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 127 40
Fibromyalgia 80 40
Drug use disorder 18 19
Back pain 7 8
Pain in leg(s) 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 21
Moderate 46
Mild 50
None 44

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methadone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 35
Weight gain 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9
Drowsiness 7
Sleepiness 7
Chronic constipation 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methadone

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 3
30 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
5 mg three times daily 2
10 mg three times daily 2
10 mg four times daily 2
160 mg daily 2
5 mg every 12 weeks 1
2.5 mg three times daily 1
10 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Methadone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 41
Other 29
Did not seem to work 22
Doctor's advice 17
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 4
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Duration

Currently taking Methadone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Methadone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 135
Usually 22
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 88
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 1
$50-99 9
$25-49 8
< $25 103
Not specified 34

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methadone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 8
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6
Morphine (Morphine ER) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 5

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methadone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 7
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 4

Show all 13 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 Four times 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: 30 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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