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Methadone overdose: How much amount of methadone to OD?

As with other prescription drugs, methadone is the reason for many cases of abuse and fatal overdoses. In this article, we hope to inform you on methadone overdose, its most common manifestations on the body as well as the recommended dosage and prognosis. Then, we invite your questions about ODing on methadone at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate queries with a personal and prompt response.

How does unintentional methadone overdose happen?

Methadone has been used safely and effectively for decades to treat opiate addiction. In fact, the most common use for methadone is as pharmacological treatment for drugs like heroin, morphine, or pain medication. But methadone can also be used as a pain reliever, or abused by drug users to get high. Methadone prescriptions for pain relief have increased as has the nonmedical or recreational use of methadone.

According to some reports, methadone used for heroin substitution treatment does not appear to be a major part of the overdose issue. But one important element for the occurrence of methadone overdose is the fact that methadone is accessed as a low-cost generic drug and is often listed by preferred drug by insurance agencies. This is why, generally, methadone overdose is usually linked with trying to get high on methadone and is connected to abuse and misuse of this opioid medication. Individuals who abuse other narcotics such as heroin, turn to methadone because of its increasing availability. However, methadone does not produce the same euphoric rush compared to other drugs, so they end up consuming dangerously large quantities in order to attain the desired effect. A common outcome of those cases are methadone overdoses.

Methadone overdose – How much is too much?

Developing tolerance to methadone plays a role in the quantities which provoke an overdose. The official lethal dose for methadone is 25 mg for a non-tolerant adult. A 200 mg dose may be fatal for a regular user.

One of the highest risk factors to overdosing on methadone is that the difference between prescribed doses and dangerous doses of methadone is small. Dosage also depends on the form of methadone you are using. In general, a starting dose of 2.5 mg to 10 mg is recommended every 8 to 12 hours by oral administration recommended for pain, going to 15 to 120 mg a day for opioid maintenance. This daily amount is used as therapy for addiction treatment, which would be about enough to keep users in a state between withdrawal and intoxication.

Methadone overdose complications

Methadone carries more risks than other painkillers because it tends to build up in the body and can disrupt a person’s breathing or heart rhythm. Because of the exceptionally prolonged duration of action with a half life averaging 25 hours, methadone overdose can be fatal, especially if taken with other narcotic medications. Methadone also has the ability to increase the effects of alcohol.

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Overdose symptoms may include

  • apnea (temporary cessation of breathing)
  • blue lips and finger nails
  • breathing at an abnormally slow rate
  • cold and clammy skin
  • coma
  • confusion
  • extreme drowsiness and sleepiness
  • fainting
  • fatigue
  • pinpoint pupils
  • shallow breathing
  • vomiting
  • weak pulse

Methadone overdose prognosis

Significant psychomotor impairment is not expected after methadone overdoses in tolerant individuals. Overdose symptoms occur up to 10 hours after overdose. So if suspected, the methadone user should be instantly taken to the hospital. Overdose symptoms are to severe to handle if you are not a professional. For example, a cold shower could make him go into shock or faint.

Furthermore, methadone has much longer duration of action compared to heroin and other shorter-acting agonists so it is treated with Naloxone. The only problem is that Naloxone has shorter half-life compared to methadone, so if its effects wear off and the pharmacological treatments are interrupted, the user may go back to experiencing methadone overdose or withdrawal symptoms, based upon time and dosage ingested.

Methadone overdose death rate

Methadone accounts for a small percentage of painkiller prescriptions, but it is involved in more than 30% of prescription painkiller overdose deaths. Up to 4 of every 10 overdose deaths from a single prescription painkiller involved methadone, twice as many as any other prescription painkiller.

Methadone overdose amount questions

Any topic covering methadone overdose is broad and complex, and we hope that we have covered the basics. In case there is something specific you want to know, you are more than welcome to post your question(s) in the comments section below. The tem of Addiction Blog will try to provide you with a personal and prompt response.

Reference Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Press Release on Methadone
CDC Vital Signs: Methadone Overdoses
US Department of Justice: Fast Facts on Methadone
National Highway and Traffic Safety Association: Methadone

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123 Responses to “Methadone overdose: How much amount of methadone to OD?
Cubic
6:47 am August 25th, 2014

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Angelkos
2:27 am March 31st, 2015

my son recently detoxed from methadone and xannax while in the house of corrections for 3 weeks. He has been a heavy abuser for many years. I brought him home, clean on a Friday evening. He was dead by Sunday evening. The last I spoke with him was on Saturday afternoon, he had full plans of returning to work on Monday and looked forward to seeing his daughter…..his toxicology reveals xxxx blood methadone 290 mg/L: Pos for EDDP. XXXX blood alprazolam <25mcg/L How can this happen….where did he get it, is this a homicide?

4:26 pm April 14th, 2015

Hi Angelkos. I’m very sorry about the loss of your son! Nothing hurts more than to loose a child, and I hope you can find the strength to keep moving forward in life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Angelkos
6:52 pm April 14th, 2015

so how much methadone would my son had to have consumed to have a blood methadone level of 290 mg/L?

1:45 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Angelkos. I really cannot provide an accurate answer to your question. Maybe you should consult a doctor or a laboratory staff member.

kim
12:29 am April 30th, 2015

I have a friend who is on 95 mgs. of methadone. He gets take home bottles and sometimes will double up his dose, by taking one of his take home bottles right after being dosed at the clinic. He usually ends up just nodding off and falling asleep. How dangerous is this? Could he overdose on that much methadone? He’s been on it for years and his tolerance seems to be pretty high. I’m just worried about him. Any advice or answer to my question would be appreciated. Thanks! Kim

1:54 pm May 8th, 2015

Hi Kim. If he has a high tolerance and is doing this frequently, he’s obviously not overdosing. But, the organ damage that happens in the same time is risky and can have long-term effects on his general health. Have you tried talking to him?

thinking@home
4:23 am May 20th, 2015

I was recently prescribed 10mg ambein to help me sleep. I’ve been on 115mgs of methadone for about 6 months. I also have been prescribed 25mg floricet for headaches. I’m afraid it can od me. How much would not be safe for me to take if I needed to take it all close in time?

12:36 pm May 20th, 2015

Hi thinking@home. The dosages and frequency of taking a medicine should be discussed with you doctor or pharmacist. You should always take your medications as prescribed, and report unusual side-effects if you experience any.

Deedee
2:33 am May 30th, 2015

I am curious if I should be concerned about overdosing I normally take oxy 10mg no Tylenol but after a while I start needing more and run out a week early so I have a friend who gives me liquid methadone and I take about a 5mg to a 10mg every morning to stop the severe withdrawal and doing this for a week pulls my tollarence down by the time I fill my oxycodone and then I am OK for a while is this safe or not I feel if I don’t do this I will find harder stuff and feed into my pain and habit. I have to be on painkillers the rest of my life and I am only 36 this scares me

kent
3:45 am June 15th, 2015

IVE BEEN METHADONE 95MLS A DAY FOR OVER 25 YRS. THIS MORNING-6:30AM I TOOK MY DOSE ABOUT 70MG BUT THIS AFTERNOON I FORGOT THAT I DID AND TOOK APPROX 19MG. ALL TOGETHER IT COMES OUT TO ABOUT 220MGS. WHAT CAN I DO?

5:29 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi Kent. Since you already have built up a high tolerance to methadone, your reactions to the double dose shouldn’t be severe. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert. It’s a free helpline and you will be instructed on what you can do if needed.

Suzanne
1:31 am June 28th, 2015

my mother was prescribed methadone for pain management. Every month, after a less than 5 minute visit with the doctor, he would write a prescription for 240 ct 10mg oral tablets, as well as 30 ct 15mg morphine oral tablets. She was allowed 6 methadone every 12 hours. She was a zombie. Was incoherent, sluggish, and had very bad slurred speech every day. She couldn’t hold her head up, or focus on anything. My brother and a so called caregiver, kept her doped up like this all the time and convinced her to get a reverse mortgage on her house, to which they rapidly swindled from her in less than a year. It is my opinion that this doctor recklessly prescribed medications she really didn’t need, as when she was asked where her pain level was she always replied “5”. A Tylenol takes care of her pain now, and maybe 2x a week she’ll ask for a Tylenol. Can I seek legal recourse from the doctor who was all too willing to provide my mom with so much medication that she was duped out of $216,000?

