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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Methadone

Christina Lasich, MD Health Pro February 02, 2009
  • Within the pain medication family of opiates is methadone. However, even though methadone is an opioid, it is very unique and requires special attention. Because of its uniqueness, many people have questions about methadone. Sometimes a mere mention of this medication sends people into a wide-eyed tr...

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    Feb. 04, 2009

    Thank you for another very informative post.  We tend to hear a lot about methadone when a celebrity accidently overdoses, which makes it seem like a scary medication.  I appreciate having the facts laid out so clearly.

     

    • weeziebegin
      Feb. 04, 2009

      I Have M.S., Fibromylgia, Dystonia, as well as some other health issues that are in the same class. One of my best doctors used methadone for me and I had awesome pain management that allowed me a real good quality of life for 7 years. After he moved away from this area I was changed to another doctor who was afraid to keep me on it. She had me detox off it...

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      I Have M.S., Fibromylgia, Dystonia, as well as some other health issues that are in the same class. One of my best doctors used methadone for me and I had awesome pain management that allowed me a real good quality of life for 7 years. After he moved away from this area I was changed to another doctor who was afraid to keep me on it. She had me detox off it and replaced it with Tylenol.She also charted me as being a drug seeker. For the last four long years I have been put on many different pain pills that never seemed to work for me.The last few years have been real bad for me pain wise and I've become almost totally housebound because of the daily pain I have had. Somewhere deep inside the will to live has gotten me thru this but  it's been hell on earth. Thank God I have had the love and support of my family and friends to help me along the way. I have a new doctor now who has just started me back on methadone again. Slowly but surely I am improving once more. I know it's going to take some time to rebuild my strength back once more. Yet the greatest thing is not having to live with severe pain 24/7/365. Like any of the stronger pain medications you have to repect methadone. But a good doctor is usually aware of which patients use this the way it was meant to be used and works with you 100%.

       

    • fancyod
      May. 28, 2010

      I agree. I have nerve pain and been on Methadone for four years, until i moved to Mississippi where the doctors I've seen have been reluctant to perscribe methadone. I hope to find a doctor somewere in Mississippi who has knowledge of nerve pain and methadone. If you know of a doctor please let me know at juanmiles@hotmail.com

    • Angela
      Aug. 10, 2010

      My Doctor is Dr Vance at Comprehensive Pain Center of Mississippi located in Jackson, Miss. I don't where in Miss you are but I'm 2 hours away so once a month I have to make that 4 hour round trip to see him but he's great, his FNP, Tracy is absolutely wonderful so it's worth it. Lots of luck to ya & I hope you can get relief very soon, I know how...

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      My Doctor is Dr Vance at Comprehensive Pain Center of Mississippi located in Jackson, Miss. I don't where in Miss you are but I'm 2 hours away so once a month I have to make that 4 hour round trip to see him but he's great, his FNP, Tracy is absolutely wonderful so it's worth it. Lots of luck to ya & I hope you can get relief very soon, I know how hard it is to have to live with constant pain every day, I did for almost 1 year until I was sent to Dr Vance & Tracy..

      Please let me know if I can do anything to help and please keep me posted...Cool

       

      Angela 


      Here is their info:

      http://www.PainCenterMS.com

      Comprehensive Pain Center of Mississippi

      Dr Kevin Vance & Tracy Rhinewalt, FNP-BC

      1190 N State St Suite 202

      Jackson, Ms

      601-949-9994

    • Randi
      Aug. 24, 2010

      I have been in severeagonizing pain for 9 years..I have seen 14 doctors  5 operations ..and I am now on 8...10/500 Vicodin for my nicked spinal nerve that manefests it's pain like a stabbing knife in my pelvic area. I've been thru spinal shots..and so many procedures and treatments I can't count. I am widowed with 2 teenagers..I am palnnint to get married...

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      I have been in severeagonizing pain for 9 years..I have seen 14 doctors  5 operations ..and I am now on 8...10/500 Vicodin for my nicked spinal nerve that manefests it's pain like a stabbing knife in my pelvic area. I've been thru spinal shots..and so many procedures and treatments I can't count. I am widowed with 2 teenagers..I am palnnint to get married and move out of state in a year..The pain Docotrs are suggesting Percosett 10/325 ..or Methadone..Because I am moving to Michigan..I am so afraid to change..Is there a good Pain Doctor in Michigan..near east lansing or Ann Arbor or Detroit  that maybe my NY pain Doctor can talkt to before I move? I have one year to get this together..I am so scared and feel so all alone.. I am not a drug addict..jsut someone in severe pain 24/7/365...and I will be forever..PLEASE..PLEASE..HELP! Thank you with all my heart.

    • Randi
      Aug. 24, 2010

      I am on vicodin 10's for a nicked spinal nerve ..that I have had for the last 9 years. My Pain Doctors wnat to change my meds..they are not working..and they are worried about my liver..with so much tylenol. They want me to go on Percosett 10's or methadone. I am widowed and am moving to Michigan in a year. I do NOT want to be treated as a dug addict ..for...

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      I am on vicodin 10's for a nicked spinal nerve ..that I have had for the last 9 years. My Pain Doctors wnat to change my meds..they are not working..and they are worried about my liver..with so much tylenol. They want me to go on Percosett 10's or methadone. I am widowed and am moving to Michigan in a year. I do NOT want to be treated as a dug addict ..for I am NOT.

      Anyone have a suggestion? I'm so afraid..I don't know what to do..

      Any good Pain Management Docfotrs in Michigan..near East Lansing or Ann Arbor or Detroit?

      I just want a life..and I don't know whether to try the methadone..or try the percosett..I am taking 8 vicodin 10/500 a day..and they don't help for more than 3 hours max..PLEASE..I am BEGGING ..help me please. I am getting re-married..I ahve 2 daughters..I want a life..and I am jsut so scared and alone with this..Any help or feedback is appreciated..

      Thank you..from my heart..

    • Anonymous
      sg
      Jan. 30, 2011

      I have a very painfull cronic nerological condition and delt with the same problems, 22 perations since 1992. At one time one of the pain managment DR's 9 different and turned me into a zombie. For on they make Vicodin without the tylonol,but I strongly recomend the methadone, it lasts much longer, and it dosn't get you high. Unfortuatly I believe that a lot...

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      I have a very painfull cronic nerological condition and delt with the same problems, 22 perations since 1992. At one time one of the pain managment DR's 9 different and turned me into a zombie. For on they make Vicodin without the tylonol,but I strongly recomend the methadone, it lasts much longer, and it dosn't get you high. Unfortuatly I believe that a lot of people abuse the meds and having to submit to drug tests every few months really pisses me of ,but I guess they have to protect theselves. I know what I go to the Dr for. Good luck.

    • fmw
      fmw
      Dec. 06, 2011

      Hi Randi,

       

      I live in Michigan and have a Dr. for you if you havent found one already.  He is in Grand Rapids, about 3  or 4 hours from Detroit.  The name of the office is MPC Michigan Pain Consultants.  I am also on methadone and it has been the only pain med that has worked for me.  There are many Drs at this facility, hope this...

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      Hi Randi,

       

      I live in Michigan and have a Dr. for you if you havent found one already.  He is in Grand Rapids, about 3  or 4 hours from Detroit.  The name of the office is MPC Michigan Pain Consultants.  I am also on methadone and it has been the only pain med that has worked for me.  There are many Drs at this facility, hope this is helpful.  The phone num is 616-285-1377 and is located on East Paris in Grand Rapids.  YOu can look it up and go from there.  Good Luck.

       

       

    • Sweetrandi
      Dec. 07, 2011

      Thank you so much for your caring and concern. My new Husband is friends with all the Doctors here..and especially my Primary Physician. He has me on morphine long acting...100mg three times a day and 30 mg short acting every 4 hours for breakthrough pain. He took away the vicodin because of the tylenol and my liver...I know it is a high amount of narcotic..but...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thank you so much for your caring and concern. My new Husband is friends with all the Doctors here..and especially my Primary Physician. He has me on morphine long acting...100mg three times a day and 30 mg short acting every 4 hours for breakthrough pain. He took away the vicodin because of the tylenol and my liver...I know it is a high amount of narcotic..but it feels like a lit cigerette lighter is inside my private parts.I must have spent 8 weeks crying every day...but I feel stronger and just hope he will adjust the dosage..

      When I am calm my pain of course is less. It has been a very difficult transition for both my new husband and me..I think I told you I have been widowed with 2 daughters..18 and 22. My 18 year old is here in Michigan and my 22 year old in NY and working in NJ.

      It's gotten better..and I have an appointment next week with my Primary to ask him to boost the dosage. I'm in therapy so I have someone to talk to..I am coming to terms with aging as I will be 57 in March. My Husband has been kinder but he needs work in that area..I'm scared to ask him to raise the dosage but it doesn't work..I just pray it will all work out and I can have a life..Thank you..and I again..Thank you with all my heart. ((((HUGS))))

    • fmw
      fmw
      Dec. 13, 2011

      Randi,

      I also have tried ms contin and fentynal and vicodin, with little or no r elief.  My last option was methadone.  I am having success with this medication.  Its the only med that has curved the pain.  It helps with nerve damage so this would be a good one for u to try.  I know the Drs. are BS!  U have to jump hoops for them...

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      Randi,

      I also have tried ms contin and fentynal and vicodin, with little or no r elief.  My last option was methadone.  I am having success with this medication.  Its the only med that has curved the pain.  It helps with nerve damage so this would be a good one for u to try.  I know the Drs. are BS!  U have to jump hoops for them to listen.  Let me know if i can help.

    • Anonymous
      SG
      Jan. 30, 2011

      I was born with an undiagnosed AVM, arterial veins malformation. Most Dr. back in the 70's thought it was just like a birth mark. I have a slight red pigment on the left side of my face, In 1992 i went for a simple dental procedure and when the DR cut into my gum he cut into theAVM, needless to say...

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      I was born with an undiagnosed AVM, arterial veins malformation. Most Dr. back in the 70's thought it was just like a birth mark. I have a slight red pigment on the left side of my face, In 1992 i went for a simple dental procedure and when the DR cut into my gum he cut into theAVM, needless to say the bleeding shot across the room all over the Dr and nurse. He just said he hit a gusher and stitched it up. for the next year I bleed daily from my month and nose and went undiagnosed for about another year. Got lucky found a Neuro radiologist and he was able to treat me.since 1992 I've had over 14 operations and lost all my upper over the 10 years. The AVM invaded my Trigeminal nerve so yet another, operation this time Gamma Knife.At one time I was on 9 different meds and for two years I was a zombie . Know on methadone  anda little valium for the TMJ from having no teeth .The Gamma knife take almost two years to fully kick in, and Now I have more better days than bad one but the bad ones last anywhere from an hour two weeks. At 45 had to retire being a single parent having sole custody of my two, now teenagers they help when it gets bad. Exercise helps when I'm not in pain cycle,so perhaps you could try that. I wish you the best of luck, and must say it felt good to write this letter. SG

    • Leesabeth
      Aug. 03, 2012

      My heart goes out to you when i read your story. I suffered for years with back pain and was put on methadone 20mg in the morning  then 20mg before bed, it has helped me tremondously. I am able to function again and not be so bedridden as you described. Although i still have pain it has made a difference. It really scared me when i heard the word methadone...

