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January 12th, 2007 12:07 AM
tattoofever71 hi new around here so bare with me ,
so i'm hooked on painkillers vicodin and perks am thinking about trying methadone.heres my question does it get you high or impare you in anyway ?see i drive a cdl truck and need to be alert as you can imagine so if it impares you or get syou high does it get to be not so bad once your body gets use to it ?reason is i'm layed off for next 8 wks so if it was too impare me could my body get use to it by the time i start back to work so i would be able to drive truck ?sorry if this sound a little weird i'm just at the end of my rope here so to speak and dont know what to do am very depressed
but would be much more depressed if i couldnt work
thanks in advance for any help
January 12th, 2007 08:28 AM
Hope Welcome tattoofever!! I remember my first day taking my dose, I was excited & scared at the same time because I had no idea what the stuff was gonna do to me. But I did make it home without any problems, and it didnt kick in till a couple of hours later. And after that I didnt have any trouble driving. And in my meetings I never heard of anyone having problems. But, methadone does make you nod alittle so just be aware of that. It mostly got me around 5 in the afternoon. But once you get stable on your dose, you shouldn;t have any more problems with it.
Theres alot of great people on here that will give you some advice also,
But good luck with everything...and Welcome!!!!
January 12th, 2007 06:29 PM
faith hello and welcome to the forums!! So great to hear that you are trying to get treatment, the sooner the better.

I recall my first dose of Methadone was 30 mgs and didn't even feel a notta by the time they increased my dose every 3-4 days I felt nothing each increase..this way they got me used to it..

So I did start feeling a bit drowsy after an hr or so for a couple hours when I got passed 70 mgs..

Now at 160 mgs I feel it about 2 hours after for a couple hours and it doesnt keep me from driving or anything it just feels like I am a bit drowsy..not really anything to worry about.

So if it is similar for you then you should be alright..BUT the thiung I wonder is if they do drug tests for methadone where you work..and if they consider it being impared or not...Good luck with that..and keep us posted my dear!

Love Faith
January 12th, 2007 06:49 PM
biscuit i find no difference in my driving from the methadone,if anything i tend to drive more mellowed out which aint a bad thing,sometimes driving allday can drive you nuts,i drove a 18ft truck years back and it can get frustrating when your trying to make deliveries and theres traffic jams,the methadone can and will help in those stressful situations imo
January 13th, 2007 08:40 AM
biscuit wrote:
i find no difference in my driving from the methadone,if anything i tend to drive more mellowed out which aint a bad thing,sometimes driving allday can drive you nuts,i drove a 18ft truck years back and it can get frustrating when your trying to make deliveries and theres traffic jams,the methadone can and will help in those stressful situations imo

i hear you on that one i haul machines and heavy dirt,stone etc with a triaxel and trailer in boston all day talk about road rage :angry:
my biggest concern was getting in accident and gettinng tested and haveing methadone in my system they could take my licence?i think its a grey area even tho it may not effect me and impare my driving they may not look at it that way
but as it turns out i'm gonna try suboxone i see a doctor wednesday so hopefully he can help me ,thanks for all the support
January 13th, 2007 09:11 AM
faith your very welcome and we all hope to see you stay around and keep posting with us!

let us know how it goes with this sub... I am sure it will be alright for you, and from everything I have heard it is an easier drug to get off of once you are4 ready for it..

love Faith
January 13th, 2007 01:32 PM
mrmichael67 To be honest, you may find yourself having a hard time being on methadone and maintaining a cdl license. They tend to frown on that. With suboxone, they won't even discover it in a test as buprenorphine has to be tested as its own test.
January 14th, 2007 02:33 PM
zenith Studies have shown that people who are on regular doses of prescribed opioids (whether for maintenance or pain) are able to drive with the same skill and reaction time that the general public can, and that there is no reason to deny them a driver's license.

