How to withdraw from methadone

The best way to withdraw from methadone is using tapering protocol under medical supervision. More on what to expect as you withdraw from methadone here.

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Methadone is a prescription drug that can be used as a pain reliever and to treat opiate addictions. Like many other opiate substitution drugs, though, methadone can be habit forming. So how can you prepare to withdraw from methadone (whether you’re physically dependent or need help with methadone addiction)? We review here, and invite your questions about methadone withdrawal protocols at the end.

When do you withdraw from methadone?

It can be hard to decide when to withdraw from methadone, especially since this drug is often prescribed legally. If this is the case, withdrawing from methadone should be done either when a person does not need the drug any longer or when a doctor suggests it.  If a person is taking the drug illegally or abusing it, they should withdraw from methadone as soon as possible. Continued use of this drug can cause a number of different medical problems, including heart and respiratory problems.

How long to withdraw from methadone?

Methadone stays in your system for at least a few days after last use. Symptoms of methadone withdrawal usually manifest when a methadone dose is cut in half or completely stopped. Symptoms will often be most intense during the first few days of the withdrawal process and can last quite a while. Individuals may experience these symptoms anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month, or two (depending on individual dosing factors).

Withdrawal from methadone symptoms

It’s not uncommon to experience a number of physical and psychological symptoms when you withdraw from methadone. Methadone withdrawal symptoms are often very similar to the symptoms that you would experience when you have the flu. For instance, some of the most common methadone withdrawal symptoms include chills, trembling, a runny nose, and nausea. Individuals withdrawing from methadone will also usually feel anxious or irritable, and have an intense craving for the drug. Methadone withdrawal symptoms include:

  • chills
  • insomnia
  • muscle pain
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • teary eyes
  • widened pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)
  • yawning

How to ease withdrawal symptoms from methadone

Withdrawal symptoms can usually be eased at home with no complications. Some over-the-counter medications, for instance, may be used to relieve some symptoms of detox such as runny noses and nausea. Additionally, individuals withdrawing from methadone should drink plenty of water, which can help ease the detoxification process. Staying busy and talking with a trusted friend, family member, or counselor can also help some individuals deal with drug cravings.

Can I withdraw from methadone at home?

It is possible to withdraw from methadone at home, but it isn’t recommended. Instead, most medical professionals recommend that individuals trying to withdraw from methadone do so under the supervision of a doctor. Physicians and addiction specialists can help methadone addicts understand physical and psychological dependence, prevent a relapse, and ease withdrawal symptoms.

How to withdraw from methadone safely

Doctors generally recommend that individuals withdrawing from methadone do so gradually. This usually involves tapering the dosage over a period of several days or weeks until the person is eventually taking no methadone at all. This method of withdrawing from methadone is considered to be the safest and best way to withdraw from methadone. It does not cause a great deal of shock in the body, and it can also help minimize the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. The suggested taper for methadone is:

  1. Decrease dose by 20-50 percent per day until you reach 30 mg/day
  2. Then decrease by 5 mg/day every three to five days to 10 mg/day
  3. Then decrease by 2.5 mg/day every three to five days

The best way to withdraw from methadone

Most experts agree that the best way to withdraw from methadone is to do so under the supervision of a qualified medical professional. Your doctor can help you withdraw from methadone, as can mental health professionals. However, medical supervision is not an absolute necessity when withdrawing from methadone. All that’s necessary is persistence, a great support system, and a true desire to quit using this drug.

How to deal with withdrawal from methadone questions

Are you trying to withdraw from methadone? Are you scared, nervous, or confused? Leave your questions or concerns in the comment section below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. On the other hand, don’t hesitate to leave a comment with advice and experiences of your own.

