It's quite unlikely that you would have those problems with methadone. Very few people, even doctors (including so-called "pain specialists!") have taken all these medications themselves, and even among those who have, virtually none will have to take it under the same circumstances, in the same dosages alongside the many other treatments foisted upon us, as a true chronic pain sufferer does.
Methadone, as I mentioned previously, has many benefits and most of the "downsides" are actually urban legends and junkie myths perpetrated by people who don't have the faintest knowledge of biochemistry, pharmacology or the like.
It may not be the end all be all, but it has a number of unique advantages over "traditional" opiates. i just hope it is really the best choice for me long-term, because I have very much tired of both the search for the perfect pain medications and the search to get effing MaineCare to pay for them.....whidch they never will -- but methadone is dirt cheap so of course they're all for it. Classic. -(
I went to my pain doc last week to talk about a possible med change. I am taking a time released morphine right now and am almost at the max dosage. She mentioned methadone but then listed several problems that can arise from taking methdone.
Has any one that has taken methadone had any problems such as rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, etc?
Conditions: Reactive Arthralgia/Reactive Constellation, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, widespread Tendonitis, severe back pain & spasms with numerous spinal problems, barely able to type anymore due to severe full-body runaway inflammation, and on and on. Typical daily pain levels exceed 8.5(!)
Medications: Methadone, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Marinol, Cesamet, Lidocaine Patches, Flexeril, Zanaflex, Soma, Desipramine; many herbs & supplements.
Previous medications: Oxycontin, Opana, Fentanyl patches, Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin, Lortab, OxyIR, Baclofen, Testosterone (oral, patches, gel), Cymbalta, Lyrica, Neurontin, Amitryptyline, every NSAID known to man, Prednisone....and many, MANY more.