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Does Long Term Methadone Use Affect Your Liver
Probably not: Liver dysfunction is not listed as a serious or less serious effect of Methadone use. One should always be careful with long term use of medications and have routine follow up and lab studies. Many medications used with Methadone certainly could cause liver dysfunction. Methadone is a very serious medication. Take its use and follow up very seriously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
I have liver cancer took one dose of 4mg methadone @6am how long till I can take 60 mg OxyContin I am discontinuing methadone ?
Sorry to hear...: For cancer-related pain management, the dose and frequency of taking pain medication should be individualized according to the effectiveness of pain relief and the level of sedation, which may pose its pertinent risk to fall or self-injury. In general, try take it every 4-6 hrs, watch, and see. If something unexpected and undesirable emerges, go to urgent care timely. ...Read more
My whole body is sore itake methadone could that be my problem or could it be my liver from hept c?
Hepatitis C and pain: Hep c can cause joint and muscle pain. Methadone is used for pain treatment and for opioid addiction. Methadone treatment is generally not associated with muscle pain. It could be if you have skipped dosing and have withdrawal or if after long term use you develop opioid induced hyperalgesia, which is a condition where the opioid pain medication (in this case methadone) actually causes more pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doing hepc therapy & suffering bad muscle, joint and teeth pain.Online i saw methadone is chosen from percocet, etc bc liver, should I ask my dr 4 this?
Please help! Pain doc started me on .5 mg of methadone twice a day for long term pain and I can't sleep? Up all night and can't sleep during day too?
Many: I personally do not use Methadone as i feel the dangers outweigh any advantage over other opioids. The most significant side effects are that of breathing suppression and heart electrical conduction problems. There are drugs such as suboxone (buprenorphine) for the problem of dependence which are much safer and more effective in my opinion. ...Read more
Some good ones: Methadone can lead to sudden cardiac death at high doses, half life is not as predictable, can have many drug-drug interactions. Suboxone is considered safer. If doing a risk-to-benefit analysis & the choices are staying on illicits or suboxone, the latter wins. Side effects are outweighed by its benefits in many individuals. The 10 year experience in usa limits the answer to 10 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know the text book answer is NO , BUT if I take methadone in the early morning & take Ritalin (methylphenidate) in the afternoon (not long term) , would ritalin (methylphenidate) work?
May be: In theory the two drugs don't interact, as they have opposite effects, not additive effects, methadone has a long half-life, it stays in the system longer, at least 16 hours, its elimination depends on many factors, how active is the liver, how acidic is the urine for example or alkaline, etc.. Also depends on other medicines you are on, counsel your doctor again, both are schedule II medications, ...Read more
NO: Methadone can be associated with a number of side effects, but actually very few long-term "organ" effects (heart, liver, kidney, brain etc.) constipation, increased sweating, hormonal changes that alter libido, erectile function and fertility. Weight gain with its attendant problems certainly can occur. Heart rhythm problems, although getting publicity, are rare. Think about alcohol;tobacco use. ...Read more
Is it scientifically proven if long term methadone addick becomes methadone free,will lobido come back & sexual function becomes normal?thanx
None for sure: This question has been studied for 50 years. So far no long term effects have been shown. Babies are not born "addicted" to Methadone they are Methadone dependent and have to be weaned off of this opioid as they would any other. At the present time treatment with Methadone during pregnancy is preferable to suboxone primarily because Methadone has a longer history of use without long term effects. ...Read more
Most likely IF: that is what was causing it. To quibble about semantics, it is PHYSICAL DEPENDENCY on methadone, NOT addiction, unless you were obtaining it without prescription, taking it to get high, and it was destroying your life (like the opioid you were using before you went on methadone). Ditto with pain treatment. Very long-term use of opioids can cause permanent changes, but usually goes back to normal ...Read more
I have lost nearly all my body hair & most on head due to low t while taking methadone long term. Will the hair grow back with t treatment ?
Is my long term methadone addiction responsible for my very low testosterone level of just over 100?
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