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Methadone used for Chronic Pain

My doctor recently prescribed Methadone for my chronic pain issued which is traditionally used for cancer patients along with another drug called Bacolfen which is a muscle relaxer that has many side effects that I am experiencing but does put my twitching and spasms under control so I can take the good with the bad.

Is anyone else having weight gain issues from some of these medication mixes? I have not changed anything in my diet and even cut down to very small meals daily and I am still slowly gaining weight and it's upsetting to me, just curious if its this set of medication or the medication for other symptoms of depression and anxiety which go hand in hand with my pain because that aspect is getting worse.

Just wondering if anyone else has gone down this new road with Methadone, I love the way the pharmacy looks at you like a drug addict but should respect that I didn't choose this my doctor did and it's working as expected, have Norcco for my pain spikes that I hope get better after my surgery next week.

Thank you in advance for your experiences.



  • pilot9099ppilot9099 Posts: 4
    edited 11/06/2015 - 3:12 PM
    As for your question about weight gain, methadone DOES make you gain weight. I've been on it for 8 or 9 years , 60mgs. a day. But it does relieve my nerve and muscular pain from my pinched nerves and torn muscles. I have tried fentanyl, percoset and others, but methadone is a long lasting pain reliever, and is also cheap for patients having no insurance..... but the weight gain, I figured was a fair trade for good pain relief. My experience anyway, my doc told me I'd gain weight.
    Steven A. Collins
  • I didn't gain weight when my methadone dosage was 60mg a day - my gains started after I was switched to morphine sulfate at 30mg - was nauseous all the time and tended to nibble constantly. The morphine also gave me headaches and disturbed my sleep. I was physically exhausted. Just got back on methadone (different pain doctor) but only 10 mg a day. I think my weight gain comes from a huge decrease in my physical activity. This dose fails to give me much pain relief so am spending hours every day laying down - eating very little doesn't help -
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    edited 11/10/2015 - 12:57 PM
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