You should be afraid of Methadone. I took it for years, its a slow downhill ride. You swell, you feel completely sick all the time. No energy and getting off........ i stopped mscontin 60 twice a day without a bat of an eyelash. I am on almost 2 weeks off methadone. It will take months to feel right again. There are far better options. A bit of trivia, The US bought the rights and "recipe" for methadone from the germans during WWII for 1$ In the beginning it seems great, but the longer you take it the worse it gets. By the time I was done I thought my chronic illness had turned into a bed ridden never ending aching flu. I lost 15 lbs of water weight the first week. It created pain in my legs that was almost more challanging then my chronic pain. If you have to, be ever so careful. Good luck.
Has anyone heard of or experienced the new 7 day patch?
Most manufacturers of medications offer free or lowered payment programs for people that can not afford them. I was on the fentynal patch for a year and a half and they covered full costs. Often the clinics will know of places that can help. Your local Sal Vation army or St Vincents, Red Cross etc might be able to help for the first few times until you can track down and fill out the paper work for your meds. It is surprisingly easy. Good luck. OH! have you checked to see if any PM's work with a sliding fee. Some PM's that work out of hospitals can do that.
Prayers to you,
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