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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?

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: Sedation, decreased breathing rate, nausea, vomiting, itching, altered mental status just to name a few. This is a dangerous pain medication if not under the care of a pain management expert or addiction center if being used for heroin management. ...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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