12:10 pm June 29th, 2015

Hi Suzanne. That’s such a tragic story. Hope your mother is doing much better now! I’d advise you to speak to a lawyer and see whether you have strong grounds for winning a lawsuit.

2:31 pm June 29th, 2015

Hello Deedee. Sorry it took a while to respond. The reason you start needing more is because your organism gets used to the presence of the medication and develops tolerance. So, you need more to get the same effects as you once used to. You don’t have to suffer withdrawal from stopping or abruptly lowering doses. Instead, try lowering your dosage slowly and gradually and stay on that dose.

catfish
11:28 am September 1st, 2015

Ive been on 110mg fent patches for around five years. I ended up abusing them me and my ex. Depending on the type I’d suck out the gel or just chew it like gum. That lead us to a bad place. I’m now using methadone to clean up. Me and my ex just recently split because she wasn’t rwady

catfish
11:31 am September 1st, 2015

Ready to stop she came after some of her things and stole some 10mg pills watched her down 10 I guess she was thinking maybe it would be like oxy she always wanted around 100mgs is she ok?

linda
12:18 pm September 7th, 2015

my daughter recently died from methadone overdose but was also prescribed diazepam and fluoxetine and pregabalin. in my opinion doctors were at fault as I have recently read that she was taking a very dangerous cocktail. My little girl was 33 when she died. I don’t know where to go from here as I know her death could have been avoided

2:49 pm September 7th, 2015

Hello Linda. I am very sorry for the loss of your daughter, nothing can compare to the loss of a child or mend the pain. I cannot advise you on any following steps, but I’d advise you to go and see a therapist to help with coping.

Jeff
9:16 pm September 18th, 2015

I have been clean for over a year and today I did some methadone it was liquid and I would say about 30-40mgs not quite sure.. But I was wondering if that was too much and can I overdose on that dose I have nausea and I vomited and a little tired… Should I be concerned or what can I do to get it out of my system without going to a doctor cause I’m on probation… Please get back to me

2:33 pm September 23rd, 2015

Hi Jeff. You can Call the Poison Control Center on the number 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison expert that will assess the risk of overdose and instruct you on what you should do next.

Straightfacts
10:05 am September 25th, 2015

Ivana, you reply to the question of one reader worried about her son ‘doubling up his dose” that there may be “organ damage”. Just which organ damage would that be? I suggest that you inform yourself about the effects of methadone, which do NOT include organ damage. Not after doubling up a dose, not after decades of (over) use, not ever.

11:20 am September 25th, 2015

Hi Straightfacts. NCBI and The American Journal of Emergency Medicine have reported cases where high doses or supratherapeutic amounts, especially in children and youth, have lead to acute cerebellitis and multi-organ damage. More specifically acute cardiac damage, acute renal injury, acute liver damage, and cerebellitis were observed. This may not be the case with Kim’s friend, but a 200 mg dose may be fatal for a regular user, and her friend that she was asking help for was taking double doses of 95 mg. You say that’s safe?

james
2:52 am September 28th, 2015

Hi, I recently snorted 4 10mg methadone and I’ve never done it up till this point. I’ve done some reading now and I’m a little freaked out. I don’t take narcotics regularly but am not new to them either. Since taking them, I’ve been restless unable to sleepover past night anyways going on little more than 24 hours now since I took them. I’m not mixing with anything other than a bowl I’ve smoked. Am I at high risk to OD right now?

Wendy
4:21 am October 16th, 2015

I think Methadone needs to be taken off the market. My 21 year old son passed away on July 29, 2015, due to multiple drug intoxication. The autopsy says that the cause of death is an opiate overdose (primarily methadone) and potentiated by oxycodone. The doctor had my son on Methadone, Percocet, and Ultram. I found out after my son had passed that he should not have been taking those medications together. I trusted the doctor but now my son is gone. I am so angry.

Jarvis
5:49 am October 26th, 2015

Sorry for all of your losses and depression but the fact of the matter is that to say “oh u think methadone should be taken off the market”, if it did all your kids would be breaking the laws and scoring dope from dangerous people and putting g they’re lives at even further risk I am a former heroin addict and am on 50 mg of methadone a day I made a huge mistake in life for many years and methadone has given me my life and family back at a controlled take home dose by my clinic I’m also on a controlled detox lowering my dosage amount prescribed by my clinic don’t blame methadone for your kids dying just because you parents can’t take the time out to talk to your kids without raising hell between you just because your kid is a fuck up and died don’t take it out o the rest of us trying our best and the smartest way to quit heroin if you haven’t been addicted to it you simply will never understand the withdrawal and psychological effect of long term use and no its not homicide if you kid buys methadone with your money you provide and he desides to take way to much that’s suicide because your are concious about your decisions before you take it if you OD your just asking for it buy consuming way too much in the first place it’s not homicide get real if any body killed him you did by not giving enough of a damn till he was dead to post your comment methadone has saved my life career as a chef and the heartache of my family from what I used to do them I control my doses and have been for 2 years now and will be off in July completly thanks to the methadone detox program I’m in if I hadn’t have joined the clinic I would have died or been in prison for buying and selling g heroine wich is the ultimate goal in getting your life away from methadone is dangerous very that’s why it is regulated and if your too dumb to go by what your prescribed you don’t belong on the earth anyway your just using it to get high not get clean wise up people ps what a bout all prescrjbtions your parents take but you don’t post that in your comments about your dead kids and the people running this website don’t know wtf they are talking about giving back short horrible advice you all should be ashamed ..

Jarvis
6:14 am October 26th, 2015

So many doctors don’t give shit what they write on they’re pad or for who they are legal drug dealers of your not researchin your drugs your on and wich ones your taking and how much your an idiot plane and simple never take anyone’s word for shit without doing your own research if you do then you simply just don’t give a damn about living any drug user knows you don’t overdose on methadone you can if you take to much but most ods cone from overuse of other opioid while on methadone because you can’t get high meaning you take to much to offset the methadone then you wind up with a dead kid on his room apt or friends house I seen it happen many times to plenty of people rich poor it don’t matter if your even consulting anybody’s advice on this site other then the average if a lethal dose of methadone to a human being you need to seriously re evaluate your situation and call whoever it is you are worries about and just be with them it’s not that hard doctors are worse then drug dealers almost all they care about is charging you cash for a visit o wait that is the same as a dealer. God when did we become so ignorant to common sense be angry with yourselves if you got a Dead kid from drugs your the only one to blame no 21 year old kid pays for all those doctor visits and prescriptions by they’re selves anyways now days this generation of kids are spoiled rotten and spoon fed everything

puul
5:10 pm October 27th, 2015

I take two and sometimes three 10mg tablets of methadone daily to treat non-cancer chronic pain and my question is: Is this dosing harmful to my liver?
Thank you.

Brenda
11:02 pm November 6th, 2015

The autopsy report listed for my daughter lists the following drugs and amounts found in my daughter’s system. Her death was ruled a suicide. Can you please explain to me in non-medical terms just what the information below means?
Illiac Blood: Alprazolam 0.13 mg/L
Methadone 0.92 mg/L
Morphine 0.32 mg/L
Diphenhydramine 0.23 mg/L
Vitreous: Morphine 0.35 mg/L
Codeine 0.04 mg/L
6-Acetylmorphine present
Visceral congestion
PM revealed 50%-60% narrowing of one of the vessels that supplies blood to the heart
Mild fatty change of liver (mild increase in portal fibrosis)
Congestion, mild emphysema
She was 29 years old.
Thank you.

6:03 pm November 9th, 2015

Hi Brenda. I am very sorry for your loss! I’d suggest you to ask the professionals at the laboratory, or a doctor about the autopsy report.

15monthsCLEAN
2:55 pm November 10th, 2015

Brenda,
How can anyone explain that in non medical terms? I will do my best to use laymen terminology, I am not a medical professional but it doesent take a degree to read a simple blood level report. All those funny latin sounding words like aprazolam, acetyl-morphine, etc are the drugs your daughter took and the numbers following are the amounts found in her blood. Judging from what I read here it looks like your daughter took a little bit of everything aside from amphetemines or cocaine, at least in the few days before her death, various opiate pills, codeine, xanax (benzo not opiate) and even heroin, (acetyl-morphine 6 is basically black tar heroin) It sounds like you know very little about drugs and their effects, so don’t blame yourself. The fact of the matter is that your daughter overdosed on a cocktail of drugs, possibly taken at once, or habitually over a short period of time, such as one pill or hit every few hours, so depending on that it could of been accidental or intentional suicide. Sorry for your loss.

