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What are the long term effects of methadone use. 10+ years or more. Can it cause dementia?

What are the long term effects of methadone use. 10+ years or more. Can it cause dementia?

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

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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Long term effects for shaking babies?

Long term effects for shaking babies?

Varies: This can result is death from brain hemorrhage relatively quickly. In some cases the infant can survive the initial injury only to face life with cerebral palsy.They often suffer seizures, poor health and die before they reach their teens. ...Read more

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What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

Can be very diverse: The immediate and long term effects of being born premature greatly depends on the level of prematurity as well as every factor associated with pregnancy, birth, and care afterwards. The list of possible effects, complications, outcomes, is much greater than 400 characters. You can research some info from the American Academy of Pediatrics or discuss with your pediatrician and/or neonatologist. ...Read more

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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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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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How long will my baby be in the hospital after birth since I've been on 70 mg of methadone daily?

How long will my baby be in the hospital after birth since I've been on 70 mg of methadone daily?

So many answers: Best to address this with the pediatrician - it really depends so much on how your baby is tolerating things, if withdrawing and if so, how badly.

Ask your baby's doc to get clearer answers. ...Read more

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Does long term methadone use affect your liver?

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 more

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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

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I was on methadone until 31 weeks pregnant. I'm no longer taking it, Will my baby be ok?

Depends: If your doctor tapered you off the methadone appropriately and under their medical supervision, everything will probably be fine as long as you don't relapse and go through withdrawal episodes. You should stay involved with treatment and follow up with your addiction/psychiatric and obstetric providers as requested. ...Read more

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Does long term methadone maintenance cause male infertility? My boyfriend has been on MMT for 8 years and we want kids in the future.

It could: Long term use of methadone is associated with low testosterone.
hopefully he can wean in the future.

you can get a sperm count. He can get a testosterone level. Also be aware of possible tooth decay from opiates.

good luck. ...Read more

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If I stop my long term methadone addiction will my testosterone levels bbegin to increase?

If I stop my long term methadone addiction will my testosterone levels bbegin to increase?

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

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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?

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?

Hopefully: Hopefully yes. It sounds like you have alopecia univeralis which is a severe form of alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system tells your hair follicles to stop growing hair. ...Read more

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Is my long term methadone addiction responsible for my very low testosterone level of just over 100?

Is my long term methadone addiction responsible for my very low testosterone level of just over 100?

See below: It certainly contributed significantly if not completely to the issue. Of course, the low testosterone contributes to depression, fatigue, diabetic tendencies, increased pain, poor cognition, bone weakness to name a few ...Read more

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If you have your heart and lung function monitored regularly. Will methadone affect you in the long term and I'm negative matter?

It may: Methadone is a full mu receptor opioid agonist which means the body will develop a tolerance to it and a higher dose will be needed to obtain the same desired effect. Methadone at high doses can cause cardiac arrest. Drug-drug interaction should be assessed for as well. The choice really depends on what it's being used for or is it even necessary. ...Read more

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Is it my long term methadone addiction that is causing my very low testosterone levels & if so is it possible if I stop my methadone use for my testos?

Is it my long term methadone addiction that is causing my very low testosterone levels & if so is it possible if I stop my methadone use for my testos?

LOW T EVAL: Low T Evaluation and diagnosis of cause is critical. It needs a through workup exam/labs/testiciular US/ and potentially a brain MRI. You will need regular Monitering of testosterone and PSA levels. Follow up with a through PCP and endocrine consult. Low T can cause symptoms of male menopause You would need to stop METHADONE AND RECHECK LEVELS. TO SEE IF THIS WAS A SIDE EFFECT. ...Read more

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Will the baby be affected if I take methadone?

Yes: Don't use Methadone with pregnancy. If you are or have, inform your obstetrician immediately. You may need to see a maternal-fetal specialist in consultation and you may need a high risk nursery specialist at delivery. ...Read more

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My friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. Is this safe for the baby?

My friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. Is this safe for the baby?

Danger Zone: It sounds like you friend is in denial. Using methadone that is not prescribed is illegal and can be dangerous to health. If she is not willing to be frank with her doctor and get hep for her drug abuse - then notifying obstetrician or child protective services are two options. ...Read more

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Will it harm baby if I breastfeed while I'm on methadone? Please answer asap...

Well, likely not but: It is a dose dependant response. We use post op opiods all the time without an issue. Did u just start it or we're u on it in pregnancy? What is the dosage? What have u been doing thus far and how has the baby responded? Generally the transfer into breast milk and serum concentration will be low in a baby but it is dose dependant and response based on fetal exposure. I don't wanna give bad info. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. What do you think?

What do you suggest if my friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. What do you think?

Methadone & pregnant: Taking non-prescribed methadone while pregnant is dangerous! If not rx'ed, it can't be known what else may be in the "meth" and what other substances, are being ingested. The best choice ur friend could make is to TELL HER MD. In so doing, she may be transitioned to rx'ed methadone, get safe prenatal care, & avoid the trauma of being separated from baby when tox+ at delivery. TELL MD & get care! ...Read more

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On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

Yes: All opoids are passed through the breast milk to the baby.
In a baby it can cause sedation, cardiac problems and withdrawal symptoms.in a child the half life is 19hrs where it stays in the blood stream of the baby
unless very actively monitored. You should give formula to the baby while you are taking the drug ...Read more

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Considering adopting a baby exposed to cocaine, heroin and methadone. What are the worst case scenarios from these exposures, besides withdrawals?

Considering adopting a baby exposed to cocaine, heroin and methadone. What are the worst case scenarios from these exposures, besides withdrawals?

Congratulations: On considering helping this child. Any parenting brings w/it a future of unknowns. The risk of negatives increases w/a history such as the one you mention. This child MAY be at risk for more behavioral and mood problems than children w/out this history. Here is a link
http://www. Cbsnews. Com/news/moms-meth-use-during-pregnancy-causes-kids-behavioral-problems/
Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long does methadone stay in your system?

Methadone half-life: The half-life of Methadone is 15 to 60 hours. It takes five times the half-life to leave your system. Therefore it could take anywhere between 75 hours to 300 hours to clear your system. This is with chronic use. The half-life for most people is approximately 25 hours meaning that would take approximately five days and five hours to leave your system completely. ...Read more

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How long does methadone treatment usually take?

...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. ...Read more