Reference Sources: VA: Tapering and Discontinuing Opioids
Medline Plus: Methadone
NCBI: Methadone at tapered doses for the management of opioid withdrawal
SAMHSA: Abrupt Withdrawal from Pain Medications — Information and Caution
Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets – Methadone
NCBI: The clinical use of clonidine in abrupt withdrawal from methadone. Effects on blood pressure and specific signs and symptoms
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have been on Methadone for over 30 yrs. I have never been above a 30mg. dose. I tryed detoxing through the clinic I go to but my anxiety takes over before I even start detoxing..I also tryed a blind detox but didn’t work because of anxiety..The clinic I go to just doesn’t care enough to get me out of there……I am a 61 year old women and something needs to give..They told me I would need to go WITHOUT my dose for 2 days to start Suboxone???? After over 30 years on 30 mgs. daily, my dose doesn’t even get me through until the next day..I go to the clinic before 7 am…I get a2 week take home because I NEVER relapsed or had the desire to use..My question to you is, are there natural supplements I could take to relieve my anxiety, aches, sweating, etc, etc,…I can’t swallow any pill larger than my high blood pressure pill( that’s very small)…I want off this Methadone ASAP….Are there any great doctors in RI who can help me??? I have Medicaid for medical…..HELP

    1. Hi Kay. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan a tapering schedule to quit methadone. If this don’t work, call the helpline you see on our website to find out what are your possible treatment options.

  2. I been on methadone for years the best way to detox is decrease the dose 10 mg every 2 weeks to let the body adjust then when you reach 20mg decrease 5 mg.every 2 weeks

  3. Im in the methdone program and im quitting
    I started going down 10 to 5 mg at a time now im down to 10mg been on 10 for like a month now. Im getting tje chills and legg cramps and stuff but imcscared to stop
    Will i still get bad withdrawal s if i stop at ten pr should i go down to 5 then stop

    1. Hi Janine. If you experience severe withdrawals, consult with your doctor to lower your tapering schedule.

  4. To Terra, If you have a warrent for your arrest, I’m sure you already know that when you go into a drug detox center the police somehow get notified that you are there at least with the state run detox rehab centers and they will come there and arrest you I’ve seen it happen three different times.

  5. The taper you suggest sounds so fast! The truth is that the clinic doesn’t encourage your leaving! They believe that addiction is a disease just like diabetes. Taking methadone everyday for the rest of your life is acceptable. It is only drug replacement therapy. The ones in my area only take cash or Medicaid. It is a BUSINESS for profit! Withdrawal can take months! I went down sooo slowly after like 10 yrs and still feel like total crap! A lot of people who go to a clinic still use illegal drugs too! Dirty piss tests don’t matter. Only if you can’t pay will you get kicked out. At 5 mg detox a day! Horrible situation.

  6. Doc dropped me from 40 mg methadone to 20 per day with 10mg Percocet twice a day .switching
    Me off methadone to Percocet I assume .whst am I in for here as far as sickness etc.

  7. I have been detoxing off of methadone for months, with a slow wean. I am now 19 days clean. I was taking 20mg at HS for 10 years for pain. my worst symptoms have been insomnia, RLS, diarrhea, and feeling cold, antsy feeling. The meds I am using to assist me have been the following: xanax, percocet. ( I was already on percocet as well as methadone, so this wasnt new) clonidine did nothing for me, but the med that works the best for me is Tizanidine. It is a muscle relaxer. It helped with sleep and the RLS. It really has been my life saver. I have not seen any one else mention this, so I am letting everyone know, maybe it will help others. I take 6-8mg at bedtime. My doctor had no problem RXing it for me. Like I said, I am at day 19, feeling about 75 percent better, but it has been hell.

  8. Hi I am starting my detox this weekend I got 3 take homes of 45mg and I want to tapper down with those last 3 doses how should I tapper down ? Going below 20mg on each day ? I’m confused what is the best way to do this please

  9. So Ive been off methadone for 2 weeks and for the first 5 days after my last dose I felt amazing. On the sixth day I woke up and my body (bones,joints,musscles) was so weak and hurt so bad I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I couldn’t keep myself down, my legs and arms wouldn’t stop moving and shaking and the worst was my stomach in 7 days I lost 14 pounds I couldn’t eat, sleep, or work and when I got to the sixth day of my withdrawal I knew I had to do something so I called urgent care and got suboxone, because I been on methadone so long when the sub hit my system I felt normal and not just my body my mind was back to normal. I didn’t realize how fucked up the methadone was, I was depressed and extremely unmotivated but as soon as the next day I was up and started getting my life back. METHADONE IS POISIN and kept me in an addicts state of mind!

