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Methadone Drug interaction ***urgent*** question

I take Methadone 80mg a day once in the morning, and have been prescribed to psychiatric medication for a long period of time. These consist of Abilify and at one time Zoloft I kept on having very strong panic attacks followed immediately by loss of breath like asthma but to the point of hyperventilating . This concerned me I discontinued Zoloft and kept taking abilify but still experience the same problem what do I do help!!! Please and thank you in advance for any info to what may be causing the interaction.
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Well since I'm here i'll be the first to say definitely call your doctor. They're going to tell you that they cant give medical advice on here. If you need support with trying to get off anything then this is the place! I hope you find your answers
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Hi Zak and welcome to the forum.  I'm sorry you are experiencing these panic attacks. I don't think its a drug interaction. I think the panic attacks are from abruptly stopping the zoloft. All antidepressants need to be tapered to avoid this sort of thing. Take your regular dose of zoloft now, and make an appointment to see your psych doctor. He knows about the methadone, right?  If not you should tell him. He will help you figure out what to do.
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Dear Zack!
I'm so sorry to hear about your anxiety attacks. I haven't been on methadone in decades, but I do remember that it gave me odd and unpredictable anxiety attacks. Here at medhelp, most of us shoot for a goal of drug-free living, and many of us deal with anxiety on the road to getting there.

The best thing I can tell you is you are not alone. Not alone in your struggle with addiction and not alone in your anxiety. For me, when I removed the drugs, the anxiety eventually went away. Is that an option for you? We help people get and stay drug-free here every single day. I can tell you that I have never, even for a second, regretted putting down the drugs.    

Can you tell us more? The more details you van provide us (your age, length of time on the drugs, other health issues) the better we will be able to help you.

In the meantime, I wonder if you've tried discussing this with your doctors? They may have helpful insight, beyond just adding more drugs. Rest assured, though, you are not the only person to wrestle with major anxiety while taking methadone.

Stick around, read other posts and try to let us help you.

M.
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Well it's defintly been very difficult I'm just afraid it will kill me eventually it really scares me to feel like I'm going to die every single day.. But I just really need to figure out why I'm having so many problems like I have asthma they gave me an inhaler when I went to the hospital over this situation and a monitor to wear home for 24 hours to check my heart. I also have been having to take steroids to clear up my weizing an ongoing struggle since I was 18.
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Can it kill me?
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No honey, it wont kill you and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. If you haven't done so already, take one zoloft and call the prescribing doctor to make an appt. If he is out of the picture, find a new one asap. You will need to be honest about the methadone.
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