I'm new here and will introduce myself soon. I'm under time pressure right now because I am interviewing for jobs and my current pain meds (patch) aren't working well. I know I can't work at my current pain level. My doctor may want to switch me to methadone.
I'm hoping that anyone who has taken methadone for CP in the past or present (or knows a fair amount about it) might be able to help address some of my concerns. I have to make a decision very quickly. I actually tried methadone for CP *very* briefly about a year ago, but got really worried about the reports I read about gaining a lot of weight. I'm not just worried for cosmetic/psychological reasons, but have concerns about the effect of gaining weight on my overall health. I tried it for all of a week -- during the last three or four days on it, I developed a very dry mouth and was insatiably thirsty. On the other hand, it was wonderful for my pain. I don't know if the severity of the dry mouth would have diminished with time and/or if this was an unusual side effect (maybe something else I was taking at the time caused the severe dry mouth?).
I know methadone can be a great painkiller (was for me),but I'm worried about gaining a lot of weight on methadone and having a really dry mouth. I'm wondering what side effects people have experienced, and if you gained weight and/or had terrible thrist/very dry mouth like me. If so, did either of these side effects go away?
Also, I heard that it can be difficult to switch from methadone to another medication. I guess I'm worried that if I go on methadone and take it for several months but find that I'm gaining a lot of weight, that it will be hard to switch to another medication, and that I might have to take a lot of time off work.
If you have taken methadone and then switched to a different med, I would be grateful if you could tell me a little about the process - the med you switched to, if it was hard for the dr. to find the right dose, and how long it took to make the change to another med.
Thanks so much for any help you can give me. Sorry if I repeated anything - I feel exhausted right now and can't think clearly. I'm looking forward to being a member of this community.