methadone (Dolophine; Methadone HCl Intensol; Methadose; Methadose Sugar-Free)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is methadone-oral tablet, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Methadone is a strong, synthetic (man-made) narcotic that acts on the central nervous system (brain) in a manner similar to other narcotics. It is used in the management of narcotic addiction and for pain control. Methadone was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration on August 13 1947.

What brand names are available for methadone-oral tablet?

Dolophine; Methadone HCl Intensol; Methadose; Methadose Sugar-Free

Is methadone-oral tablet available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for methadone-oral tablet?

Yes

What are the side effects of methadone-oral tablet?

Methadone is very addicting and causes significant sedation and respiratory depression. Methadone side effects include: 

These tend to happen during the first few days as the body adjusts to the medication.

Methadone also may cause:

Some of these side effects may go away with continued use.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2017

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