What is Methadone?
Methadone which is also referred to as Dolophine. Gustav Ehrhart and Max Bockmühl. of Germany developed this drug in 1937-1939 as a remedy for pain. It has been enlisted under the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, which are the list of drugs needed for a safe and effective health system. It is also effective for those persons who have developed a dependency on opioids.
Uses of Methadone:
Methadone has the following uses:
1.For the treatment of opioid dependence, as long-term maintenance therapy or in shorter spans for detoxification without causing withdrawal symptoms.
2.For treating opioid addiction.
3.It is also used as an analgesic in case of chronic pain, in rotation with other opioids.
The generally available forms of Methadone:
You can find Methadone to be available in the market under the trade names Dolophine, Methadose. The available doses include pills of 5mg,10mg or 40 mg that are consumed orally. You can also find its oral solution in the market.
Working of Methadone:
After taking Methadone, it starts acting on the NMDA receptor that plays an important role in modulating the long term excitement and function of the memory. When there is neuropathic pain, it is highly effective. Like other opiods, there are very fewer chances that you will develop tolerance towards this.
Methadone can be purchased from our online pharmaceutical store. We ship the products to our customers living in various nations worldwide.
According to the guidance of the physician, adults can take, 5 mg, 10 mg or 40 mg. You should take it in case of chronic pain only, that too when the other methods of treatments fail to show any impact. Generally, 2.5 mg of the drug is recommended to be taken every 8-12 hours. Even at the recommended dose, addiction may occur, so you should never deviate from the doctor’s advice.
Impact of Methadone overdose:
You can face severe symptoms on taking an overdose of Methadone. This includes symptoms of passing out or difficulty in breathing, slow or shallow breathing, slower heartbeat, and unconsciousness. Immediate medical attention must be sought in such case or you need to call the poison control center.
The side-effects of Methadone:
Here are the side-effects which you may face by taking Methadone:
3.The occurrence of sweating, flushing, warmness of face/neck/throat
4.The occurrence of pain in the chest
5.Chances of entering into the coma
8.Feelings of drowsiness
9.Feelings of uneasiness
11.Chances of occurrence of heart attack (myocardial infarction)
12.The occurrence of an itching sensation and hives
13.Experiencing lightheadedness or fainting
14.Undergoing a state of mental clouding or depression
15.The occurrence of life-threatening respiratory depression can occur during the initial dosage or upon increasing the dose.
17.The occurrence of a nauseatic sensation
18.Experiencing a respiratory/circulatory depression
19.Occurrence of restlessness
20.Occurrence of seizures
21.Experiencing extreme cardiac arrhythmias
22.The occurrence of anticholinergic effects such as dryness of the mouth, palpitation, fast heart rate.
23.Experiencing a slower heart rate
24.The occurrence of cardiac arrest
25.Experiencing urinary retention, and urinating less than usual
26.The occurrence of visual disturbances
29.Chances of occurrence of the respiratory arrest
Following precautions need to be taken while you are under the Methadone medication:
1.Since the drug can cause dizziness, you must avoid any work which requires alertness such as driving a car or running a machinery etc. Also, alcoholic beverages must be avoided.
2.It is necessary to estimate the risk of a patient before prescribing the medicine and examine the patient’s behavior on a regular basis while he is under the medication.
3.The tablet must not be chewed or broken but taken as a whole, to prevent any chances of overdose.
If children are accidentally exposed to even a single dose, it can cause fatal consequences. So keep it away from children.
4.Since using its prolonged use during pregnancy can lead to neonatal opioid withdrawal symptoms, you should try to avoid taking during pregnancy.
5.Tell the doctor if you have an allergy towards the ingredients of Methadone, in order to prevent chances of any severe reactions at later stages while you are under the medication.
6.Inform about your complete medical history you’re the doctor so that he can prescribe the right dosage for you or tell you to avoid it completely depending upon the situation.
7.The opioid abuse, addiction or misuse can lead to overdose and death., so stick to the dosage prescribed by the doctor.
8.Breastfeeding mothers should exercise caution as it is excreted in the breast milk, so there are chances that the baby might develop undesirable symptoms.
9.You should inform the doctor about all the prescription, non-prescription, herbal medication etc which you are taking so that the doctor can tell if there are chances of drug interaction.
Getting Methadone prescription:
Depending on the type and intensity of the pain you are facing as well s your medical history, the doctor may advise Methadone for you. You can also purchase it from our store without a prescription. But it is a safe practice to consult a doctor before starting the intake of this medicine.
Is Methadone a legal drug?
In Australia, Methadone is a controlled S8 drug. In Canada, it is a Schedule I drug. It is an Anlage III in Germany for which special prescription is needed, Class A drug in UK and Schedule II drug in the US. It is always recommended to purchase this drug with a valid medical prescription to make sure that it is not misused or used for any recreational activity that poses a lot of health risks.
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