Methadone and tooth decay

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I've been on methadone for over a year now and am about to begin the slow detox. I've been noticing serious tooth decay lately and was just wondering if it's the methadone??? Has anyone else had this problem, and what did you do about it? I brush my teeth twice a day, but still problems. I even had to have a tooth pulled last week it was so bad. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Please help.......
I think your on to something that is not mentioned in warnings or discussed much. I believe there is a correlation as I have had all kinds of dental problems this past year with fillings popping out, teeth fracturing which required a couple of them to be pulled, and a crown that got loose 3 times with this last time taking a small piece of tooth with it making it useless to use anymore..There is another individual in here who is having the same problems..
Methadone has been known to cause tooth and gum decay...They call it 'meth mouth'..
I just googled methadone and tooth decay and there are a lot of reports that is does cause chopper problems.
that is stupid. you can taper of methadone comfortably and that is what i plan to do when i feel that i am strong enough to start tapering. when i feel like i can get off methadone and not use oxy again, then i will taper off in a way that i do not have to suffer. i think it is a stupid blanket statement to say that methadone is the hardest thing to withdrawal from. TAPER! anyways....im just so over the negativitly that goes with methadone. it does amazing things.
I brush 2 to 3 times a day, I snack on bannas and milk at night. I heard methadone causes tooth decay. But, if that were the case, why is it happening now and not 20 years ago? I'm 45 and I've become very concerned. It's all I think about. I'm getting depressed about this situation. I highly doubt it's the methadone. But, what else could it be? I really need some help, I don't want to lose my teeth.
It's also done some not-so-good things for me- I've gained almost 30 lbs, lost a lot of my molars (the change in chemistry in your saliva combined with the dry mouth causes tooth decay with methadone) and I'm much more tired than I would like to be. The fact is, it's not an irreversible fate. You can get off of methadone if you decide that is what's right for you. Just do it slowly and be sure to have plenty of support and be honest with yourself about how you're doing.
My friend has been on clonipins for 10 yrs and was going to a methadone clinic about 3 yrs ago and both we're legal and her Dr. knew so I'm not 100% sure if it's ok, but I do know she was taking both by presciption...You could also try contacting a pharmacy and they may know or call poison control and ask them they may only tell you if you've already taken it.
These include decreased sex drive (common with all opiates), constipation, sweating, skin rashes, loss of appetite, sedation, increased tooth decay, and irregular periods. In my opinion, methadone should only be used for addicts who are chronic relapsers. Many (most) addicts are able to get off opiates without methadone, and despite some relapses will eventually stay clean. You don't say how many times you have tried to get clean and stay clean.
I was on oxy for a long time before I ever took a methadone and ya, methadone can get you pretty lit if you take a lot and it would probably appear just as if hes on oxy. As gnarly said if hes nodding out hes taking too much.
Methadone itself does not cause tooth decay. It decreases the amount of saliva in your mouth making it easier for bacteria to hang around and attack your teeth. Any opiate will do that. There are ways to make sure this does not happen. Chewing sugarless gum, brushing and flossing several times a day, rinsing your mouth after you eat, especially sugars. You have to have really good oral hygiene to combat the problems of dry mouth, but it can be done.
Whether or not methadone affects teeth I don't know. I know methadone will indirectly cause weight gain and tooth decay as a result of sugar cravings, such is true with opiates in general. I have also heard and that methadone slows metabolism and causes water retention (as has been said here) which is possible. My friend has gained almost 100 pounds since being on methadone for just under a year, and he says it's because it slows his metabolism.
His story of opiods stated 2-1/2 years ago from a skiing accident, broken ribs, doc put him on vicoden and kept increasing norco, and so on to oxy's. He wanted off those and started a methadone treatment about a year ago and due to how much opiods he was taking they kept uping his dose. Got him up to 200 mg he even got to 250 but he told them he didn't want to take that much. Anyway, over the last 3 months Oct - Dec he started a massive abuse of Xanax, along with the methadone.
i know some people that were very successful, then there are the people i know, who sold methadone for heroin , coke, whatever and they didnt make it. i am lost, and completely torn. my dr brought up the meth program and i REFUSE to say yes or no til i hear it from the experts, people who have been there...