  10. Hello my name is Terra and I have been seeking methadone detox for quite some time now …. a little about me is im 24 years old and a single mother and that i was a herion addict for 6 years then I got preganant in 2014 and was told i had no choice but to be on methadone (many drs told me this) idk if it is true or not but the fact of the matter is I got on methadone in March of 204 and i am thankful that is was the only thing to keep me off herion in fact i have no desire what so ever to even see herion. But I did end up having my daughter 2 months early she did have to come off methadone in NICU and did so with in 3 days and it was the most hurtful thing to watch. I was on 155 MG per day and I go to the clinic daily. They dont let me detox the way i want to so it has been now 4 years since I have been on methadone daily. I did one time skip 4 days just so i could go down on my dose. I went from 155 to 82 and was on 82 for a year and then the other day i did it again and im on 65 MG so i do have to go to jail soon over some community service and where i live they do not care if u are on methadone at all they do not even give tylenol lol but I am SCARED to death to go to jail and detox from methadone and I am a mom so a single mom at that and my family is not helping me with my daughter so it is just me so i want to detox the most comfortable way possible (im sure we all do) but i have a hard time caring for my kiddo when withdrawling. PLEASEEEEE let me know if you have any idea how to help me get off methadone! I hate it i really do please!

  11. I have been using methadone for about 8 months and want to stop using so my professionals reduced it from 50 ml to 45 today for a month will i be fine and still feel the same?

  12. My husband recently got out of rehab for being on many different pills. He has struggled with methadone for a few years now and has tried to get off of it before. I’m not sure that the rehab was the best idea because they just cut him off almost cold turkey. I don’t know what to do to help him through the withdrawal process now or if he is going to be ok to continue to go through this process cold turkey.

  13. I have been taking 40mg split dosage of liquid methadone for four months now. Will it be easy for me to get off of this mess?

  14. I’m on 10mg of methadone 5 X’s a day due to my RSD/CRPS I’ll be on it the rest of my life. Anyways my husband started taking 1 10mg pill once a day for his neck pain. Well he’s trying to get off it. I had him take a half 5mg for a week then 1/4 2.5mg for a week then he stopped 3days agoband is having restlessness, insomnia, chills, sweats, hot and cold spells. How long will this last? And is there anything I can get him from the drug store to help with the withdrawals? Please help me help my husband. I hate seeing him like this. Thank you, Amy

  15. I’ve been taking prescribed methadone for 15 years! For restless leg syndrome that was so severe I’d try anything! Well now I’m stopping to take Naltrexone instead. Thrbfirst day of Naltrexone is today so I’m scared about meth withdrawal I did taper off should i go somewhere or just hang at home for few days ?

  16. I was on 55ml. I stopped cold turkey it’s been 4 days closer to 5. Can’t sleep and little energy. It’s the intense feeling in your stomach that is unbearable. I find hot shower subsides it. It’s not a walk in the park but very doable people.

  17. I been doing 140 mg of methadone for eleven years, one month ago I stopped taking it and started taking small amounts of heroin to detox off methadone I know it sounds crazy. But I am determined. Heroin only made me feel better for short periods of time in very low amounts. So then I took 2mg of suboxin everyday for one week , I have been completely clean for 8 day but I can only sleep for four hours a Day and I have very little energy and I sneeze 10 times together four times a day . What’s the best thing to do now ? I eat healthy, and drink lots of fluid’s also my hands shake while eating. I just want to feel normal again with no drugs. Thank you Steven

  18. I am trying my hardest to get off Methadol. I am down to 30 mgs. a day 2 5mgs three times a day.. It has been day 6. My next step is to try cutting down to 23 next wk. The craving for it is greater than the pain I have. I can’t way til my next dose. But I am using all the will power I can. How much more do I cut down each if I can to stay sane each day before I fill I can do without. I heard I have to get down to just 10 mgs. a day before I am free of it.I am doing it on my own and it is so dam hard not to have that carving. thanks

  19. Hi, i jave been on methadone for a little over 3 years. I finally decide and felt mentally and physically that i was done.. I go down 3-4 mgs every thursday and i started going down at 120mg and am now at 21. I just want to be done. I havent taken methadone 60 hours or 2 in a half days. Im scared of the withdraws but i dont know the best way to quit. Should i just stay off or keep tapering until im done. I have 3 children under the age of 12 and star a new job monday. What is your medical opinion? Thank you for your time

    1. Hi Ashley. Experts claim that slowly reducing the daily dose of the drug in a safer way to quit the drug. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  20. I’m taking pills 10325 doctor prescription 2 times a day and I didn’t feel good last night I’d have been taken per day and I went to detox I didn’t know it so where do I go from here to quit this pills