That being said, Mrmike has a point about commercial driving places not wanting anyone on MMT, and the law is fuzzy in this area. D.O.T. drug tests usually DO test for methadone.
January 14th, 2007 08:37 PM
mrmichael67 I know methadone has to also be tested in its own test, but they do regularly test for it these days and seeing as bup is new, they don't test for that, though it is possible.....meaning it can be done. I certainly don't agree with the DOT concerning methadone, but I have seen so many people not be able to drive with their cdl because they are on methadone. It's a bunch of crap.
January 15th, 2007 10:35 AM
biscuit thats discouraging news cause im studying for my class b cdl liscense,looks like i got 2 choices,stop themethadone and drive or stay on the methadone and hell with the cdl,ill take option 2,lol
January 15th, 2007 03:07 PM
Breeze Thanks Michael, for bringing that up. I have a friend who drives CDL, and she is a truck driver. She told me that she isn't even allowed to take antidepressants...and my dad flies planes and cannot take any kind of pain medication or anything basically in that class, which includes methadone. I honestly don't know what they will say, but I'm afraid you may not be able to get a CDL while on Methadone. HOWEVER, don't NOT try. I could be totally wrong. Make a phone call to the company and ask them. You don't have to tell them your name. Just ask if you can drive if you are on maintance therapy...??? That would be my suggestion.

And, that brings me to what biscuit says! Screw the CDL! They won't let you drive if you are on painkillers and viocodin, so...either way you can't drive, right? The methadone and not driving sounds better than one hell of an annoying addiction and trying to hide it and drive. Does that make sense? I know it sounds like a losing situation, but in reality, it's really not. And, heck, you may just be able to have a CDL and be in maintance therapy...!!?? Let us know what you find out, so we know!!! Thanks! And again, WELCOME!!!!!!!!

January 15th, 2007 10:10 PM
reetz1960 Tattoofever, when you asked about methadone and how it makes you feel, I had a strange first week, but soon after that it was great. So perhaps if you do decide on methadone you might want to stick close to home the first week or so. But as everyone here says, everyone is different, but many of the people I have talked to that are on methadone had a strange transformation to it, but please don't think that will last if it does happen to you.
As far as drowsiness from methadone, I never get drowsy from it, bu I am only on 70 ml per day. Everyone is different.

Ok, I have to ask:
How many tattoos do you have??? :-)
January 19th, 2007 11:10 AM
TruHuSKa Another tip for ya Tatoofever, if you decide to take the methadone, I would recommend NOT drinking caffienated coffee, or caffiene pills while driving. I have noticed that while on methadone, taking anything with caffiene seems to have paradoxical effects. That is, it seems to do the opposite that it used to do. So if I drink coffee while on methadone, instead of the coffee making me all hyper, alert, etc., it makes me drowsy and tired and I just want to sleep after drinking it. ESPECIALLY during the first few weeks on methadone. The coffee would start making me what we call 'knod off' (start falling asleep while just sitting up). It was kind of a weird side effect of the coffee and methadone I thought, and didn't know what was going on and atributed it to the methadone itself, but soon found out that the caffiene has the opposite effects when taken with methadone. I believe it has something to do with the CYP1A2 enzyme (can't remember the exact numbers off top of my head) inhibition from the caffiene. This being the mechanism that the methadone is metabolised slower in the body and what not. And by inhibiting it, the methadone goes slower through the body, and enhances effects since more is concentrated from it not being metabolized normally, or as fast, as normal. I apologize for my ramblings, hahaha, LoL! I just like that medical/neuro stuff and really get into it and like to share my findings with people, LoL! So just be aware of that Tatoofever... Hope you find something that worx for ya!
January 19th, 2007 02:10 PM
Breeze Tru, does caffiene still do that with you? I'm just curious... I have the opposite effect. I am very very sensitive to caffiene. One can of coke can keep me up for hours! hehe I just try to stay away from the stuff...and when I do drink coffee, which is a lot during the winter while I'm getting up and getting ready, I drink decaff...and the funny thing is, with the decaff there is still some caffiene in there and it wakes me up like regular coffee does for others... Weird, huh? So, you said it did that at first when you started MMT, does it still?? Thanks!
January 20th, 2007 02:04 AM
Carrie It has been forever and a moon since I was here, but I saw this post, and had to make a reply.

