GENERIC NAME: Methadone
BRAND NAME: Dolophine; Methadone HCl Intensol; Methadose; Methadose Sugar-Free
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:
- tomach upset,
- shallow breathing,
- chest pain,
- fast or pounding heartbeat,
- trouble breathing,
- feeling light-headed,
- fainting, and
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.
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