  21. I I am on day 5 of methadone withdrawal my last dose was Tuesday at 11 am it’s now Sunday and I’m not sleeping because of rls is driving me insane that’s pretty much the only symtoms is rls,stretchy achy sometimes mostly at night and that’s about all the rls is constant and that is what is driving me crazy I got Advil and Tylenol 3 with codeine and acetaminophen is there anything I can do to help with rls and how long after should this last?? I’m at home in the woods with no help I was on 80 mills methadone for a year and a half and stopped cold turkey cause I cant get it I moved and my doctor wouldn’t send me a script and there is long waiting lists

  22. With all due respect to you and your principles (I commend them!), methadone withdrawals will not start for at least 24 to 72 hours after your last dose. I am speaking from a long experience & years of research. As you noted, it stays in your system for a few days. I have detoxed from methadone cold turkey many times & have also detoxed from methadone under the care of the doctor. Every time I did this, the withdrawals do not start until the 2nd, 3rd, sometimes not until the 4th day. Thank you for what you do.

    1. Hi Cassandra. Thank you for your input. The onset of methadone withdrawal depends from the individual himself/herself. Our information is taken from governmental sources which are generalized.

  23. Don’t be a baby I did it in state prison 150 to 0 in the hole if you are on a clinic for over a year and get to go slow consider yourself lucky I was on dope 20 years detoxed in 30 rehabs never worked use methadone when your ready to get your life back than detox slowly take the subs when you get below 30 and use them to get off everything than stop them

  24. My son has bee on 60 mg of methadone for a year and a half doing great! Because of a new job he can only get meds on two days! Place will not give him take homes again unless he goes there Day before but he’s off wed and Sunday! Now he’s in a pickle! Tried talking to higher up but got no where ! Any ideas? Tampa florida

    1. Hi Ann. Speak with someone who’s superior there. There must be someone who’s in charge of this kind of issues.

  25. I’m onlynon 15 mg of methadone daily.but I’ve been a pill head for 12 years…I want off of it…I think its psychological

  26. After many years of being on methadone, my husband is trying to get off of methadone right away, on his own. Two days ago he took a total of 60 mg. He took 20 yesterday morning, the 20 last night at 9:30. Today he waited till almost 1:30 pm to take 10 mg.
    Is this safe? He is using Gabapentin to ease the pain a little. (He was taking both already, before he cut the methadone.) I feel helpless, seeing him lying in bed, suffering.

    1. Hi Jen. I suggest that you download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about the process here:
      Also, your husband should consult with his doctor to help him create an individualized tapering schedule.

  27. I went to a methadone clinic to get off a prescribed morphine dose of 600 mg qd following recovery from surgery. I reached this dose over 2 years of pain. I could not seem to reduce the morphine because of the multiple daily doses . Methadone was single does. I titrated to 159 mg of methadone and began the detox the next day. Over several months there were no symptoms at all. When I reached 18 mg symptoms began . I was reducing at a rate of 3mg every 5 days . Mostly I was sick all the time with s day or two break . at 6mg qd I decided I could not stand the up and down . The dr told me at 12 mg I could just stop if I was willing to endure the discomfort. I wasn’t and I continued to 6 mg. Two days after that reduction I went to stsy with my adult child and his wife. Both are RN’s. One has some significant experience with methadone patients garnered from rotations but little experience with the withdrawal. I am a retired RN. I abruptly stopped the Methadone 2 days after getting to 6mg. My RN daughter in law said her hospital methadone program generally stops dosing at 8mg . I take Clonidine .2 mg and Balcofen 10 mg often every 6-8 hrs. Two days after complete cessation of Methadone my symptoms have become very high moderate . I have never experienced even the slightest craving for either methadone . I did when I tried to detox from morphine without suoervision. I don’t care to go to my childrn’s hospital Methadone clinic for more of the same I simply want out of this addiction . My worse symptom being the coughing producing a clear viscous discharge. I worry that I will become short of breath . Please advise of best way to reduce all symptoms . Do you recommend flu medicine .