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      My heart goes out to you when i read your story. I suffered for years with back pain and was put on methadone 20mg in the morning  then 20mg before bed, it has helped me tremondously. I am able to function again and not be so bedridden as you described. Although i still have pain it has made a difference. It really scared me when i heard the word methadone but i was told it was very safe if used as directed which I do, Im too fearful not to. I just wanted to say I am so happy that you found another doctor that was willing to see that not everyone is seeking pills, we just want some of our life back and be able to function. I strongly believe unless you have experienced this type of Constant chronic pain people will never understand. Good Luck to you and God Bless!

    • Anonymous
      lovinglife
      Oct. 16, 2013

      As a fybromialgia patient who has nerve damage from previous accident related injuries, I have been treated like a "test rat" but several doctors in the past. I have suffered for over 10 years and until 4 years ago I was house bound and always sick tired and in pain. The change of medicaton from traditional opiods to Methadone has made me a tottally different...

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      As a fybromialgia patient who has nerve damage from previous accident related injuries, I have been treated like a "test rat" but several doctors in the past. I have suffered for over 10 years and until 4 years ago I was house bound and always sick tired and in pain. The change of medicaton from traditional opiods to Methadone has made me a tottally different person. I no longer need to take numerous pills for break through pain and am completly off of the xanex that i was taking such a high dose of prior to the new medication. I do know that people abuse the drug and I have had to go and get a very expensive safe to keep my medication to protect myself from theft (family) but it's made my life different. I am now a productive member of society caring for my children and helping my grand parents with daily chores. Every medication has its faults but my life is owed to this one. Also just to add a little bit of knowledge. Methadone is a synthetic opiod so the use of this drug helps our government to be less dependant on other counties that grow and sell opium legally and ilegally. It was invented in German WWI to help military with pain that had no way to get ahold of opiods. 

  • TNT
    TNT
    Jun. 03, 2014

    Wife after accident...up to 80 mg of methdone daily...pain at a level 5 with the methdone...now also on depression meds...is there a better pain med that can help ????

  • Kimberly
    Dec. 06, 2013

    I am 34 year old female, and I have suffered from chronic pain associated with both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia that causes severe neuropathic pain in my legs and feet, and pain associated with an unsuccessful foot surgery that required all my toes be replaced with titanium rods.I also had issues with disc herniation and sciatic nerve pain.as...

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    I am 34 year old female, and I have suffered from chronic pain associated with both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia that causes severe neuropathic pain in my legs and feet, and pain associated with an unsuccessful foot surgery that required all my toes be replaced with titanium rods.I also had issues with disc herniation and sciatic nerve pain.as someone this effort with chronic pain, I am aware of the depression and anxiety that stems from having your quality of life taken away. I was prescribed several narcotic medications and over the course of three years they stopped working for me and I ended up not only dependant but addictedand I would have to take more than what was prescribed for my pain to be alleviated, Plus I used it to help myself cope with my depression and anger because I am a wife and a mother and I felt like I was too young to be in such bad shape and that I was letting my family down because I am no longer physically able to work and I had worked for 17 years prior to my foot surgery.there was a point where I had actually contemplated suicide  because I felt like there was no hope for me and that life was not worth living anymore, and that I was more of a burden to my family than anything else and that they would have been better off without me. Then I decided for the sake of my 8 year old son to try methadone in a clinic through a maintenance program where I dose every day, and I have found that there is hope and that life can be better. Not only does it help with my pain but counseling and group therapy has made me realize that we chronic pain sufferers and/or addicts have to live one day at a time and not be so hard on ourselves. I would suggest to anyone who has a chronic pain problem or an addiction to give methadone maintenance a chance because it really has changed my life. I've seen some very dark days, and finally I realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am forever grateful.

  • Anonymous
    Leavemethadonea...
    Nov. 30, 2013
    I feel like death only been 5 days!! I have few sub strips but will not take em for fear of pre wd's(bad ones)! Can I take tramidol to ease dt's? I read yea no yea no??? U can u can't ? Which one is it? Please help I'm going Insane
  • NoPainNoGain
    Oct. 18, 2013

    Hi,

     

    I have been on Methadone for 3 years for chronic pain and it works fine. I am still on the same dose but I have noticed some problems with food and my appetite. I don't cook anymore and I stopped eating meat. I have chronic constipation so I thought it may have something to do with not eating things that are hard to digest. Lately though I only crave...

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    Hi,

     

    I have been on Methadone for 3 years for chronic pain and it works fine. I am still on the same dose but I have noticed some problems with food and my appetite. I don't cook anymore and I stopped eating meat. I have chronic constipation so I thought it may have something to do with not eating things that are hard to digest. Lately though I only crave and eat a few things. I crave Greek Yogurt with fresh apples or grapes mixed in. I also will have one bowl of Organic spoon sized shreaded wheat each day. I drink spring water and one cup of coffee. So I basically eat three meals of Yogurt and fruit or 32 oz of greek yogurt a day and a bowl of cereal. I live alone so I don't have to cook for anyone else, thank God! Is this a symptom of Methadone to lose ones appetite for most foods? I take vitamins because I know my diet is not balanced. I had to give the rest of my food away because I won't touch it. The thought of eating anything else makes me sick. I am maintaining my weight and could stand to lose a few pounds but nothing drastic. Any idea's on what is causing this?

  • Julie Burns
    Jul. 22, 2013

    I have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. As with many with autoimmune disease, my immune system is tricky and reacts strongly to various medications. My worst class is antibiotics but analgesics have also been an issue.

     

    For the last 20 years or so, I have been maintained on Tylenol #3, four doses of two pills each.  It has, over...

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    I have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. As with many with autoimmune disease, my immune system is tricky and reacts strongly to various medications. My worst class is antibiotics but analgesics have also been an issue.

     

    For the last 20 years or so, I have been maintained on Tylenol #3, four doses of two pills each.  It has, over time, lost some of its effects but I haven't had any difficulties. Likewise, for two different health problems, I have been given morphine and Fentanyl (pardon if I have misspelled) for short periods with no issues.

     

    Recently, my doctor prescribed Hydrocodone rather than the codeine which caused intense itching so we went back to Tylenol.  Then, a few days ago, I was referred to a pain management specialist who gave me a trail of methadone, 5 mg. twice a day.

     

    With each does, I felt worse: waves of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and finally, with my third dose, intense generalized itching with flat red patches on my skin. I discontinued the drug after dose #3, of course, and have gone back to the tried and true codeine.  Oh how I wish I could stay on that but I have significant pain and some debility from it.

     

    Here is my question:  Since both these problematic drugs carry the suffix 'done' are hydrocodone and methadone related outside of the broad category of opioids?  If so, I think I should avoid all drugs ending in 'done.'  I don't seem to be able to tolerate the synthetics. 

     

    Thanks!

    Julie in Austin

     

     

  • Anonymous
    Eva
    Jan. 02, 2013

    Does anyone out there know if there is a link to rebound migraines due to methadone used on a daily basis. I had an accident years ago, and have found methadone to be beneficial for pain in my lower body. I take it in the mornings to get moving. The headaches slowly became a problem and have turned into a chronic daily migraine with constant throbbing. The...

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    Does anyone out there know if there is a link to rebound migraines due to methadone used on a daily basis. I had an accident years ago, and have found methadone to be beneficial for pain in my lower body. I take it in the mornings to get moving. The headaches slowly became a problem and have turned into a chronic daily migraine with constant throbbing. The headaches continue even when I discontinue the opoids. My current team of doctors do not feel like the headche is a rebound head. I occasinally see a new doctor, just to see if a different perspective may offer some relief. I always get the raised eyebrows when I tell them I use methadone for pain relief. I usually limit the dose to 15 mg when I get up. By 4 in the afternoon, I'm cranky due to my pain levels increasing. I really don't want to worry about addiction problems later on. The medical system can bleed your bank account in the blink of an eye. The last new doctor I saw was really, really nice, and wants me to go to a clinic in Michigan for an inhouse program to try and bring my headache pain down. I have a list of other ailments as well, and the waste basket syndrome, Fibromyalgia is thrown in there to.

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Jan. 05, 2013

      Actually methadone can cause a headache like many opioid medications. This side effect is caused by a histamine release triggered by the opioid drug. Usually, I treat this type of headache with an anti-histamine like Vistaril.

       

      A headache can also be cause by withdrawal symptoms as the effects of the opioid wears off in a matter of hours after use or...

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      Actually methadone can cause a headache like many opioid medications. This side effect is caused by a histamine release triggered by the opioid drug. Usually, I treat this type of headache with an anti-histamine like Vistaril.

       

      A headache can also be cause by withdrawal symptoms as the effects of the opioid wears off in a matter of hours after use or in a matter of days depending on your metabolism.

       

      You might want to consider converting to buprenorphine (Suboxone) to wash out the methadone yet stabilize your opioid dependency. With that, your headache might disappear.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

  • Anonymous
    Shelly
    Mar. 15, 2012

    I have been telling my Doc's that I did'nt know why methadone helped me w/pain and it gave me energy,and would they perscribe it to me. After 15 months I'm still looking for the right Doc. I'm in the Mid West, can you help me before I give it all up!! Thank You!!

  • MKB
    MKB
    Nov. 27, 2011

    Hi im writing not for myself but for my brother. He's 34 years old and is a parapalegic. He's been that way since a car accident at the age of 22. He was on methadone for many years until recently his doctor was arrested for overprescribing opiates. The only thing that works for his constant pain is methadone and believe me he's tried everything else and not...

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    Hi im writing not for myself but for my brother. He's 34 years old and is a parapalegic. He's been that way since a car accident at the age of 22. He was on methadone for many years until recently his doctor was arrested for overprescribing opiates. The only thing that works for his constant pain is methadone and believe me he's tried everything else and not even oxycontin works. Right now he's going to a methadone clinic for addicts (which he is not) and he has to go daily to get a once a day dose. He's already broken his leg twice just trying to get there. Its so hard for him to get up and get there before they close. Im very worried about him because hes become just about suicidal because hes just so discouraged with everything and cant do anything due to his severe pain. I need help finding a physican who will treat him for his pain. He lives in CT but is even willing to travel out of state to a doctor. If any one knows any doctor in this area please email me at marabellmar@sbcglobal.net Thanks for your time and please pray for him.

