methadone - injection, Dolophine

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GENERIC NAME: METHADONE - INJECTION (METH-a-done)

BRAND NAME(S): Dolophine

Warning | Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage

WARNING: Methadone has a high risk for abuse. It can also cause severe, possibly fatal, breathing problems and heartbeat problems. These problems are more likely to happen when this medication is first started, or when you are switching from another narcotic drug to methadone, or when the dose is increased. Breathing problems from methadone may not happen right away after using a dose. Most heartbeat problems have happened in people using large doses of methadone for pain relief, but this problem can also occur in people using smaller doses to treat narcotic drug addiction. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often than directed. Get medical help right away if you notice unusual slow/shallow breathing, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, or fainting.

Keep this medicine in a safe place to prevent theft, misuse, or abuse. If a child accidentally uses this drug, get medical help right away.

USES: This medication is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Methadone is a narcotic (opiate-type) medication. It acts on certain centers in the brain to relieve pain.This medication is also used to treat addiction to narcotic drugs (such as heroin) as part of an approved treatment program. It helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opiate-type narcotics.

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