Methadone Warning

These little pills may look innocent but they can be deadly.

I am afraid there are many women who are addicted to pain medications from mesh complications and they need to seek help to get off of them. I am also afraid that they, nor their families have any clue as to the side effects from ANY prescription drug that they take. Even when women are under the care of a pain management doctor, they and their families should read every drug reaction and pay a great deal of attention to what happens when they take them and get to the ER if they have serious side effects. Most serious side effects happen very soon after taking a drug.

It was reported on a Facebook support group last night, that a man lost his wife and he stated he was only offered $25.000 for her loss. Sadly, he just threw $25.000 in the toilet, which I am sure he could use for burial, and other expenses. Not only that but other women joined in and stated their poor offers. They may not realize this, but ranting on Facebook means they will NEVER receive another offer and their case will now go away.

If you have a beef with your offer, you should contact your lawyer and tell a story in writing what has happened and why you feel the offer is too low. You may get angry about an offer you have received, but spewing out your venom where lawyers and of course implant manufacturers are also watching, will mean your case will be dismissed. Not only that, but you may receive a bill from your lawyer for all expenses that he/she has put out on your case. This means filing fees which are expensive and other fees to collect records and any time they put into your case. This could mean a lot of money. So not only are you screwing up any chance of a better offer, but you are creating a really bad situation for yourself and your family. Your lawyer has a right to be paid for all the work they have done and you will be the one to pay if you share your offer with ANYONE.

Only ONE woman told this man he should write a letter to his lawyer, whereas everyone else offered condolences or ranted on about their own offers. However, once he spewed this out openly, it was already too late. No one told him to delete what he stated because it would jeopardize his case. This is why these days; I do NOT entertain joining any support group and why lawyers do not like social media. Too many people do not consider what they say either on an open or closed group, can be the end of any money and cause them more debt. The man also stated openly that his wife died because of methadone and sadly the manufacturer of her implant can immediately dismiss her case because they will blame whatever you blame and say it was nothing to do with the implant. So the last thing you should do is post on social media how you feel. Talk only to those in your own circle whom you can trust and do so in private.

So now it is time to learn more about Methadone. I looked up why it is used or given to women and this is what it said.

What is methadone?

Methadone is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs and is only available from certified pharmacies.

Important information

You should not use methadone if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, or a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

Methadone can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. This medicine may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.

MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICATION CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.

Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Call your doctor at once if you have a headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, and fast or pounding heartbeats.

Methadone is available only from a certified pharmacy.

Before using methadone

You should not use methadone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe asthma or breathing problems; or
  • a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Your heart function may need to be checked during treatment.

Some medicines can interact with methadone and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, or a personal or family history of long QT syndrome;
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood);
  • any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
  • a history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
  • a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • urination problems; or
  • problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.

You should also know that the FDA has put out warnings about this drug in the past. This is what they stated.

Methadone overdose.

On 29 November 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory about methadone titled “Methadone Use for Pain Control May Result in Death and Life-Threatening Changes in Breathing and Heart Beat”. The advisory went on to say that “the FDA has received reports of death and life-threatening side effects in patients taking methadone. These deaths and life-threatening side effects have occurred in patients newly starting methadone for pain control and in patients who have switched to methadone after being treated for pain with other strong narcotic pain relievers. Methadone can cause slow or shallow breathing and dangerous changes in heart beat that may not be felt by the patient.” The advisory urged that physicians use caution when prescribing methadone to patients who are not used to the drug, and that patients take the drug exactly as directed.

Like it or not, we are all adults and as such we have to take responsibility or anything we say, do or any drug we take. If a family member knows that a woman is suffering and doesn’t pay attention to what or how much of anything she takes, it is up to those who love her, to do all they can to help her through this terrible time.

I have no doubt that when she was given the drug, it was explained to her why this drug could be dangerous. They do this at every pharmacy in this country. We must read all literature and make informed decisions when we take any prescription drug. If you have been taking pain medication for a long time, you may need to seek help to detox slowly with someone who knows what you are going through and will monitor your condition.

I know it is easy to act with empathy on support groups, but sometimes good advice is more important that saying “Sorry for your loss”. I hope this will give women a heads up what they or their family members should not do and then they may stand a chance at surviving and receiving some compensation.

He did not say if she had had any removal surgeries, and I hate to say this but if you have not, you have not proven your case, that mesh is the problem. If you don’t your offer may be negligible and there is nothing you can do. So work hard at going to a good removal specialist. Give up anything you can so that you can afford to go. That is exactly what I did. I hope this blog will change what men and women say openly and they will think before they act.

2 Comments

  1. Kimberly Paige Hall

    Methadone IS deadly! May 18, 2006 my husband died from the use of Methadone that was issued for pain management due to a long term lower back injury he tried to “ride out with medication” had years before we married. I was unaware that he was on it until the day before he died, and was ignorant regarding any kind of pain management danger(s). My family and I have lost everything as a result of my husbands death.

    Fast forward– I had Vaginal mesh surgery in 2009 for SUI. Nonstop issues have followed, including: chronic UTI infections, loss of my voice which has been suspected(not diagnosed!) as Dystonia, severe brain fog, joint pain, a seven lb. mass found on my right ovary which led to surgery and removal of mass and right ovary in 2011, massive financial debt for medical expenses( Chapter 7 in 2013 and Chapter 13 in 2018 which is still pending). I will take Aleve when it’s absolutely necessary for my lower back pain. I won’t undergo Botox injections (for the ongoing SUI I still have) currently to avoid more financial debt despite health insurance. There is only 1 Urogynocologist in Little Rock Arkansas and it took me 18 months to get in there. All she will do is treat my symptoms and provide a “preventative” dose of antibiotics. Removal is not an option since there are no traces of the mesh following an MRI. There’s nothing that I can do. Dr’s have offered pain medicine, and I will not take it. Methadone will kill me as well, and I’m simply not ready to die. I am however; very disheartened and afraid. There are not any support groups in the Arkansas area that I am aware of to date. Please advise if there is any type of support/direction in this area.

    Regards-

    K. Paige Hall
    February 11, 2019

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    1. Linda (Post author)

      Kimberly I am so sorry for the dreadful loss of your husband. Second, they gave you the wrong test to see mesh. I had removal at UCLA and the only test that works, they give the day before surgery, so that they can see where it has moved to. Read this blog. http://www.meshangels.com/mesh-removal-the-translabial-ultrasound/

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