    • M in CA
      Jan. 17, 2014

      I am sorry - I do not know of any doctors in your area - I am on the west coast. This post touched me like no other though. I WISH - HOPE & DREAM about an answer to all of this but it never seems to come. With all the research I have done it appears I know more than the pain med Doctors do at any rate. BUT will they believe me? NO WAY!!!!!!!!!! They make...

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      I am sorry - I do not know of any doctors in your area - I am on the west coast. This post touched me like no other though. I WISH - HOPE & DREAM about an answer to all of this but it never seems to come. With all the research I have done it appears I know more than the pain med Doctors do at any rate. BUT will they believe me? NO WAY!!!!!!!!!! They make me feel as if I am asking for shots of heroin when I tell them I need to have enough meds to last one month! I am NOT ADDICTED - I have built up a physical dependence just like anyone would. These meds are the one's that work! SHOCK EH? Problem is with resistence built up - the effect has gone down down down - I may as well be taking an aspirin at this point. SO - my theory is that you change meds on a routine basis - this is simple science AND logic. If you become physically dependent on one - then CHANGE IT - sound logical??? Sure as hell does to me. I used to raise cattle and sheep and whenever they stopped eating - I changed the feed. COME ON - this is simple. Anyone who disagrees please say so and why. DO not include any arguments about drug interactions as that is not helpful - stick to the topic.

      Good wishes for you and your brother - he is lucky and blessed to have someone who cares about him as you do.

      M in CA

  • tevofthenorth
    Aug. 25, 2011

    I have been on 30 mg. (10 mg, 3x a day) of methadone for pain for several years now. I have terrible headaches all the time. Advil, tylenol, excedrin etc. do NOTHING. Can the methadone be causing these?(I am pretty sure it is), and what can I do for my head pain??

    • NoPainNoGain
      Jan. 05, 2013

      On the headaches I have never heard of Methadone causing headaches but everyone is different. The only thing helps me when I GET ONE Is a few Ibuprophen. I use the generic kind. Good Luck...

  • truk
    Dec. 29, 2010

    Hi Dr Lasich i currently use suboxone for pain with pretty good results not great but pretty good do you think i should consider switching to methadone to improve my results?  I also have low Testosterone levels from all of my opiate use in pain control and i now have to take Testim which as you know is a testosterone gel applied topicly will this help...

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    Hi Dr Lasich i currently use suboxone for pain with pretty good results not great but pretty good do you think i should consider switching to methadone to improve my results?  I also have low Testosterone levels from all of my opiate use in pain control and i now have to take Testim which as you know is a testosterone gel applied topicly will this help restore my T levels or do i need to stop all use of opiates to get back to normal what is your opinion

  • Anonymous
    Missy
    Nov. 06, 2010

    Hi, I have enjoyed reading this forum and learned a lot about Methadone. I have always had negative feelings about Methadone because it seems to be abused a lot. Also many young people OD on it because they are not aware of how strong it is. There is also a stigma that you must have abused drugs. I have never liked drugs and only take them as prescribed since...

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    Hi, I have enjoyed reading this forum and learned a lot about Methadone. I have always had negative feelings about Methadone because it seems to be abused a lot. Also many young people OD on it because they are not aware of how strong it is. There is also a stigma that you must have abused drugs. I have never liked drugs and only take them as prescribed since I got Fibro 8 years ago.

     

    Not to long ago I was thinking of euthanasia because living in bad pain was no life at all for me. I have Fibro/ CFS and an implant but still was in agonizing pain at times. I was taking 2-4 Vicodin a day with very little pain relief. It is short acting. I wanted off the pain merry go round.

     

    So I told my PCP about how I was feeling. He took me off Vicodin and started me on a low dose of Methadone. I wasn't thrilled because of the stigma attached to it but it works! I also did not get sick to my stomach on it like I do with most opiods.

     

    My question is what is a normal dose for severe chronic pain? I am on 10 mgs three times a day and is that enough? So far I have been pain free for 2 weeks. It seems like most people are on a lot more. Does it stop working at some point or do you build up a tolerance to it? Is there anything I can take for itching which I sometimes get?

     

    I really didn't want to die but I just couldn't take the pain any longer. I am so glad that Methadone is working!

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Nov. 07, 2010

      Glad to hear that methadone is working well for you and that you have a understanding, willing doctor. Typically, most people do very well on methadone at low doses, a little goes a long way. Sometimes even just 5mg twice per day is enough, but sometimes people need more. Everyone is different. 30mg per day is a good average dose.  If that dose works well,...

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      Glad to hear that methadone is working well for you and that you have a understanding, willing doctor. Typically, most people do very well on methadone at low doses, a little goes a long way. Sometimes even just 5mg twice per day is enough, but sometimes people need more. Everyone is different. 30mg per day is a good average dose.  If that dose works well, then stick with the lowest dose that you can live with. Sometimes a slight dose increase is needed as tolerance develops, but even just an addition of 5mg is usually all it takes.

       

      Some people are on higher amounts, over 60mg per day. In reality, what I have found that after a slow wean, even those folks do not need that much for adequate pain control. A little goes a long way and I am glad it is going your way.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Anonymous
      roses
      Jan. 17, 2011

      Im try find Dr reguarding methadone treatment in wisconsin was at clinc many yrs they dropped me 9 days and discharged me for being there over 3yrs I dont know where turn from here ?

  • purple reading
    May. 13, 2010

    I was put on Methadone three years ago by PM Dr. after being on Fentanyl patch 100 mcg for over 8years. Originally was put on 50 mg daily, thought it too high eventually settled on 20 mgs nightly. My Dr believes taking all days dose in one dosing is best, and about 3-4 hours before bedtime. I went up to 30 mg about 6 months ago, but was never given anything...

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    I was put on Methadone three years ago by PM Dr. after being on Fentanyl patch 100 mcg for over 8years. Originally was put on 50 mg daily, thought it too high eventually settled on 20 mgs nightly. My Dr believes taking all days dose in one dosing is best, and about 3-4 hours before bedtime. I went up to 30 mg about 6 months ago, but was never given anything for bt pain. I have had several auto wrecks, and a tkr twice with mrsa, and now 7 inch or more rods into the femur and tibia. IT IS CONSTANT pain and the leg swells to 6 or more inches up to twice the size of my other leg. The swelling used to alleviate some overnight but now stays very swollen from the top of the femur rod to the foot. The swelling greatly increases the pain as it is tight. My PM dr. sent out a letter last month a week before my monthly appt to say she was leaving town in 2 weeks , turning pts over to a New GP to town. We have not other PM drs in this town, closes are about 90 miles away, and are more interventional than medicinies. The GP office, when I called to get an appt for my med said:"We are not taking her PM pts as we don't want a bunch of drug seekers, and before long that would be all we have. "  She called this dr about me, and there was no guarantee he would see or prescribe for me, the NP also talked to him and told him I was very cooperative, never asked for early scripts, did as instructed. etc. I called for an appt and the earliest was 12 days AFTER MY Methadone would be gone!!!!! I could be put on a list. With such short notice, it is impossible to find a dr in time. I told her I could not go without it, as my body is tolerant of the med, and I would be in withdrawal. She told me she did not want me to go off it, and to "call her if I could not find somebody"   RIGHT< SHE Did not tell me or her help where she would be or was going. This physcian did not make any notice in the paper, or anything just left. My sister has an appt with the GP and offered it to me (three days before I run out of meds) I will be trading, but there is no guarantee he will give me my meds. MY BP is high, and all I do is worry about what will happen. I am a RN, who was injured in a car wreck, that put me on disability,  I have always been compliant with my meds but have been on meds since 1996. I cannot stop cold turkey, I believe it will seriously put me in cardiac arrest. Our ER will not be sympathetic, Have not been there for over 4 years due to their prior bad treatment, when forced to go there for pain in the past. I feel trapped, WHat can I do, where do I turn, and what will happen when I have no meds. I have read that is very difficult to quit methadone, and it needs to be titrated over quite a long time. Please tell me what I can do to make this withdrawl bearable if possible. THANKS

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      May. 13, 2010

      Sorry to hear about your difficult situation. You might want to consider a temporary alternative like a methadone clinic or Suboxone prescriber. Just until you can find a proper PM doctor.

       

      Small town medical communities are getting squeezed the hardest and speciality medical services are getting hard to come by in hometowns across the USA. You might...

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      Sorry to hear about your difficult situation. You might want to consider a temporary alternative like a methadone clinic or Suboxone prescriber. Just until you can find a proper PM doctor.

       

      Small town medical communities are getting squeezed the hardest and speciality medical services are getting hard to come by in hometowns across the USA. You might also want to consider moving to a larger town.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • weeziebegin
      Jun. 03, 2010

      Hello, This is close to a year after I wrote one of the first messages on this topic of Methadone for pain management. I have been weaned off all 16 of the meds I had been on for several years because they were treating every single symptom I had seperately instead of running tests to find all the health issues I had. Intop of the Dystonia and Fibro I also...

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      Hello, This is close to a year after I wrote one of the first messages on this topic of Methadone for pain management. I have been weaned off all 16 of the meds I had been on for several years because they were treating every single symptom I had seperately instead of running tests to find all the health issues I had. Intop of the Dystonia and Fibro I also have severe progressiveMS in four levels of my spineas well as having had a stroke a very short time after my first letter here. My Pain Managementteam of 3 specialists figured out after more testing that was most likely because of the many meds my bodyshould never have been on at all. Today I take 30mg of methadone every day,2 1/2 mg of valium three times a days that stop muscle spasms along with a light dose of a bp med I can't think of the name of. I do if I really must use them have a patch of  Lidoderm 5% patches that I rarely use for a 12 hours period for rare breakthru pain. Yes my blood is tested four times a year and there are other tests done as the doctors feel they should.Between my PCP and the pain team they keep in contant contact with each other. That is very impotant. I will never be able to work again but I have a life worth living. I am able to do things like play simple games with grandchildren and have a quality of life. Yes I do thank the Lord but I also thank and respect the awesome team of doctors I have. I know the respect is returned to me from them. And the biggest fact I feel it's very needful to always be totally honest with the doctors who care for you. Otherwise they can not do the jobs that you need to help you.