  28. I am 62 years old and I have many health issues. I have been on methadone for 25 years. The pain center first started me on methadone, but I ended up at the methadone clinic when they stopped it. Then I asked my doctor if he could prescribe it and he did for all these years, but he retired. I have been without a doctor for over a year. When my doctor first started giving it to me, I told him that I was trying to go down and that I wasn’t taking the amount he was giving me and he just said to save them and I did. So I have been taking all those I had saved for so many years. For the last year I have been going down on my own and I am now at 20 mg. I am having a hard time getting down any lower. I am trying to take 15mg then 20mg, but most of the time I end up taking that extra half. I need help but I do not know where to go. I cannot find a doctor to prescribe it to me here in S.C. I did go to a pain center, but they would not see me because I told them the truth about how I had saved my medicine all those years. I don’t think they believed that my doctor told me to do that. He was an old school doctor and I think he knew he was going to retire and I think he was just trying to help me….knowing I would be left out in the cold when he did retire. This was my family doctor for years and he knew I wasn’t going to abuse it. Please help me with some info on where to go or what to do. I only have enough left for another month or so. Thank you. Cande

  29. Hi, I’m currently on 16mg of methadone. My highest dose was 38mg. I stopped my taper at 17mg for a few months because of withdrawal and to look for a psychologist to help me with COPING SKILLS, DBT, and EDMR because of how I’m feeling I didn’t get a lot of help with tapering down since my last counselor moved to a different methadone clinic. Also since I’ve been at my methadone clinic for the last 2 1/2 years I have been with 4 different counselors because of a big turn around within the clinic. The last counselor I had didn’t help with anything at all and used to complain how tried she was she also quit who knows, the 1st counselor I had was a ex addict that was telling me how I can still get high on Percocet while on methadone. So I made sure she would definitely be out of the picture. Since that was the reason why I was there in the first place addiction to percocet. Second counselor was awesome and actually cared to help me begin my taper from being on 38mg of methadone for 6 months In outpatient treatment then she moved to a different metadone clinc. Now I have a counselor that just sees me once a month to do paper work to catchup her own work. And believe me I’ve tried to ask her to help but she always has a excuse. That theres something she needs to update etc…Anyways I have been on a very slow taper for about a 1yr now. Going down by 1mg every 3 weeks or every 2. Then stopping during times of feeling chills, nausea, mood swings, and depression. My question is I’m I doing this right? I can’t stand most of all the chills, depression. Is there a medication for the chills and sweats, hot flashes? I’m on lexapro 20mg for depression. Everything else makes me nod out. Also I take Xanax .5 for panic attacks as a prn, due to the methadone always being to strong noding me out my psychiatrist put me on adderall 5mg 3 times a day. To help me stay awake, now I’m getting better as I decrease my dose with this symptom. I have so much desire to move on from all of this hell!! Please help with any insight? Thanks, Keri

    1. Hi Keri. Have you tried to replace your counselor? Also, you may enroll into a support group or consider therapy sessions that will give you the support you need.

  30. I am going to a methadone clinic to get off opiates its been almost 2 years of attending this clinic i was at 175mg liquid methadone with opiate blocker I have been bringing my self down by my own choice i am currently on 10 mg starting 12-27-16 is there anyway posdible i can finish getting off such a low dose myself at home

  31. Ok I’m forced to stop 80mg/day of methadone liquid from client to zero in 7 days due to insurance reasons. I have few 8mg auboxone steips to help with WD of methadone and I’m sick of everything now. Is it better to wait till 7th day and get full 80mg or reduce by 10mg/day until 7th day and than wait until SICK before inducing sub??

  32. Do you know anything about using IV Ketamine to rapidly withdraw from Methadone. My pain specialist doctor – head of anaesthetics for a major hospital in a very large city in Australia wants to admit me to hospital and bring on rapid detox under IV Ketamine. Withdrawal will apparently be over very quickly. Ketamine masks withdrawal symptoms & treats pain during the process. I can’t find much information on this…. any advice, references, information greatly appreciated.
    If I go ahead I will let you know I get on.