15monthsCLEAN
3:02 pm November 10th, 2015

Methadone itself is not harmful to your liver, your doctor or any medical professional would never provide you with something that would destroy your liver like that. If you consistently double your dose, or even have one really bad overdose it can cause liver damage but then again so does heroin, in much less quantities, hell even too much coca cola will give you cirrhosis of the liver. Now if you have a pre existing condition like hepititus c before you start taking methadone, then the methadone might progress the liver problems, but lets face it, if you have hepititus c and haven’t gone to get treatment (which does cure it in over 90% of people) then you can’t really blame the methadone can you?

15monthsCLEAN
3:23 pm November 10th, 2015

Wendy,
I actually agree with Jarvis. I have been clean for well over a year thanks to methadone. I have been prescribed other things here n there like a few percocet when my wisdom teeth were pulled and of course the medicine they use to put you to sleep before surgery and again percocet when I tore the tendon in my foot and sprained my ankle. As you can see Im still kicking! Not only am I still kicking but I have yet to relapse or to even go back to drugs even once, not a single hit since august of 2014. I got through my probation without a single violation which was directly related to drug posession. (attempted posession of a narcotic, misdemeanor) and am even in the process of starting my own opiate dependence support group meeting. I have repaired relationships with my family, searched for work, made plans for starting my own business, work on computers daily, and even cook and clean for my grandparents, and I’m also part of the neighborhood watch. Because an ex drug dealer/user/gang banger should know how they operate right? All of these things are possible because of methadone. There are people who abuse methadone, just like there are people who abuse other opioids. So by your logic, ALL opioids should be banned. but let’s not just stop there, let’s go ahead and ban all the things that people abuse and die from, like alcohol, cigarettes, fatty foods, sugary drinks, electronics, guns, gay sex, straight sex, religion, politics, hell let’s just blow ourselves up and start anew as particles existing in a lifeless albeit very safe world. taking methadone “off the market” has already been done, its never really been on the market to begin with. Even the black market doesn’t deal with it. They prefer drugs like heroin and meth and the pharmaceutical market prefers drugs that doctors can make tons of money on. Most methadone users get methadone from a clinic. Some of those people are legit and want to get clean. some are using it as a means to an end. some of those not so legit people sell their take home bottles to anyone they can convince, usually noobs to the drug scene who think everyone is a friend, that anything they are given will get them high, but not enough to overdose, and thats why kids like yours die. It’s tragic but true, maybe its a lack of parental guidance or maybe he was old enough, just too stupid to use his smart phone to google what the hell methadone is before he buys it from some junkie off the street, methadone is really not that bad of a drug if taken the right way by someone who is prescribed. there are tons of people out there who love to blame methadone for their own flaws, but you dont see them trying to get clean “cold turkey’ usually those people take suboxone and it works for them, but then you have those people saying “suboxone needs to be taken off the market” just because some toddler got into their careless mother’s lock box. You can’t punish all those people who are doing well with a medication that they NEED because something happened to YOU, not even you, but your son or daughter or whatever. Afterall, it was their addiction that did them in, not yours. And theyre not here to tell you about all the drugs they shot into their veins or sniffed up their nasal cavaties, you just remember them as the pictures on your mantel, not the people who they truly were. And that’s okay, but don’t blame all the good people in the world freeing themselves from the bondage of addiction just because you live in a fantasy world, where the memory of your child can do no wrong, hell im sure your kid has burned, shorted, jacked, and maybe even sucked off half of those former addicts in the methadone line. sorry but that’s what you get when you take out your anger on innocent people. drugs didnt kill your kid, he or she killed themselves with drugs, and judging from what I read it wasnt just methadone, Perhaps he got the other things from your medicine cabinet? maybe thats why you are only mad about methadone, huh? what about the other drugs he took? because everyone knows nobody JUST takes methadone when they OD. except for the toddler who got into mommys lock box. perhaps that toddler was your son or daughter? think about it..

puul
5:34 pm November 10th, 2015

15monthsCLEAN: Good replies above! Very useful information and to the point. Methadone is the best pain reliever that I have used thus far vs hydrocodone and oxycodone. My head stays clear for thinking, driving, decision making, etc. Unfortunately I have become physically dependent (as expected) whilst taking only the prescribed amounts daily, sometimes less if the pain is low (that’s how I determined my dependency-WD’s started after a couple of days on about half of usual dosing). Do you have an educated/experienced guess as to how much of a physical tolerance to a methadone dose of two 10 mg tablets daily after 4 months of continuous, non-abusive usage? The methadone has been prescribed to me for chronic non-cancer pain. Thank you.

Dolly
6:40 pm November 28th, 2015

My husband was taking 30 mg icy codons 4 times a day then started on methadone he was taking 20 mg a day and 2, 800mg nerotin a day could that have cause him to go into cardiac arrest he was just fine that morning but that evening he started sweating and feeling nervous he went and laid down 2 hours later he was in the floor not breathing and his sugar was high when we got to the hospital but he didn’t mKe it

John
9:25 am December 1st, 2015

I’m a big guy, 300 pounds and 6 foot. I use opiates irregularly, usually 35-60mg of hydrocodone or oxycodone.

Did 25mg of methadone about an hour ago. Feeling it but for some reason reading this made me worried. When they say 25mg is a lethal dose I’m assuming that’s for someone who never take opioids? Or at least doesn’t weigh much?

10:58 pm December 1st, 2015

Hello Dolly. I’m really sorry for your loss. I hope our readers will read your story, and understand the risks of overdose. Once again, I’m really sorry.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:10 pm December 3rd, 2015

Hi, John. Well, every drug has different effect on each person, so the lethal dose is different.

James
8:10 am December 4th, 2015

A friend of mine does opiates almost daily varying from 30-40mg of morphine a day to 30-80 mg of oxy cotton. and 10-20mg of methadone depending on what he can get a hold of. It’s not an everyday thing he says. but if he does it that’s around the amount he says he consumes .(never mixing them) he has taken methadone at least 50 times in his life and that’s a low balling number. He decided today to take 30mg and started reading about it and it says 30mg can be lethal . Hes thinking he doesnt have a CRAZY opiate tolerance but he can definitely take quite a bit an hardly feel anything. Is he at risk of overdosING on this 30mg of methadone? He took 20mg of it 13 hours ago and another 10mg around 7 hours ago. He don’t have any of the symptoms of the overdose so far he’s just afraid to go to sleep and his heart stop while hes asleep. Should I make sure he stays awake longer or?

Jarvis
9:52 am December 15th, 2015

Paul, as u said u r physically addicted it doesn’t matter if you r on 100 or 20 mg your body still fills the same withdrawals I have been on methadone for 2 years started at 135 and am on 30 now thanks to my clinic best thing you can do is take it slow and smart and lower your dosage 5mg ever other weekend and I promise your body won’t feel it as for what you said about not abusing it it doesn’t really matter since your physically dependant on it now the withdrawals are all the same but LEGAL if you are at a clinic your on the right path just be smart about it ps about these deaths everyone posts about every morning I have ever heard about somebody who dies who attends the clinic I go to the first thing you hear a counselor or patient say is “OH NO SHIT , DAMN WHAT ELSE DID THAT NIGGA TAKE.” meaning methadone won’t and can’t od someone who it is prescribed too it always pills on top as for peoplease who don’t take methadone and decide to out of the blue you need to have your mother fucking ass whooped by somebody who cares about your well being because your a fucking idiot

Cassandra
2:28 pm December 31st, 2015

Hi there. I am an ex addict and have been on methadone maintenance for about 2 years. I am in my tapering stages as I have been clean for that time as well. This morning I accidentally spilled my dose. I initially tried licking it off of my bed and then got scared I might get sick at work so I took another dose (I have an emergency dose so I’ll be fine) but I’m scared that I will OD because of the amount I sucked out of the fabric and the dose from the bottle. What should I do. 80mgs a day and took 180 mg dose and got maybe 15-25mgs of the spill?
Sorry that was a typo, I took an 80mg dose and consumed maybe 15-25mg more from the spilled dose?

