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1017452 tn?1254908598
insomnia and methadone
My husband starts his final week off his methadone jouney tomorrow. He'll be taking 1mg for the next week then none.

How long after his final dose can he expect to continue feeling the withdrawal symptoms and when will his sleep patterns return to 'normal'?

thanks in advance
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1017452 tn?1254908598
Ha! I'm new to this! This post was meant to be for the Doc! Oh well :o)
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It may depend to some degree on length of use and prior dose.......methadone is hard one to quit comfortably.......Is their a way that he could dose every other day for a week or so before stopping entirely? Otherwise it can take up to a month to start feeling right. And sleeping well - sleep is about the last thing to return......Exercise and dryheat suanas are very good for this time....
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1017452 tn?1254908598
Thanks 'theeagle'
he's reduced the dose by 1mg every week instead of 2.5mg cos his symptoms were so bad. I'm sure he'll be stoked to know the sleeps the last thing to return!!


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If he is under the care of a doctor then he can help with the sleep. It would be nice if he could go a little longer with the taper so his body can get use to the 1mg for the week. Just when he gets use to the 1mg he gets throwm into withdrawals. Sound pretty brutal to me. Every time you taper your bodie goes into some WD. Your body needs to get back to normal before the next taper. I am not sure if a week is long enough. 1mg doesnt sound like much but at this point it is 1/2 of what his body is use to. He is under the care of a doctor right? Also make sure he is prepared for the detox. Being prepared for whats to come will take a lot of anxiety out. I am glad to see that he is on his way.
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1017452 tn?1254908598
Thanks for your comment.. this site is so awesome for insight into what's to come.
Yes he is under the care of and addiction doctor.  You're right though 1mg doesn't sound like much but he's really feeling this week..it's awful to watch. I think he should extend it another week before he stops altogether. Maybe he should go down to 0.5mg next week? What do you think?  He's taking 4 sleeping pills a night which gives him a somewhere between 3 and 4 hours but the doctor is going to start tapering that after he's finished on the methadone. He's got all the usual symptoms..watery eyes, nose,diarrhoea, really sore lower back, no energy etc.  I want to help him some way but know there's really little I can do other than be here and support him.  
Once he drops to nothing is the w/d be worse than on a really low dose or the same sort of thing? I feel nervous for him.
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