  33. I am a long term patient of a neurologist, who had me on methadone, Oxycodone as well as Gabapentin. I have severe sciatica in both legs, causing me occasional complete numbness in left leg from the knee down. This has started happening since I started withdrawing from methadone, against my will because my current doctor just retired a month ago and I cannot afford a lot a month for a new doctor, on disability.
    I want to know if when withdrawing from methadone, if there is anything that can help with the severe physical pain whether it be over the counter or prescription, I already take ibuprofen 800mg 3 times a day, flexiril 3 times a day, and Gabapentin 600 mg 4 times a day. Yet despite all that I am still in agony, can’t sleep, bend or barely walk. I use a cane, back brace, and I put ice on my pains almost 24/7. What can I do? I have no money and only Medicaid for insurance. There are no neurologists, or pain management doctors within a five hundred mile radius that accept my insurance, a methadone clinic would cost more than a doctor.
    Can a regular primary care doctor help me with anything, does anyone think? Even meds just to help ease withdrawal? Are there any home remededies or supplements that can help with easing withdrawal symptoms? Like I heard turmeric helps with pain. Has anyone tried it? Does anything out their help with the freezing cold / burning hot sweats and flashes? Anything that could help with the severely increased neuropathy pains I feel a million times worse without my methadone? Despite the fact I take gabapentin, which I have noticed does help with the hot/cold sweats more when I take it. That horrifying ridiculous excuse for a pain doctor I last saw gave me clonidine. That stuff doesn’t help at all, and is in fact a blood pressure medicine, with a side, off label use to supposedly help some withdrawal symptoms. I see absolutely no benefit. I also wanted to know if Suboxen or Subutex has any benefit for helping with physical pain, like methadone does. I know a lot of people benefit from it to help stay off of opiates, but does it effect pain at all? If anyone would have any suggestions that would help, I would greatly appreciate it.
    I am very close to just going ER. The only reason I haven’t is because I don’t want to be trapped at the ER for ten hours with no hope of being able to smoke a cigarette. I’m scared they would admit me, (same smoking complaint, smoke-free campus as they call it. Any help, information, or ideas that I could use would be greatly appreciated. I am at the point, that I think cutting my own leg off would be preferable living in this screaming agony. (That just made me feel like Dr. House, M.D., ha, ha but even he got off the Vicodin). Not to mention my back currently feels like I am a cockroach that was stepped on, but survived.and forced to live in horrible pain. (Only I was hit by a drunk driver in a minivan). Thank you for any suggestions and have a great day.

  34. I have been on 90mg oxycodone and 30 mg Methadone per day for three years. I am under the care of a Pain Specialist, and have had three back surgeries. I have recently cut back to 25 mg Methadone, and 75 mg oxycodone. When I miss a dose of either my back pain is horrible, but I can live with extreme pain, and I’m not sure that I can live with myself being a drug addict. So, my plan is to try to cut back to 60mg oxycodone while withdrawing as fatr as possible from methadone, and hopefully within a year to be free of methadone. I would appreciate any guidance that You can give me. Thank You! Dan

  35. Doc put me on this at pain management and now I’m terrified. Been on this a week after being on opiates for several years with no problems! HELP!!! IM SCARED!!

  36. Hi I have been on methadone for 20 yrs. dare I say it. I have felt like I’m in shackles it’s terrible. I’ve been stuck on 15mgs to 12.5mgs for 11 yrs due to having children. Am currently on day 8. Day 5 I felt crap an strength or energy an aching but not as bad as thought would. I seemed outpatient help but haven’t gone yet. I know everyone’s different but roughly how long? When do you feel your worst?

  37. My boyfriend as reduced to 26 mg a day ova a period of several yrs but for a couple of wks he took extra n for past two wks as been reducing to his normal dose but on top of this he been takin codeine 30mg n diaz’s 2mg but 6-8 at a time 2-3 times everyday He as cut down ova last 2 wks so he says but is stil trying to tel me he is ratterling but wid the info I ave read this contridict wat he is tellin me But he as ad this problem for several yrs n when he does take extra for 2-3days he turns into an AGGRESIVE violent? Bully I don’t no wat to do to help him as we been in an on/off relationship but af known him 10 n he started reducing n gt to 26mg n now he makes excuses why he takes extra n I just don’t understand fully Can u help x

  38. I have been prescribed Methadone for pain management for a prolapsed and torn disc in my lower back..I have now been on Methadone for 1 year and my dosage has been at the quantity of 50mgs a day..I am now on a reduction programme which is supervised by my doctor..As I reduce the amount of Methadone my Back Pain increases…I have told my doctor that I want to be clear of Methadone for a few reasons ie. I suffer severe Constipation from it and the Main reason is that Here in New Zealand I am unable to get employment as Employers have a Zero Tolerance to Drugs even if they are a Prescribed medication as in my case.. Over the last few days I have tried to go Cold Turkey but it has been too hard on me..My doctor is decreasing my intake by 1 mg a week. My question is …Do you think I can decrease quicker than 1 mg a week as I am getting frustrated with how slow this Decline in Methadone consumption is going?
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards Pieter

    1. Hello Pieter. It is possible to be decreasing larger doses, but I’d follow the doctor’s guidelines. You see, dropping larger faster can cause hash withdrawal symptoms. It may seem very slow, but it’s the safest way too. I hope that soon you will be completely off methadone and will find work without any problem.

