What is Methadone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Methadose Physeptone

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See also: Methadone/Ritalin Compound

Methadone is an opioid analgesic used for the management of moderate-to-severe pain; detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction (if used for detoxification and maintenance treatment of narcotic addiction, it must be part of an FDA-approved program).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic pain 165 59
Pain 117 34
Fibromyalgia 72 32
Muscle and joint pain 7 5
Back pain 6 7
Drug Addiction 6 8

Show all 58 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 36
Mild 42
None 35

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methadone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 26
Weight gain 8
Sleepiness 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Excessive sweating 6
Chronic constipation 5

Show all 79 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methadone

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 4
5 mg twice daily 3
10 mg three times daily 3
5 mg daily 2
30 mg daily 2
10 mg four times daily 2
40 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
5 mg every 12 weeks 1
2 mL three times daily 1

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methadone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 34
Other 28
Did not seem to work 21
Doctor's advice 13
Personal research 10
Change in health plan coverage 4
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 3
See all 83 patients who’ve stopped taking Methadone

Duration

Currently taking Methadone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Methadone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 111
Usually 18
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 72
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 7
$25-49 8
< $25 85
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methadone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 7
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 4
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 3

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methadone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 4
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 4
Tramadol (Ultram) 3
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 2
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 2

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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25 patient evaluations for Methadone

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lbarbeedoll
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lbarbeedoll's full Methadone history

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

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foottraffic
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foottraffic
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F57y
FM:?y
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See foottraffic's full Methadone history

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)

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JayDenton
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JayDenton
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 31
Condition: Ehlers Danlos
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Ehlers Danlos

See JayDenton's full Methadone history

Apr 1, 2012 (Started Mar 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nausea, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Depression with anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't wver take it unless you're forced to by cirsumstance. I WAS on Opana but the doctor flaked and so did the factory that makes Opana, so I don't have an option.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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