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I have gone to my PM doc who wants to put me on methadone. He says that will give me up to an extra year of mobility before my spinal issues interfere to the point I will have to quit work.

I know nothing about methadone except its use in heroin detox. Can members who have experience with this medication PLEASE give me some insight. This is a VERY difficult decision for me to take this step. Prior to January of this year, my only experience with narcotics was taking darvocet and some 5mg vicodin...so you see this is a HUGE jump.

I have heard that you do not develop tolerance to methadone..ie..requiring ever increasing doses to achieve the same pain-relieving effects....Is this true? And HOW effective is methadone as a pain reliever...say compared to the other LA meds...ie oxycontin, morphine and Opana?
I am sorry for all these questions. I just want to know what I am getting myself in for.

I also realize that, in the event that I ever try and stop taking methadone, the withdrawal is much more prolonged due to the way it gets in all the body's tissues.

PLEASE anyone...give me some advice....is this a mistake I am making to get on this drug?????

Hi Lou,

I'm on Methadone and have been since January. I've been in PM for almost 8 years and have tried everything: Oxycontin, Avinza, Opana, Duragesic, & finally Methadone. It has been a GODSEND!!!!

Lou, this med is THE BEST I've ever been on, LA or SA meds. My pain control is like night and day while on Methadone. I have extremely good insurance, so I've tried all the new (supposedly better) meds. Let me tell you, Methadone far outweighs any pain control with other meds.

Of course, everybody is different, but most people that try it WILL NEVER go back to anything else! I understand it's hard to get over the "stigma" of Methadone for heroin addicts, but just remember, Methadone IS a narcotic pain reliever.

Don't be afraid just because of the stigma. If your doc knows what he's doing (prescribing Methadone) I think you will find that Methadone will give you a somewhat "normal" life. There are other members here that are also on Methadone, and they would never go back, either. You will be amazed at the pain coverage.

Anyway, just my thoughts about it. I'm sure others will reply, as well. I will never have to come off of Methadone, due to my situation, but if you ever had to, your doc will do a slow taper.....so don't worry, ok?? Bye for now.

Shay :angel:

P.S. That is a huge jump from just Darvocet and Vicodin. However, there must be a reason (like you stated) for your doc wanting to try Methadone. Plus, Methadone is very inexpensive. Some patients that don't have insurance when first entering PM will also be prescribed Methadone, due to the price. Most certainly, your doc will start you on a VERY LOW dose. Is this why he's thinking about Methadone.....because of the cost? Or, because of the benefits it would give you?? Just curious. Talk to ya later.