Southward
5:11 pm January 3rd, 2016

I took three times my normal dose and 3point of heroin and I’m not sure if I should go to hospital.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:08 am January 4th, 2016

Hi, Southward. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk, or call 911 ASAP.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:52 pm January 4th, 2016

Hi, Cassandra. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk, or call 911 ASAP.

puul
8:20 pm January 4th, 2016

Jarvis: Thanks for the reply! But my query was regarding ‘tolerance’ to methadone…specifically about approximately how much of my daily 20mgs is actually providing pain relief to me after (now) 6 months at the same dosage? In other words, if a 50% reduction in daily dosage causes me to have withdrawals, does that mean that only 50% of the dosage is providing analgesic effect and the other 50% is not due to tolerance? Also Jarvis, from what I have read, and I have done extensive reading on the subject, methadone in excess, all by itself, is capable of ‘killing’ a person. In my experience as a sufferer of non-cancer chronic pain, methadone provides the best overall relief and has given me back a quality of life that I haven’t experienced for over the previous 5 years of hydrocodone and oxycodone therapy. Unfortunately there are those that will experiment with it and that is a very dangerous proposition. I believe that if marijuana laws are laxed significantly, such as with CA, CO, OR, etc. the overall abuse of illicit and prescription drug use will decline. Which is a good thing. Not only to save lives, but also controls on the prescription drugs such as methadone, etc. may not need be further tightened, which mostly negatively effects those of us that use the medications out of necessity.

Silly Sam
9:53 pm January 8th, 2016

Sheesh, some of these comments. “A Dr. or medical professional would NEVER prescribe a substance that may harm us”..Yeah Tylenol is completely safe…. And every other drug out there. Introducing any chemical into the body causes damage…

Catherine
3:43 am January 18th, 2016

I’m prescribed 65mg of ‘done daily, but am able to collect 5 take aways (so if I took it all tonight I’d have taken approx 400mg) would that be enough to kill me? I also have access to alcohol & Diaz. I would call it euthanasia…I am approx 75jg too, as I have resorted to drinking. Please help me die

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:14 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Catherine. We’re here to help you, not to provide lethal doses. Please, reconsider what you are going to do…think about your family and friends…talk with them. Remember you are not alone!

Cork
10:17 pm January 22nd, 2016

There is a serious problem with methadone and benzos. The combination kill my friend. You have no memory whatsoever. Many addict are doing this combination. They seem to love it enough to risk death. Please put this in your articles about methadone next time. You might save a life.

Heather
6:37 am February 1st, 2016

I recently took 5 mgs of methadone I ran out of my n as rcos and took it for pain I didnt read up on it till after I took it is 5 mg enough to make me overdose im scardd do I need to go to hospital

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:10 pm February 1st, 2016

Hi, Heather. If you don’t fell well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next. Or go to the hospital.

Champion for my daughter
8:06 pm February 1st, 2016

I wandered here for 2 reasons……loss of my daughter at 37 to stage 4 colon cancer and now raising her 2 girls, wanting to prevent them form ever suffering like this. My daughter, who BEFORE her cancer, struggled to get down a Tylenol, died in pain on hydromorphone, morphine, alprazolam,, and ketamine. SHE WAS A WARRIOR.
2nd reason, a dog with cancer, another great warrior. Wonder what the leathel dose of hydromorphone is for him at 100 #. Trying to keep him comfortable.

FuneralDirector
8:24 pm February 7th, 2016

Jarvis you are right about a few things because you take a small dose of methadone each day and you know a little bit about it but you do not talk to a person that lost a child the way you did running their dead child down. You don’t know the full details and if you did you still don’t run them down. Your ass is the one that should be ashamed and you can talk this shit on this blog but talk about some people’s dead kid like that in person especially around me and your ass will be dead. I’d just assume throwing your ass in the crematory talking about a deceased person the way you did. You need to lose that attitude quick or someone like me will lose it for you real quick.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:44 pm February 8th, 2016

Hi, Champion. I’m really sorry for the loss of your daughter, there is nothing I can say that will ease your pain…. She was a warrior, and she will remain like that!
I suggest you consult a vet about your concern with your dog.

Lee
11:18 am February 9th, 2016

Will I have certain death if I ingest 500 mg of methadone in 1sitting whilst being on 100mg per day for 12months

94070
2:26 am February 13th, 2016

To puul, you are addicted… You probably will have to take nightol to get to sleep. I wish I was addicted like you. I take 115 mgs per day! And there are folks taking 300 mgs a day. Be careful and get off this drug before you get a real habit that takes over a year to detox and some people never will. It really becomes a ball and chain if you ever need to move, or if you have a job that starts at 5 or 6 a.m. and need to explain that you’ll be late to work at least once a month or at the beginning every day. Then you have counseling that may have to be during work hours. Then if you want to go on vacation you’ll need to have been dosing for over a year, then you only get two weeks. Sure methadone is great for kicking, and I haven’t used a needle for years, but it’s best if you only use it for six months and get off of it. Oh! Then there’s the problems with pain! Some dimwit doctors think maintenance is a pain killer and refuse to give anything to relieve pain. I broke my leg in seven places and all they gave me was motrin! And if you are lucky enough to get a doctor to prescribe something, it’s usually not enough! I love methadone and I hate it. It’s always been convenient to go to a clinic, but now I’m moving and it’s a pain having to find somewhere close to a clinic cuz I ain’t got no car.

David
4:46 am February 16th, 2016

My pain doctor was giving me 18 10 mg tabs a day I asked her could we try something different she said she would raise the amount to 30 a day when I told her I did not think so she refused to be my doctor is this not a little odd

Monica
11:39 pm February 18th, 2016

I am truly concerned my daughter takes methadone at a clinic but they have moved her to a high side of 150 mg plus she continues to buy more I worry she will overdose please help me.

Max
6:14 am February 19th, 2016

If someone is used to taking 20-30mg of methadone per day for pain & has off/on access to Valium for anxiety , could they overdose if they took an entire month or two of methadone at once (like 60-100 10mg pills at once?) My friend also suffers from treatment resistant depression and is dealing with numerous illnesses and has been on methadone for pain for a decade (but luckily hasn’t developed tolerance so far ;in fact, is on less than he was before)

Mona
7:01 am February 23rd, 2016

My daughter just died, she has been on methadone for 5 years and was on 100mg. Just recent after she died we found out that the clinic she went to upped her methadone to 240mg. We are not sure how long she has been on this high does, as we know of there were no blood test done on her to check her levels on this high does. What do u think about this? and how the clinic could have taken her up that high??? Please I so need some answers, I am so upset over her death, please help if u can? Thank u

94070
10:51 am February 24th, 2016

I took almost 400 mgs of methadone and got extremely close to od ‘ing, but my regular dose is 115 mgs, so I’m sure that had something to do with that. My left eye would not look forward and i kept dropping everything. However, I will say that that was the biggest dose I ever took and will not be doing that again. I’d say if your trying to od you’d need about a thousand mgs. But you could just end up a vegetable.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:45 pm March 2nd, 2016

Hi, Mona. I’m really sorry for your loss, my prayers are for you at this difficult time. I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns.

