Methadone

Methadone

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Methadone

Hi all,
Anyone else have trouble with methadone side effects? When I first started on it I felt I couldn't concentrate. And it felt like someone cut 30 points off my I.Q. and everything that would be a consequence of that.
But now I'm getting used to being stupid but I can't handle the nodding. It has increased with time. And if I have to drive I do so with a half of a dose and still I'd better do it in the morning. I like to travel and it's got to where I can't. I'm a backwards med kind of person so it's hard to find anything that controls the pain without to many side effects. Any ideas?
Good luck, Jim

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Methadone

Hi J,
I have been on Methadone now for about 3 months. I am on 40 Mg's a day and it has been the only Opiod that I have been on that have caused almost no side effects on me. I can drive, concentrate and do everything else better than when I was on Morphine or some other med. So goes to show you that we are all different when it comes to medications.... Hope that you find some other answers soon. Take care,

Millie

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Millie

Thanks for the return comments. Yes its been made apparent to me that we are all different. And methadone seems to work well for most and without a lot of side effects. I think I could live with everything except the recent "nodding" It took a long time for that to come about and it just really makes my life a "catch 22" Because either I can't travel cause I'm in too much pain to do so without the methadone or I take the methadone and can't travel cause I nod when I drive. Either way I'm stuck with no life. It's gotten to where I'm afraid to try anything new because I've had such bad luck with meds working backwards. And my failed SCS could probably make a difference. But I'm afraid to have another surgery to put in new improved leads and move the IPG so it doesn't hurt. anyway I just don't know what to do. So I do nothing.
Good luck, Jim

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hey

hi dudes, dudette,
i think if your nonning your dose is way too high. what amount do you take and how many times a day? and for the other person 40mg. methadone a day seems like very small amount, therefore no side effects. your very lucky to get good pain control on such small dose. good luck to you both and may you have more good than bad days.

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Hi REMZY

I'm using 50mg. a day. I start out with just 10mg. for the first 4 to 6 hrs. And as the day goes on I take them 10 mg. at a time till I have enough pain coverage. But the nodding out is occuring early when Ive just had 10 or 20 mg.
Good luck, Jim

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Methadone

J,
That is exactly the same way that I take my methadone, 10 Mg.'s at a time..... I hope that this issue will get better for you. Take care,

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Doc put me on methadone 10mg tablets 2 x daily on 2/2/09 after being on roxicodone & norco with little pain relief from these two. He said those were short acting & I was having ups & downs & the meth was a long acting & should take care of it. I have also been taking neurontin 300mg 4 x daily for about 3 months now. I noticed the pain was almost gone after starting the meth but I would fall asleep at any time of day no matter what i was doing. I was riding our sit down excersize bike & passed out while excersizing. Pretty scary huh?? After 5 days on meth I was real nautious & could not stay awake. I continued on & have been sick ever since & cannot stay awake. I decided after being like this again this past weekend I am done with meth. It is not for me. So I am now taking half a dose 2xdaily until I see the pain doc tomorrow. Funny thing is it was working at keeping the pain manageable. Now that I have cut back the pain is coming back. My problem is I cannot take ANY meds without bad side effects. I am lost. I am so tired of trying this & that & getting all these side effects.

Norm May we all become painfree

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Yes Norm

Is pain control without side effects to much to ask?
Good luck, Jim

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ohh, thats not much,

i see that doesnt seem like too high a dose at all. i guess it effect everyone different. maybey doc can give you some amphetamines to go with methadone so you can be awake. good luck...and wake up haha.

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Hi...Started 5mg of

Hi...Started 5mg of methadone yesterday after being on 5/325oxycodone for a couple of months..I have never felt so sick in my life from the methodone..Headache, dizziness, loopy, and very sleepy..I had to stay home from work I felt so sick...Took 2 more 5 mg doses and felt worse..Ended up calling my doc and he said to discontinue and go back to the oxycodone...Frustrating trying to find a drug or therapy that works..Amy

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nodding off

i was taking meth. 10mg at a time up to 4 times a day and it mad me doso off at bad times like one time i was eating a bowl of cereal and just feel asleep spilt it all over me boy was my wife p-off said that s--t was really messing me up and oh ya have fun getting off it i stopped cold turkey and by the 3rd day i was at the ER thought i was going to die it is a very powerful drug really think about it if you are going to use it

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