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Difference between methadone and methadose?
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Difference between methadone and methadose?

I am presently on 7mgs of methadone and paying through the nose and found out my insurance at work covers methadose in liquid or pills. What is the difference? Should i try to switch ?
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I am pretty sure methadose is a generic methadone tablet..your pharmacist will know for sure if methadose has anything added to it but i beleive it is just straight methadone
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Its all methadone....no difference in strength (go by milligrams - 40mg methadose are becoming history) liquid form is just harder to hold in your pocket?
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If i'm on Methadone(7mgs) and I switch to methadose(pills), will I feel the difference? Will i adjust to the change in a certain amount of time ? After finding out that my insurance will cover methadose i wonder if i can just leave my program and save that money?
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yey you could leave the clinic..if you have a doctor who will prescribe it to you
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There is no difference aside from manufactureres ...... 7mg of pills is the same as 7mg of the liquid..... Methadone must be prescribed for pain... normal MD's are not allowed to maintain an addict - - - - keep these things in mind when you plan.....
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Thanks theeagle. The reason i want to get methadose at my local pharmacy is because I cannot afford the clinic anymore. I'm spending too much and financially I cannot do it. I checked my work insurance and it says that they cover methadose in tablets and liquid and way more affordable. Now with my doctor, since I do have a history of back pain, can that be used for her to prescribe the methadose, even though she knows it's for my recovery ?

You've provided good answers to my questions. I want to ask my clinic but feel they will give me the wrong answers to keep getting money out of me.
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If you have a good relationship with your Doctor you may be able to work something out. Bear in mind that a normal GP is only allowed to dispense methadone for pain RX - - probably not worth a medical career to accomodate you.....but some MD's realize how messed up the system is and will work with you......Do you have any kind of pain history that would allow a legitimate RX? If the back pain is documented and still looks right for a script they may work something out with you........Not sure whether to advise that you speak to the Doctor first or what  - - - maybe lay out your proposal with several options open.  Hopefully you have a decent history with your clinic - no dirty drops and etc. - some successful counseling.....stress to your Doc that you will attend a 12 step program such as NA - - - Hate to see you forced to stick up banks just to get your needs met at a for-profit methadone clinic......Hopefully some type of rational thinking will prevail........good luck to you - - let us know what happens ........
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i'm on 10mgs a day of methadone. 30 tablets only cost me $10 at walmart and i have no insurance. have you tried to get your script filled at walmart?
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methadone as a rule is a very cheap drug...if u r taking 150 mgs a day then i guess not but insurance covers it if prescribed for pain/not for addiction ///in other words a doctor at an office can prescribe it to u for pain but not for addiction...they will at times but document a pain diagnosis as methadone is federally regualated for addiction and sub is not
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i could not imagine taking 150mgs of methadone a day, is that even safe. i thought my 10mgs was a lot, but i just started taking it for the pain management.
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Doses in excess of 200mg are not uncommon at all - - and as safe as anything that you can find.......sure kills the pain!!!
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7mgs of Methodone is a VERY small dailey dose to me anyway. Ive taken 30-40 mgs a day for pain management and its the cheapest drug out there. I dont know where your shopping at or how a clinic works, but WOW.  I hate Walgreens and would NEVER recommend them but they are even cheap there...............And Eagle is correct, they DO work for pain very well. A month supply for me is like $25 bucks..or LESS!
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If i decide to change from my 7mgs of clinic methadone to the pharmacy methadose(pills), will the methadose have the same effect? Will it hold me like the present methadone does or will i need to get adjusted to the change in meds. I know some people say it's the same, just been use to hearing methadone as my med.
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u should notice anything..it is a generic and generics have to meet certain standartds...good luck
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I have been going to mmt for 1 month now. They have me up to 90mg liquid. Went and spoke to a pain management this morning, and he is going to start me on 20 mg a day. Pill form. Am i going to go through any sort of withdrawl (withdrawal) going from 90mg liquid to 20 mg pill in such a short amount of time? Meaning, without a weaning process?
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Why are you on the methadone? You haven't been on it that long,but I suspect you are still going to feel some level of discomfort dropping 70 mgs that fast.It doesn't matter if it is liquid or pill form...20 mgs pill form is the same as 20 mgs liquid form.Why is the pain management doctor going to decrease your amount so fast with out a taper?
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I was on Methadone Intensol, my dr took a leave of absence a new dr took his place I want to change to a different pain management dr. I was in a car accident, i have several things wrong with me. I have lumbar and disc degeneration. and knee problems.  I am in chronic pain everyday its terri ble i havent cooked dinner in a month. Since the new dr, changed me from liquid form to tablet,. and i have a terible headache. is it possible there is a difference
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