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PostSubject: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:11 pm

I am leaving in....oh about half hour to see my PCP and last time i sa her i mentioned that im sweating so much i feel like im going through menopause but i knew im way way too young to have and she said "yeah, your too young to have menopause" kinda like i was stupid and really thought i had menopuase dispite the fact that i said "im sweating so much i FEEL like im going through menopause even though I KNOW IM WAY WAY TOO YOUNG" and she also ignored it and didnt ask me any more questions or perscribe me anything. i dont want to take pills for it but i just wanna try some prescribed deoderant. anyway, anyone have any suggestions about anything i can suggest to her for the sweating ....like a type or brand of deodorant she can prescribe. THANK YOU!!!!



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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:30 pm

I went to the blog of Dr. Jana Burson who actually is the physician of one of the mmt programs located in North Carolina if I am not mistaken to see what she says about sweating and Methadone.
Below are her comments:

All opioids can cause flushing and hot sweats, but methadone is probably worse than the others. This is because when it’s used to treat opioid addiction, we want the patient to go up to a dose that blocks the opioid receptors, and the hot sweats from methadone seems to be at least partially dose-related. Why does this happen? We don’t exactly know, but it has to do with the effects of opioids on the thermo-regulatory centers in the brain.
Excess sweating can also be caused by opioid withdrawal, so if there are other withdrawal signs or symptoms (body aches, runny nose, nausea, stomach cramps), the sweating may improve with a dose increase. About half of all patients on methadone report unpleasant sweating, but some patients report dramatic, soaking sweats. The sweating for these patients is more than an inconvenience. These are bad enough to interfere with life.

Medications For Sweating Caused By Methadone

There are a few prescription medications which can help this severe sweating.
Clonidine, a blood pressure medication, blocks sweats to some degree in many patients.
Anticholenergic medicines, so named because these drugs block the effect of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the involuntary nervous system, block sweating. Anticholinergics tend to dry all secretions, causing such common side effects as dry mouth and dry eyes. These medications can cause more serious side effects, so they must be prescribed by a doctor familiar with the patient’s medical history. All of these medications have been used for excessive sweating with various degrees of success, in some patients. Some examples of anticholinergics include:
oxybutynin (also used for urinary leakage)
bipereden (used in some Parkinson patients)
scopolamine (also used for sea sickness)
dicyclomine (used for irritable bowel syndrome)
For unusually bad situations, Botox can be injected under the skin of the most affected areas, like armpits, palms and soles. Obviously, this is somewhat of a last-resort measure.
Other Ways To Treat Methadone Induced Sweat

Many of the common sense things do help somewhat, like wearing loose clothing, keeping your house cool, and losing weight. Regular exercise helps some people. Talcum powder, sprinkled on the areas that sweat, can help absorb some of the moisture. Antiperspirants can be used in the underarm area, but also in any area that routinely becomes sweaty. The antiperspirant can be applied at bedtime so sweating won’t interrupt sleep. There are prescription antiperspirants, like Drysol or Xerac, but these sometimes can be irritating to the skin. Avoid spicy foods, which can also cause sweating.
Make sure the sweating isn’t coming from any other source, like an overactive thyroid, and check your body temperature a few times, to make sure you don’t have a fever, indicating the sweating could be from a smoldering infection. A trip to the doctor should include some basic blood tests to rule out medical causes other than the dose of methadone.

http://drug.addictionblog.org/can-taking-methadone-cause-excessive-sweating/


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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:32 pm

WOW, Dee thank you so much for all the useful information!! Stupid me forgot to mention my sweating and that was ONE of the reasones I went to see her....::DUMBASS:: lol. ANyway, I have been feeling a little on the crappy side and sweating more than the usual methadone side affect sweats so I did request a does increase a week ago and got it today, I dont feel any different....You think it takes time or should I ask for another increase already?? (i know i just got the increase today but if i should have felt a difference immediately then i dont wanna waste time and feel like crap for no reason when i can ask now and get the increase sooner and start to feel better.) Thanks again for any info!! Smile



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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:03 pm

Form what I've been told it can take a few days for your system to get used to the new dose. Do you have a certain day of the week that you have to ask for the increase so that it can be given by a certain day?
At my clinic we had to ask by Wednesday to receive it by Monday of the next week.
On the crappy side? Does your dose seem to wear off during the day after dosing?

Your screen name is fine with me and I don't think anyone has any problem with it. You should see some of the ones I've seen over the years. If anyone is offended I'm sure they will let you know.
May I ask what dose you are on now and how long you have been on that dose? Or should I say the previous dose?


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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:53 am

Sorry I have been meaning to post a thread introducing myself and my story (with all my details) and i keep forgetting (thats my awesome memory for ya!! ;P) I am now on 70 MG's and i have been at the clinic since April, 26th 2012 so 3 months tomorrow!! (YAY!!) And I have been feeling crappy off and on throughout the day (off and on any given day, what im trying to say is some days i feel ok and some days i just feel "off" not too bad withdrawals i just get shaky (anxiety overload), nauseated (could be from my hep c :/), irriatable, mild aches and pains & the exsessive sweating) nothing I can't handle but when I explain my symptoms to others they tell me that I should be 100%( and I agree to a exstent), I haven't had any problems with cravings until literitlly 2 days ago and i actually was thinking about vicodin and how i miss the "high" and how it would BE NICE to get high here and there but i cant have it like that anyway, i got scared that i actually was thinking like that but im glad i can put those thoughts in check before they manifest into something greater. i also had a dream about heroin the last 2 nights which is pissing me off >Sad lol....so im rambling and everything is running together sorry, im still half asleep. but thank you so much for your replies and information. Im so happy i found this place. i hope that all made sence and that i didnt leave anything out, im gonna past my "story" soon so everyone can get to know me beteer....i feel like i know a lot of u from just lurking here for the past month. Ok, thx....