David
11:33 pm March 22nd, 2016

What does it mean if a toxicology report shows 570ug/l of methadone in a drug screen. The cause of death was listed as methadone intoxication. The autopsy indicates accidental overdose.

jpete
4:13 am March 23rd, 2016

part1
I for sure have some input to this post. When I was a teen I would drink and smoke the very rare joint but aside from that not much else. I had friends that sold a variety of drugs but I was always scared of the possible side effects, so never cared to experiment. As far as pills it was rare for me to take an advil much less anything else. Well into my mid to late twenties I started having two issues, neck pain and recurring kidney stones, over 250 of them to date. Because of these two things my doctor would prescribe me Lortab for the pain. Well as most of the addicts on here know it made me feel alive, bullet proof, ready to go all day. This of course started the downward spiral into the hell of addiction to opiates. Well into this and being a full blown addict my doctor prescribed me Lortab 10mg 180/month, xanax 120/month, ultram 120/month and a blood pressure med called clonidine 60/month which I found later acted on opiate receptors too and are given to people in rehab for withdrawal. Like a lot of other people on here have experienced this doctor should have lost his license for prescribing this much stuff at once. After I went to my doctor and explained I was dependent on these and had withdrawals when I ran out etc. He proceeded two visits later to give me a drug test to see if I was “actually taking my meds”. The next time I came in he tells me that none of the meds showed on my drug screen and that I was obviously selling them so he was dismissing me from his practice (COLD TURKEY!). I was taking all of these meds and more so this was an apparent lie to get rid of me legally and out of his hair, no way was my screen clean! So a year or two wand my addiction indirectly causing me to end my marriage, I went to detox/rehab for 20 days. Thisent by, still an addict was NOT effective in the least and a waste of $30000 that my insurance spent (I always maintained my career). I stayed clean for maybe a month enduring horrible leg cramps, sleepless nights and for some reason a nasty night cough (I know hydrocodone is a cough medicine as well so maybe this was the reason). So on and on and many pills later I was in danger of losing my job, my kids and had that happened, likely my life. I then heard of the methadone clinic. At first this was a cheap way of accessing medication and a legal way. After about three months on methadone and on a stable dose I could actually think clearly and not like the pill seeking addict I was before. I have now been on methadone for 7 years and will eventually taper if I decide to. This program gave me my life back. I have counseling for the mental issues my sickness has caused. I have medicine to keep me from the cravings (which I havent had for 6 1/2 years) and that keeps me from the “not so nice” life of the chase. My story here is to tell all of you that addicts can stem from any walk of life and from something as innocent as seeking a doctors help for neck pain or kidney stones. Yes, some addicts develop from partying, getting high or simple experimentation in addition to the more innocent methods such as I, but I can assure you NOT ONE PERSON who became an addict EVER WANTED to put themselves in the hell of addiction.For those of you who have not experienced the hell of opiate addiction and the torture of opiate withdrawal, no matter how much you read or try to understand, you NEVER will. To those of you that blame yourself for your child’s deaths or your friend’s problems, DO NOT DO THIS! For the addicts on here telling these people it’s their fault for supplying their child with money or taking them to the doctor, you should be ashamed!!! ALL of us who are current and recovering addicts know how manipulative we can be. How we play on peoples sympathy, kindness,etc. to get what we want. If any of you believe you don’t do this if you are still an active addict or if any of the family members or friends of addicts don’t think we will do this to you to get what we want, you are a fool. Always remember though it’s not that we don’t care about you, that we stopped loving you or that we are just a lost cause. It is the drug!!! It is the horror of withdrawals if we run out!! I hope this story helps someone out there. If you have questions feel free to comment back. I am a seven year clean addict by means of methadone and was an active non-recovering addict for eight years so I may be of some help.

jpete
4:15 am March 23rd, 2016

part2
One thing I will add for anyone considering methadone therapy. Methadone is very powerful! DO NOT play with it or experiment with it. If you mix it with other drugs especially other opiates or benzos (xanax,etc) to get high you are playing with fire. You WILL get burned. People die daily from making cocktails with methadone. Even if it is a prescribed medication be sure to advise the clinic prior to taking it. There are a LOT of doctors out there that are clueless as to what reacts badly with methadone. A lot of common prescriptions can cause you to go into quick or instant withdrawal, they can cause more frequent and severe side effects, they can KILL you! In seven years of being on methadone treatment I have been offered prescriptions by professional physicians on more than a dozen occasions that would interact badly. All of them knew I took methadone daily and they were clueless of their actions. One more comment before going. To the lady that recently posted, it is very unlikely that a clinic would increase dosage from 100mg to 240mg daily. IF they did I would for sure seek legal counsel. I’m not sure about other states but in mine anything over 150 mg/day requires blood tests to see how you metabolize the dose “what your blood levels are over a given period”. (Note:Im obviously not a doctor or lawyer and am not supplying any advice as such)

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:10 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hi David. I’m really sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns.

Ginny
8:44 pm March 26th, 2016

Someone took 70 mg of methadone by mistake they said they feel ok they threw up two time behind each other he said he feels fine is he going to be? He function normally

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:18 am March 28th, 2016

Hi Ginny. If he doesn’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

Jennifer
6:38 am April 14th, 2016

My question is I Dont usually take methadone I usually take norcos 5 or 10s I have athritis really bad in my back I can usually take up to 10 norcos a day for pain I was out and had some methadone laying around and I didn’t read it right it was 120 mg of methadone and I took it all at once its been more then 11 hours should I still be worried about overdosing when I go to sleep should I go to e.r

Reina
7:30 pm April 16th, 2016

HI.

I have a question. Myself and my partner are on methadone and have been for 4 years. I am on 80mg and he is on 53mg. Well today (sat) he goes and gets his carries. And uses my carries box that I use to go get my carries on (Wendsdays). Anyways he sometimes forgets to change our drinks from my box to his. (He uses my box because I have a lock and it’s heavy duty. His box is a cheep one.) Anyways when he got back I didn’t think to look and I drank his 53mg drink.and I was pissed cause I’m on anti depressants for severe depression. So everything bothers me. So now I think I’m gonna withdrawal. So I took 30 MG of my 80 MG drink. To make it 80. And left him with 50mg. But now I don’t know if I’m getting more or less. Or if he’s gonna get way more or less… so I guess my concern is how do u know if I’m getting the whole 30 MG if I take 30 MG of the bottle. ? I can’t right. So I’m just scared that he doesn’t get a lot more than he’s expected to take 53 MG. . Cause every tho I drank 30.MG acording to the messurments on the bottle. Doesn’t mean I’m not getting 10MG or 40 MG or how much cause it’s dipersed into juice…. so what do we do??

Susan
3:14 am April 17th, 2016

My son was in high dependency mental health and a patient regurgergertated his methadone does and somehow my son got access to a syringe shot it up and died so this methadone makes me so angry as the patient didn’t need it he chose a lousy $50 instead of his methadone dose

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm April 18th, 2016

Hi Susan. I’m really sorry for your loss. Hope others will read your post and get the message…

meg
7:02 pm April 19th, 2016

I just took 20 mg before reading this. What should I do?!????? I am very nervous. I’m also detoxing from alcohol. I haven’t drank for few days so I took the 20 mil.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm April 22nd, 2016

Hi Meg. Don’t panic. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

Susan
8:29 am April 29th, 2016

My daughter accidently overdosed on methadone,Xanax and there was Prozac in her body too. When her boyfriend found her, he said she had foam coming from her mouth and blood from her nose. I wonder what discomfort if any she went through before she passed.

Concerned Daughter
9:18 pm May 1st, 2016

My father was a therapeutic patient of methadone and had been on 70mg a day for years. He went to our local ER because he had fallen and hit his left side on a filing cabinet. Noticing how he held his side on Thanksgiving of this past year I urged him to go and get checked out. He went Friday the 27th of November 3015 and the ER Dr stated it was a contusion and gave him a morphine shot of 4mg in a 1ml tube in his buttock muscle. He was on many medications and he NEVER abused his meds. My father also took his nightly dose of methadone which was 20mg and a seriquil which he would always break into 4 pieces cause he couldn’t take 200mg of this medication. He died in his sleep in the morning hours. They administered this dose of morphine and zophran at 12:58pm on Friday and my mom has sleep apnea so she has to let her body wear down before she sleeps. She woke up around 1:50pm the next day which was Saturday and my dad was gone. Rigamortous had set in. To make a long story short his toxicology report came back as a ute intoxication of methadone and seriquil overdose. My daddy would never do something stupid as I have said he had way to much to live for and especially his great grand baby he loved dearly. He wasn’t clinicly depressed but I have read that you can’t mix methadone with morphine cause it will cause respitory failure. No lawyer in my state seems to not want to handle the case because they claim it will be difficult to link the morphine with the methadone. Can anyone give me advice? I am desperate my daddy didn’t deserve none of this nor did he want to die! I had talked with him all week and seen him every day in that week he was himself.

