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Methadone, sold under the brand name Dolophine among others, is an opioid used for opioid maintenance therapy in opioid dependence and for chronic pain management. Detoxification using methadone can be accomplished in less than a month, or it may be done gradually over as long as six months. While a single dose has a rapid effect, maximum effect can take up to five days of use. The pain-relieving effects last about six hours after a single dose.After long-term use, in people with normal liver function, effects last 8 to 36 hours.Methadone is usually taken by mouth and rarely by injection into a muscle or vein.
How it works
Methadone belongs to a class of drugs called opioids (narcotics). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Methadone works on pain receptors in your body. It reduces how much pain you feel.
Methadone can also replace another opioid drug that you’re addicted to. This will keep you from having severe withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone side effects
Methadone oral tablet can cause extreme drowsiness and slowed breathing. This is more likely to occur during the first few hours after you take it and when your doctor increases your dosage.
Methadone can also cause other side effects.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of methadone can include:
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
Respiratory failure (not being able to breathe). Symptoms can include:
shortness of breath
very shallow breathing (little chest movement with breathing)
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