       

      Thank you for allowing me to update you and I also thank the wonderful person who cares enough to keep this information going both lovingly and honestly. It's got to be hard to keep this as well as it's done. God Bless you all.

                                                                              Weezie

       

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Jun. 03, 2010

      Thank you very much for the update. Yours is a good example why blindly throwing medications at a problem is not neccessarily a solution. Thank goodness for teamwork. Hooray!

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

  • carsoundzzz
    Apr. 29, 2010

    Frown

    Iam unfortuatlly disabled.  I was started on for 8 farctured vert. and 4 buldging Discs, Percoct and flexeril.  Like taking nothing.  Then  pain Dr. gave me 100mg MS Contin 2 times a day and did not work but he would not chage. I inally found a Dr. who prescribed Methadone and it was like a new life since Morphine, even extended , have...

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    Iam unfortuatlly disabled.  I was started on for 8 farctured vert. and 4 buldging Discs, Percoct and flexeril.  Like taking nothing.  Then  pain Dr. gave me 100mg MS Contin 2 times a day and did not work but he would not chage. I inally found a Dr. who prescribed Methadone and it was like a new life since Morphine, even extended , have to take by an alarm clock.  Wake up ater 8-10 hours and you cannot function as withdrawls start that fast.  After 2 years I got a promotion to N.C. in the hills.  Ask a Dr. about Methadone there and Dr. asks what are you addicted to.  I lived on MS Contin again for 1  year till a pain clinic at a regional hospital prescribed it to me at 3-5mg's a day.  Don't laugh as i cried.

       I went home as the pay scale was 300% less in my profession in a small town with 2000 people as when i asked if managers make a salary it was 20,000.00 plus you can sell cars on weekends and also did finance and got 400.00 a week for being back up.  I needed methadone as it was only thing that worked.  I went to a clinic every day going at 3 am as if not a 2 hour wait will await.  I got to 200mg's and if you took 400mg's it would not help more as it ceilings for pain.  finally I found a Dr. who was head of physical med and rehab  at a big hospital.  She took me to 440 mg's in 3 doses a day . WHY?????  I found another Dr. who with 300mg's of methadone prescribed 1-2 4mg Dilaudid for B.T. but how could it B.T. when 1 is not an effective oral med but IM works?  I ceilinged after a Lower back double fusion.

     

    I was sent to Physiatrist who said he would take me off if I wanted.  Since was not working I slowly weaned off with 200McG's of Duragesic. i did not tell Dr. but stopped methadone after a month since i was taking a lot of other narcotics being after a 6-8 month recovery so was perfectto get off it.  I had too as pain was intense.  Then taking Patch, Actiq, oxycontin and oxycodone, i knew was a good time to stop methadone. The patch with roxicodone in 8 months was enough with Fentura .  i was, though moody, depressed, could not stay awake, gained water and weight, and said a lot of things I don't remember.  Worth it? No way.  methadone was at that time for me.

    I went to hydromorphone and pauarte pump and am happily in pain level 6 but living agin.  I do hear that though people who take methadone and do not need anymore and Dr. takes you off, people say they need at least 20mg's a day or feel terrible even after detoxing for a year.  One went as far as when working out of town, bought Heroin so he could work as a constructionsupervisor. Everything has good and bad and you decide what works and if they will not prescibe, they are not listening or do not believe you need anything.  When pain management will not see you so send to a Physiatrist, they are supposed to give best quality of life possible as you will only be getting worse as time goes on.  I need 3 surgeries since a interbody spinal fusion at last minute when 2 other surgeons were called they could not take screws out that are now have calcium and rub nerves.  I have 4 rods and 8 fusions so to take screws out, lower back has to be redone as rods, screws ect will come out and be replaced in 4 month intervals.  NO WAY!!!!!

    • SUBOXONE CHALLENGE
      Jun. 14, 2013

      You sir by far had the hardest post to read I have ever come by. Jesus you make no sense! I think all those narcotics have jacked you up, lol.

  • Grandmama
    Apr. 15, 2010

    My granddaughter had to endure the painful withdrawal from methadone at birth. She is now 1-1/2 years old. Her mobility was slow at first, but she is now walking. I'm concerned, because she hasn't formed any words yet. She understands words and we've been working with her using flash cards and sign language. Should speech therapy be introduced at this...

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    My granddaughter had to endure the painful withdrawal from methadone at birth. She is now 1-1/2 years old. Her mobility was slow at first, but she is now walking. I'm concerned, because she hasn't formed any words yet. She understands words and we've been working with her using flash cards and sign language. Should speech therapy be introduced at this stage in her life? I worry about the lasting effects having been born addicted to methadone. Can you direct me to any studies that have been conducted? Thank you.  

  • Anonymous
    patsy
    Mar. 28, 2010

    My  16 yr old granddaughter has disautonomia, autoimmune ganglionopathy, and now has been in hospital for four weeks with an ulcer.  Her lowest reported pain level  {headache x 7 months and abd pain x 5 weeks) has been 7 and that was immediately after implantation of her port, so she was still carrying sedation from the surgery.  She has...

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    My  16 yr old granddaughter has disautonomia, autoimmune ganglionopathy, and now has been in hospital for four weeks with an ulcer.  Her lowest reported pain level  {headache x 7 months and abd pain x 5 weeks) has been 7 and that was immediately after implantation of her port, so she was still carrying sedation from the surgery.  She has had hydrocodone, then morphine, then dilaudid and now is on fentanyl and no notable reduction of pain.  She has also been started on gabapentin about 7 days ago.  I have wondered if methadone might be a possibility.  Any comment would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous
    shalemale
    Mar. 20, 2010

    I have been using methadone for pain and it is a lifesaver to me. Over the years, I have tried everything on the market and some that are not. I was so desperate to get pain relief, that at one point, I just wanted to die. Finally, I was prescribed methadone and although it does not totally kill my pain, it helps me to the point that I can go about my business...

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    I have been using methadone for pain and it is a lifesaver to me. Over the years, I have tried everything on the market and some that are not. I was so desperate to get pain relief, that at one point, I just wanted to die. Finally, I was prescribed methadone and although it does not totally kill my pain, it helps me to the point that I can go about my business and life without being debilitated anymore. I cannot emphasize enough how much it has helped me. I feel badly for those people who are still suffering unnecessarily, because they either don't know about methadone, or they are with a doctor that doesn't know or believe in methadone. It is not for everyone, but it really helped me so much that I am very grateful for having found it. I still live with alot of pain, but at least now I can enjoy living again thanks to that miracle drug (methadone).

    • DNLpain
      Mar. 20, 2010

      you are so right. know about long-term effects though? or liver or kidney problems long term?

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Mar. 20, 2010

      The long term effects of taking opioids, including methadone, are really hormonal imbalances due to supression of the pituitary-hypothalmus pathway that is the "mother ship" of hormonal control. That means low testosterone levels, thyroid imbalances and possibly cortisol imbalances.

       

      I have not seen any long term effects on the liver or kidneys....

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      The long term effects of taking opioids, including methadone, are really hormonal imbalances due to supression of the pituitary-hypothalmus pathway that is the "mother ship" of hormonal control. That means low testosterone levels, thyroid imbalances and possibly cortisol imbalances.

       

      I have not seen any long term effects on the liver or kidneys.

       

      Dr.Christina Lasich, MD

    • Maximus210
      Apr. 06, 2010

      First I'd like to thank you for posting here.   As a medical professional, it is really nice to have your input.   My situation is this;  I have recently been diagnosed with several bulging discs in my cervical spine.   I have also developed what may be a related bursitis/tendonitis in the right shoulder.

      I have been seeing the same General...

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      First I'd like to thank you for posting here.   As a medical professional, it is really nice to have your input.   My situation is this;  I have recently been diagnosed with several bulging discs in my cervical spine.   I have also developed what may be a related bursitis/tendonitis in the right shoulder.

      I have been seeing the same General practitioner for years and when the pain in my neck/upper back became intolerable he prescribed 10 mg Percocet at up to 6 per day.  Of course they only last about two hours, then I'm hurting again. The recent MRI has finally revealed the cause of my pain, which had previously been diagnosed as "Myositis".

      I have now been referred to a pain management specialist who seems to want to continue me on some form of oxycodone indefinitely.  The thing is, I know from past experience that Methadone not only works MUCH better for my pain, and also has less severe side effects and that I do not develop the near instant tolerance to it as with the oxycodone.

      I know my body very well.   I know what works and I will refuse to sign a pain contract that forces me to stay on oxycodone.   I know for a fact that I can get by on less medication, have better results and maintain my full time work and normal life were he to prescribe Methadone.  I'm talking about a dose of any where from 40 to 60 Mg's per day divided in two doses.  I would be fine on that indefinitely.   Able to function and enjoy life... on oxycodone I have VERY brief moments of relief, then back to the grind.   I also DO NOT want to be on oxycontin for several reasons.   Chief among them is that darn tolerance/craving thing.   I don't have that experience with Methadone.

      Unfortunately, I also know that if I tell him what I want, he is almost certain never to give it to me.   How can someone who is very well educated on what works for me (Methadone) and what doesn't (oxycodone) which will, without question cause a rapid tolerance and dependence, even outright addiction talk to my pain specialist in a way that will not make me come across like a drug seeker.

      In my experience, most addicts would rather have oxycodone, but I know that simply by mentioning any specific drug, he will automatically assume the worst... that all I want is some Methadone.  (Which I do, but for honest and healthful reasons).  

      The more I read about this subject, the sadder I get.   I have a real need and I know better than anyone what works for me, but I know I cannot tell the truth lest I be labeled a seeker.  How can I broach this subject with him in a way that will help him know that my intentions are pure?

      Any words of experiential wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you!

      ~ Max

    • Maximus210
      Apr. 06, 2010

      First I'd like to thank you for posting here.   As a medical professional, it is really nice to have your input.   My situation is this;  I have recently been diagnosed with several bulging discs in my cervical spine.   I have also developed what may be a related bursitis/tendonitis in the right shoulder.

      I have been seeing the same General...

      RHMLucky777

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      First I'd like to thank you for posting here.   As a medical professional, it is really nice to have your input.   My situation is this;  I have recently been diagnosed with several bulging discs in my cervical spine.   I have also developed what may be a related bursitis/tendonitis in the right shoulder.

      I have been seeing the same General practitioner for years and when the pain in my neck/upper back became intolerable he prescribed 10 mg Percocet at up to 6 per day.  Of course they only last about two hours, then I'm hurting again. The recent MRI has finally revealed the cause of my pain, which had previously been diagnosed as "Myositis".

