Methadone withdrawal depression

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Avatar f tn ) I have been prescribed Valium for my depression and insomnia BUT my question is that If I choose to taper down from the methadone and try to get myself OFF of all opiates of any kind - will taking the Valium help me with this as well as withdrawals? I want my life back and there has got to be another NON opiate medication to help with my pain so that I can stop depending on Methadone. Any help or advice?
Avatar f tn GoingTo MakeIt is correct it can be mild or severe, from my own personal experience during my detox from methadone, it was bad during the first two weeks, but I still functioned, as best as I could anyway, I tapered down from 90mgs down to 2mgs then stopped, my symtoms were like many who stop methadone, no energy, depression, bad anxiety, couldnt sleep, sneezing, etc. It has been 2 1/2 months since being off methadone & I am back to my pre-methadone days, & very happy about my success!!!
Avatar m tn It's been almost 3 months that I've been using again and I'm scared as hell to withdrawal this time. My depression is already bad enough and I'm still using, how am I gonna deal with it once the withdrawals begin? And how much worse will it be than last time? I've been using more than I ever have so I assume it will be much more severe. I might be able to get some soma and vitamins to help with the come down, what I'm most worried about is restless legs and insomnia.
Avatar f tn I am now taking (not prescribed) 5-20mg methadone per day as I couldn't cope with some withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is not available to me in New Zealand & my GP prescribed zopiclone 7.5mg for sleep. What can I do to get off methadone, minimising the terrible heart palpitations & breathlessness that are the only things I can't cope with? Please help as I desperately want off this drug!
Avatar f tn The severe symptoms go away in four to six weeks with methadone, but the residual insomnia, weakness and depression can last for months. Make sure those are addressed and discussed with a physician so that you do not fail long term. Please take some time to look at my blogs (by clicking on my name and then blogs)to get more information. My website ( also has lots of information. You have a lot to live for and you obviously know what is important in life.
Avatar f tn I know as a mother that it is not easy to see your child suffer, but understand, this is all part of recovery, your daughters body is undergoing many changes due to having little or no methadone, it will get better, but only if she stays off methadone. The symtoms of methadone withdrawals vary from person to person, mine were like riding a roller coaster, some days were good, then the next day Id feel as if I were back on my first day of detoxing, so shes gonna have good days & bad.
Avatar n tn Im curious since my fmly dr has no clue about methadone, why would i be having withdrawal symptoms if its still in my system? i always thot it would be so easy to slowly get off it and wouildnt be nearly as bad as oc withdrawals, im afraid im wrong aftr reading horror stories. I could go back to my dr for "one more" scrip, but then i feel i will never finally stop this awful drug.
Avatar n tn CHINESE HERBS and ACCUPUNCTURE seem to be two of the best ways to treat withdrawal syndrome, and the long-term "post accute withdrawal syndrome" (or "abstinance syndrome"). Methadone has a long-term post accute withdrawal period - sometimes it NEVER goes away. I've heard of people getting off of methdone for a few years, and after being miserable the whole time they get back on methadone - why be miserable when a medication allows you to feel "normal" again?
Avatar n tn I am in the midst of methadone withdrawal after being on it for 4 years. I tapered down to 5 mg. without much trouble but at that point had my first dreaded 'night of terror' where I wasn't able to sleep. So I decided this would be a good time for the breakaway. It has been a week now and the symptoms have lessened. I went through cold sweats, back/body pain, flu symptoms, cold symptoms (including fits of sneezing),skin 'crawling', diahrrea, and the anxiety/ sleeplessness I mentioned.
Avatar f tn well your going threw a typical methadone withdrawal and that is normal....sleep was all but impossible for me so I know how it is to be laying there but it is like your brain wont shut off....the next faze will be dreaming....I got dreams in tec/na/color and they came at me at 100 mile a was the only way that I new I was getting any sleep at just have to get by on cat naps.........try rolling up in a blanket on the sofa with some really soft music playing.....
Avatar f tn I applaud you resolve to stay clean, but want to caution you that methadone is a long acting narcotic and your withdrawal symptoms will stick around for quite a while. You will feel rotten for as long as four to six weeks. You can try asking a physician to prescribe you some Requip for restless legs, Clonidine for blood pressure and general anxiety control and maybe get some over the counter Valerian for sleep and sedation.
Avatar n tn never know though its different at every clinic as for the depression it comes with tapering it all part of the withdrawal but it is safe to mix antidepressants with methadone...I was on them both for 6 1/2 yrs and it helped with the depression ...your b/f really need to get involved with some sort of aftercare N/A is good and the clinic should have free cosoling you need to be hooked up with something when trying to get off the methadone...
417971 tn?1237146307 2 more days untill 0mg of methadone..I've finally gotten down to 5mg and so far not too bad. I wake up threw the night off and on but fall back asleep. Sweat like a pig at night, and my dreams are finally comming back. The nights are getting harder, like starting at 7pm, I feel like I don't know what to do with myself, pacing, racing thoughts, but no motivation to do anything like clean or do something productive. I'm pmsing like crazy too so that just amplifies the moodieness.