Robert
9:39 am May 5th, 2016

I was a 47 year old male with back pain my MRI showed no real damage to my back my private doctor put me on 30mg oxycodone imm.release tabs 180 a month 6 30mg oxycodone per day plus 90 valium a month plus 360 10mg methadone tablets a month 16 10 mg tablets a day plus he didn’t explain anything about the drug possible side effects getting massively addicted plus he new my past history on ock 3 2013 my 17 year old son found me unresponsive in my bed the took me to the local hospital my liver shut down my kidneys shut down my heart rate was 70/30 I was unresponsive to everything they tried.I was air lifted to Barnes Jewish hospital in st.Louis wile I laid in a. Coma on life support they told my family it didn’t look good 6 days later I woke up don’t remember anything .during my 6 day sleep I experienced a N.D.E.It changed6my life forever I now see a phychatrist and a counselor every week it had a profound effect on my life….I hired a lawyer to handle my case he was gonna win big Walgreens for not refusing my prescriptions the pill pushing doctor that ruined my life my lawyer said I don’t have a case because I didn’t test positive for any opioid in my blood or thc.but I did test positive for benzodiazepines,all the attending physician’s told my family I even suffered heart damage,from a methadone overdo2I was takin high blood pressure meds,amitriptyline for sleep,the near death experience has caused me to be diagnosed with PTSD.massively depresed,anxiety,social phobia ..what on earth could have made me not test possitive for methadone,oxycodone,thc,everyday for a couple years ….please help searching for answers trying to come to grips why this pill pusher doc paid my attorneys off…THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP OR LEADS AT ALL…ROBERT

Sarah
3:48 am May 6th, 2016

I have a prolonged qt interval. Will taking methadone effect that?

Brenda
11:54 pm May 10th, 2016

My husband has been on 140mg.methadone several years. Feb.5th of this year he was involved in a motor vehicle accident, came home seven days later, doses at 140mg then around five hours later he was dead.Coroner said cause of death is methadone od.how can that he when he’s been on this for several years

Roni
11:08 pm May 13th, 2016

My son passed away 3 weeks ago tomorrow. He was 20 years old. A methadone bottle was found in his room. He was found in bed with no signs of struggle. We are waiting for the toxology report to come back. What’s bothersom is I have text messages that I found on my sons phone with the name and phone number who sold my son methadone. I have the entire conversation between the two of them up until my son didn’t respond again to his text because he passed away. My son asked do people really take the whole dose and he stated he only took 1/4 bottle. This scum bag knew he took too much and texted me called me now I’m not f’n around call me! That was the end of the conversation. I do know it’s someone’s prescription bottle because the person who sold it to my son took a marker and crossed off the name on it. The bottle, along with my son’s cell phone are now in the possession of the DEA. They told us most likely they will not go after the person selling the methadone to these kids but just use it to build a case if there’s other situations with the same name coming up. Crazy to me and can’t comprehend why they wouldn’t go after the person the methadone is prescribed to or the person who is selling it! My son is dead because of this and I’m in shock that they have all the information they need to stop this scumbag from selling it to anyone else. What else can be done? Who can I contact to take action against this person to ensure he’s off the street and some kind of justice is done here. Any help I can get will be appreciated. Thank you.

puul
8:25 am May 14th, 2016

Robert, if the toxicology reports are correct, and from my readings, if you had OD from a combination of opiates and benzodiazepines, you would likely not be alive to write your post. The negative results of opiates in your system is further consideration of that. I would suggest that you do a nice, slow taper off of the Valium (about 6 months, at your own speed, reference the Ashton Manual), then get a job.

puul
8:31 am May 14th, 2016

Brenda, methadone is a very powerful opiate. If your husband went 7 days without any methadone, he would likely have lost his tolerance to it, and 140mg of methadone in a 24 hour period to an opiate naïve person will indeed lead to death.

puul
8:36 am May 14th, 2016

Sarah The short answer is yes. But only a cardiologist will know for certain.

puul
9:17 am May 14th, 2016

Confused Daughter: At the time of the fall that evening, what was your father’s age? Falling, especially in the elderly, is a very strong indicator that the person may be approaching their final stages in life. Even if they seemed to be fit-as-a-fiddle the day before. I witnessed that with my 83 years old mother, who suffered with congestive heart failure for several years prior to her death. I have read that long term use of methadone can cause https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QT_interval ,which if I am lucky will lead to my demise as compared to the excruciating pain of any terminal illness.

puul
11:31 am May 14th, 2016

Susan, With the cocktail of drugs found in your daughter’s system, she very likely had no pain leading up to and including her death. According to your description, it sounds to me as though she went unconscious from the drugs, likely falling and then hitting her head on the hard floor. I am sorry for your loss.

Susan
8:03 pm May 22nd, 2016

To all of you who think methadone is your God’s saving grace are all ignorant and how dare you are that pathetic to a Mom who has buried a child because I have and it hurts everyday to the point of unbearable. I got addicted to hydros while in pain management then prescribed methadone then suboxone…. All devil’s drugs… You cannot replace one addiction with another so wake the fuck up and quit giving greiving parents hell and disrespect because they think all opiods should be outlawed because none of you cold hearted people would never be on methadone if you had not had a problem. Oh and guess where you would be without your cruch beit methadone or suboxone… You would be fucked and going through 18 days of withdrawal cause you couldn’t get your fix… I take nothing now and even though I have pain, i deal because all of that shit is like rat poison.. I am sure you feel good on it but how are you going to feel when you have no more….DON’T GIVE ANY PARENT WHO HAS LOST A CHILD BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU LOOK HEARTLESS, COLD, IGNORANT, DISRESPECTFUL, AND STUPID…. YOU DUMBASSES PREACHING THE VALUE OF THESE DRUGS AND ABUSING PARENTS WHO LOST A CHILD TO THE DRUGS ACCUSING THEM AND THEIR PARENTING SKILLS…. YOU SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED… … SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Karl
1:07 am June 15th, 2016

I am a 65 year old male . Army retired. I am 100% disabled rated by the VA. I have had three back surgeries. I have diabetes. I have moderate to severe back and leg pain and foot pain. The VA has stopped giving me opiods and caught me off guard.I am in agony and need pain relief fast. I have a friend that will sell me methadone which I have never used before. How many mg. can I start out with ? How do I get approved for a methadone center ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:27 pm June 16th, 2016

Hi Karl. That methadone is not prescribed by a doctor. First, I suggest you consult with your doctor about methadone prescription regulations. Then, you can search for methadone clinics in your area, and fill out forms. Remember that you have to meet a certain criteria before they even accept you.

brenda
1:09 am June 21st, 2016

My 56yr. old husband died Feb.12th, this yr, he’s been on methadone for over 20years. His dose was 140mg. liq.but he & I had been sharing for past couple of years due to financial problems so he only took 140mg.every Fri. the rest of week he’d be on much less, he would take his share(70mg) but be out sometimes three days before picking up again each Fri. Long story short, he had a bad wreck on 5th of Feb.in ICU where he didn’t receive methadone until day before dc which was Feb.11th, he was sent home less than four hours out of ICU for almost a week, next day, Fri.12th he dosed at clinic, 5:30am & by six pm I was trying to bring him back but to no avail, he died in his sleep and after autopsy & toxicology, coroner states cause of death as accidental methadone of, toxicity, his level: positive methadone, 1.0mg/liter, metabolite methadone, 0.13mg/liter.What is your opinion ? I so need to know as sure as I can be that cause of death is correct,as well as one can from labs, without knowing is heart wrenching, methadone saved us from a long,long opiate, heroin addiction, IV drug users, decided to stay on maintained, we both view this for what it is, a disease. Thank you for this forum for people like my husband & self.

Maxine
10:17 am June 21st, 2016

@ Susan I am very sorry for your loss and that you are having a difficult time grieving. I would like to help bring you some clarity and closure on this subject. Out of respect and concern, I am going to completely honest with you. You may not like what I have to say but please, please set your emotions and grief aside while reading this so that you can have a more realistic understanding of the situation. I think your grief is clouding your judgment. It is far too easy to point the finger at us, at the medication, the dealer this situation is not so black and white. I will revisit this later.

