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 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
Chronic pain 176 67
Pain 121 34
fibromyalgia 76 35
drug use disorder 12 14
Muscle and joint pain 7 5
Back pain 6 7

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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 19
Moderate 39
Mild 47
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methadone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 32
Weight gain 9
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7
Sleepiness 7
Dry mouth 6
Excessive sweating 6

Show all 85 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methadone

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 4
10 mg three times daily 4
10 mg four times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
80 mg daily 3
5 mg four times daily 2
30 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
5 mg every 12 weeks 1
3.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Methadone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 35
Other 29
Did not seem to work 21
Doctor's advice 14
Personal research 11
Change in health plan coverage 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 4
See all 87 patients who've stopped taking Methadone

Duration

Currently taking Methadone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Methadone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 123
Usually 18
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 80
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 9
$25-49 8
< $25 91
Not specified 29

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methadone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 8
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 4
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methadone and switched to:

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

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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25 patient evaluations for Methadone

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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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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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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