Addiction to Drugs/Methodone detox


I have been taking methodone for about a year for a back injury. Taking 20 mg, which is where I started. Want to stop the medicine. How should I approach the withdrawal and should I expect much of a detox problem at such a low dose?


Fortunately you haven't been taking it for very long, so your withdrawals might not be that serious.  As you probably know, this can be a difficult drug to stop taking.  Also in your favor is the fact that you've been on a pretty low dose.

Usually these detoxes are carried out gradually, with as much of a reduction per week as you can stand.  1 mg, 5mg, or other amount; it's all up to you and your doctor.  You will probably experience some discomfort nonetheless, but that's expected.

Best of luck with this process!


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