The person who is responsible for the death is your son. He did not have a gun put to his head while being forced to consume the medication. He made a decision to seek out the drug, he gathered the money to buy it, he brought it home and did it by himself. He knew full well what he was buying and its risks. Drug dealers dont go to playgrounds or door to door peddling their goods. They are paranoid and dont like dealing with strangers and ESPECIALLY first time users or people who are likely to O.D. (newbies) doing so is a quick way to go to jail or get killed. They typically wont sell a large amount to ppl who first started using for that reason and also bc they dont want that person to end up selling it to their customers.Now why was your son using methadone, an extremely hard to find and expensive substance? Methadone is not used to party! It is not hip, cool, trendy, or chic. Quite the opposite. Methadone does not get you high and it has the “junky” stigma attached to it. If he was “experimenting” or partying itd be with vicoden, xanax, heroin, etc, not methadone ( a drug that at most makes you sleepy and eases pain ). There is no euphoria, nothing exciting, no pleasure or fun. Im sorry, but common sense tells me that your son was likely an addict and he was looking to either kick , maintain, or just stay well. Was his O.D. the first indication of his drug use? I don’t understand how in the world he was able to hide such a secret from his own mother. When a person starts using opiates and tries to hide it, it is very obvious whats going on. There is no way you can’t not notice it. So why didnt the so called friends, family members, employer, teachers, girlfriend do anything to help him? Why was his use overlooked?

Now why was he using? If you absolutely can’t resist the unhealthy and pointless urge to point fingers, “the root of the problem” is the actual “killer”. What problems were your son having that only drugs could help him (as far as he knew) Was anyone aware of these issues? Was he getting help of any kind?. Why did he turn to opiates?

These are just a few rhetorical questions that I’m sure if you find answers to, you’ll find closure and peace of mind. If you want justice for the death of your son, start there and start holding your son AND yourself accountable.

You are on here and god knows where else calling people who use methadone scumbags, bad mouthing a drug you know nothing about. Have you ever broken a bone or have experienced severe pain like that before? Imagine what it would be like living in that pain day in and day out. What if in addition to that agony, you couldn’t walk right, couldnt work, couldnt sleep, couldnt do anything and your life is so miserable you wonder what the point of it is. Theres a medication that can make that pain almost tolerable. You can live a somewhat normal life and be a productive member of society . Oh, but wait… what if and lack of kids with too much money, time, and lack of parenting get their hands on them and overdose while trying to get high?

Are you saying that because there are too many jr. junkies out there (who will shoot up or eat anything) should just roll over and die or burden our families or the state? It’s people JUST LIKE YOU who are making that ridiculous shit closer and closer to a reality.

Perhaps, before people go making babies (a lifetime commitment) , they should go to the community college and take some childrearing classes.heres an idea, they can instill coping mechanisms, social skills, raise them to be a healthy, well rounded individual. At the right age, give an honest and intelligent explanation of what drugs are without making them into some big deal (that makes them more attractive l They parents can actually spend time , pay attention, and get to know their child god forbid!

THE FACT THAT YOU ARE MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER FOR PEOPLE IN LEGITIMATE PAIN TO MANAGE IT MAKES YOU A BAD PERSON TOO.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:30 pm June 23rd, 2016

Hi Brenda. I’m really sorry for your loss… I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response. I wish you peace in this time of loss.

Fd
9:46 am June 28th, 2016

Catherine -If you are still out there and considering your death, PLEASE talk to me. No, I will not help you die, but I will help you live. I have seen too many people die like that. Too many good people. Death is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I would love to talk to you and listen to what you have to say. Please either talk to someone, a counselor

Lauren
7:41 pm June 28th, 2016

My 2yr old ate a piece of a methadone tablet maybe 2-5 mg and weighs only 26lbs. Is this a fatal amount? Do I induce vomiting or give her milk?

Marty
10:16 pm June 30th, 2016

Can someone tell me how to interpret a drug screen for CASA case that I am on? The mother is prescribed 60 mg daily total of methadone for pain, but is showing really varying amounts on her drug screens. They are as low as 21 ng/ml but in the high hundreds ng/ml at other times. How can you interpret the ng/ml amounts for toxicity?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:25 pm July 1st, 2016

Hi Lauren. Call 911 ASAP.

Norton
1:28 pm July 2nd, 2016

Hey im on 45mgs of Done a day I got 5 days of take aways as I’m going away I couldn’t help myself but over the day being today I’ve had 3x my usual amount adding up to 180 mgs it is now 9:30pm and I feel fine I’m worried about the delayed effect please get back to me asap as I’m doing more damaging by panicking and reading about deaths of overdoses

Karen
3:28 pm July 6th, 2016

My brother took 75ml of methadone would that have been the cause of his death??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:11 pm July 6th, 2016

Hi Karen. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest you speak with a toxicologist or another medical professional about your concern.

Chanice
9:28 pm July 7th, 2016

Hi, I’ve taken prescription Methadone for 9 years. My daily dosage for nearly 2 years has been 50 mg daily. At my last appt in May I was told by Dr. that I would get 40mg daily for June and 30 mg daily for July. I’ve Never abused the drug many many urine & blood tests can prove that. My body is not adjusting well to the decrease to daily dosage. Even my pharmacist says thats taking alot of mg’s quickly for 1 to adjust to. What can I do?

Keith
10:09 pm July 12th, 2016

Earlier today I got my dose at the methadone clinic I get 50 milligrams a day and I’ve been doing it for about a month now today was the first time I felt nervous or anxious about it and today was the first time I had a hot flash and where I felt heat through my entire body so I was just wanted to know for the most part The Hot Flashes are gone, but I still feel a little bit like I have a little bit of dizziness every once in a while I’ve had three slightly dizzy and two times they’ve been accompanied with hot flash I was just wondering if I’m okay I missed my dose yesterday so I think maybe that has a lot to do with it, I just want to know if I’m OK, it was actually this site that got me a little bit nervous about it, cuz of the articles that I read about it

Shame on you
3:59 am July 15th, 2016

Susan you are such a sad sad uneducated person. I am sorry people like you exist. <3
Blaming recovered addicts who are responsible with their medication, for the unfortunate events of total strangers.
Shame on you.

Angelheart777
8:36 pm July 30th, 2016

Maybe i made a bad decision my husband is inoperable never took anything was rushed to pain dr. For neck then it started with 5 mg perc then after liver test came out fine after 2 years. Dr. all of the sudden upped to 30 mil oxy. The horror began we lost everything house cars i was working just to pay for his medicine he believed his Dr and he said he needed it then I finally received prescription coverage Bang again worse then dr. Gave 80 oxy along with 30 s then one little call one day not for medicine asking for epidural and biller cursed me and this time she didn’t even know my husband been in on mail delivery with no increase and no asking for more medicine well she said take file and leave after 10 to about 13 years. Now he was in a panic no other pain management even with a letter saying he just was to complex needed wider range facility from biller not Dr. Other pain management could not believe what he was on how much from print out and said no way we are giving you this now they are treating him like an addict. Which please don’t take me wrong i also know it’s a disease and i am fully compassionate had loved ones pass on from that disease. But since no pain mAnagement would take him and by him going through withdrawal that could kill him, we found a methadone 10 mil he now is going psycho, we don’t know how to dose and now we tell the truth to other doctors and they do not want to treat. He is depressed crazy angry we are down and out frustrated at the whole system. Please HELP someone can’t afford think this weekend s worse now everyone is saying if he is on this medication they think he is truly not a real chronic pain patient that got caught up in this situation left out on the street with no where to turn.

IF HE HAS TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS ROAD HOW DOES HE TAKE THIS METHAdONE 10 mil and how to cut down or how to take. Please HELP.

Sorry long but that is as quickly as i can write 10/14 years of he’ll and back and this Dr. Is probably sitting in an island and I am stuck with a husband now that is skinny depressed and talking from morning to night about this doctor abandoning him from a biller unbelievable.

Thanks please someone respond and maybe we have the similar situation going on.