      I have now been referred to a pain management specialist who seems to want to continue me on some form of oxycodone indefinitely.  The thing is, I know from past experience that Methadone not only works MUCH better for my pain, and also has less severe side effects and that I do not develop the near instant tolerance to it as with the oxycodone.

      I know my body very well.   I know what works and I will refuse to sign a pain contract that forces me to stay on oxycodone.   I know for a fact that I can get by on less medication, have better results and maintain my full time work and normal life were he to prescribe Methadone.  I'm talking about a dose of any where from 40 to 60 Mg's per day divided in two doses.  I would be fine on that indefinitely.   Able to function and enjoy life... on oxycodone I have VERY brief moments of relief, then back to the grind.   I also DO NOT want to be on oxycontin for several reasons.   Chief among them is that darn tolerance/craving thing.   I don't have that experience with Methadone.

      Unfortunately, I also know that if I tell him what I want, he is almost certain never to give it to me.   How can someone who is very well educated on what works for me (Methadone) and what doesn't (oxycodone) which will, without question cause a rapid tolerance and dependence, even outright addiction talk to my pain specialist in a way that will not make me come across like a drug seeker.

      In my experience, most addicts would rather have oxycodone, but I know that simply by mentioning any specific drug, he will automatically assume the worst... that all I want is some Methadone.  (Which I do, but for honest and healthful reasons).  

      The more I read about this subject, the sadder I get.   I have a real need and I know better than anyone what works for me, but I know I cannot tell the truth lest I be labeled a seeker.  How can I broach this subject with him in a way that will help him know that my intentions are pure?

      Any words of experiential wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you!

      ~ Max

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Apr. 07, 2010

      Sadly, past circumstances and past experiences factor into a doctors judgement about the present. I, for one have been lied to so many times, that I now have a trust issue towards people in general. Just like a dog who has been abused too many times, the ability to trust can be lost.

       

      So, you are right. If you mention a specific drug like methadone then...

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      Sadly, past circumstances and past experiences factor into a doctors judgement about the present. I, for one have been lied to so many times, that I now have a trust issue towards people in general. Just like a dog who has been abused too many times, the ability to trust can be lost.

       

      So, you are right. If you mention a specific drug like methadone then that does raise red flags. Your current doctor may or may not be able to be non-judgemental. From a scientific point of view, methadone is better than oxycodone for treating nerve related pain due to its NMDA antagonist activity.

       

      If the oxycodone is not working for you, be honest about that "isn't there anything better for this nerve pain".... but let your doctor decide which medication to switch you to. You might be surprised to find that even methadone might not be the most ideal medication for you. Ultimately, you should be just as open and non-judgemental as you want your doctor to be.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Misleading authors
      Mar. 08, 2011

      My pain management doctor has prescribed methadone for about 6 years for a failed spinal fusion and laminectomy in 2001.  In the intermediate years I was prescribed oxycontin, fentynl, vicodin...with no pain relief, as my body became mis-formed from holding myself in a certain position trying to avoid the unending pain.  The methadone hasn't been...

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      My pain management doctor has prescribed methadone for about 6 years for a failed spinal fusion and laminectomy in 2001.  In the intermediate years I was prescribed oxycontin, fentynl, vicodin...with no pain relief, as my body became mis-formed from holding myself in a certain position trying to avoid the unending pain.  The methadone hasn't been of much use either, and as the dose was increased, I gained more and more weight, putting more and more stress on my already-crooked spine. Over that 6-year period, I haven't had pain relief and went from 116 lbs. to the mid 130's, with a good deal of edema (body tissue swelling from water weight).  So not only is it highly constipating, it also makes you retain fluids.  Kicking up the methadone dose just 20 mg. put on 7 lbs. in 1 month...proof enough to me and with this, no added pain relief.  I haven't yet mentioned being soooo tired all the time...to the point of having to take no-doz to wake up enough to even go to my appointment.  For you all to give methadone all this praise, I have to wonder what kind of dosages you are all on...No one, no one, mentions that detail, and that is, to me, very strange.  I had been taking 40 mg. in the am and 40 later in the day, until it was increased by another 40.  Time to try ms contin, lose the side effects, and hopefully get some pain relief.  Methadone, is fine for addicts to wean from heroin, etc., but for pain, it is useless.  That's my 2 cents.

  • Cdd
    Cdd
    Mar. 07, 2010

    Do you have any info on Methadone toxicity like how long does it take to get toxic in your system and what do you look for symptom wise?

     

    Thank you, cdd

  • Anonymous
    Jerry T.
    Dec. 09, 2009

    I live in a small community in south eastern Ky. Around 6 years ago I fell about 12 feet and landed on my butt causing some compression fractures in my lower back. At the time things seemed to be going good,and soon back to work. I started noticing loss of fealing down the side of my left foot first and some moderate pain like burning and stabbing pain. Then...

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    I live in a small community in south eastern Ky. Around 6 years ago I fell about 12 feet and landed on my butt causing some compression fractures in my lower back. At the time things seemed to be going good,and soon back to work. I started noticing loss of fealing down the side of my left foot first and some moderate pain like burning and stabbing pain. Then quickly advanced into my other foot doing same thing,numbness and pain and burning,this all started around 1.5 - 2 years after my fall.Now it has advanced across all my toes,the part behind my toes is completely shot now.A few days ago I was cutting my toenails and wasn't really watching and cut my toenail  halfway back on my big toe and never had a clue until I looked down and saw the pouring blood.Thats what is so frustrating,that i can't feal that but I can feel the constant pain that never stops,and the burning sensation like a hot poker between my toes.The loss of feeling is around halfway back on my feet now with tingling and stabbing pain starting in my legs also.This chronic pain I have never stops,plus my lower back has gotten allot worse.I have taken percocet 10's as well as others and can't get enough relief to even sleep most nights. I currently attend a methadone clinic so I can get some relief and be able to get some relief.Its a joke I have to pay$102 a week for clinic fees and $30 a trip to drive 80 miles each way.It is financially killing me,and the doctor s around here act like how dare you ask me for methadone,and its clearly from there ignorance of the medacine.Methadone is the only thing that makes it possible to even go to work.I ask for some help  the other day and he said he doesn't use pain medicine for long term tretment,what a joker.I am depressed allot with this never ending pain and I have taken methadone for many years.I need a doctor so badly to help me ,and who understands the truth  and benefits of methadone.It is truly the only thing that  gives me some relief and the ability to even walk so I can go to work.This nerve damage is rough to deal with and i don't think its much to ask for to get a doctor to simply do there job and help people like they are suppose to.Please help me with this situation maybe you can, or I pray you know someone who can. 

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Dec. 09, 2009

      Small town USA is not the best place to get the best care unfortunately. Some folks do end up moving to a different location just to be closer to a specialist for a particular condition. Some folks travel great distances for consultations and care. The severity and progressive nature of your condition may necessitate you to become more mobile or to relocate....

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      Small town USA is not the best place to get the best care unfortunately. Some folks do end up moving to a different location just to be closer to a specialist for a particular condition. Some folks travel great distances for consultations and care. The severity and progressive nature of your condition may necessitate you to become more mobile or to relocate. Otherwise, you may continue to be stuck with the resources that are available in your area.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Kellie
      Feb. 12, 2010

      I just have a quick question. I am on methadone for chronic pain also and I am looking into having gastric bypass surgery, is is safe to take methadone (50mg) after a gastric bypass?

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Feb. 13, 2010

      That would be a great question for your prescribing doctor (the one who is prescribing the methadone to you). Your doctors need to coordinate your care so that you can get the best results from the medications and the surgery.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

  • Nicoletti
    Aug. 25, 2009

    IF IT WAS NOT FOR THIS MEDICATION,I DO BELIEVE I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ENDURE THE CHRONIC PAIN THAT THE ADHESIVE LUMBAR ARACHNOIDITIS PRODUCES.THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD INFO. NICOLETTI

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Aug. 25, 2009

      You are very welcome. In the right hands, Methadone has a place in the arsenal against chronic pain.

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Anonymous
      Steve Howe
      Jan. 10, 2010

      I have taken methadone for two or three years, i read one of your aiticles at how

      well it worked for nerve pain. I was trying to get disability little money. Went to

      my pain management doctor and ask to be put on methadone. I was taken 60mg

      per day with 75mg oxycodone for break threw. About 6 to 8 moths ago the doc

      started to want to wean me off but I had started...

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      I have taken methadone for two or three years, i read one of your aiticles at how

      well it worked for nerve pain. I was trying to get disability little money. Went to

      my pain management doctor and ask to be put on methadone. I was taken 60mg

      per day with 75mg oxycodone for break threw. About 6 to 8 moths ago the doc

      started to want to wean me off but I had started taken zanaflex, neurontin,

      Klonopin and cybalta. I will admit it was a deadly combination. They switch methadone

      for MS Contin and dilaudid. I am in more pain than before.

  • Anonymous
    Joe from Manito...
    May. 07, 2009

    For those interested, there is a nice article here about opiate alternatives (http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/3025/69656/medicines?ic=6042). One particular alternative for Methadone is Suboxone (buprenorphine).

     

    I'm currently down to 25 mg of Oxycodone and 2.5 to 5 mg of Methadone daily (I also take 75 mg of Lyrica and use Lidocaine PRN)....

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    For those interested, there is a nice article here about opiate alternatives (http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/3025/69656/medicines?ic=6042). One particular alternative for Methadone is Suboxone (buprenorphine).

     

    I'm currently down to 25 mg of Oxycodone and 2.5 to 5 mg of Methadone daily (I also take 75 mg of Lyrica and use Lidocaine PRN). My goal, though, is to transition completely from both the Oxycodone and Methadone to the Suboxone by mid-June. My understanding is that there have been some really positive results from some who have tried switching over because Suboxone seems to be nearly as effective for pain relief, but does not have the bad side effects that Methadone has.

    • Anonymous
      ATN sufferer
      May. 12, 2009

      For the first several months after my diagnosis I was on Lortab 5/325 and spent most of my time curled up on the couch, asking God to kill me to take me out of the pain I was in.  My atypical facial pain, which is at a 7-8 when unmedicated, has been constant since 8-2003.  I also have several corollary diagnoses including allodynia, occipital neuralgia,...

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      For the first several months after my diagnosis I was on Lortab 5/325 and spent most of my time curled up on the couch, asking God to kill me to take me out of the pain I was in.  My atypical facial pain, which is at a 7-8 when unmedicated, has been constant since 8-2003.  I also have several corollary diagnoses including allodynia, occipital neuralgia, chronic migraines, tinnitus, photosensitivity and phonosensitivity; these serve to complicate the pain issue as they add to the sensation and triggers. 

       

      Methadone has saved my life as well as what is left of my sanity.  I needed a drug that fit my tendency to severe adverse reactions and sensitivities.  We tried the antiseizures.  I had a bad reaction to the increase in my Prozac dosage so had to go off that and we finally, after 6 months, found that out of the SSRIs, SNRIs, and tricyclic antidepressants, I tolerate a combination of Lexapro, Xanax and Methadone best of all.  I am post-gastric-bypass so cannot take NSAIDS .  We tried Elavil, Celexa, Indomethacin, Wellbutrin, Lyrica, Trileptal, and 27 other drugs on my search for the combination that would make my life bearable again. 

       

      Methadone is nothing to fool with, but, with correct supervision and monitoring and regular office visits as required by Federal law, it has changed me from a moaning heap of pain to a person who can at least carry on an intelligent conversation, do household chores, and encourage others to fight for the pain relief they need, whatever that may be.  Too often those with nerve pain are shuffled off or relegated to the realm of psychosomatic illness because the cause, as in my own condition, cannot be seen on a scan or palpated or auscultated with a stethoscope. 

       

       

    • kyhope
      Jun. 29, 2010

      I am currently going to pain mgmnt.They seem scared of methadone,but all to happy to write oxycodone,ms contin and other very addictive meds.I was on methadone for 2 yrs. before my dr. retired.Now I take all this "poision" and I can either be a zombie, or take less and not be able to function.I miss my life,and really miss being an active parent.My quality...

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      I am currently going to pain mgmnt.They seem scared of methadone,but all to happy to write oxycodone,ms contin and other very addictive meds.I was on methadone for 2 yrs. before my dr. retired.Now I take all this "poision" and I can either be a zombie, or take less and not be able to function.I miss my life,and really miss being an active parent.My quality of life was so much better on Methadone,but the only place I've found to obtain it is the clinic which is unaffordable, and you need to be an addict.Why is it no one wants to tell you if they find a prescribing Dr.?I would want to help others.I know there are drug seekers,but I've had 2 Dr's in my life.Why do those of us who truley need resources never seem to get them,But "useres" get it all! I makes me sick that because some BAD people have ruined life for those of us who don't deserve this. I feel worse for my husband & kids than myself! Truely they are the ones who pay for others selfishness!! 

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 03, 2010

      Hello . I also am on methadone and also wanted to try suboxone.  And I decided to do so about a year ago.  i want to tell you my story so that what happened to me does not happen to you.  I was taking a high dosage of methadone; about 100 mg a day.  I went to a sub doctor and he told me to step way down to 20 mg of methadone a day. ...

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      Hello . I also am on methadone and also wanted to try suboxone.  And I decided to do so about a year ago.  i want to tell you my story so that what happened to me does not happen to you.  I was taking a high dosage of methadone; about 100 mg a day.  I went to a sub doctor and he told me to step way down to 20 mg of methadone a day.  I tried but found I could not work etc.  So I was down to about 60 mg a day when I tried to switch to the suboxone.  Don't do it that way.  I think your dose is low anyway but I went through a real hell those 3 days.  I went off of the methadone for 48 hours and then took my first suboxone tablet.  One hour later I was in extreme withdrawal.  I was screaming climbing the walls.  I had to get my friend to rush out and find me methadone which I took but it did not take me out of withdrawal for another 24 hours.  So please if you are going to try the sub listen to the doctors.   The real shame is that I wanted to switch to the sub but since I had that experience I am still on the methadone.  Oh and by the way I have to buy it illegally.  I cant find a doctor to prescribe it to me.  But there are suboxone doctors everywhere. I want so badly to find a doc to give me the methadone that I desperately need.

    • Anonymous
      davenyc
      Jul. 06, 2012

      Simply get on a methadone program. I live in NY city, I drink 180mg a day and go to the program once a week. Answer solved.Cool

  • Anonymous
    Mary Alice Uballe
    May. 07, 2009

    My daugther takes methadone 10 mg. She is under a pain mangement doctor.  She has chronic pancetias develop it at age 19. She has a long history with this illness.  Sometimes she can't work, but tries. she has two childrens.  methadone does take the pain away with lorotabs in between.  thank GOD she functions well.  but sometimes her...

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    My daugther takes methadone 10 mg. She is under a pain mangement doctor.  She has chronic pancetias develop it at age 19. She has a long history with this illness.  Sometimes she can't work, but tries. she has two childrens.  methadone does take the pain away with lorotabs in between.  thank GOD she functions well.  but sometimes her pain gets to her and has to stop working. So methadone has its advantages just like any other pain med.

  • zoe ashcraft
    Mar. 13, 2009

    Thank you for directing me here to your article. Very well written I might add. I was wondering- since I'm on both Valium and Prozac- well, obviously I can call my pharmacist, but can you give me any information on what kinds of contraindications there might be?

     

    I've had a previous heart surgery- because of my connective tissue disorder- Ehlers Danlos...

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    Thank you for directing me here to your article. Very well written I might add. I was wondering- since I'm on both Valium and Prozac- well, obviously I can call my pharmacist, but can you give me any information on what kinds of contraindications there might be?

     

    I've had a previous heart surgery- because of my connective tissue disorder- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, have Cranio-cervical settling and instability and Tethered Cord and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and a Non- epileptic seizure disorder - as my basic problems.

     

    Finding the right pain meds has been hard as I tend to retain fluid and then bleed spontaneously or have some other kind of problem - like the seizure tendency.

     

    It's terrible that my doctors have prescribed and denied, prescribed and denied such drugs as Methadone- without the necessary wisdom to do so- but I've been trying to get in to a pain specialist for literally I think 3 years now. I only have MediCal insurance- (state provided) and no one wants to take me, even as a cash pay patient. The last two pain specialists I've seen refused to treat me- (I have herniated disks in lumbar and cervical spine, a bone spur on C5, spinal stenosis on both parts of my spine and scolliosis! not to mention the constant injuries of EDS)

     

    So, I've been happy that my MD's have been willing to try. EEEch! But at such a high price----(I'm the one who wrote to you and have been to ER 3x recently with seizures)

     

     

     

    Thanks for your help, 

    zoe

     

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Mar. 13, 2009

      The combination of Prozac and Methadone can raise the methadone levels to toxic levels with a risk of cardiac arrthythmias. The combination of Valium and Methadone can lead to severe respiratory depression and death.

       

      Your doctor and pharmacist should be able to work as a team to find the safest medication combination for you.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich,...

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      The combination of Prozac and Methadone can raise the methadone levels to toxic levels with a risk of cardiac arrthythmias. The combination of Valium and Methadone can lead to severe respiratory depression and death.

       

      Your doctor and pharmacist should be able to work as a team to find the safest medication combination for you.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

       

       

  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    Feb. 05, 2009

    Everyone is built a little differently. So, medications react differently from person to person. Just because one drug works for one person does not mean that it will work for another. So, finding the right medication is a bit of hit-and-miss. Methadone does not work for everyone, but I have seen some miraculous results even with the most sensitive person.

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    Everyone is built a little differently. So, medications react differently from person to person. Just because one drug works for one person does not mean that it will work for another. So, finding the right medication is a bit of hit-and-miss. Methadone does not work for everyone, but I have seen some miraculous results even with the most sensitive person.

     

    Doctors who are not familiar with this medication should not prescribe it. Methadone is dangerous in the wrong hands. So, it is important to find the right doctor. Every doctor has different prescribing habits and not every doctor will have methadone on his/her list of available options. Please respect that because your safety is of upmost importance.

     

    Methadone is not for everyone, patient or doctor.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • silvermoonwind
      Jul. 03, 2012

      Dr Lasich,

       

      I have been prescribed methadone 10 mg to act as a 'bolus' for my pain manamgement medications of oxycodone 10 mg (3x daily)  Neurontin (300 mg 4xday) and Soma (350 mg 3x/day)....I am not comfortable with how the methadone makes me feel, and my fiance is extremely adamantly opposed to it as well.  Are there other drugs that you can...

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      Dr Lasich,

       

      I have been prescribed methadone 10 mg to act as a 'bolus' for my pain manamgement medications of oxycodone 10 mg (3x daily)  Neurontin (300 mg 4xday) and Soma (350 mg 3x/day)....I am not comfortable with how the methadone makes me feel, and my fiance is extremely adamantly opposed to it as well.  Are there other drugs that you can suggest that I speak to my pain management doctors that would have a similar bolus affect without the side affects of the methadone (my fiance is extremely upset over what he calls the 'methadone nods',  i just hate how it makes me feel.  Please, I need your help, not only to help me with the doctors, but also to help me with my fiance, as his hatred of the medication is as devastating as the side affects...He is normally a laid back person, but he gets angry and actually yells at me over the methadone... i will give up the benefits of the methodone to avoid that, but i do need  help controlling the pain (ps, I was on opana for several months and it did not work at all)..

       

      so as you can see, methadone is truly not for me, but I need some suggestions on medications that might be a good alternative to the methadone...because i love my fiance and dont want to lose him over a medication but know that i need the help to help control the pain which the methodone does, just with some nasty side affects (such as the methadone nods)...

       

      hopeless in mississippi.........

       

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Feb. 05, 2009

    It is hard to find a dr. that will prescribe methadone for pain managment.  My husband would like to try methadone to manage his high level chronic pain from 3 levels of spine and neck fusion.  How do we find someone in our area (Western Massachusetts) to help us.  He has been living with chronic pain for years and very depressed.  The whole...

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    It is hard to find a dr. that will prescribe methadone for pain managment.  My husband would like to try methadone to manage his high level chronic pain from 3 levels of spine and neck fusion.  How do we find someone in our area (Western Massachusetts) to help us.  He has been living with chronic pain for years and very depressed.  The whole thing about drs. treating him as an addict is so hard to deal with.  We need help so badly.  Oxycodone does not work for him anymore. HELP!!!!

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Feb. 05, 2009

      Finding a doctor who is comfortable prescribing methadone can be difficult. I learned from one of the best at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Scott Fishman, MD, who is a past president of the American Pain Society and author of The War on Pain.

       

      Your best bet for finding an experienced doctor is at a large, university hospital. Or...

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      Finding a doctor who is comfortable prescribing methadone can be difficult. I learned from one of the best at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Scott Fishman, MD, who is a past president of the American Pain Society and author of The War on Pain.

       

      Your best bet for finding an experienced doctor is at a large, university hospital. Or you can try to find a doctor who is a member of a society or association for pain like the American Pain Society.

      http://ampainsoc.org/whoswho/

       

      You may have to travel to find a doctor and a better treatment plan.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 05, 2009

      Thank you for your response.  My husbands last surgery was at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC.  We are trying to get in touch with their pain management clinic.  The traveling part is difficult.  4 hours by car and train doesn't mix well with spine pain. I wish this could be easier.  But, thank you again.

