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Methadone contains hydrochloride which belongs to the class of narcotic medications which are known as opioid analgesics. It treats the ongoing pain i.e. pain of cancer patients and surgery pain which is not treated in general pain killers.
Methadone is working on the brain and Central nervous system to increase pain tolerance. This medication works within 30 minutes and stays in the body for a long time whereas other pain killers cannot work properly. The patient feels calm after taking the medicine.
The Doctor prescribes the dose of medicine according to the age, sex, the mental and physical condition of the patient. For the adults, the dose of Methadone is 0.5 mg to 10 mg taken by mouth every 4 hours daily. For the old age of 65 years, the doctor may recommend you to take one tablet daily. After three-four days your doctor may change the dose for you. Go to the doctor and if you feel the pain is not relieved.
Read the medication guide and warning on the leaflet before starting the medication. Generally, the doctor will give you the medication at a lower dose of Methadone and it will increase according to the level of pain increase. Take the methadone tablets and swallow the tablets whole with water. If you cut, break, chew, crush, or dissolve the tablets in water, it may not work properly.
Before taking the medication age factor is most important. The Doctor prescribes the medicine to the patient above the age of 18.
According to the patient’s physical and mental condition, the doctor advises taking the medication. But on basis of several conditions, the patient should not take the medication such as,
The side effect of the patient is seen according to the physical condition, mental condition, age, gender, level of the pain, a dose of the medicine, etc. Some patients feel extreme the side effects and other patients feel a little. Some side effects are such as:
If any patient feels high side effects he must take the advice from the doctor.
Patients who take Methadose medication as directed by their doctor may develop a psychological or physical addiction to it. Addiction to Methadone symptoms is such as:
The patient feels addicted behavior after taking the medication but he should not give up the medication suddenly without consulting his doctor.
The patient‘s body system varies from person to person according to his age, gender, etc. Some patients are addicted to the medication by taking the medicine for a short period, it needs to withdraw the Methadone medication. But if you will give up the medicine suddenly some common side effect is found such as:
Please go to consult with the doctor if anyone feels severe of any one of the symptoms. The doctor will decrease your dose of the medication and gradually decrease the symptom.
The patient should inform the doctor what he takes the food and other medication such as vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements with Methadone. Some restricted food or Medication is listed by the doctor. Such as:
Go immediately to the doctor if the patient feels Coma, unconscious, or severe hallucination.
Your doctor must warn you before taking this medication.
Storage of the medicine is very important before or after using it. You should remember how to keep your medicine:
Consult your doctor immediately if your baby shows the above symptoms.
Methadone is available to patients of adults over the age of 18 years who are in pain from drug addiction or the pain of cancer patients. The doctor advises the dose differently for Adults and old age patients. Generally, it will start first, with a lower dose every 8 to 12 hours and it may change in your dose as needed. Do not take the medication more than your prescribed dose in 24 hours.
Addiction to Methadone is depending upon different factors of the patient such as age, gender, addiction to food, duration of using the medication, the mental and physical condition of the patient, etc The patient will fall into the addiction to the medication after using this medication for a long. You should consult with the doctor on how to give up the medication in a safe way.
Sometimes doctors prescribe your other medicine as an alternative to Methadone. Methadone is not suitable for every person. There are some alternatives to Methadone like Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Gabapentin, etc.
No, This Medication is not safe for pregnant women. Methadone impacts the child’s developmental or cognitive functioning when the mother takes it during pregnancy. It is not safe for pregnant women and infants in the womb.