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what is methadone used for?

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Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
Pain relief: It is a long acting and potent pain medication. It is also used opioid addicts wean from their medications. It can be used to help heroin.
Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
Chronic narco use: It is a long acting pain control medication that is used to detoxify narcotic addicts form the narcotic addiction

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any side effects from methadone?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Definitely!: Methadone is a very serious drug. It has great benefit in the right situations. It's use shold not be taken lightly and should be dispensed by a professional well versed in it's use. Side effects may be none all the way to death. Mixing alcohol, other medications and other drugs increases your risk for tremendous adverse effects and shold be avoided. Discuss Methadone use thoroughly with your.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does methadone cause sexual problems?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Probably: Not listed in my resource as an issue but generally thought that if a drug is good for the mind it is bad for the sex organs and vice versa. This is a potent narcotic and i would strongly believe that it could/would have some degree of sexual side effects. Consult a pharmacist/pharm. D. Or your pcp or addiction medicine doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does methadone treatment usually take?

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Dr. Thomas Wolski Jr
Dr. Thomas Wolski Jr answered
General Practice 10 years experience
...it depends: By definition, Methadone detox takes place over less than 180 days. The patient is progressively weaned over that time. Methadone maintenance, on the other hand, is more than 180 days. The decision is made by the patient, physican, counseling and social services over which route to take, and the best outcomes occur when everyone on this team takes an active role throughout the process.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is methadone addicting?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It just is!
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
No so fast: May be Methadone can get the person off heroin, which decrease mortality of street drug--but getting off Methadone is even more difficult and still high mortality.

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