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I was originally prescribed dihydracodiene many years ago to help with pain I suffer due to a chronic condition. I also suffer clinical depression and an anxiety disorder. I found that the dihydrocodiene relieved much of my anxiety and lifted my depression a little.
It didn't take long for me to start abusing these painkillers because of the tremendous relief they brought to my anxiety.
The honeymoon quickly wore off and I found myself having to deal with my severe depression and anxiety, the symptoms of my chronic condition that had required opiate analgesia in the first place and now an addiction problem too!
After some years of addiction I had become highly tolerant to dihydrocodiene and the pain was once again becoming intolerable. I saw my GP who was being very decent and trying to help me wean myself off the codiene. He was quite sympathetic and once he understood that pain was once again a genuine issue, he referred me to a pain specialist. The pain specialist convinced me that methadone would manage the pain and help me with my addiction to codiene. So I began taking methadone, and eventually settled on 85mgs. I've been on 85mgs for years now. But I've reached a point where I believe it is doing me more harm than good and I want to stop taking it. I've been reading some posts by people saying they've reduced their dose successfully. However I am terrified by the prospect of reducing my dose. I have experienced outright withdrawal before and I think because I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety I had a horrible psychotic episode. The whole thing was an ordeal. I had decided to just stop taking the methadone. In hospital I was started back on methadone again and got my dose back up to 85mgs.
My point is I'm now terrified by the prospect of reducing my dose. I really admire people who have successfully done it. I'd like to hear from people who have reduced their dose or even completely come off methadone gradually and been successful.
I am very fearful and have been putting it off for way too long. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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