Replacement For Methadone

Sara Says:

I am currently on 10 mg of methadone 16 times a day. I have to have something for my backpain but cannot deal with the side effects of methadone anymore. What would be a replacement drug that would be as effective?

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David Says:

Hi Sara,

Sorry to hear that your pain medication isn't working as well as you'd like it to. Some of these side effects can be pretty horrible, so I don't blame anyone for trying to find an alternative.

A few suggestions I can give you for other prescription pain medications include: Demerol, Morphine, Vicodin (extended release), Percocet, Dilaudid, Opana, Oxycodone, and Fentanyl. Your doctor would have a better clue as to which one of these would best replace the drug you're currently on, but honestly, there's no way of telling ahead of time how you'll react to any one of these other medications; and the side effects may or may not be just as bad or worse, or you may have no side effects at all.

I hope this helps!

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Cujoman Says:

Hi Sara, I was on 180 ml of methadone 8 yrs ago and i developed Colitis from it. Had a scope and got off the meth and my Dr switched me to oxycontin. worked well,till he died or ob. 5-6 ppm or parts per million for the silver.the stomach side-effects i bought colliadal silver at the health store and took 3 tablespoons a day.worked well and fixed the pr

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miss prim Says:

I think alot of people hav problems with methodone and the withdrawal it is horrible; i think if u could change to subutex it would be the best option and the withdrawal is alot easy.

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cyberbrat Says:

Hello Sara. Im sorry your not getting relief. I Also take methadone, 10mg tabs. But possibly its the way you are taking them. I mean the frequency. Maybe like me and others you should ask your dr if instead of dosing 16 times per day, you could take 80 mgs twice a day or like me 50mg 3 times per day. Methadone takes approx two hrs to metabolize (work) and has a 24 hr half life. Which means half the dose continues working or remains in your system anyway for 24 hrs. If I dosed like you I doubt I would get relief either, even though I was taking the required amount of medication total, it just wouldnt ever get to a point of pain relief. Your Not to mention you have to basically take a pill all day and who wants THAT??? We feel crappy enough already without popping pills all day. Just thinking about your situation, it seems like just as youve taken a tablet and its starting to work but NOT at a therapeutic level for chronic pain, its time to take another tab and wait another 2 hrs for relief. I wouldnt get relief at that rate for apprx 6 hrs and then its already noon, the morning is gone. Now you have to keep the pain manageable ans a pill every hour or so wouldnt work fir me, and I take a lesser dosage Good luck to you.

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SuZ Says:

Just kicked methadone after years of using... I totally agree. I didn't realize how much LIFE I was missing until I did.

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multiple afflictions Says:

Look up dihydrocodeine specifically for bone pain nerve pain arthritis cancer works well just the DHC alone is mail order or in the UK you can get two kinds at CVS that has aspirin caffeine and dihydrocodeine and then acetaphetamine dihydrocodeine and caffeine there called synalgose and trezix. Has no contradictions with methadone or most of the medications I've been on them all but start low first

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multiple afflictions Says:

The 10mg methadone different formula than the liquid and the liquid is a different formula than the wafers and the doctors most of them have no idea what's going on I do

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