What is Methadone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Methadose Physeptone Dolophine

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See also: Methadone/Ritalin Compound

Methadone is an opioid analgesic that may be used for the management of moderate-to-severe pain; detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 123 37
Fibromyalgia 78 36
Drug use disorder 13 15
Back pain 6 7
Pain in legs 6 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 40
Mild 48
None 43

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methadone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 33
Weight gain 9
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7
Sleepiness 7
Dry mouth 6
Excessive sweating 6

Show all 87 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methadone

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 4
5 mg three times daily 3
10 mg three times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 3
5 mg four times daily 2
30 mg daily 2
10 mg four times daily 2
3.5 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Methadone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 36
Other 29
Did not seem to work 22
Doctor's advice 15
Personal research 11
Change in health plan coverage 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 4
See all 90 patients who've stopped taking Methadone

Duration

Currently taking Methadone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Methadone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 129
Usually 19
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 84
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 9
$25-49 8
< $25 97
Not specified 31

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methadone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 8
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 4
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methadone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 6
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 4
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 4
Tramadol (Ultram) 4
Oxymorphone (Opana ER) 3

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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26 patient evaluations for Methadone

Jul 27, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Take as directed and do not skip doses or the pain will creep up and get you!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 21, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: DO NOT COLD TURKEY METHADONE. Especially at high doses.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 15, 2012 (Started Dec 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Seemed to loose weight without dieting.
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

  • 0 helpful marks
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