Methadone 10mg is a drug used to treat severe pain. It’s also used to treat addiction to opioid drugs, such as heroin. It’s often a very helpful and effective treatment for those who need it for this purpose.
Methadone 10mg is itself an opioid and can be addictive. It’s possible for some people to become addicted to methadone as they use it to wean themselves off of another prescription painkiller.
Why Methadone 10mg is used?
Methadone oral tablet is used to manage moderate to severe pain. It’s only given when other short-term or non-opioid pain drugs don’t work for you or if you can’t tolerate them.
Methadone is also used to manage drug addiction. If you’re addicted to another opioid, your doctor may give you methadone to prevent you from having severe withdrawal symptoms.
How methadone 10mg works
Methadone belongs to a class of drugs called opioids (narcotics). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Methadone works on pain receptors in your body. It reduces how much pain you feel.
Methadone can also replace another opioid drug that you’re addicted to. This will keep you from having severe withdrawal symptoms.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of methadone can include:
- stomach pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Respiratory failure (not being able to breathe). Symptoms can include:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- feeling faint
- slowed breathing
- very shallow breathing (little chest movement with breathing)
- Orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when getting up after sitting or lying down). Symptoms can include:
- low blood pressure
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- Physical dependence and withdrawal when stopping the drug. Symptoms can include:
- irritability or anxiousness
- trouble sleeping
- increased blood pressure
- fast breathing rate
- fast heart rate
- dilated pupils (enlargement of the dark center of the eyes)
- teary eyes
- runny nose
- nausea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite
- diarrhea and stomach cramps
- muscle aches and backache
- Misuse or addiction. Symptoms can include:
- taking more of the drug than prescribed
- taking the drug regularly even if you don’t need it
- continuing to use the drug despite negative outcomes with friends, family, your job, or the law
- ignoring regular duties
- taking the drug secretly or lying about how much you’re taking
Interactions that can make your drugs less effective
When methadone 10mg is less effective: When methadone is used with certain drugs, it may not work as well to treat your condition. This is because the amount of methadone in your body may be decreased. Examples of these drugs include:
- Anticonvulsants, such as phenobarbital, phenytoin, and carbamazepine. These drugs can cause methadone to stop working. This could cause withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may change your dosage of methadone.
- HIV drugs such as abacavir, darunavir, efavirenz, nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir, and telaprevir. Your doctor will monitor you closely for symptoms of withdrawal. They’ll adjust your dosage as needed.
- Antibiotics, such as rifampin and rifabutin. These drugs can cause methadone 10mg to stop working. This could cause withdrawal symptoms. Contact us for more details.