    • Anonymous
      deperate in eve...
      May. 26, 2009

      my husband has been on oxys and percocet for almost 6 years he tried methadone and it took all his pain away for 24 plus we cant find a doc in our area of boston who will prescribe this medications most pain clinics said no do you have any anwers or know who will help him please desperate in everett thanks hope you feeling better

    • Karen
      Jun. 30, 2010

      Have you tried CSIS in Woburn Ma. They can be extemely helpful and fast.

    • Anonymous
      Shanaynay
      Aug. 30, 2010

      What does CSIS stand for? and do they help people suffering from chronic pain by prescribing pain medicine? I live in Western Massachussetts. I suffer from fibromyalgia,many lower spine issues, sciatica and I am a single parent of two youngsters and work very very hard. I over exert myself constantly. Just yesterday I fell down some stairs moving a heavy ET...

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      What does CSIS stand for? and do they help people suffering from chronic pain by prescribing pain medicine? I live in Western Massachussetts. I suffer from fibromyalgia,many lower spine issues, sciatica and I am a single parent of two youngsters and work very very hard. I over exert myself constantly. Just yesterday I fell down some stairs moving a heavy ET center, landing on my back and the ET on my chest. I went to the ER and Dr. gave me a muscle relaxer and told me to buy a bottle of aleve. This is insane. I am suffering and I cannot get relief. Do you or Anyone out there can direct me to a MD/clinic who will prescribe strong pain medication. Vicadin works fine, for example. HELP me please!!!

    • Rebecca79
      Dec. 01, 2009

       I have found that doctors who specialize in pain management or at a pain clinic are much more comfortable with prescribing methadone. I think that this is because they are very knowledgable with this drug and have seen that it can bring quality back to lives if used properly. Check for a pain clinic at a hospital in your area.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 25, 2010

      I realize you wrote this like a year ago, but I was wondering if you had check on methadone clinics in your area. Granted you might have to claim your husband is an addict to get the methadone because they don't usually give methadone for pain, it might be the way to go. I go to a methadone clinic that strictly treats recovering addicts. They do not administer...

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      I realize you wrote this like a year ago, but I was wondering if you had check on methadone clinics in your area. Granted you might have to claim your husband is an addict to get the methadone because they don't usually give methadone for pain, it might be the way to go. I go to a methadone clinic that strictly treats recovering addicts. They do not administer methadone for pain management. But thats what I go for. They started me at the state allowed maximum to start a patient which was 30mg., and I worked my way up to 120 and it holds me nicely all day.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 02, 2010

      I have been using methadone for 6 years and I absolutely love it.  I at one time had a doctor prescribe it to me but he had his license taken away.  I am desperately looking for a new doc to give it to me. I have gone through 300,000 dollars buying it on the street.  Please help us.   we are real people who want nothing more than to...

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      I have been using methadone for 6 years and I absolutely love it.  I at one time had a doctor prescribe it to me but he had his license taken away.  I am desperately looking for a new doc to give it to me. I have gone through 300,000 dollars buying it on the street.  Please help us.   we are real people who want nothing more than to take a drug that gives us relief.  My money is gone.  It is a damn shame that we cannot legally get our doctors to  prescribe us methadone in this country.

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Feb. 02, 2010

      None of my patients who are using methadone as prescribed by me would say that they love taking it. Most would rather not have to take it, but methadone helps them get through life a little more comfortably. I have not found doses higher than 120mg per day that effective, at that point the body becomes too dependent on the chemical for it to be effective in...

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      None of my patients who are using methadone as prescribed by me would say that they love taking it. Most would rather not have to take it, but methadone helps them get through life a little more comfortably. I have not found doses higher than 120mg per day that effective, at that point the body becomes too dependent on the chemical for it to be effective in controlling pain. Many doctors have found the same to be true, so the recommended doseage for pain management is usually not to exceed 120mg.

       

      If someone did come to see me already using a higher doseage, I would start the patient at the dose the person is already taking and then SLOWLY wean the dose down (over a matter of months). Most of the time, with the right weaning, a lower dose is a very realistic goal. I hope you can maintain an open mind because being in love and married to a medication might be closing doors that lead to different opportunities for feeling better.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 03, 2010

      Thank you for responding.  I know that I was a bit candid but I just wanted to be honest and up front with what I am going through.  And you are absolutely correct about the fact that I do seem to have a love for the drug that is scary.  Let me clarify what I meant.  I was once addicted to oxycontin usihg at times 5 to 10 40mg tablets a...

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      Thank you for responding.  I know that I was a bit candid but I just wanted to be honest and up front with what I am going through.  And you are absolutely correct about the fact that I do seem to have a love for the drug that is scary.  Let me clarify what I meant.  I was once addicted to oxycontin usihg at times 5 to 10 40mg tablets a day.  Then I was intoduced to the methadone through my old doctor.  What I meant when I said I loved it was that I loved it compared to the oxycontin.  When I was using the oxys I was a real mess.  I couldn't hold a job, lost my friends and family etc. When I started using the methadone things started to improve. I now have steady employment and my family has accepted me back again.  But because I do not have  prescription of it I am always broke.   I need to get help qiuckly before my life is once again unmanageable.  I wish you could see me as a patient.  You sound so understanding. 

    • fmlandmypain
      Jun. 08, 2010

      this message is to the doctor Christina lasich  M.D

        

       

      I have been dealing with severe upper abdominal pain caused by an unknown reason. Ive been on fentanyl 12.5 micrograms/hr and tried kadian 20 mg once a day to start off with and this has produce more side effects than relief for me. I have been taking methadone for the last 3...

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      this message is to the doctor Christina lasich  M.D

        

       

      I have been dealing with severe upper abdominal pain caused by an unknown reason. Ive been on fentanyl 12.5 micrograms/hr and tried kadian 20 mg once a day to start off with and this has produce more side effects than relief for me. I have been taking methadone for the last 3 years without my doctors knowledge to controll my pain while they go threw the guessin game of which med works best. No im not a seeeker. my doctor has mention oxycodone and i turned it down because i dont like to feel loopy. he switched me to vicodon 7.5, 1 per q8hrs  earlier today and im very upset  with this decision because i know that over time ima need to take more and more and i dont want that and i also know that he knows( being a pain specialist n all) that methadone is the best med to use for people who need a strong pain medication but not strong side effects. Methadone has provided by far the best pain relief verses the side effects ratio and is the best titrated med ihave ever had . i kno it works for neuropathic pain well and i believe its my stomach nerves that are messed up and thats why the doctors GI exams showed nothing and also why methadone works better for me. Im now in the process of tryin to figure out how to get my doctor to give methadone a try without being suggestive. kinda hard huh? I apreciate any concerns or comments u may have about my care or if my doctors choices have been good as far as meds go. I hate meds and side effects but i hate my pain more so i deal with the side effects but why should i if there is something out there that works better, doesnt give u the sedative euphoria, and has tolerable side effects.... wish i didnt need this stuff tho, but i dont kno how id function without it.

       

      peace, love, and relief

       

      fmlandmypain

    • paigeinpain
      Oct. 06, 2010

      Hi, I don't know if you will get this being your comment was wrote a few months ago, but thought I would try. I agree with what you said about your patients on methadone wouldn't say they love it....TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I WOULD LOVE TO FIND A MEDICATION THAT I COULD SAY I LOVED....WHICH WOULD MEAN IT TOOK ALL OF MY PAIN AWAY....I am on methadone and I can...

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      Hi, I don't know if you will get this being your comment was wrote a few months ago, but thought I would try. I agree with what you said about your patients on methadone wouldn't say they love it....TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I WOULD LOVE TO FIND A MEDICATION THAT I COULD SAY I LOVED....WHICH WOULD MEAN IT TOOK ALL OF MY PAIN AWAY....I am on methadone and I can tell you that it does work good , but my pain is never gone and at this moment it isn't even under control.

       

      For the people out there who want to use methadone , please be sure to know how to use it. When I first started on it . I thought it was like all the other pain meds. out there and I took to much to fast when I was hurting badly , my body was used to high doses of narcotics ( I WAS MAULDED BY A PITT BULL DOG IN THE FACE AND HAVE BEEN THRU MANY SURGERIES, AND THIS CAME AFTER I HAD BEEN A PAIN PATIENT FOR TWELVE YEARS AFTER TWO FAILED TMJ SURGERIES). This medication is different and it doesn't give you a high, as a matter of fact I have found that being a chronic pain patient for 17 years I can't even remeber for it has been years since I got any kind of euphoria from taking anything. Back to the methadone , just be careful because you can't take more one day when your hurting worse and less the next. I almost died from it when i first started taking it and when I was getting ready to leave the icu, i asked the Dr. if I could still take methadone and he said yes as long as i followed the strick way to take it, i find that because I know it is dangerous if over taken that I have done very well with it for four years now.I was doing very good with my life and meds. for the first time, then they changed Drs. right after Michael Jackson died and the new Dr. did keep me on my methadone but reduced my break thru meds and what ever I was on and doing wonderful for the first time in years, bang, it all changed . I am writing this to everybody , but a Dr. posted it and I wish true pain patients didn't get such a hard time from everybody. I had this new Dr. of min put me on things that I told him I was allergic to ...nerontin is a bad one and he said try a lower dose and I did...BAD...then he put me on trazadone and oh my goodness, he also was giving me prozac, flereril ,bloodpressure med for adrenal something to slow down , other things baclofen (it just turned out that for four months I slept most of the time and gained 40 pds. , my blood pressure was up, i had so many side effects....the funny thing is my pain was better but as my sister says how do you even know you were asleep. So I am now facing stopping all of these meds at one time. My point on this is that the Drs. are afraid of writing controlled meds. but it leaves them with writing other meds. and oh my goodness at how a lot of these have so many more side effects and their not controlled, this I don't understand.

       

      Hope the thing on the methadone can help people....Always becarefull of every medication that you are giving , read the side effects and just make sure you know what to look for.

       

      My thought and wish is for Drs. to stop making us scarred of being pain patients and for the people out there who are using OUR MEDS. AS DRUGS TO GET HIGH AND ABUSE!!!!!!!! PLEASE DRS. WHO ARE LISTENING , DON'T LET THESE PEOPLE KEEP HURTING US ,,,BY YOU ALL BEING AFRAID TO WRITE THE MEDS. WE NEED ...IF EVERYBODY KEEPS LETTING US LOOSE FROM WHAT THE JERKS ARE DOING ...WE ALL NEED TO FIND A WAY TO STAND UP  AND FIGHT AGAINST ADDICTS. IF WE DON'T ONE DAY THE GOVERMENT IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY ALL OF OUT RIGHTS AS CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS.

