely need someone there to help with food and tasks in general. I wasn't able to drive for almost 3 weeks, and had to take cabs everywhere I needed to go.

    I know everyone is different and lots of things factor into how well someone does when they are detoxing off methadone, and I hope that your slow tapering combined with a shorter length of time on it will benefit you. Have you searched the web about it? It was comforting to me while I was withdrawing to read that what I was going through wasn't that unusual, and it gave me a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I was on methadone maintenance for five years, and was at 135 mgs. a day when I decided to titrate off of it. It took 3 months and $18K at a rehab facility to wean down to 0 mgs., and then the withdrawals hit. My dr. told me I was weaned down too fast, so that could be part of why the wds were so hellacious. It wasn't so bad going down because I was still taking methadone, just smaller doses. I went down one mg. a day and then had to increase it as my time in rehab was about to be over. I hit 0 two days before I left and I barely remember anything about the next two weeks. I do remember hallucinating, both auditory and visually. I don't know if you've ever taken acid, but it was like that feeling of coming down off of it with about 4-6 hours left to go. I went 9 days and nights without sleeping...not even for a minute. I finally got some chlorylhydrate--none of the other sleep meds worked--from my dr. who knew what I was going through. It only gave me 1-2 hours of sleep at a time. Half a year later and my sleep still isn't normal, but it is much better.

    Please be careful about your blood pressure, most likely your physician will prescribe you something for it. My blood pressure and heart rate skyrocketed. I had to be told regularly to breathe normally because of hyperventilating. I ended up in the hospital overnight because of my vitals being so out of whack--they thought I might stroke out. Thankfully they gave me an antianxiety med, but only enough for a few days. There was a tingling sensation like pins and needles throughout my legs, feet, hands and lips. It was as if 1,000 bumblebees were swarming through my body. The lingering effects I mentioned are a much more subtle version of this tingling. It's like that feeling when your foot falls asleep and then starts to wear off but never wears off completely.

    Fortunately I didn't develop the nauseau or vomiting that I'd read about, and I was able to eat, but my intestinal tract took a few months to stabilize. I suggest you stock up on some immodium. I was put on a vitamin and mineral neurological detox regimen to avoid developing adrenal fatigue. There is a lot of nutritional information I learned about to help with the process. Certain foods to avoid and others to stock up on. It can wreak havoc with your immune system, so be careful.

    My stepson committed suicide at the height of his methadone detox, but he was taken off a very high dose over a period of a few days. They call it "fee-tox" at the clinic we went to. If you can't pay your bill, they take you down an equal amount over 7 days. As far as the very scary, strange thoughts I had, I just had to keep telling myself they weren't real and it would be over eventually. Those thoughts went away after the first 2-3 weeks.

    I wish I had a good experience to share with you about withdrawal, but it was very difficult. The good thing I can tell you is that it was absolutely worth it...every minute of it. I no longer have to go to a clinic everyday, I can go out of town if I want, and I don't have the fear that if I do develop a chronic pain condition, there won't be anything strong enough to take care of it. While I was on methadone I was in the hospital for a pancreatic condition and nothing they gave me could touch the pain because the methadone blocked it. They ended up having to increase the methadone, which created more issues.

    It's been six months since I went off of it, and I lived to tell about it. Keep your eye on the prize, it may be hard, but it will give you your life back. Let me know how you do.

    Be careful and good luck

    Old 08-19-2010, 10:22 AM   #5
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    Heh bunnie04 my name is Iain i live in GLasgow Scotland and have just recently detoxed off my methadone, what iwould say to you is no one can tell you what withdrawals you will have they can tell you what withdrawals they had but if i were you i would`nt ask or even listen to them, their experience will not be the same as yours and you may end up suffering from these because you believe this to be normal because you heard it from someone else, i can`t even list the amount of stories and symptoms i`ve been told by people you`ll definately suffer from over the years i choose not to listen to them and found my detox relatively easy, the problem i have always found is not getting clean but staying clean, what i`ve had to do is address the stuff rolling about my chitty chitty bang bang (my head)
    It`s our thinking that`ll trip us up the drugs in my opinion are`nt the problem in my case my head was the problem. I tried moving from my home city of Aberdeen to Glasgow only problem was i took my head with me and never done anything about it and i relapsed, i have now set about changing the way i think and confronting the reason behind why i started using this so far has been working and feels different to the other times i`ve tried to get clean.
    I probably been no help atoll apart from maybe letting you know that recovery is possible and you are never alone wherever you may be in the world. If i can be of any advise please let me know.

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    Old 08-23-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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    Hi Bunnie04! I was on methadone for over 4 in a half years. If you are not having any problems now, i would say go for it. I stopped going to the methadone clinic at 10 mgs. After 2 full days of no medication i began with cold sweats which increased to the "shakes". I also had dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting and bad migraine headaches. It took me a month to "Feel normal" again. I have no cravings and feel like a new person. Its hard but so worth it. What helped me most was taking hot baths in epsom salt sometimes 3 to 4 times daily. I hope this helped. <edited>

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    Old 08-31-2010, 10:51 AM   #7
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    Re: What can I expect with Methadone withdrawal?

    It is different for everyone but usually a 5mg reduction shouldn't be very noticeable. I would try and get a little flexability in your detox plan with the ability to go down between 1 to 5 mg at a time with the option to hold at a dose if needed.
    Good luck, Mike...

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