When I was at my clinic dosing just about two months ago, I received a piece of paper at the window. It explained that all DOT drug testing was now including the test for Methadone, and that it is deemed UNSAFE for CDL licensed drivers.

Now, I live in Colorado, and I remember feeling outraged when I read this, because I have two brothers who are truck drivers, and knowing that if they were ever in my position, and wanted to become a part of MMT, they would NOT have their CDL renewed, and would have to find a new line of work.

I wish I could remember if it was a press release of some sort, but I don't, however, I will check at my clinic in a week to see if they have another copy for me to have.

It just makes me sad to know that this could possibly not be an option for CDL holders, I feel that it would be 100% more safe to have someone who is closely monitered and non-euphoric behind the wheel of a huge vehicle than someone who is out of control with their addiction.

I applaude you on searching out your options, it is an important step. There is help out there, and I promise I will check into that paperwork next Friday or sooner if I am at the clinic for something else. Random UA's ya know....

God Speed......
January 20th, 2007 10:50 AM
TruHuSKa Breeze: In reply to your question on whether caffiene still does that opposite effect on me... Well, yes, it still does do that to me. It makes me sleepy and tired, but doesn't have such a strong effect on my as it did when I first started the clinic. But I would have to say, in the beginning, when I first drink the coffee, it does kind of make me a little more peppy and hyper, but this doesn't seem to last long, and soon after it makes me groggy, tired and sleepy. But all in all, yes, it still does have that opposite effect one me. Weird huh?! I wish I could have that same rxn you have with the coffee. I'm usually up and starting my day around 6:00am (5:30am when I have to work (which is at 7am)) and REALLY wish that coffee would have the effect it used to on me (or the way it works for you now), but unfortuanatly, I'm tired and sleepy about a half hour or 20mins after drinking my morning cappucino. It really sux!!! Hehehe, oh well, can't complain tho. I'd rather be on methadone and not out using than not just to have the coffee work like it used to. So you take the bad with the good I guess, LoL!
January 20th, 2007 07:05 PM
Breeze hehe Good for you, Tru! Yeah, coffee is too much for I said, I drink the decaf stuff...but it's kinda weird, cuz I'm super careful and paranoid about drinking coffee for the wrong I stick to decaf. I mean, it doesn't do anything else to me than it does to others, but since I'm an addict, I feel I owe it to myself to not even get caught up in the omph coffee can give us! Is that weird? Sometimes I think I can be a little overboard on worrying about "substances". Like, I write quotes to myself on my mirror in lipstick, and right now my quote is "I can control my appetite without caffiene" Silly, huh? I just know if I drink reg coffee I don't get hungry... But, see, then I feel that is unhealthy and drinking coffee for the wrong reasons, so I don't drink regular coffee. And, I only drink the decaf when I am getting ready in the morning, mainly cuz it's cold and it's almost like an old friend. Just a habit. But, I switched to decaf so it wouldn't be an unhealthy habit...and sometimes I put decaf tea bags in my coffee maker and make tea cuz decaf tea has less caffiene than decaf coffee. Do ya'll think I go too overboard, and over-think this? Since my brain got sick and I had to have the brain surgeries I over think EVERYTHING and it is enough to drive a person CRAZY! So, am I just taking care of myself, or am I paranoid? I just don't know...but, hey, it works for me. I'd rather not be up all night buzzing around with nervous energy like I do when I have reg. coffee. It's not fun. hehe

January 21st, 2007 07:02 PM
Incredimale id stop taking the viscodin other stuff get on a stable dose of mmt! give it a month then drive ya should be fine then......last thing u want is a MVA IM
January 21st, 2007 07:25 PM
Breeze I understand that...yes, you can drive fine when involed with MMT...but, at the same time, no ... I don't think you would be able to keep a CDL while in MMT. I'm sorry, honey..but really, you are more important than that job. And, I do know a CDL is good money...I know...I just want to say you are worth more than that money...hang in there, sweetie!