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What is Methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance that belongs to the opioid medication class. The World Health Organization has placed Methadone in the list of Essential medications. Being a scheduled drug, buying and selling Methadone without a proper prescription is an offense under the law. Methadone is commonly available in two strengths such as:

  • Methadone 5 mg
  • Methadone 10 mg

You can either purchase the medicine from a medical shop near you or order Methadone online via an authorized online store.

How to take Methadone?

Your doctor will initiate your treatment with the minimum possible dose and gradually increase or decrease your dosage according to your health condition. To determine the best suitable dosages for you, your doctor will examine you properly, then after, Your doctor will recommend Methadone dosages keeping the following factors in mind:

  • Age and weight of the patient
  • The medical condition of the patient
  • Other health disorders the patient is suffering from
  • How does the patient respond to the first dose of the medicine?

Take Methadone as prescribed by your doctor and take care of all the necessary instructions and directions given on the prescription or medicine label. Please don’t use it more often than recommended and tell your doctor if you do not observe any improvement in your condition.

The following are the usual Methadone dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:

Dosage for treating pain ranging from moderate to severe

In the form of oral tablets

For the patients who are using Methadone as their first pain medication

  • For adults (18 years or above)
  • Initially, 2.5 mg of the medicine after every 8-12 hours. Your doctor will adjust your dosage according to your health condition.
  • For children (below 18 years)
  • The doctor will prescribe the dosage of Methadone for patients below 18 years after proper examination.

For the patients who are switching to Methadone from any other opioid medication

  • For adults (18 years or above)
  • The doctor will prescribe you methadone dosages based on the results of other opioid medications you are taking. Take the prescribed dosage after every 8-12 hours. After that, your doctor may adjust your medicine dosage according to your health condition.
  • For children (below 18 years)
  • The doctor will prescribe the dosage of Methadone for patients below 18 years after proper examination.

Dosage for detoxification of opioid addiction

In the form of oral tablets

  • For adults (18 years or above)
  • Your doctor will start your treatment with 20 mg to 30 mg of the medicine once a day. Your doctor will adjust your medicine dosage according to your health condition; however, it should not exceed more than 40 mg of the medicine in a day.
  • For children (below 18 years)
  • The doctor will prescribe the dosage of Methadone for patients below 18 years after proper examination.

Dosage for maintaining opioid addiction

In the form of oral tablets

  • For older adults (65 years or above)
  • Doctors should be extra careful while determining methadone dosages for older adults.
  • For adults (between 18 years to 64 years)
  • The typical Methadone dose to maintain opioid addiction is 80 mg to 120 mg. Your doctor will recommend you the correct dosage according to your health condition.
  • For children (below 18 years)
  • Using Methadone might not be safe for treating patients younger than 18 years.

Please take care of the expiry dated of the medicine while purchasing it. Store Methadone tablets appropriately at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Methadone tablets out of the reach of the children; they may misuse them. After completing your treatment, talk to pharmacists or chemists near you regarding the proper disposal of leftover medicine.

What to know before taking Methadone?

Methadone is a habit-forming drug; long-term use of this medication can be fatal. Misuse, abuse, and addiction to Methadone can be life-threatening. You need to take care of the following points before using Methadone:

  • Take Methadone only when your doctor prescribed you for that.
  • You cannot take Methadone if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar products.
  • Please don’t take Methadone if you have asthma or other breathing disorder or blockage in your intestine or stomach.
  • Your doctor may not prescribe you to take Methadone if you have or ever had the following health disorder:
    • Heart issues
    • Heart rhythm disorder such as prolonged QT syndrome, including family history
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping
    • Head injuries
    • Brain tumor
    • Seizures
    • Mental illness
    • Damaged liver
    • Kidney disorder
    • Urination problems
    • Thyroid gland disorder
    • Problems in gallbladder or pancreas
  • Expecting mothers should not take Methadone, as it can harm their child and make them mentally and physically dependent on the medicine.
  • Using Methadone during the lactation period might not be safe.
  • Avoid taking Methadone if you are or were addicted to any drugs or alcohol.
  • In the case of Methadone overdose, please consult your doctor ASAP or seek medical assistance by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222
  • Be sure that you told your health expert about all the medicines and therapies you are currently taking.
  • Don’t use herbal products, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements while using Methadone.
  • Please make frequent visits to your doctor for regular medical checkups.
  • Always remember that using Methadone is only a part of your treatment. Follow your doctor’s advice to let medicine work more effectively.
  • The most comfortable and suitable way to purchase the medicine is to buy Methadone online.
  • Ask your health expert about all the necessary precautions that you should take while using Methadone.
  • Please talk to your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with this medication.

What are the benefits of using Methadone?

Being an opioid agonist, Methadone is an effective medication to treat chronic pain and manage opioid dependence.

What are the side effects of Methadone?

Listen to your body and observe it carefully. You can experience some of the following side effects of using Methadone:

  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual sweating
  • Swelling, pain, redness where health care provider injected the medicine

You will experience these mild side effects, and they will be okay after a while. But, if you feel these side effects are becoming worse day by day. In that case, please consult your doctor ASAP and seek medical assistance. Stop taking Methadone and tell your doctor if you experience:

  • Weak or shallow breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast and pounding heartbeats
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Any other allergic reaction to the medicine

How does Methadone work?

Methadone works on the brain and nervous system that provides you relief against pain. In the case of opioid withdrawal, it reduces the cravings for drugs.

What to avoid while using Methadone?

Alcohol and grapefruit or its juice can interact with Methadone; avoid consuming them. Taking Methadone can impair your thinking and reactions. Avoid involving in activities in which you need to be attentive and alert while performing them. Please be careful while driving and operating heavy machinery.