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    The Sensible Methadone Taper... (Withdrawals, how to get / wean off)
    An_267402 posted:
    I was on Methadone for 5 years. I've been as high as 100mg/day. For the first 2 years I was using 3.5grams of high grade heroin on top. Methadone is the worst thing if you just want to get clean. Get loflexitine or clonodine if you can. Melotonin, pregabalin, valium can really help if your bang in it. Diet is essential if your not eating you've no reserves to fight the pain.

    I'm now totally clean and finished my taper 3 months ago. I was just thinking about how hard it was and thought it might help others if I shared how I did it. The main thing was I ignored all the doctors and therapists. They all told me to just stay on the methadone. Or to do a subutex detox. More drugs is not the answer.

    So how did I do it:-
    1st and most important I started eating 2700 calories a day, loads of vegetables and a few fruit.
    2nd I got down to a reasonable dose by splitting my dose in 2 and taking it twice a day. This way I was able to find exactly where my tolerance was. For instance when I was on 60mg. I started by taking 30mg in the morning the 20mg in the afternoon. After 2 hours you can tell if its gonna hold you. Even if it doesn't quite and you've nothing important to do hold out till your dose next morning.(You will need a measuring syringe, those little cups and spoons are not accurate enough for this, keep a record, it'll help you to figure out exactly what your tolerance level is.)
    3rd Now after a week or so you'll have found a dose that just holds you, its quite precise. Mine was 47mg. Just stick to that dose for 1-2 weeks.
    4th Now your tolerance has gone you need to find your lowest possible dose again. Carry on doing this.
    5th Once you get down to the 10-20mg range you will want to switch to taking it daily.
    6th After a week or so you get used to having it daily again and you'll find you can carry on reducing by 1mg every 5-10 days(I did it quicker and put up with a few withdrawals that were very manageable)
    7th once you get down to around 5-8mg your gonna have to start missing a day. Your going to feel those withdrawals but they won't be debilitating if you manage it right. I found planning it was no good. Some days you will just need more. Always try for less. If you start getting sick too quick then just top up with about a quarter of the dose you had earlier. If you get too sick on your off day just take 2/3rds of the dose you did the day before and skip the next day, you'll be okay.
    8th After 1-2 weeks of missing days start reducing by 0.5mg every 6 days. Still missing days.
    9th After time you'll soon get to the point were you don't get sick any more.
    10th Stay clean, love life.. x

    Theres no shortcuts without a doctor that knows what they're doing. Once your on Methadone theres only 2 ways out the really long easier way or the long painful, unbearable way.

    Good Luck
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    editor_morgan responded:
    I can't express how valuable the sharing of knowledge/information is. I thank you for coming to this community and sharing the message of hope.

    There is light at the end of the tunnel!

    But for everyone reading this post, please consult a doctor/health professional when you are withdrawing from any drug.

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