Generic Name: Methadone
Brand Names: Dolophine, Methadose, Methadose Sugar-Free, Diskets
Methadone is a medication classified as an opiate analgesic or narcotic analgesic.
What Does It Treat?
Methadone is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and drug dependence in individuals addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs, without causing the euphoric effects associated with drug addiction. It is also prescribed as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. Methadone is typically prescribed for pain when other alternative medications have not been effective, but it should be used with caution due to its potential for habit formation. For individuals addicted to opiate drugs, methadone produces similar effects as an opiate drug without causing withdrawal symptoms.
Availability of the Drug
Methadone is available from certified pharmacies and online. However, if you choose to buy Methadone online, it is important to consult with a doctor beforehand.
Precautions to Be Taken:
Prior to buying Methadone online, check the medication guide to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Methadone can slow or stop breathing and may be habit-forming.
Misuse of this medicine can lead to addiction, overdose, or death, especially in children or individuals using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in newborns.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing.
Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a headache with chest pain, severe dizziness, and fast or pounding heartbeats.
Be cautious of potential drug interactions. Review all prescriptions and non-prescriptions for any possible interactions. Avoid using herbal products while taking methadone. Consult your doctor if you have any conditions such as blockage of the intestinal tract or stomach.
Do not take this medicine if you have difficulty breathing, Addison’s disease, an enlarged prostate gland, seizures, thyroid, liver, kidney, or pancreas problems. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, be mindful of the effects of the medicine on your newborn and closely monitor for any unusual behavior or effects. Inform your surgeon about your Methadone dosage if you are about to undergo dental surgery.
What Are the Side Effects That May Occur?
Common side effects of Methadone include headache, stomach pain, weight gain, flushing of the face, sore tongue, dry mouth, insomnia, difficulty urinating, and vision problems. These side effects typically diminish over time and are not severe.
However, some side effects may be serious and require immediate medical help. These include signs of allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, itching, seizures, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, extreme drowsiness, agitation, hallucinations, muscle twitches, fever, profuse sweating, confusion, irregular heartbeat, loss of coordination, severe muscle stiffness, nausea, and irregular menstruation. Methadone may also cause other side effects. Contact your doctor if you experience any unusual effects after taking the medication.
How to Take Methadone?
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Selling or giving away Methadone is illegal. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Methadone can slow or stop breathing, especially when you start using it or when your dose is changed. Do not use this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. If the medicine seems to be less effective in relieving your pain, inform your doctor.
When buying Methadone online, read and carefully follow the instructions provided with your medicine. If you do not understand these instructions, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Measure the liquid form of the medicine accurately using the dosing syringe provided or a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Dissolve the tablet in water, orange juice, or another citrus-flavored non-alcoholic beverage.