Methadone research well worth reading.

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Chutz
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   Posted 12/19/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband spotted an article on the use of methadone for pain control. The findings are frightening and for me it's disturbing since this is being reported from the state where I live...Washington state. This isn't just a localized problem, but one that can involve anyone.

Here's a few sentences from the article. The link is below for those who care to read it the entire report.

"Most painkillers, such as OxyContin, dissipate from the body within hours. Methadone can linger for days, pooling to a toxic reservoir that depresses the respiratory system. With little warning, patients fall asleep and don't wake up. Doctors call it the silent death.

In Washington, the poor have been hit the hardest. While Medicaid recipients make up about 8 percent of Washington's adult population, they account for 48 percent of the methadone deaths."


seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016987032_silent11.html

This article is more than worth the time to read. Many people who visit this sight or who are members take prescription pain medications. We need to know the facts about the medications we take so we can make the best choice for ourselves. I hope it helps~

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   Posted 12/19/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   

 

      Thanks for posting! ....I have seen this on the news many times...and part of the problem is that either patients or abusers take more than they are supposed to thinking more will help...and in the end it does just what you reported here.

  It would certianlly be one of my very last choices for pain control...and I told my Dr this as well. He agrees! However, it has been a blessing for many when scripted correctly.....we just need to be careful, and of course this includes all forms of pain med's.

       It is also very difficult to get off of as well...if needed.

    Good information! Thanks! wink

 

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   Posted 12/19/2011 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz
 
That is a really interesting article, with some really important information in it.  But to be honest these type of articles infuriate me, I am all for saving tax payers money, but not at the price of sacrificing the lives of innocent people! I would rather see these government officials think more about cutting their own benefits and pay to save some money, rather than to do it this way! They always talk about wanting to help and take care of the poor, but this is a great example of their true attitude about really doing it! I have a real problem with  people ( government officials) treating other people ( especially the poor and the sick)  with less respect than they would their own pets!! Along those same lines,  I know that in allot of places and with allot of people,  "pain"  is not considered a really important thing, and treating it is not that high of priority, but I often wonder if there was ever, or if there has ever, been a really extensive study done, regarding the actual mortality rate among chronic pain patients? You know the ones, that were not, and are not being treated or at least adequately treated, and just desided that they could nolonger stand living with it?
 
Anyway I will get off my band wagon, I do appreciatie you posting this information Chutzie, it really does strike a nerve with me, ( one of my pet peeves I guess) smile!
 
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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Chutz.

I had a terrible time with methadone. I asked my PM about trying it because I know a few people with CRPS who've had good success with it... methadone has activity as an NMDA-receptor antagonist (like ketamine) which in theory should make it a 'better' drug fo us. It was too - gave me fantastic pain relief.

Only problem was that it also caused very severe nausea and vomiting. I stopped the tablets after three days, but I was still experiencing side effects more than a week later!

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momtofourangels
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   Posted 12/19/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing this information with us Chutz. I will definitely stay clear of Methadone. How scary. Take care.

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Lasardo
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   Posted 12/19/2011 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I was given methadone at a time I was on state insurance and I was a blubbering mess! Worked great for the pain but of course couldn't feel anything! Can't believe they still prescribe that stuff...
Crohns dx,Pelvic Floor Tension,Pelvic Adhesive dx,interstitial cystitis,ileostomy,chronic pain,arthritis,fibromyalgia,severe 42 degree scoliosis,degenerative disc dx,neurological impingement,pelvic tilt and complete loss of neck curve. 4th degree tear during childbirth with 13 reconstructive surgeries (including fistulas) resulting in chronic pelvic pain and an ileostomy. Bp and panic attacks.

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   Posted 12/20/2011 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this article Chutz it can be a real eye opener for those that do not know much about Methadone. It is definetly not a drug for people that have the habit of taking an extra pain pill either. Methadone has the half life to it and that is just too dangerous. That extra pill when its Methadone may very well be the one that causes a person not to wake up again.

The cost of Methadone gets a big thumbs up from drs whose patients do not have insurance coverage to pay for their medications. I have always said on this forum to never go on Methadone only as a last resort and then I would still have to think long and hard before ever considering it.
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