Generic Name:Â Methadone
Brand Names:Â Dolophine, Methadose, Methadose Sugar-Free, Diskets
Methadone is a medicine that belongs to the class of medicines known as opiate analgesics or narcotic analgesics.
WHAT DOES IT TREAT?
Methadone reducesÂ withdrawal symptoms and drug dependenceÂ in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction. Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. In case of treatment for pain, methadone is prescribed when other alternative medicines are not working successfully due to the fact that it may be habit forming. Methadone can be given to prevent withdrawal symptoms for opioid addiction only when the patient is enrolled in a treatment programme that is recognized and approved by state authority. Methadone works in treatment of pain by operating in the areas and parts of the brain and CNS and altering their responses to the sensation of pain. For treatment in people addicted to opiate drugs, it produces similar effects as that of an opiate drug without causing withdrawal symptoms
AVAILABILITY OF THE DRUG
It is available only from a certified pharmacy and also online. However if you buy Methadone online, make sure you consult a doctor before you do so.
PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
Check the medication guide and make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine before you buy Methadone online. Methadone can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming.Â
MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Call your doctor at once if you have a headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, and fast or pounding heartbeats.
Be very mindful of any drug interaction that might occur. Go through all the prescriptions and non prescriptions and review every possibility of any drug interaction that might occur. Avoid usage of herbal products while consuming methadone. Read the IMPORTANT WARNING section and consult your doctor if you have had any condition like blockage of intestinal tract or stomach.
Donâ€™t take medicine if you have difficulty in breathing, Addisonâ€™s disease, enlarged prostate gland, seizures, thyroid, liver or kidney or pancreas problems. Be very careful of the effects of the medicine on your newborn if you are pregnant or breast feeding during the course of medicine dosage. Watch your baby closely for any unusual behaviour or effect. If youâ€™re about to undergo a dental surgery , inform the surgeon about your Methadone dosage.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT MAY OCCUR?
Consumption of Â Methadone might lead to some usual side effects that eventually fade away with the passage of time and are not quite severe, they remain in the initial period of your medication. They include headache, stomach pain, weight gain, flushing of face, sore tongue, dry mouth, insomnia, difficulty in urinating and vision problems.
Some side effects, however, might be serious and you must get emergency help in case they occur. They include signs of allergic reaction like rashes, hives, itching, seizures, difficulty in breathing, hoarseness, extreme drowsiness, agitation, hallucinations, muscle twitches, fever, sweating profusely, confusion, irregular heartbeat, loss of coordination, severe muscle stiffness, nausea and irregular menstruation. It may cause other side effects too. Contact your doctor in case of any unusual effects after consumption of medicine. G o through every possible side effect before taking Methadone, especially if you buy Methadone online.
HOW TO TAKE METHADONE?
Â Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.Â Â Selling or giving away methadone is against the law. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Methadone can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions when you buy Methadone online for use provided with your medicine.Â Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions. MeasureÂ liquid form of the medicineÂ carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Dissolve the tablet in water, orange juice, or other citrus-flavoured non-alcoholic beverage.