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Doctor insights on: Long Term Side Effects Of Methadone

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What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

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 more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


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What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

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

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What are the long term side effects to being born addicted to methadone?

What are the long term side effects to being born addicted to methadone?

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

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Can you tell me the long term side effects of being born addicted to methadone?

Methadone and Infant: This is a question that is best discussed with your neonatologist/high risk obstetrician and you if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and are taking methadone. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methadone tapering?

Opiate withdrawal: Methadone is a long acting opiate and even when tapered slowly, you can expect some discomfort .Anxiety, insomnia, low mood, feeling cold, loose stools are common. Symptoms of withdrawal are more difficult the lower the dose, and can last weeks ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methadone for rehab?

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

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What are the sexual side effects of methadone use?

What are the sexual side effects of methadone use?

Impairment: Methadone, like any narcotic, can cause depression of many psychological and physical responses, including sexual responsiveness. It can therefore cause decreased libido (sex drive), impaired arousal (erectile dysfunction or impaired female arousal) and inhibited orgasm. If you have to use a narcotic medication for a prolonged period and it is affecting your sex life, talk to your dr about options. ...Read more

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What are the main side effects of methadone (for pain management)?

What are the main side effects of methadone (for pain management)?

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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methadone on newborn?

What are the side effects of methadone on newborn?

Methadone/Newborn: Most common are smaller-than-normal head size, low birth weight & withdrawal symptoms. They develop nas (neonatal abstinence syndrome) with symptoms such as dehydration, fever, diarrhea, excess crying or sucking, eating problems, sleep problems, stuffy nose, shaking, seizures. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methadone and Xanax (alprazolam) when they are taken together?

What are the side effects of methadone and Xanax (alprazolam) when they are taken together?

Sedation,and others: Sedation, confusion, lethargy, tiredness, yawning. Increased risk of dependence and addiction. If addicted to either, stopping use is difficult. Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable. Nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping and aching pain, restlessness, insomnia, agitation, hallucinations and seizures. Very dangerous combination. ...Read more

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What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

Narcotic side effect: The most frequently observed side effect include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. There are also less frequent side effects like gitation, confusion, dysphoria, euphoria, insomnia, hallucinations, seizures, arrhythmias, bradycardia, cardiomyopathy, ECG abnormalities, flushing, heart failure, itchiness, rash, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation ..... ...Read more

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Methadone side effects?

Similar to others: Methadone side effects are a matter of research for numerous scientists. If the dosage of the medicine is correct, then there are no risks of kidney, heart, liver, lungs or any type of failure. A number of common Methadone side effects include constipation, skin rash, water retention, dizziness, weakness, extreme sweating and flushing and in some circumstances erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from methadone?

Are there any side effects from methadone?

Yes: All opioids cause nausea, itching, sedation, confusion, constipation, hormone depletion, depression, loss of libido, also possibly hyperalgesia (paradoxical increase in pain). Methadone is unique in changing heart rhythms at higher doses that can cause sudden cardiac dearh. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with methadone?

Methadone: Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, sometimes confusion & slow heart rate & dry mouth & sweating & shortness of breath & cramps, rarely rash & hallucination & arrhythmias & seizures. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone for a year no more than 55mgs, how do I get off it without side effects?

I've been on methadone for a year no more than 55mgs, how do I get off it without side effects?

Slow taper: Slow taper. Comservatively, decrease by 1 mg per day. Once you get withdrawal effects (restless, anxiety, goosebumps, tearing, runny nose, diarrhea) that are not controlled by other meds or behavior modifications slowmthe taper down. Maybe 1 mg every 3-7 days. Your md could add a Clonidine patch, zofran, (ondansetron) advil, Imodium to help with symptoms. ...Read more

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Methadone vs oxycontin, which has worse usual side effects, which is more dangerous and why?

Similar: They are similar in terms of side effects. I think Methadone is more dangerous because there is less "euphoria" when it is taken. One does not "feel" in terms of feeling sleepy or dopey. If taken again (and again) it can be lethal before one ever "feels" it. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone for 2 yrs never over 95mg and now at 27mgs, if I stop cold turkey will I have side effects?

I've been on methadone for 2 yrs never over 95mg and now at 27mgs, if I stop cold turkey will I have side effects?

Likely: First of all, congrats on the huge decrease in methadone! i would recommend not stopping cold turkey. Taper as fast as tolerated, perhaps 1 mg per day. If you have cravings, anxiety, rapid heart rate, sweating, salivating, tearing, nausea, diarrhea then slowmdown a bit, maybe every 2 days. If working with an md there are meds to help control symptoms (clonidine, zofran, (ondansetron) baclofen, advil, ambien). ...Read more

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Any side effects of methadose (methadone)?

Any side effects of methadose (methadone)?

See below: Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: •shallow breathing; •hallucinations or confusion; •chest pain, dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat; or •trouble breathing, feeling light-headed, or fainting. Less serious side effects of Methadone may include: •feeling anxious, nervous, or restless; •sleep problems (insomnia) •feeling weak or drowsy;. ...Read more