What is Methadose?
Methadose is an opioid medication, sometimes called a narcotic. This medicine also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.
Methadose is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. This medicine is available only from a certified pharmacy.
Methadose may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you have severe asthmaor breathing problems, or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Methadose can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Methadose if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problems; or
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Methadose may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Your heart function may need to be checked during treatment.
To make sure Methadose is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, or a personal or family history of long QT syndrome;
- any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
- liver or kidney disease;
- urination problems; or
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.
Some medicines can interact with Methadose and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.