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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Methadone (Overview)

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 opiates such as heroin.


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What is methadone used for?

What is methadone used for?

Chronic narco use: It is a long acting pain control medication that is used to detoxify narcotic addicts form the narcotic addiction ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
638 doctors shared insights

Methadone (Overview)

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 opiates such as heroin.


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How can methadone work and what exactly is it ?

Long-acting opioid: Methadone is a long-acting opioid. Generally speaking, within any particular class of addictive drugs, the quicker the peak effect, and the shorter the duration of effect, the more addictive a drug will be. Because opioid-addiction can be tough to quit, Methadone - a long-acting opioid with a slow peak of action - can be used to replace the addictive opioid while one works on recovery. ...Read more

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What is the equivalent amt of morphime one would need to take day if they r switching from 120mg methadone daily?

It varies by person: Equvalencies when switching from Methadone are tricky. At low doses it is 3:1 so 120 would equal 360. At higher doses of Methadone and with more chronic use- some say that the equivalence can be as much as 10:1 (1200mg) however, there is no such thing as perfect cross tolerance and a starting dose of another opioid should be less than half the equivalent dose followed by quick adjustments. ...Read more

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Im prescribed suboxone, its 375 $ a month. Cant afford anymore. Is it unheard of for a dr to prescribe methadone in place of suboxone? It is covered

Suboxone /: buprenorphine is a better drug for opiate dependence. It is safer and does not require daily visits to a clinic. It also has a blocking ability that keeps you from using other opiates which methadone does not have. Methadone also has a variable half-life which make one more prone to unintentional overdose. A new form was released on Oct 2 2014 called Bunavail that has great pt assistance ...Read more

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How common is it to be prescribed methadone for pain management?

Methadone: Methadone is a narcotic medication. It is commonly known as medication for narcotic addiction. However, it's not uncommon to see Methadone used for chronic pain conditions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use methadone while pregnant?

Yes: Methodone is safe for detox or maintanence during pregnancy while under the care of your ob. Methadone use in pregnancy has been associated with lower birth weights. But is far safer in contrast to narcotic abuse, especially cocaine, which is associated preterm labor and placental abruption. ...Read more

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I have been taking methadone for probably 4 yrs now about 140 mg daily. I used methadone to get off hydrocodone. What options do ihave to stop methado?

I have been taking methadone for probably 4 yrs now about 140 mg daily. I used methadone to get off hydrocodone. What options do ihave to stop methado?

Work w/addiction doc: Find an addiction specalist close to you & work w/him/her to get you off Methadone w/o getting you hooked on something else. Actually, who ever is prescribing your Methadone can work w/you by writing smaller & smaller doses each time. You're the deciding factor behind quitting. You can beat this. Good luck! and if you don't have insurance, go search online for free care (or check out my site). ...Read more

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Is methadone maintenance an effective option for treating a herion addiction?

Is methadone maintenance an effective option for treating a herion addiction?

Methadone: Simply put- yes. This should be done thru a formal addiction clinic where Methadone is used. In conjunction counseling is also required. ...Read more

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Can methadone be used to help someone get off pain pills, how does it work if methadone is also used for pain?

Can methadone be used to help someone get off pain pills, how does it work if methadone is also used for pain?

Yes: Methadone is very cheap and very potent. It has a complicated pharmocology so an expert should be involved in prescribing it. I more or less always use Methadone to detox patients off other opioid medications. It has a long fairly stable halflife so dosed 2-3 times a day with a slow taper should prevent most withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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