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What Are The Side-Effects Of Methadone?




Methadone, generally, is a safe drug for medication.

When it is taken according to how it is prescribed, methadone can be effective and safe to use. In fact, methadone will let you recover from your addiction and go back to the life that you may have neglected. On the other hand, you can be at risk of an opioid or opiate overdose as a result of using methadone. A few serious side-effects will be manifested.

  • The use of Methadone is basically so you can avoid suffering from the withdrawal symptoms in those addicted to opioid drugs or opiates.
  • Methadone is classified under narcotic analgesics.
  • This maintenance medication can actually work well in treating an opiate addict by producing effects similar to the drug and preventing the withdrawal symptoms in those that have decided to stop.

You can stop the use of heroin and opiates altogether and go back to a more productive and stable life.

Methadone has done other positive effects including the reduction of addiction-related death, the reduction of possibilities of spreading HIV, and the reduction of criminal recidivism.

For optimal results, you should participate in a program known as a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment when you take methadone so you can get counseling through social support. The benefits you can get from the right methadone maintenance treatment include:

  • Blocking of the effects of opioids.
  • Effectively reducing or blocking cravings for opioids.
  • Preventing the onset of withdrawal for over 24 hours.
  • Promoting an improved physical and emotional health.
  • Raising the overall quality of your life.

Methadone may bring forth side effects and you should consult your doctor if any of the following symptoms appear and do not go away:

  • Sweating
  • Stomach pain
  • Sore tongue
  • Nausea
  • Mood changed
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Decreased sexual desire or ability
  • Vision problems
  • Weight gain
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting

The most serious side effects of methadone are:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Hallucinating
  • Hives
  • Swelling eyes, face, mouth, throat or tongue
  • Seizures
  • Itchy rash
  • Hoarseness
  • Hives

You can take methadone in a tablet, a liquid solution, a dispersible dissolved in liquid or a concentrated solution.

Once you initiate pain management therapy, you can use methadone orally provided that you are non-tolerant. Oral dose can start at 2.5 mg or sometimes 10 mg taken every 8-12 hours. This is said to be the best schedule for dosing on methadone.

As a safety concern, your first dose should be very low. As a new patient you should not be taking greater than 30-40 mg. Larger doses of 60-120 mg daily is often prescribed for long-term maintenance therapies. For a therapy to be most effective, take methadone as your doctor directs you.

Remember, don’t chew or swallow dispersible tablets; instead, mix it in liquid. If you are to break the tablet, do so along the dotted lines. If you are to place the tablet in liquid, opt for at least 4 ounces or 120 ml of water, citrus fruit drink, or orange juice. Never mix it with alcohol as it can be lethal. Drink all of the mixture right away and if some residue is left in the cup, add some liquid and consume all of it.

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