Methadone is a narcotic drug that is used for helping people withdraw from heroin and other narcotic drugs. It is a pain relief medication and is used as a part of addiction programs. It is a class 2 CSA schedule controlled drug. It is a narcotic based drug and it can cause addiction.
Methadone is also used in preventing the withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to certain medications like morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and also fentanyl. It is known to work by altering the ways the brain and the nervous system respond to pain. Dolophine and methadose are two common brand names of methadone.
Methadone comes in various dosing forms like tablets, liquids and others. Do not interchange the type of drug as you wish. If you are using liquid drug, you should get a dose measuring device too. Dispersible tablets are also available. It should be dissolved in 4 ounces of any type of citrus flavored juice and drunk immediately. If any medicine is left, dispose it by flushing down the toilet.
Methadone is available in the dosage strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 10mg/ml, 40mg, 5mg/5ml, and 10mg/5ml. This drug can be a habit forming one, so one needs to use it with caution and exactly as prescribed. You can take Methadone by mouth on a regular schedule either with or without food. If you are using the liquid formulation of this medication, then you need to measure the dosage carefully in the right proportion. If you have nausea, then taking the drug with food might help. The dosage depends upon your age, medical condition and response to the drug.
Missing a dose and Overdose
Overdosing Methadone can cause death in children and people with any major medical condition. It should be used in dosage as recommended by the doctor. Overdose can cause life threatening situation in children and in adults, it causes heavy drowsiness, cold skin, fainting, slow breathing and others. Get immediate medical help or contact poison control center.
It is always better to take Methadone on time so that you do not give any chances to miss any dose. If you have missed a dose then you can take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose. Never take two doses at once as doing so can lead to overdose.
This drug comprises of certain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions in your body. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or to its ingredients.
Methadone has the potential to cause dizziness, so do not try to do any activity that requires your alertness like driving or any heavy machinery works. You need to avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medication. Inform your doctor or the dentist about all the meds you are taking including any prescription drugs, over the counter pills or any natural or herbal supplements. Breastfeeding and pregnant women are requested to consult the doctor before taking this medication.
Methadone is contraindicated in patients who are having respiratory depression, acute or severe bronchial asthma which is an unmonitored setting or to those in the absence of resuscitative equipment, in patients who have known or suspected paralyticileus, who are hypersensitive to methadone like anaphylaxis. It is always recommended to take any medicine only after getting consent from the doctor so as to avert any relative contraindication.
Drinking alcohol or grapefruit juice with Methadone can also cause serious side effects and can be fatal too.