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Re: Methadone for Depression?

Posted by Lisa Simpson on May 14, 2002, at 5:35:56

In reply to Methadone for Depression?, posted by Annie Z. on May 10, 2002, at 15:46:36

Hi Annie. I can't comment about taking methadone, as I have no experience of it. However, I do take large amounts of codeine - this is supposed to be for my ulcerative colitis, but it helps with depression too. And I've got to admit that because I've been taking it for so long and in such large amounts, that when I go into hospital for something else (i.e. a colonoscopy) where they give you a different pain relief (pethidine and valium), I find it doesn't work nearly as good with me as with other people because I have such a resistance to that sort of thing. It means I have to suffer pain unnecessarily. The doctors won't give me higher doses to make up for it, because they don't believe I can be that resistant. So it is a vicious circle. I really, really wish I could give up (or even cut down drastically) on my codeine, because I'm worried that in the future I might be in real pain for some reason or another, and I won't be able to get the pain relief I need. Like giving birth! The pethidine I was given then had no effect whatsoever.

There! You have my thoughts on this... dunno whether it's any help to you. I believe stuff like that can help depression, but I think you have to be careful not to take too much, you may have problems in the future if you ever get a really painful problem.





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