Doing opiates also makes people vomit a lot and constant vomiting causes tooth decay so this could also be a reason why there may be tooth decay for your nephew along with the poor hygiene that goes along with most any addictions.
Tooth decay and prescribed narcotics causing the decay have been the subject of many studies. Some researchers say the tooth decay is from dry mouth a side effect of taking the prescribed narcotics and some say it caused from the "sweet tooth" the craving one gets while taking their medications.
Poor or irregular diet and inadequate dental care also contribute to tooth decay. Regular brushing and chewing sugar-free gum can prevent tooth decay. * Changes to periods (menstruation) Many women have irregular periods when they use heroin or other opiates. For some women, their menstrual cycle returns to normal during methadone treatment, whereas others continue to have irregular periods while on methadone.
Several new medical conditions developed in the group over the 10+ year period, such as hormone abnormalities, weight gain, tooth decay, tachycardia, hypertension, osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. There was no clear way to determine whether these conditions were caused by the pain, the opioid therapy, the natural aging process, or were just inherent in the patients; however, all of the conditions could easily be medically managed.
I have to keep a glass of water next to my bed and I wake up at least 4-5 times and have to drink because my mouth is srivled up dry. I would be careful with it too because dry mouth is what causes tooth decay and is why people sometimes say it rots your teeth. It really isnt the methadone that is rotting your teeth its the dry mouth. Ur saliva is your teeths natural defense and without that its unprotected.
With the methadone and doctor problem. You can see a doctor and tell them your having a problem, it will be okay. You can do it without seeing a doctor I am on day 11 with no methadone. Just taper down by 5mg every week until you get to 5 or 10 mg, then try to get a week or two where you can just sit around. Its hard but its better than feeling insane from staying on methadone.
dizziness nausea difficulty urinating constipation drowsiness contentment warmth vomiting skin rashes increased perspiration flushed skin vision problems lowered sex drive inability to perform sexually missed menstrual periods weight gain loss of appetite tooth decay abdominal pain mood changes
all day, esp pelvic and muscle cramps! No pain now! Also i was clean off methadone for 2 years straight, and due to and unerlying condition and etc. stupid me went back then switched to subs, 2 weeks in come Thurs.
All were taking a long-acting form of morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or methadone and one or more short-acting opioids for breakthrough pain or pain flares. They all also took additional medications such as muscle relaxants, sleep aids, hormone replacements and dietary supplements. Study Results Almost all of the patients (22 of 24) said their pain had permanently decreased over time.
It could be decay is caused by dry mouth which is a common side effect of opiates and dry mouth will lead to tooth decay. Another reason opiates tend to cause sugar cravings there fore the sugar leads to tooth decay. If you were to ask anyone that has been on opiates for many years they would probably say yes the meds caused my bad teeth.
2% The subjects had all been receiving continuous opioid therapy for 10 to 35 years. All were taking a long-acting form of morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or methadone and one or more short-acting opioids for breakthrough pain or pain flares. They all also took additional medications such as muscle relaxants, sleep aids, hormone replacements and dietary supplements. Study Results Almost all of the patients (22 of 24) said their pain had permanently decreased over time.
I doubt a doctor would give you an honest answer. As far as dental problems yes, yes, yes. I've been told that all opiates cause tooth decay and suboxone can have the same effects on your teeth as methadone.. . anyway.. I dont know if any of its true, but let me tell you that I am in the process of: 1) 2 extractions; 2) 3 root canals; 3) 6 fillings and 4) implants where the extractions are.
most of them work but wear off within 2-3 hours. I tried methadone, but couldnt function and pain relief was slight. This med is providing wonderful pain relief, but I have a 2 yr old to chase after! Will this tiredness go away when I adjust to the med? Or should I try something else??
My detox from Fentynl involved seizures, 4 week hospitalization, heart arrythmias, a bowel obstruction, and tooth decay from so much vomit. Tried suicide 3 times. Im am no better than anyone. I just want you all to know I care very deeply about all of you. If you got somthing that works for you and your healthy, happy, and clean, God Bless you and your effort. Have a great night everyone, tomorrow is a new day, embrace it as the first day of the rest of you life!
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