Methadone is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Methadone also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs.

Methadone is available only from a certified pharmacy.

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  • Dolophine, Methadose, Methadose Sugar-Free
  • Incidence not known
    Black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blood in the urine or stools
    blurred vision
    bulging soft spot on the head of an infant
    change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
    changes in skin color
    chest discomfort or pain
    confusion
    convulsions
    cough
    coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
    decreased urine output
    difficult or troubled breathing
    difficult, fast, noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
    difficulty with swallowing
    dilated neck veins
    dizziness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    dry mouth
    extreme fatigue
    fainting
    fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
    headache
    hives, itching, or skin rash
    increased sweating
    increased thirst
    irregular heartbeat recurrent
    irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    loss of appetite
    muscle pain or cramps
    nausea or vomiting
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    pain
    pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    seizures
    sweating
    swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
    tenderness
    trouble sleeping
    trouble urinating
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weight gain
    Some of the side effects that can occur with methadone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Incidence not known
    Absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
    anxiety
    blurred or loss of vision
    confusion about identity, place, and time
    constipation
    decreased interest in sexual intercourse
    disturbed color perception
    double vision
    false or unusual sense of well-being
    halos around lights
    inability to have or keep an erection
    irritability
    lack or loss of strength
    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    night blindness
    overbright appearance of lights
    redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
    restlessness
    stopping of menstrual bleeding
    tunnel vision
    weight changes
    welts
  • (methadone hydrochloride) tablet