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Help Me With My Addiction

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 09:23 AM

Question: I'm on methadone for back pain and have been for 4 years. I want to stop taking this addictive drug, but I can't stand the feelings of nervousness when I don’t take it. What is the best way to come off this medication?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
You may need help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups, or an organized treatment program to overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free. Do not stop taking methadone without talking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. If you suddenly stop taking methadone, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, teary eyes, runny nose, yawning, sweating, chills, muscle pain, and widened pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes).

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