       

      FROM A CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS WHO FIGHTS EVERYDAY JUST TO GET THRU EACH MIN. AND WHO IS TIRED OF NOT GETTING TO LIVE A SEMI NORMAL LIFE...

      I'M TRULY JUST TIRED!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      Missy Palm
      Aug. 14, 2011

      Hello, I am a little person and have spinal stenios and had two back surgery i have been on ever kind of meds you can think from pain to wackco med and nothing helped but methadone, when i finally recived ssi i got medcaid and evercare that is the biggest joke, my pain managment doctor stated who couldn't take my insurance anymore but wouldn't give me the enough...

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      Hello, I am a little person and have spinal stenios and had two back surgery i have been on ever kind of meds you can think from pain to wackco med and nothing helped but methadone, when i finally recived ssi i got medcaid and evercare that is the biggest joke, my pain managment doctor stated who couldn't take my insurance anymore but wouldn't give me the enough meds to find another pm doctor and when i called the pain meds clinic that my insurance paid for most of them basically all them say no not even to give me methadone till we find a better method but i get no. i don't know what i going to do when i run out and i see my twin brother get off of it cold turkey and there is no way i can handle this, i recently got mri and all my disc on ever level is budling, i asked the doctor to explain the mri and of course told that he just didn't have time . where are you located what can i do

      please i am need of help Missy 

       

       

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Aug. 14, 2011

      I am sorry to hear about your troubles. More and more doctors will not prescribe methadone because of fear and lack of knowledge. In fact, the FDA may one day pull methadone from the available list of treatments for pain just because there have been so many problems of overdoses.

       

      Your best bet is to go to a major teaching hospital for help. Local to...

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      I am sorry to hear about your troubles. More and more doctors will not prescribe methadone because of fear and lack of knowledge. In fact, the FDA may one day pull methadone from the available list of treatments for pain just because there have been so many problems of overdoses.

       

      Your best bet is to go to a major teaching hospital for help. Local to my area, UC Davis Medical Center has an excellent pain medicine department run by doctor who are not afraid of methadone.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • fmlandmypain
      Jun. 08, 2010

      i know what everyone here is going threw wit doctors being stingy bout quality pain relief and using methadone to treat it. I just got back from the  pain doctors office one hour ago and now i logged on here. i suffer from extreme upper abdominal pain and have had no doctors give me any answers as to why i feel the pain. Ive had every test possible for...

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      i know what everyone here is going threw wit doctors being stingy bout quality pain relief and using methadone to treat it. I just got back from the  pain doctors office one hour ago and now i logged on here. i suffer from extreme upper abdominal pain and have had no doctors give me any answers as to why i feel the pain. Ive had every test possible for the gut. So im conviced its nerve damage on the lining of my stomach due to teenage drinkin years :/ i no longer drink now tho.

       

      I have been on morphine and fentanyl both making me  very sick and my stomach more upset (more pain wit it than without due to side effects). I have been gettin methadone, but not from a doctor, for the last 3 yrs and have had amazing results. The problem is that i spend all my extra money on getting these even tho i get a good deal its still expensive over time, i pretty much work to live and i feel for the other ppl out there who are in the same situation.

       

      I have went in and tried all the things the docs have wanted me to try and they all make me sick, very upseting for my stomach. They do not know i am taking the methadone and i will never tell them, but i really wish i could tell them "this is what works, this is what has given me my life back". So now my doc put me on vicodin now instead of  the nasty fentanyl hoping i dont get as sick. Im very upset with this decision. Not only will this med be insufiecient for my pain but i will also build a tolerance over time quickly and i do not want to take more n more of this shit, also its short acting 3-4hrs relief per dose and my pain is CHRONIC AKA LONG TERM PAIN for all u dumb ass doctors out there methdone is the longest lasting narcotic availiable and is the best med for controling severe to moderate chronic pain :O

       

      My methadone dose has been the same for the last 3 damn yrs. never lowered cuz of side effects, never bumped it up to get more relief. So WHYYYYYY the hell is it that my doctor (knowing damn well just like any other pain specialist that methadone is the best choice for ppl who have adverse effects to regular opiod meds) wont give me this medication! sure i kno its dangerous doctors but so is "oxycotin" and other potent shit like that. Theres always gona be sum dumb smuck out there seekin pills and takin more than prescribed and tryin to get the docs to fill the script just so they can go get lit but there ARRRRRE ppl with legit pain who need a variety of options for there pain. People OD on methadone because when it first hit the market it was prescibed for heroin addicts and then the whole nationwide methadone OD ordeal started. Im almost certain that 50% or more ppl who have OD'd on methadone took it in excess instead of what was prescibed or off the street from ppl they kno (they take them like percocets) or becuz they drink alchohol with it or other depressants and then dont wake up. But slowly introducing methadone over time to a pain patient is completely safe so ive read in medical acticles and journals and the main reasons doctors get all tight up the ass is becuz ppl pop them like candy not knowing that it take 2hrs to reach peak (not 30-45 mins  like oxy and vico) and then when the med does kick in theyre screwed cuz they over did it and then guess whos gona be finding a new career after they find the patient dead in bed? You guessed it. This is why there is so much fuss bout this medication.

       

      I understand all these replies ive read on here and feel for the ppl who are strugglin day to day with uncontrolled pain or controlled pain but are paying the "outa pocket" cost just to live a happy and pain-free life. Methadone by far balances the scale between  pain relief over side effects and i have had no adverse effects besides minor constipation. I reccomend this med to all pain patients. It has givin me my life back!! I go see movies, go for walks, go camping shit u name it :) but if i dont take it or if i take the nasty regular opiods instead im either at home puking or sick or too loopy to even wana move. methadone provides relief without the "high" or adverse effects that normal opoids can cause. Some ppl like feelin dizzy but i like to be able to think and function. Im now tryin to figure out if i should stay with this doctor im currently seeing or if i should go see a mdone clinic or wat but i have hope that someday a doctor will give me a chance to improve the statistics of overall benifets of methadone and the pros n cons and that i will someday not have to buy the meds that my pain doctor down the street wont prescribe.ITs a sad fucked up world folks. Hang in there everyone.

       

      Peace, Love, and Relief

       

      fmlandthispain

    • spincan
      Nov. 12, 2010

      I have been on methadone since 2003 lived in CT for 10 years been to a pain clinic there I was on pill format. I finally realized after I went to another allergist that I was allergic to dairy and most pain meds have dairy as a back filler. Even most allergy pills. I ended up in the hospital and nursing home for a week once couln't walk not know there were...

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      I have been on methadone since 2003 lived in CT for 10 years been to a pain clinic there I was on pill format. I finally realized after I went to another allergist that I was allergic to dairy and most pain meds have dairy as a back filler. Even most allergy pills. I ended up in the hospital and nursing home for a week once couln't walk not know there were giving me medication that I was allerigic to. In 2007 I had to move home from Prince Edward Island Canada I lost my job do to out sourcing and ended up without medical insurnace and in the US thats not a good thing. I was hit by a driver two different times and two disks have not much sponge left methadone really helps with the pain and I wasn't allergic to it I was on it for pain not addict. Whe I moved home I had to go on liqiud format. Just happened I lucked out there was a doctor near by who had a lisence only two on the whole island this one was with in 5 min drive not bad being out in the country.  Recently things were getting worse i fell through a chair leg broke fell 3 inches I thought I fractured something this week it got so bad. I just finished bone scan mri and ct scan and two vial of blood work. Ended up with bone cancer which is why I was in so much pain recently and cause two fractures at the shoulder level . can't sit for more than 20 minutes pain comes back. The doctor gave me dilauntin tuesday and didn't do a thing to it. I wen back to a clinic today he gave me a step up program leaving it to my descression. And of course I had to use liquid again taste was alright. I started with 4mls and moved up to 7mls every 4 hours still in a lot of pain. I found out form the pharmasist that my methadone is interfering with the dilauntin counteracting. I have to back off a bit with mentadone and more dilauntin. Just having lots of fun and cancer appointment next week sorry for the long entry might help someone.

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      Anonymous
      Feb. 02, 2010

      I just posted the note about the 300,000 dollars.  I tried 2 methadone clinics.  One turned me away because I only had methadone in my system.  Can you freaking believe that?  The other started me at the damn 30 mg and I had been taking 200 mg a day.  I quit going.  It was a 2 hour drive for 30 mg.  No way.  They...

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      I just posted the note about the 300,000 dollars.  I tried 2 methadone clinics.  One turned me away because I only had methadone in my system.  Can you freaking believe that?  The other started me at the damn 30 mg and I had been taking 200 mg a day.  I quit going.  It was a 2 hour drive for 30 mg.  No way.  They would not increase me cause I missed a day or 2.  I just gave up.  this has ruined my life.  

    • friendinboston
      Jan. 23, 2011

      im sorry to hear that u had to go thru that but there r regulations (which suck when ur hurting) but if u stay with it they'll get u to the right dose-believe me i know cuz im on a methadone clinic myself for both pain & addiction. starting out is hard cuz u dont want to feel the pain & sickness but in the end it might save ur life!!! i dont know what...

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      im sorry to hear that u had to go thru that but there r regulations (which suck when ur hurting) but if u stay with it they'll get u to the right dose-believe me i know cuz im on a methadone clinic myself for both pain & addiction. starting out is hard cuz u dont want to feel the pain & sickness but in the end it might save ur life!!! i dont know what ur state regs r on methadone & clinics but find out & go back- be strong & fight the time it can give u back ur life!! i've been on for ova a year now & i can take mine home 3 times a week so i dont have to travel-im working my way up to 6 takehomes a week now. i was on before for 8 1/2 years but i couldnt do it without methadone- i live a normal life, hold a job, & it helps with the bulging disks in my back- i went to pain clinics & they didnt do NOTHING about my pain its like they could careless cuz of the fact i was going on the clinic but i was using to kill the pain (i was sober before this too) dont let people or drs discourage u about methadone cuz people dont know anything about it but want to assume they do & put people down for being on it- i ignore them negative people cuz it helps me to live a normal life again. please think about it. i know it will be hard at first (i've been thru it) but it might be the best thing for you. god bless & i hope all works out for u. :)

    • debbie2011
      Nov. 14, 2013

      Dont know if u are still looking for a pain dr in mass but there is an excellent one in Boston at Brigham and woman's hospital pain mgmt center the doctor name is Dr.  Ross hw is very good non judgemental and understanding