Uses of Methadone
Methadone is the generic name of the medicines branded medicines like Methadone and Dolophine. Methadone is an opioid drug (sometimes called narcotic). This is a pain medication that is used to treat pain in the people by working in their brain and their dependence on opioids medications. Heroin and other pain medications, such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, etc. Although, Methadone also belongs to the class of drugs known as opioids, yet it’s long-lasting effects on the body make them suitable for reducing cravings in people for other opioids and helps them to reduce their dose and frequency of their doses. It is always better to use Methadone, along with proper counseling and other services.
Refrain from using Methadone if you have asthma or any other breathing problem. Do not take if you have a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Misuse of Methadone may cause overdose, addiction, or death ( in severe cases), especially among children or a person using it without a prescription. Keep a record of the medicine usage, to ensure that they are not being used by anyone else in your house. Keep it at a place where toddlers cannot get to it.
Administering opioids by pregnant women during pregnancy may result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Deadly symptoms may be caused if you take this drug along with alcohol, sedatives, or other medicines that may cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Methadone is known to cause life-threatening heart rhythm disorder in people consuming it. Therefore, your heart rate needs to be monitored closely during the treatment. Fast or pounding heartbeats and severe dizziness with chest pain and headache are the symptoms of heart rhythm disorder.
Relapse risk is increased a lot if you skip doses of this medicine. It is better to buy Methadone online before it finishes completely.
Do not stop taking Methadone abruptly without your doctor’s consent. The dose is to be reduced slowly before stopping its administration. Take Methadone in accordance with your doctor’s advice.
Its other uses include using Methadone for pain. Some instances of deaths have been reported among people who never consumed opioids before and took Methadone.
Methadone Side effects
Call for assistance if you notice any of the below listed symptoms after taking Methadone.
- Fast/pounding heartbeat
- Severe Constipation,
- Shallow or weak breathing,
- Feeling that you may die
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle Stiffness
It must be noted that long-term use of opioids is known to diminish the fertility in both men and women, though it is yet not known, whether this infertility is permanent or not. You must acknowledge that Methadone’s high dose may cost you your life.
- Methadone pills of 10mg and 5mg strengths.
- Methadone Soluble tablets of 40mg
- Liquid Concentrate with a strength of 10mg per ml
- Liquid solution with 10mg/ml, 5mg/ml.
The symptoms of Methadone withdrawal are:
- Stomach Cramps
- Rapid Heartbeats
- Muscle aches
Suboxone vs. Methadone
At this point, we would like to make clear the widespread confusion about Suboxone vs. Methadone. Though both of these medicines can be used to treat a person with opioid addiction, Methadone can also be used as a pain-killer too. The generic name of Methadone is Methadone, while that of Suboxone is buprenorphine-naloxone. Both of these medicines are controlled drugs. Methadone belongs to Schedule II, and Suboxone belongs to Schedule III.
Half-Life of Methadone
The half-life of Methadone in an opioid non tolerant patient is 55 hours. On the other hand, in an opioid-tolerant patient is 24 hours.