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A 29-year-old female asked:

is methadone bad for you? husband thinks it is only to getme high. i feel its useful for reducing mycravings for other illegal harmful drugs.u agree?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Depends....: Methadone is approved for the treatment of opioid drugs like some pain medications and heroin. It is not approved for treating other drug dependencies . It can reduce cravings for other drugs. It is an opioid drug and you can get dependent on it. Withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant and many patients become physically and mentally dependent on it.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Risk benefit: Methadone does not give the same high as other narcotics thus its use for people who have narcotic addictions. It can be effective for pain management in individuals who abuse or are at risk for abuse of narcotics. It does reduce cravings for other narcotics, and less likely to land you in jail. In many cases it is the lesser of two evils. Has been used to manage addiction for a long time.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Legitimate use: Methadone is often employed for chronic pain pts to keep long-term stability, and provide a protection against drug abuse cravings. Have him go to your next appt with your pain specialist and discuss at length the choices and rationale.

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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 Jranswered
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 32-year-old member asked:

How will I feel when I start on my methadone?

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Dr. John Moseri
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Methadone treatment: The hangovers from pain pills and heroin abuse will stop when you switch to methadone. You will no longer have cravings for opiate drugs. You are able to function in other important roles of your life: work, family and social obligations. You are least likely to get into legal troubles, and you are more likely to have some extra money in your wallet to take your loved ones out to eat.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the maximum methadone dose given?

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Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
Titrated: It is titrated to effect, there is no maximum when used very carefully and.

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