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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 5:29 pm 
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Sorry if this has been covered...my Mom and siater just lost everything in the Nashville floods and my sister wants to use this time to make the switch from Methadone to Suboxone. She tried it once before after a Doctor told her 'very few' people have any trouble switching from 30 mgs of Methadone to Suboxone and she ended up in the ER.

How long does it take Methadone to be COMPLETELY out of your system after you stop taking it? She is down to 10 mgs but is now TERRIFIED to take Suboxone again. I told her doctor switch her from Methadone back to pain pills for the duration of the Methadone to get out of her system. But I definately want a second opinion on how long until the Methadone is totally out of her system, because if she is taking 20 mgs of Hydrocodone a day then she just needs to be off that 24-48 hours before taking Sub and she will be fine.

So again, my question is: How long does it take Methadone to be COMPLETELY out of your system after you stop taking it?

Thanks, Beth


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 6:04 pm 
Sorry to hear about the loss your mom and sister went through with the flood. As far as the methadone goes, i switched from 30mg's of methadone to 16mg's of suboxone. I didnt take methadone or anything for 6 long days but i had no problems with the switch with that amount of time. I know everyone is different and im no expert. Im only speaking from my experience. I can say this, that transition is said to be one of the toughest ones too make. I wish i had a little more i could help you with however you will get many great responses from others that will hopefully answer your question with a little more detail. Well, goodluck with the flood situation and i hope everything works out for your sister. ~PEACE~


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My friend switched from Methadone to sub. She wasn't on the methadone for long, maybe a month, but she was taking 30mgs a day. She waited 48 hours and then started the sub, it took her a good week before she really felt better from the sub. It was a tough couple days at first but she is very glad she made the switch.


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I have quite a bit of experience coming off Methadone and a taper is the only way to go. I usually taper dropping 5mg every 3-5 days, depending on how much I have on hand, and have a chart made up on a calendar to keep track of my schedule. I split my dose into a morning and evening dose and that seemed to work a lot better than taking the whole daily dose at once in the morning.

If you drop too fast you'll know it. I went from 80mg a day to 40mg a day and that was too much. I had to stay at 40 for about a week to let my body adjust. Then just continue dropping on schedule. It can be done without having to go through hell, just don't drop too fast.

I'm not saying you might not have the restless leg syndrome for a few days, or watery eyes or yawning. That's all part of WD, but you are doing it at a controlled rate and it sure as hell beats CT.

Once you get down to 5mg a day you've got it made.


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I guess I'm pretty lucky.

I was on 90mg of Methadone daily and 90mg of Norco Daily for about 5 years due to back injury and chronic pain. Finally decided to find out how much of that was real pain vs. pain now caused by the meds themselves.

I went to my pain management doc and he kept me on the same amount of Norco for the next 2 weeks but switched me from Methadone to Oxy Codone, not OxyContin, the longer acting medicine of the same type. I took 30mg of OxyCodone 3 x per day for those 2 weeks to get the long acting Methadone out of my system.

I thenk had to go through Withdrawel of course for just 1 day thankfully and took my first SL Suboxone around 6pm. I took 8mg that night. The first few days were horrible and I was in a ton of pain and the side effects suck! nonstop stomach pain and bathroom needs, extreme insomnia, anxiety the first week and other things.

But every day, the pain got better and better. Now I only hurt in the site of the main injury a bit rather than my entire back all the time. I went from not leaving my bed for well over a year to working out twice a day and going out every chance.

It sounds like maybe your Sister went to the ER because she didn't go from Methadone to a shorter acting drug in between. Methadone stays in your system for weeks and if you go straight to suboxone when there are opiates still in your system, it will cause "acute withdrawel" which she probably went through.

She should definitely have a few weeks on short acting opiates before she goes to suboxone. My transition was flawless and no reall problems.

Think about it for me at least: 90mg of Methadone daily for many years, 90mg of Norco. I only took 8mg of Suboxone the first few days and by the end of the week, I was down to 2mg or 1/4 of a SL strip daily and I've been on that for a total about 4 weeks now and I'm about to start taking 1/4 every other day.

I've never really had a mental addiction though, or the need to be high. Mines been physically needed for pain and then chemically dependent due to time so I don't miss the methadone one bit. I can't wait to be off Suboxone in about another 4-6 weeks.

To me, it sounds like she needs a specialist to help her.

Hope this helps.

Peter.


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Hey. I was on 24 mg of mdone and switched after two days without anything. The trick was that they took me on to subutex first for ten days and I was great besides some shoulder blade pain I didn't miss work! Hopefully they will do that for her. If not? I think three days would be good if they put her on Suboxone. The subutex dosent have the nalaxone in it. As long as she is in good withdraw I think it will work for her either way

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My dr made me wait two full weeks after my last 30mg of methadone but he gave me morphine pills to carry me thru then I had to be off the morphine for 3 days and I was inducted on subs and they worked much better for me then methadone and I can say after 2 yrs of subs I an sub free for almost 3 weeks now... and feeling great


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