Methadone for Pain
Methadone is an opiate medicine that can treat pain effectively. It is a popular medication in hospice and palliative care settings, as it is inexpensive, more effective and has fewer adverse side effects compared to other opiates. Methadone is sold as Methadose, Methadone Intensol, Methadone Diskets and Dolphine. Read on to learn more about Methadone for pain.
How to Take Methadone
It can be taken with food or any time. Methadone is sold in tablet and liquid forms. The tablet can be taken with water or any other liquid. Liquid Methadone can be mixed in juice or water and diluted a little bit, if you do not like the taste.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use. Methadone is known to combine with other medications, so your pharmacist and doctor should be aware of the other medicines you may be taking. Avoid taking Methadone with grapefruit juice or grapefruit. Methadone is known to cause drowsiness. So, do not drive or do any other task that requires concentration, after you take Methadone.
Side Effects of Methadone
Some side effects are cloudy thinking, blurred vision, light-headedness and sleepiness. There are more side effects which include dizziness, vomiting and/or nausea, and constipation. To treat constipation caused by Methadone use for pain, you should drink plenty of liquids and include fiber-rich foods in your diet. Exercise regularly and stay active. For a temporary period, your doctor may recommend a laxative or stool softener to treat constipation. But, these should not be used over longer periods.
Calling Your Doctor
Methadone for pain may cause allergic reactions such as swelling, blue skin color, severe itching, difficulty breathing, wheezing or tightness in the throat or chest. You need to immediately call a doctor if you suffer from any of these allergic reactions, or if Methadone is not effective for your pain, or if you think you are overdosing. Symptoms of Methadone overdosing include passing out, dizziness and severe drowsiness. Consult with your doctor and ask him/her the appropriate ways to use Methadone for pain.