Oh, and I have a liver-function test coming up and looked up this discussion out of the same concerns you had or have. That being said it is not a habit for me, and I take other (new, fancy, and unfortunately very expensive) migraine meds in order that I do NOT develop a habit.
Best new-fangled, fancy migraine med I've come across by far is Frova. Downfall aside from the expense, but that you can only take 9/month (that is a medical limitation, not an insurance limitation). I have at times been able to get samples, which is a huge help, but they are very hard to come by. It truly sucks that migraine meds like Fiorinal w/Codeine are REALLY cheap in comparison to the non habit-forming drugs like Frova.
I know this is an old discussion, but my heart goes out to you and I sincerely hope that you have since been able to get off those meds.
I have intermittently taken Fiorinal w/Codeine (aka Butalbital, Fioricet, &c) for... geez, about 30-years since I was about 10-years, old for severe migraines. I have several times quit it cold-turkey, but I agree with Taximan's good advice below. With a habit that substantial it would be very dangerous for you -- or anyone else with a habit that big -- to quit cold-turkey.
Again, I very much hope that you have since been able to wean yourself off, and are now quit of that habit. If not, I wish you all the luck in the world, and there is no time like the present to begin the wean off those meds.
Please feel free to contact me for support, should you still need it.
It sounds like you have had a positive experience with Methadone, and if that is the case I am genuinely happy for you, and I'm glad you are doing well. The fact is that many people do not, doctors are not infallible, and this is a discussion board where people share their personal experiences, which we have all done. I'm not sure what motive anyone here would have for being dishonest about their experience with Methadone, whether it is or was good or bad.
I agree with the general consensus here, Methadone is PURE POISON! My former best friend and I got strung-out on heroin together, tried to kick together many times, and failed. She had the support of her family and I did not. They ended up coming to get her and put her into a fancy program, while my habit spiked to between 3-4 grams/day and she was put on Methadone.
At first I was admittedly jealous because I wanted so badly to be able to get clean, and (possibly moreso) for my family to care as much as her's did. I ended up moving across the country -- with the financial and logistical help from some great friends to whom I will be forever indebted -- and kicking cold turkey.
Twelve and a half years later, I am still clean. She is still strung-out on Methadone and god only knows what else. About eight years ago she came to visit me... I was very excited, we hadn't seen each other in a few years, and after she'd been there for a few hours I couldn't wait for her to leave. She behaved just like a junkie. She nodded off all the time, she had to "take her meds" all the time, immediately after which she had to take a nap, which always lasted for at least 1-1/2 hours... it made my skin crawl. She is one of the most intelligent people I know, and she can't hold-down a job... she's been fired from every job she's ever had. I'm sure that her Methadone habit has more than a little bit to do with that.
To the original poster's original post (although it's been a long time ago): I hate to hear that your friend was saddled with Methadone by a doctor when she was doing her best to kick oxy, and I sincerely hope that she was able to get off that junk!
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