methadone, Dolophine, Methadone HCl Intensol, Methadose, Methadose Sugar-Free

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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GENERIC NAME: Methadone

BRAND NAME: Dolophine; Methadone HCl Intensol; Methadose; Methadose Sugar-Free

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Methadone is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain when non-narcotic pain medications have failed. The extended release methadone tablets should be reserved for severe and continuous pain that requires long-term pain treatment after a failed trial of non-narcotic medications and should be avoided in individuals requiring as-needed pain control.

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

These tend to occur 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 1/21/2016

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