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Have been on methadone 6 yrs (chronic back pain). Currently…

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Have been on methadone 6 yrs (chronic back pain). Currently taking 30 mg. daily. I did well enough that Dr. gave me three month supply I move & had to scramble for continued treatment- methadone script lapsed & I used heroin in replacement until I could get methadone (2weeks).. Problem: I lied & said it was morphine I had taken (from former script, which was documented), in hopes they would do a full tox screen- wrong! So now I'm cut off cold & dr. refuses to do incremental reduction or prescribe suboxone, etc. Isn't there some ethical prohibition to just cut off cold? Even w/o pain mgt contract?

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

30 mg methadone- will run out saturday 6th

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Former junkie

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

Thanks for this question.

There is really no ethical issue because the withdrawal, while very uncomfortable, isn't life threatening

I'm sorry this is happening to you

I wish there was more I could do

Your doctor can give you clonidine and vistaril to help with withdrawal

they are not addictive meds and help with withdrawal

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No & according to numerous sources complications can be life threatening- you need to read up on it-
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
See methadoneclinic.com & give me my $5 back!
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

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