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    Old 01-18-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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    Methadone Problems

    Hi everybody. I've been on methadone for about a week now, use to be a heroin junkie. Anyway, the last several days I've noticed that my joints have become very achy and stiff. They started me off on such a small dose of methadone (for me) 30mg, and I got to go up 5mg a day except for the weekends. I thought initially that this joint stiffness must be some withdrawals bleeding through but all the heroin should have been out of my system by now, so i know this isn't withdrawal.. This seems to be the only side effect I'm getting from the methadone.. Has anyone else ever had joint aches or stiffness due to methadone?


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    Old 01-24-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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    I have heard of quite a few horror stories from heroin addicts moving to methadone. I had a ton of cellys who were dope fiends. How is the move away from H going for you?

    Could also just be a post acute withdrawal symptom.

    Old 10-31-2018, 08:39 AM   #3
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    Actually, the joint pain could be a side effect of withdrawal from heroin. There may not be any heroin in your body now, but your body got used to it, causing withdrawal symptoms. It definitely could be a side effect of the methadone as well; itís hard to tell sometimes. Although methadone is good at blocking the withdrawal symptoms for 24-72 hours. Maybe discuss this joint discomfort with your physician, and they could decrease your methadone a little. Maybe instead of going up 5mg everyday, it could be every two or three days. Methadone can be very dangerous taken with other drugs, so be very cautious with your intake of it and make sure you do not take more heroin when there could still be methadone in your body. Good luck!

    Old 01-15-2019, 06:40 PM   #4
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    Hey, I was on methadone for seven years. I got up to 165 mg, that those of 30 will take away your H withdrawls. I hope this is the last resort because getting off methadone is worse than anything. Keep your dose low, These liquid hand cuff centers like to get people on the highest dose, hooked line and sinker..

    Old 09-13-2019, 08:50 AM   #5
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    Hi Sufish,

    Weirdly, i dont know why i logged on today. Im about 12 years clean now. I joined this board when i was coming off methadone after a prolonged period of Heroin addiction. Ive not logged on here for nearly 10 years. Your post caught my eye.

    All i can say is stick with it. Dont increase your dosage either. Getting off is a nightmare. I spent 2 years on methadone & the withdrawal was hard. Didnt sleep, restless legs, felt bad for over a moth after everything was out of my system.

    This might seem like a bit of a trial. What i can say is - the other side is where your life is. When it all gets a bit tough, dig deeper. You can do it. 12 years on, i am a different person. I dont recognise the junky (he's still in there - he just doesnt make the choices any more)
    Good luck with it. Stay strong. It all gets better. Day by day.

    "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

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