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and im glad im screen name isnt a problem so far, i know there are strong feelings on both sides about marijuana and i dont wanna open up a debate so if it ever becomes a prob i will change it. i shouldve just picked something like "jolenef123" or something haha!!
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:01 am

Oh and we can ask any day for an increase and the Doctor will do whatever he does to determine if you can get it or not and sometimes you have to see him and tell him whats going on before he will give it to you but this time my councelor put in the request for me and I didnt have to see the DR, it was just up tp 70mg's yesterday when I went in to dose. It never takes longer than a week to get your increase, it is just depending on how many people requested an increase before you or how busy the dr is at the time. Thanks again. I think i'll wait a week and then ask for another increase (if i need it of course).
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:18 pm

you want to get to a dose that holds you from one dose to your next without any cravings or withdrawal symptoms. One where you can function and not worry about weather or not you are going to go into withdrawal before dosing again.
Everyone is different, so what may be good for one person may not be good for another. Treatment needs to be individualized to match the person being treated. Some people require higher doses than others and vise versa. Listen to what you body tells you, it will never lie to you


I a going to give you some information that you can read that may help. Educate yourself as much as you can about Methadone. In the long run it will help you many times over. Remember, no one can have too much knowledge

http://www.atforum.com/SiteRoot/pages/addiction_resources/DosingandSafetyWP.pdf
You can also find some great information on our website, www.medicalassistedtreatment.org



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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:54 pm

Some people say Vitadone helps the sweating idk because I get kidney stones when I take vitamins, but your clinic probably sells vitadone behind the counter.

But it sounds to me like you are not at a stable dose yet. I had to get to 210 milligrams and with a split dose before I got out of withdrawals.
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:45 pm

Hey Jo,
How have things been going with you?
Are you feeling better and did you ask for the increase in your dose or did you decide that an increase wasn't necessary?

I see that you have been logging in to read so I wanted to check in to say hello to you. When you have some time I'd like to hear from you okay.


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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:17 am

I have had very few side effects from methadone that have been bad enough to even mention, except, that is, for sweating. I also take Lexapro for depression, and this medicine also makes me sweat. My sweating is an isue for me, but I deal with it best as I can. I normally carry a small towel with me, ezpecially when its hot outside. Despite the sweating being an issue for me, it is something I choose to accept and deal with. Yes, its bad, I can sweat even when it isn't hot or even i'm doing nothing. Add in the fact that the Lexapro compounds the sweating problem AND being overweight, I can sweat and sweat until i'm soaked, but still, the benefits FAR outweigh tbe negatives. I have been clean and sober for 3 years as of 9-5-12, and methadone has played a major role. I would rather sweat all day than return to using. Thank goodness for air conditioning.
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:19 pm

I believe if or when you get to your right
dose for YOU, I believe your sweating will stop...mine did, I couldnt go anywhere
I was embarressed I thought it was menopause, nope...I got my dose right and now its all good..
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:04 pm

thx for asking Dee, no increase yet and im still feeling shitty!! Sad sweating a lot more and everything. my counselor finally left me a voicemail (we keep playing phone tag) and said the reason i havent gotten my increase is because the dr wont approve it so i guess i gotta see him?? now im freaked out!! i have been having cravings and actually slipped up and took some vicodins so i wonder if it showed up in one of the u.a's....i told my counselor iwas having cravings and i've been waiting forever for this increase!!!! i feel like such a fucking loser for using Sad i feel like just having them taper me down and get off this methadone since they keep dicking me around Sad anyway, thx for your concern Dee!! Luv Ya'll and I'll keep you posted!! Smile Nice to know someone cares.
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:16 pm

Oh Oh Oh Oh BEFORE I FORGET....I wanted to ask you all a question, I keep reading about how if you have Hep C that you will probably need a higher dose than someone who doesnt have hep C, is this true and should I bring this up to my councelor and Dr since I DO have hep C? And....What should I say exactly Because Im not entierly sure what it means when you have hep c and are on methadone. Ok Thanks Guys/Gals!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: sweating my (insert body part here) off!!!! ;P   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:23 pm

Jo,
If you feel like you still need that increase find out what day the doctor is in and make arrangements to see him. Talk to him about how your feeling and request the increase. Make sure that every time you ask for the increase you write down everything that is said. Same goes for your symptoms, write them down. Take notice of what and when they occur.
Do some research on Hep-C, I know that I'm always saying that about one subject or another but if it is something that affects you personally, you need to know the facts. Methadone is safe on the liver so it is acceptable in Hep-C patients.

Here is a link for some reading for you on Hep-C and in the meantime see if you can get in and talk to the doctor about your increase. The sooner you are on a dose that is right for you, the better you will feel if that is what is making you feel the way you do.
http://www.hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/hepatitis_C.asp

http://hcvsupport.org/forum/index.php





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