Avatar n tn I had got off of everything for about 8 months but somehow managed to relaps. About 2 1/2 months ago I started taking METHADONE with the attitude that it was a wonder drug that gets you off of everything, so I hear from friends, (which is bullcrap!). This past Friday I realized that it is time to stop and get a grip on my life. After day 3 the symptoms start. No sleep, anxiaty, stomach cramps, leg cramps, deep depression, ect.... I broke down and took a oxy 40 and it didn't even phase me.
Avatar m tn I get enough of them from people in the program and everyone that's been through methadone withdrawal can't really identify with what I'm going through. Btw, I am on Lexapro for depression/anxiety( I still have anxiety too) and Lexapro for sleep bc I still don't sleep well.
Avatar f tn If you give birth to a baby while still on methadone, baby will go into withdrawal a few days after delivery if you do not breastfeed because of methadone level falling in his or her bloodstream. Breastfeeding while on methadone has been done, but there have been reported cases of respiratory arrests and deaths in infants while breastfeeding from mothers taking pure opiate agonist such as methadone. There are better ways of approaching your situation.
Avatar m tn I have been off methadone for 18 days cold turkey, i have been reading the experiances of others and although my own has not been as bad im wondering, Has anyone out ther only taken 5 to 10 mgs a day and had a long harsh recovery? I keep waiting to wake up and not feel cold, or chilled then hot, 18 days i thought i should be over it by now!
Avatar n tn i had a heroin addiction then started a methadone programme but i only went to 50mg and only on it for 8 weeks i want to come off it completly and from all my reading up peoplesay the best thing to do is keep myself asleep for at least a week solid with sleeping tablets just want to know has anyone tried it or any advice i would be very grateful
Avatar n tn i might start going to anew dr and they don't use methdone yet i am n methadone, now they tell me an opiate is an opiate, yet i have been told you can't stop methadone abrubtly is it true you start taking another opiateit won't matter.
Avatar n tn Previously, before buprenorphine was approved as an opiate addiction therapy drug, methadone was commonly used. Methadone is a schedule II synthetic opiate drug. Methadone also serves functions similar to that of buprenorphine. However, methadone-based opiate addiction therapy also suffers from various drawbacks. Methadone can be prescribed only by qualified medical professionals in licensed treatment clinics.
Avatar m tn If he gets hooked on methadone, he will regret it eventually. 16 days is long enough for Oxy withdrawal, but not methadone. I will talk with him if he wants.
Avatar n tn If I go into withdrawal, it is a horrendous say the least! Five mg of methadone to me is like a Bayer aspirin. But, you know what you want and I would like to see you get there. What you have mapped out looks like a good game plan. You can do it. And, don't worry about getting hooked on the methadone. Like I said, if you take it like you say you are going to, physical dependence will not happen. I guarantee it!
Avatar n tn 25 milligrams of methadone and only experienced nervousness and depression, I pray alot which helps. I just wish I could feel the way I used to feel 3 years ago before starting on methadone. I want to make it soo bad so I'll keep the faith.
4597556 tn?1383308643 If your doctor can't identify classic withdrawal symptoms then I'd say its time for a new doc...if you are that worried about it and in fear I would go to the ER and I'm sure they could help you. I would think that they would be able to provide info, literature, or at least give you a list of pain mgmt docs. Good luck. Hope you feel better.
Avatar n tn Methadone isn't all bad, BUT every rose has its thorns. and methadone has some pretty damn big ones. The biggest thing methadone offers people is the stability. It will allow you to feel somewhat normal. you can go throughout your day without the need of getting high. It does a great job keeping you on baseline, without the highs of getting high and lows of not. Methadone will make you very lathargic and sleepy all day. Why not sub?
Avatar n tn I am addicted to oxycontin taking 180mg per day. I have been to rehab twice, they put me on meth for 4 days and I go home. Then I am so sick, no energy,no appetite for weeks. I then get back on the pills because I cant function. Am I a candidate for a methadone program> Should I seek this type of program? I am more scared of addiction to methadone than you can imagine but is there a short term type methadone program available? I just dont know what to do.
Avatar n tn Ok, I need some info on Methadone, the only methadone I have taken to detox are the 40mg wafers either orange or white in color, or the 20mg Methadose pills........... The longest period of time I have ever taken these for is 5 days at a time. I only take a MAXIMUM high of 15mg the first day of detox. I haven't taken anything for over 65 days, actually probably more then that, I haven't kept count.
Avatar m tn first off congrats on 6 days clean your off to a good start your very lucky to only have been on it 2 1/2 mo your withdrawal shouldent be that bad but this stuff is really cyclic just when you think its done with you it comes back with a vengeance your withdrawal will be more of a mind game then a physical withdrawal so N/A can really help you there aftercare is ecential to making it long term you dont want to have to do this again good luck and God bless.......