Tiffany
6:59 am August 6th, 2016

The people (like Susan who still blame the drug and not the person) that believe the Dr.s are the devils for prescriptions that are prescribed based off what their patient tells them and usually these Docs go on good faith or go with their gut on whether these patients are lying assholes. Just saying. But as I was saying it’s not any Dr.s fault if the patient abuses their THEIR did everyone get that THEIR own prescription and then they overdose that is their own fault. They obviously were given the pamphlet talked to not only by their doc but by the pharmacist that explains (even if the doc didn’t) pharmacist:”hey this shit is very easy to overdose on man. Don’t over do it and stick to what your doc prescribed you retard”. Patient:”yeah ok man, sounds good. Oh I won’t”. Then what do you know the addict in them if that’s what they got the methadone for in the first place like I did my wd from the bad crap and also my rheumatoid arthritis but anyways yeah methadone for sure stopped me from going on the street to get that nasty crap but after 4 years of not abusing methadone I started to and then I called my doc up again and told him the truth. Instead of being stupid or depressed which is also some of what you people that don’t take pain killers understand is that they can make you depressed not in everyone but a lot. Then guess what you have your methadone and boy is it way easier to drop a bunch of pills then to pull a trigger on yourself and research shows more females choose to do that then any other way of killing themselves. So, please I understand it’s a drug and can easily be abused but don’t blame the doctor for your irresponsible kids or friends who OD on it because they knew what they were doing as soon as they stepped in to the docs office. I hate ignorance and honestly if you blame the drug or the doctor you should blame yourself for not being with them, checking in on them watching their habits because that’s where the sh!t began in the very very 1st place.

Concerned Daughter
5:11 pm August 10th, 2016

@puul

My dad was 62. Already has his yearly check ups and blood work. EKG was great blood work was great.There is a lot going on with this in legal matters that I cannot discuss. My dad NEVER and I mean NEVER abused any medication a day in his life. I lived with him for 32 years and when I moved out I seen him on a daily!! EVERY DAY.

kevin
11:09 am August 12th, 2016

I began Methadone Maintenance on 11/03/09 starting at 30 mg. daily since I’m an opioid-tolerant addict addicted on and off for close to 40 years. I gradually increased dosage to a level of 110 mg. daily and stayed there for 3 years. I began voluntary MSW (medically supervised withdrawal) at a rate of 5 mg. a month, bringing myself all the way down to 30 mg. daily. I have remained relapse-free with 100% clean (negative) UA results. I recently began to notice morning symptoms of withdrawal. Stomach cramping, sore knees, restless leg syndrome at night, difficulty falling asleep at night, loose bowels upon awakening, etc. I requested and was approved for a dosage adjustment back up to 40 mg. (a 10 mg. increase) and that did the trick. I’m back to normal. No intoxication or euphoria, just feeling well again. I’m not sure WHY I began to experience withdrawal again after nearly 7 years. It could’ve been the recent heat wave with increased perspiration, it could just be my age (62) and my metabolism changing, but whatever it was, a 10 mg. increase got me back on track.

Puul
5:32 pm August 12th, 2016

kevin: You probably just decreased your daily dosage of methadone too quickly. A good rule of thumb is to decrease about 10% of your CURRENT dose about every 2 weeks, with a one week holding period in between. So you will need very small dosage adjustments every 2 weeks. Methadone itself is a very powerful opioid and you are feeling the withdrawals from it, not something that you took 7 years ago. Best to you going forward! Slow is the rule with any opiate reduction program, but especially with methadone! Remember the story of the turtle and rabbit! Slow, steady, and patient.

Stacey
7:54 am August 19th, 2016

TO WENDY: I am very sorry about your son but you should definitely sue his physician just for the simple fact he was prescribing your baby boy Methadone with Ultram which is a known adverse combination! The Ultram/Tramodol is very well known to be an opiate antagonist and SHOULD NEVER be taken together! The Ultram will send a person on Methadone into full withdrawals within 30-60 mins! They are NEVER to be prescribed together! Its actually one of 5 meds they give us a sheet on when we start our Methadone Maintenance program here in Michigan. I been on Methadone since Nov 2008 & it saved my.life. The addict has to be ready willing and able to be clean and sober other than your prescribed dose or it is very dangerous! I am again so sorry for your loss!

lola
6:40 pm September 2nd, 2016

my husband is on 120 mg & he has been on it since over a year they start off at 25 mg then bump up every few weeks. & he gets take homes on fri for sat sun so he doses on fri & winds up taking more that same day & I’m scared that he may overdose he nods out a lot the problem I feel with this is the take homes because if they don’t hand it over to them they cant take it right? they should make a way to test them to see if they are abusing it.

Browneyes
7:06 pm September 2nd, 2016

My daughter is taking 165mgs of methodone. She is on a program. She moved from where she was living so her clinic is 2 hours away. The car broke down so she was unable to get to her clinic. She hasn’t had her methodone for 2 days and is very sick. Will she die from going cold turjey

Molly
5:45 am September 29th, 2016

I was on 300 mg a day of methdone for pain. I have MS. I once took it all together, simply because the pain wouldn’t go and I’m lucky to be alive apparently. I almost took another bottle that day. My doctor did not tell me when he put me on this drug how lethal it was. Your daughter as you now know didn’t die. Most people don’t die from going off a drug or multiple drugs at once. The side effects can be blindness, no motor control, vomiting — but your body is getting rid of stuff, not blowing fuses from over taking intoo much medication. I’ve gone off of 200 mg of methadone at once and it was like a bad flu for a day or two. Not much worse. My drugs problems were pain related and badly informed doctors.

Sammy
12:24 am October 13th, 2016

I wasn’t going to bother commenting on here but must say, after that last post… @Molly, you are full of it. 200mg cold turkey and you were only sick a day or two??? Methadone’s long half life makes that impossible. So please, don’t lie and bs… Anyone who knows anything about methadone knows that withdrawals last a few weeks at the least… usually longer. Worst withdrawals of my life was when I tried to come off at 6mgs… I was sick for a month!

Johnny
4:50 am October 25th, 2016

I take 140 mg daily. How much will get me out of here?

Puul
3:11 pm October 25th, 2016

@Sammy: My experiences with opiate tapering relates more with what you stated in your response to the post by Molly. However, I have read in respected journals that some people are fortunate enough not to experience the usual drawn out and nasty withdrawals that most folks suffer. Even have read that some folks can cold turkey benzodiazepines (and that can be lethal!)! Either one for me was a living hell! I am looking forward to the day that I might be able to eliminate the methadone for my chronic pain, but then again…lol in that event I’m figuring on a 6 month taper, best case.

Denise
5:26 pm October 26th, 2016

My son od on methadone and the coronor said it wasnt in his blood how is that possible

dot
8:14 pm October 28th, 2016

my son passed away with 0.025diazepam,0.063nordiazepam,0.49methodoneand0.073ofalprazolam is this really bad

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:17 pm October 31st, 2016

Hi Denise. I’m really sorry for your loss… What does it say in the autopsy report? You may also speak with another toxicologist or coroner.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:36 pm October 31st, 2016

Hi Dot. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional. Wish you peace in these hard times.

Brenda
2:26 pm October 31st, 2016

My husband & I have been on Methadone since 1996; my 56yr.old husband died Feb.2016 after a truck accident came home from week stay,dosed Fri.am, 140mg.at 5am and died around 5 the same eve.Coroner said its methadone od. But why all of the sudden? I don’t believe it, can someone please help me understand, we’ve been on it so long,how he od off it

PD
6:26 pm November 2nd, 2016

My sister died as a result of “methadone toxicity- accidental” and the autopsy report showed 380 of Dolophine and 76 of Methadone Metabolite, but noted that the narcotic stabilization range as 50-1000. I am confused as to how to interpret those results. They seem to conflict.

The report also noted “Presump Pos” for amphetamines, Methadone/Metabolite, and Fentanyl/Metabolite despite listing Fentanyl/Metabolite and Amphetamines as “None Detected” in the upper portion of the autopsy report. Again, these seem conflicting. How do I read this report or who in the Medical Examiner’s office do I speak to about getting additional information? Is it usual to get additional information? I want to know what I am looking at in the report.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:13 pm November 4th, 2016

Hi Brenda. I’m really sorry for your loss… Maybe, his tolerance level lowered, so the dose he took was high to cause OD. I suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or another professional.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:23 pm November 4th, 2016

Hi PD. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional. We are not able to provide with an information.

Tricia
7:40 pm November 13th, 2016

I never take opiates. I took 25mg of methadone about an hour ago. (5 x 5mg) What should I expect? 50yr old female 230lbs 5’3″.

Isis
3:37 am December 2nd, 2016

I take 2 10mg everyday sometimes more what would happen if i took 6 or more at a time would it kill me and how long for the od signs to show

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