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Is Taking Xanax With Methadone Safe

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HANOJ86 Says:
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I'm trying to figure out how to quit methadone cold turkey...I was laid off and now can't afford the medication......what are my options....I live in mount airy nc

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EDDY Says:
 
Yes, it is "Safe" to take Xanax while attempting to quit Methadone which I'm not sure is safe to do without a doctors supervision. However the withdrawal from Xanax (and remember you would need money to pay for this new Xanax as well) rivals any drug you have ever abused. I wouldn't hesitate to say the withdrawal from Xanax is even stronger than your Methadone?

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Jenna Says:
 
Usually for drugs like Methadone the safest way to stop taking them is to tapper off them, if possible. Do you have any Methadone left to taper with? Some medications can be taken in fractions (actually cut into pieces) and these smaller pieces can be taken in place of the regular dose for a period of several weeks until the body is no longer dependent upon them.

I would suggest setting up a time frame on a calendar as to how often and how much you decide to taper down your dose, until you feel comfortable going off of them completely. Others may advise going a different route, but for me personally, that is what I would do if I was in your shoes.

I hope this helps!

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JJ Says:
 
Your definitely in a tough spot! Although need to find a Doctor that is willing to sign a contract, as long as you are honest, up front, and do not take illegal drugs, you should not have a problem. As long as you work the Doctors orders, an do not abuse medication, you should be fine! Although you have to build the trust factor!

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Sandra Says:
 
That is the exact combination that killed my little brother in his sleep. It makes me feel ill anytime I hear/read of someone considering this. He was addicted to pain pills initially from multiple surgeries he had on his shoulders. Turned out, his workplace was a haven for drug dealers, and they gave him some methadone to stave off the withdrawal symptoms (he was getting the lortab from his physician, but never had his physician's advice regarding these interactions, because he did not tell him). So, he was taking methadone, and he took some xanax after getting home from work. He worked very hard - he was a towboat pilot on the MS river - and he worked long hours - shift work, and he always appeared tired as it was. That was the reason his wife didn't realize he was under the influence of the methadone that evening. About 3 a.m., she tried to wake him up to go to work, and he was dead. Since this experience (the worst in my life), I've learned about Suboxone (which I also have some strong feelings about - both pro and con), which probably would have saved my brother's life, but I also found out about the high death rate from the interaction of these two meds. I hope I've given you enough reservations about this that you will not take it likely, and you will make every effort to find another method that will work for you. I don't want you - or anyone else - to end up like my little brother. In addition, I also worked as a counselor in a methadone clinic after his death, so I've seen a lot.

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EDDY Says:
 
That is a terrible story, sorry to read it. Xanax might be the strongest benzodiazepine to withdraw from. I wonder how much he was taking?

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Sandra Says:
 
I don't know. He was living in Louisiana & I was living in MS, and at the time, I was very ignorant of pain meds & especially those interactions. I could look at him & tell he was suffering from is addiction, which broke my heart, but I had no idea how to help him. I do now though. I went back to school to be a social worker, and I've worked in drug & alcohol programs for youth & adults & been a methadone clinic counselor also, in addition to some other related things. My brother would probably still be alive if I had known then what I know now. Thank you for your condolences :) It's been since 2006, but you never stop missing your brother.

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