Methadose

(methadone)

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Treats severe pain or drug dependence.

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Prescription opioids are used to treat several kinds of pain - but they carry significant risks, including addiction. Learn more about these drugs and be sure to discuss the risks with your doctor.

Our bottom line

Methadose (methadone) is a cheap and effective treatment for severe chronic pain, but has serious risks for fatal overdose and drug dependence.

Quick facts about methadone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (methadone)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 120 10mg tablets
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Upsides

  • Available as a cheap, generic version.
  • One of the stronger opioid medicines for treatment of severe pain.
  • Can also be used to treat opioid dependence as part of a complete recovery program.
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Downsides

  • Methadose (methadone) can cause slowed breathing, coma, and death from overdose, especially if mixed with alcohol, sleeping pills, or muscle relaxants.
  • Constipation is a common side effect of Methadose (methadone) and you might need laxatives or stool softeners.
  • Not a good option for short-term pain relief.
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 120 10mg tablets
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$12.79
How it works

Methadose (methadone) is an opioid (narcotic), which acts on the brain to lower your perception of pain.

Quick facts about methadone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (methadone)

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Methadose (methadone) for Pain management

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Side effect rates for Methadose (methadone)

Risks and Warnings for Methadose (methadone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Start of treatment
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Dose changes and higher doses

    Taking too much Methadose (methadone) can cause irregular or slow breathing that can put you in a coma. Don't take more than what your doctor prescribes. Be aware of any irregularities in your breathing, especially after a change in dose. If you have any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, dial 911 immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect