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Drug Guide    M   Methadone

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   Methadone

Methadone
(oral) (liquid, Tablet, Tablet For Suspension)


Treats moderate to severe pain. Also used together with medical supervision and counseling to treat narcotic drug addiction or to help control withdrawal symptoms in patients being treated for narcotic drug addiction. This medicine is a narcotic pain reliever.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Methadose, Methadone HCl Intensol, Dolophine HCl, Methadose Disp


 
4.6 out of 5
Avg Consumer Rating 4.6 out of 5
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Methadone
Methadose, Methadone HCl Intensol, Dolophine HCl, Methadose Disp
Uses
Treats moderate to severe pain. Also used together with medical supervision and counseling to treat narcotic drug addiction or to help control withdrawal symptoms in patients being treated for narcotic drug addiction. This medicine is a narcotic pain reliever.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Store the oral liquid at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • Do not freeze. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment.
  • You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Liquid, Tablet, Tablet for Suspension. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. It is best to take this medicine with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. Mix the oral concentrate with 2 tablespoons of liquid (unless your doctor tells you something different).
  • Drink the medicine right away. Mix the tablet for suspension with water or another liquid, then drink the mixture right away.
  • Do not swallow the tablet, and do not use it without mixing it in liquid first. Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting. Extreme sleepiness or drowsiness. Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting. Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin. Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there. Severe confusion. Slow, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat. Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet. Trouble breathing.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to methadone, or if you have trouble breathing, or during an asthma attack, or if you have a condition called paralytic ileus (intestinal obstruction or blockage of the bowel).

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, seizures, low blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, or problems passing urine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have lung disease (such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or other conditions that may cause breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep), scoliosis (an abnormal spine curve), severe obesity, brain disease, or recent head injury. Make sure your doctor knows if you have low potassium or magnesium in your blood, heart problems, or a history of heart rhythm problems such as QT prolongation.
  • This medicine can cause serious illness or even death if taken too much or if taken by a child or by anyone who is not already taking prescription pain medicine on a regular schedule.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have extreme weakness or fainting, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, bluish-colored skin or nails, and cold, clammy skin. This medicine may be habit-forming.
  • If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose.
  • Call your doctor for instructions. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely. This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • You may also feel lightheaded when standing suddenly from a sitting or lying position, so get up slowly. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. This medicine may cause constipation.
  • This is more common if you use it for a long time.
  • Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.

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User Medicine Opinions for Methadone
Overall:4 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 57
Location: South East
Time Taken: 10 years days

Reason: Severe Chronic Pain Date: 16 September 2011
Side Effects
I was able to have a completely normal life there was never anybody that knew that I didn't want to know. Does not give you a high.

Additional Thoughts
It is addicting but have been on it 10 years and have never had to increase my dose unlike Oxycontin and Oxycodone and other drugs

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 57
Location: oakland,ca.
Time Taken: 10yrs. years

Reason: chronic pain Date: 12 November 2009
Side Effects
pain relief

Additional Thoughts
its good if you must have it.

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 41
Time Taken: 5 years days

Reason: Severe Pain Date: 15 October 2007
Side Effects
None

Additional Thoughts
It Works Very Well,But Doesn't Last Long Enough.....

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