  39. When I decided to detox off Methadone on my own, the following Analogy IS MOST IMPORTANT. Think of how slow a snail moves. Its hard to see except for seeing the wet trail it leaves. Multiply that by 3 times slower. I followed that advice which YES it took a about one year but NEVER experienced any withdrawal I Reduced 5 mg’s/Month. When I got to 30 mg’s I stayed at that dose for 2 months before dropping to 25 mg’s and the same until I was off. Many Blogs I’ve read on this subject most had been taking 100-300 mg’s or more Stating it had been very easy before dropping from 30 to 25’s thus almost 100% 0f these patients had to be put on Suboxen which told me one thing, THEY WERE not taking DOUBLE THE time to reduce from The last 30 mg’s to finally being completely detoxed Nobody needs to be put on Suboxen at the final doses All’s that is doing is the same when a smoker wearing or chewing Nicotine gum to get off there Nicotine addiction I’ve been off Methadone now for almost 1 year with No side effects what so ever SLOW…………IS THE KEY Last, the Previous is my experience and because ALL PATIENTS ARE DIFFERENT Consult your DOCTOR Before making changes to ANY MEDICATIONS

    1. Hi Glenn. Thank you for your valuable information and for sharing your own experience as advise for others. I agree that the slower and more gradual the taper – the less risk of withdrawal discomfort. And, yes, having medical advise and support is needed, but also the will and motivation to make it through.

  40. My son has been on 100 mg daily of methadone for many years. He missed dosage at his clinic and was cut to 30mg. This is his 2nd day of 30mg and will be permitted to 40mg tomorrow and increased to 50 in aweek.. He lives alone and works a full-time job. Will he be able to function? He has not asked me for help. I just want to know how bad his symptoms are with such a drastic cut of dosage. Thanks

    1. Hello Lous. How is your son doing? Such fast tapering is expected to set off a series of withdrawal symptoms. He may need some time off work, as I hardly believe he will be able to continue working normal days when withdrawal starts. I recommend you take him to the doctor to get advise on how to treat symptoms and manage through this period.

  41. I have severe peripheral neuropathy, which I was told was from monoclonal gammapathy, which I went through IVIG infusion with no results. Was on 80mg methadone in three divided doses a day and seventy five mg oxecodone in divided doses also, from a university hospital pain mgt. clinic for several years. I am sixty nine. My doctor retired and because of shortage of staff they referred me to outside doctor who immediately cut both doses in half, saying that only cancer patients needs doses that high.. It has been three weeks now since then and the pain from the perilpheral neuropatlhy has gotten so bad that I can barely walk now and lie down during the day to avoid the pain of being on my feet. Also have pain in my large muscle groups. Pain is continuous pain and night. Will I eventually get relief from the pain at this present dose of 40mg of methadone and 40 oxecondone?. There Is no speaking to this doctor, his way or the highway. I find getting another doctor to be impossible when I mention my situation. Help.

    1. Hi Lawrence. I’m very sorry that you’ve been put in such a situation. But, I believe that you will be ok, since cutting back half of your usual dose causes withdrawal symptoms to occur. Strangely, withdrawal symptoms tend to mimic the symptoms of the condition that is being treated. You will get used to the lower dose in time, and as withdrawal effects subside you will be able to move and feel better. See if your pharmacist at the local pharmacy can suggest some medication, lotion or cream that can help relieve the pain.

    1. Hello Arcenio. I believe you can make it through, but you will need professional medical help. I suppose you’ve been taking the methadone for quite a while, which makes it unsafe to just quit or stop taking it on your own. Check out this article that explains Treatment Options for Veterans to get a better idea of what your options are. Also, you can call the helpline number displayed on the page.

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