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Monday, October 11, 2010 CR, Community Member, asks

Q: My PCP has now referred me to a pain clinic that wants me to go from oxycodone for DDDL,OA,spinal stenosis to methadone. I am very afraid. Why methadone? I have documentation for conditions.

Why the push for methadone when the side effects are so terrible and the oxycodone works. I cannot afford the long term, so I do need to take my meds every 4 hours. Medicare Pard D covers that amount I take for the whole year but will not cover long term oxycontin. It's very expensive. I am on permenant disability. I do not want to die. I am so afraid of methadone, why are they pushing methadone?

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The Poet, Community Member
10/11/10 3:35pm

Methadone can work very well for pain, and it's very cheap for you.  Cheap cheap cheap. 

Your doctor probably wants to switch because he/she believes it may be more effective in helping your pain.  Methadone has a very long half-life, which means that it will work longer than oxycodone.  You may be able to take it just once or twice a day and have the relief of taking an oxycodone every 4 hours.

I think your doctor wants to switch to take better care of you.  If you are nervous about the switch, talk to your doctor about it.  He'll have all the information you could possibly want.

Also, methadone's side effects are actually not very bad at all.  There are a lot of possibilities but from my understanding, they're actually rare.  That's why it's also used to rehabilitate heroin addicts.

 

I hope this helps you out. 

 

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seekndstry, Community Member
5/26/12 11:55am

I have taken methadone for 4 years, after using oxycodone and oxycontin for almost 10. The methadone has a long half- life and I  no longer experience withdrawl in between doses like I did with the oxy. It works much better for my pain control and is extremely cheap. You might want to give it a try.

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By CR, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/26/12, First Published: 10/11/10